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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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Puthiya Tamizhagam on warpath

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

Puthiya Tamizhagam
today announced that it would organise a series of
protests across Tamilnadu, demanding reservation in
jobs as well as change in land allotment policies. The
demonstrations would be held on 13 June, 13 July and
15 August, 2005.

Indian opposition unity suffers a set back, Telugu Desam charts its own course, ends Parliament boycott

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Indian opposition unity has suffered Thursday a major set back to the glee of the Sonia Gandhi Congress. Telugu Desam, a regional party with its roots and spread limited to Andhra Pradesh has decided to chart its own course away from its ally the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and announced an end to the boycott of Parliament.

British Elections - Change of Gear or Change of Direction

Neville de Silva- Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Britain goes to the polls today after a day of frenetic campaigning by the three main party leaders who urged the people to cast their vote.

Kumarasiri Balapatabendi - at last the new Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Australia

From S Nagarajah in Sydney

The new Sri Lankan High Commissioner designate to Australia Kumarasiri Balapatabendi assumed duties today replacing Major General Janaka Perera who has been posted as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Indonesia.

Bangladesh, India ‘sort’ out the border hiccup, normalcy returns to the border belt in Tripura sector

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Bangladesh and India have finally defused the otherwise explosive situation on the border in Tripura side (India) where on April 16 an Indian border police officer was kidnapped and killed by the Bangladesh border guards.

No Indo-Lanka dispute over Sethusamudram – Indian Foreign Secretary

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran who concluded his 4-day visit to Sri Lanka denied that there was a conflict between India and Sri Lanka over the Sethusamudram canal project. The project is aimed at deepening of the Palk Strait between the two countries to enable large ships to sail.

Indian opposition refuses to return to Parliament

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

With deadlock persisting between the treasury and opposition in Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has decided to continue with its boycott of parliament to register its pique against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Two Burma Army Soldiers Testify to the Use of Chemical Weapons by Burmese Army

Two Burma Army soldiers who defected to the Karenni forces on April 25 have testified confirming the widespread use of chemical weapons by the Burmese Army.

Will not abandon the timely opportunity to bring the Tamil militants to democratic mainstream - Sri Lanka President

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said that she would not let go the current opportunity to establish lasting peace in the country. She said that she would not abandon the timely opportunity of bringing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to the democratic mainstream through the proposed tsunami joint mechanism.

“Bangladesh is a dangerous place for journalist”

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Bangladesh journalists have demanded of their government an end to repression and security cover to the newspersons on duty. The Bangladesh Center for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) and the Central for Communication and Development (CCD), an NGO, jointly highlighted the plight of journalists at a meeting held to mark the World Press Day at Rajshahi.

Burma, China, Cuba, Eritrea Worst Nations for Journalists: U.S. Journalist Body Reports

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

Four countries with long record of press repression – Burma, China, Cuba and Eritrea – account for more than three-quarters of the journalists imprisoned around the world, a new analysis by the New York based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found.

Raghu, Sundaresa Iyer seek bail

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon, reporting from Chennai

Raghu brother of Kanchi Seer, Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi and Sundaresa Iyer, Kanchi Sankara Mutt Manager and two others against
whom cases have been filed under the NDPS Act
and have moved the Madras High Court for bail.

Sri Lanka Government broke with empty coffers?

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Sri Lanka

Local entrepreneurs and big corporate organizations in Sri Lanka are appealing for their Value Added Tax rebates, from the government tax arm - Inland Revenue Department (IRD). But the Inland Revenue Department says that they did not receive the required funds from the Treasury to refund the Value Added Tax (VAT) rebates.

Explosion Outside British Consulate in New York

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

While the British voters were exercising their franchise in national elections, an explosion was heard outside the British Consulate in the New York City approximately 3:50 a.m. on Thursday causing slight damage to the building, but officials said no one was injured.


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