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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

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Abduction and killing of Military Jurnalist Sivaram

The Abduction -Torture and Killing of Military Analyst Dharmaratnam Sivaram
by the Sri Lankan Military Inteligence, Maxist JVP and the Paramilitaries is a Challenge to free Journalism in Sri Lanka.

Dharmaratnam Sivaram is an International Analyst specially in the present conflict in Sri Lanka. The Govt.

Canada’s refusal to ban Tamil tigers "a mistake of incredible magnitude" – Mackenzie report

From our Toronto Correspondent

Blasting the Canadian government for not banning the Tamil Tigers, the reputed Mackenzie Institute had exposed the myths on which the Canadian bureaucrats and the government tend to sweep the issue under a carpet of maple leaves.

“Nobody is bigger than party organization” – Delhi state Congress Chief.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Congress, the oldest political party of India which rules the country in alliance with regional partners, continues to be a divided house in Delhi, the capital of India with Delhi state Chief Minister Shiela Dixit and state Congress chief Ram Babu Sharma being involved in a fight for one-upmanship.

President Kumaratunga heading for her next big crisis

From our Colombo correspondent

With the publicized indications to endorse the joint mechanism soon President Chandrika Kumaratunga is heading for her biggest crisis since she took away the powers of Ranil Wickremesinghe and called for fresh elections.

One more Tiger-Ride

By Tisaranee Gunasekara -

Both of them cannot be right – the President and her hand picked Treasury Secretary. According to the President the absence of a Joint Mechanism with the LTTE will affect the tsunami reconstruction assistance to Sri Lanka – one of the main arguments she puts forward to defend the proposal for a Joint Mechanism. Not so according to Dr. PB Jayasundara, the Treasury Secretary.

Pakistan arrests seven more terrorists

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has arrested at least seven more terror suspects since capturing al-Qaeda number three this week who was wanted for two bombings against President Gen Pervez Musharraf, top officials said.

Kumaratunga - JVP rift widens

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Hectic political activities taking place to resolve major differences between the two main parties of the ruling alliance. The differences between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the main government ally, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have assumed a gigantic proportion and that could result in the collapse of the government.

To The Attention of the Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka

By Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Can the sweeping powers of a Visa officer decide the future of Sri Lankan scientific programs? This is a question posed by an affected Sri Lankan Scientist who was denied SchengenCountries Visa by the Embassy of France in Colombo to attend a science conference held in Barcelona, Spain. “Asian Tribune” expects the Ambassador of France to clarify the issues raised in this open letter.

U.S. Congress Tightens Noose on Asylum Seekers Persecuted in Other Countries

Daya Gamage – U.S. Correspondent to Asian Tribune

The United States House of Representatives, after a conference committee resolved differences between the House and Senate versions, passed a $ 82 billion supplementary spending bill which contained provisions to make it more difficult for immigrants to win asylum in the United States based on persecution or human rights abuses from their home countries.

US State department acknowledges pro-Pakistan tilt in the 1971 Bangladesh war, says it was trade off for Pakistan acting as ‘secret conduit to China

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

For the first time since the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, the United States has conceded that it was pro-Pakistan during the war that led to the emergence of Bangladesh. “The United States was loath to intervene in Pakistan’s internal affairs especially since Pakistan was President Nixon’s secret conduit for a diplomatic opening to the People’s Republic of China”, the State Department said in an official document.