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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

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Murder of Sri Lankan journalist exposes government inability to address assassinations aimed at causing instability

Asian Human Rights Commission, a leading human rights organization based in Hong Kong has condemned the Sri Lankan government for its failure to address the series of killings which destabilizes the country to a great extent.

Hitch in Indo-Lanka defence pact

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

India and Sri Lanka will continue talks on the final draft of the proposed defence cooperation agreement. Two countries failed to finalise the agreement during the talks with the visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran. Officials disclosed that the discussions focused on security related issues including the stalled peace process and the ethnic problem and proposed defence cooperation agreement.

UNP to launch campaigns against the Chief Ministers

Sunil C. Perera , Reporting from Colombo

The United National Party is now moving to expel the Chief Ministers in selected provincial councils .By doing this they hope to resist the government and to dismantle the activities of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance politicians.

Politician killed and Tamil militant’s office under attack

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

A provincial council member of the opposition was shot dead in southeast Sri Lankan and separate incident of shooting reported from the volatile eastern province.

Aid collected does not reach tsunami victims – New Dawn.

New Dawn, a charity registered in Ireland, state that aid monies collected abroad do not reach the tsunami victims.

Balapatabendi flies into a tsunami in Australia

Kusumsiri Balapatabendi flew out of Sri Lanka yesterday at the auspicious hour to take up his new post as High Commissioner in Australia today. But he is flying into the eye of a media storm over the handling of tsunami aid piling up in wharves without being cleared for the needy victims.

Indian Defence, Interior Ministries voice concern over cross border militancy in Kashmir

From M Rama Rao in New Delhi

A fortnight after President Musharraf of Pakistan held a ‘successful’ summit with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here in Delhi, both the Defence and Interior Ministries have come out with reports which again point an accusing finger at Pakistan for the terrorist menace India is facing in Kashmir.

Recruit prostitutes at asylum reception centres in Norway

Norway’s prestigious newspaper Aftenposten revealed that young women and boys temporarily living in asylum centres become victims of prostitution rings. Norwegian asylum reception centres are visited by men who want to recruit women and young boys for prostitution, the newspaper said.

Power shortages in Maharashtra become a political football

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

With the onset of summer, power shortages have become endemic in most parts of India and in Maharashtra, the progressive state which is also the home to India’s financial capital, Mumbai, power crisis has become a political football.

Free Media Movement report hides LTTE threats to dissident Tamil voices

From our Colombo Correspondent

The Free Media Movement (FMM) has released its latest report highlighting the perils faced by journalists in Sri Lanka. The case studies outlined in the report focus on the plight of the journalists facing threats and death in the course of performing their duties. Journalists in Sri Lanka are trapped in a fragile peace process violated mainly by the LTTE, according the Scandinavian Peace Monitoring Mission.

Rags to riches, in a dubious way: Adhikesavan arrested and remanded to six days police custody

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon, reporting from Chennai

Adhikesavan, the
alleged racketeer was arrested for allegedly swindling
of about Rs two crore, from more than 18 persons assuring them
loan from NRS worth Rs 38 crore. The police on Tuesday
produced him before the George Town 15th Metropolitan
Magistrate and he was later remanded to six days of
police custody.

Bush Recognizes Asian-American Contribution to U.S. Growth

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

“Millions of Americans proudly trace their ancestry to the many nations that make up Asia and the Pacific Islands, and for generations, Americans of Asian/Pacific heritage have strengthened our Nation through their achievements in all walks of life, including business, politics, education, community service, the arts, and science,” said the United States President George W. Bush in a proclamation making May 2005 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.