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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 107

Monthly archive

Indian Govt rejects probe report on Fernandes defence deals, orders fresh investigations

By M Rama Rao and D P Kamat in New Delhi

Indian government has rejected a probe on the George Fernandes era defence deals as not as ‘not satisfactory’ and the report as ‘bereft of reasoning’.

Indian foreign Minister to visit Colombo: "No sexing up the LTTE factor."

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Indian foreign minister K Natwar Singh will pay a three-day visit to Colombo next month primarily to co-chair the joint commission but diplomatic circles here expect the visit between June 9 and 11 to provide an occasion for an in-depth discussion on the LTTE factor.

Joint Mechanism for Sri Lanka Tsumani Relief Helps Bring Warring Factions Together- Mano Tittawella

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

Expressing Sri Lanka president’s total commitment to the setting up a Joint Mechanism between the Government, LTTE and other parties in Sri Lanka, Mano Tittawella, senior advisor to Sri Lanka president and chairman of the Task Force for Rebuilding the Nation (TAFREN) nevertheless emphasized that reconstruction work could also be undertaken even without a joint mechanism, when he addressed the Private Sector Summit on Post-Tsunami Reconstruction and Development on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Dhaka on watch list of US religious panel, India excluded but Pakistan may be blacklisted

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

Trouble of a different kind is brewing for Pakistan from the US establishment even as President Musharraf has enlisted the help of the White House and State Department to sidelining Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, the two former prime ministers in exile.

Last of the Tsunami victims to be buried

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The remaining 65 unidentified bodies of the tsunami victims who died in the Boxing Day tragedy in Sri Lanka will be buried at the Borella cemetery in the capital next Monday. As the religious identity of the victims is not known, arrangements have been made to conduct Buddhist, Hindu,Muslim and Christian funeral rights at the burial.

US concern over targeting of Ahmadiyaa Muslims in Bangladesh

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

The United States has asked Khaleda Zia government to tone up its law and order machinery, check extra-judicial killings and provide a protective ring to the Muslim minority Ahmadiyyas who are being targetted by the Islamic zealots.

Alliance observes protest day against Quran desecration

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Countrywide protest day was observed on Friday following the appeal of Muttahida Majli-e-Amal MMA to condemn the desecration of Holy Quran by American troops in Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Indian Three Wheeler giant enters Sri Lanka auto market

Sunil C. Perera , Reporting from Sri Lanka

A new Indian three-wheel manufacturer ARD Exim-Asok Rock Drills Private Ltd has entered the Sri Lankan auto market introducing their three wheelers and Tractors tying up with Sri Lanka business conglomerate, Ceylinco consolidated.

India’s apex court refuses to tamper with national anthem

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

India’s apex court has refused to tamper with the national anthem and dismissed a writ that had sought deletion of a reference to 'Sindh', presently a province of Pakistan, from the Anthem written by nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in pre-independence days.

Is it the Beginning of the End?

Prof. Kanbawza Win

In a country ruled by the unscrupulous and uncivilized Generals it is rather hard to predict or speculate the affairs of Burma because simple logic is missing. Rangoon residents are still afraid that more violence may follow after the three explosions killing a dozen people and wounding nearly 200 (the regime's figures are not reliable as it always turns the facts and figures to suit its needs).

The mystery murder Ko Aung Hlaing Win, Burmese junta

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) has urged the international governments, international
jurist organizations and human rights organizations, to condemn the Burmese junta for its murdering of political activists Ko Aung Hlaing Win belonging to National League for Democracy apply pressure on Mr. Paul Segio Pinheiro, UN Special Rapporteur on Burma, to set up an independent inquiry into the murder

UK Warns Travellers about LTTE Threats in Sri Lanka

From our London Correspondent

Yesterday the British government updated its warning to travelers urging them not to go to north and the east of Sri Lanka because of terrorist threats and tit-for-tat killing among the rival Tamil political parties. “Much of the north and east of Sri Lanka also remains heavily mined,” it added.