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

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Giant plane raises fear of medical emergencies

When the giant Airbus A380 made its maiden flight on 27 April, the airlines' publicity focused on plans to install bars, beauty salons, gymnasiums and even double beds on board. But there was little mention of one less glamorous fact. The A380's ability to carry twice the number of passengers as many of today's planes will almost double the chances that on any given flight someone will need urgent medical attention. Yet the air transport industry appears unprepared for this, New Scientist has discovered.

India’s ruling alliance celebrates first anniversary: Sonia Gandhi looks back with satisfaction.

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

On the first anniversary of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) here on Sunday, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said she could look back with some satisfaction. And the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has promised ‘bold initiatives’, ‘out of the box’ thinking and ‘actions with courage’ to live up to people’s expectations.

`Western Embassies violate visa guidelines’

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo

In the wake of Sri Lankan Scientist Thrishantha Nanayakkara’s unforgettable experience at the French Embassy in Colombo, a Sri Lankan writer Preethi Sirimanne von den Driesch (married to a German) has further exposed the largely racist discriminatory approach of Western Governments to the issue of visas to South Asians.

UNP will table a fresh no-confidence motion against the WPC Chief Minister

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The United National Party (UNP) Councilors of the Western Provincial Council –WPC are now preparing a fresh no-confidence motion, against the Chief Minister of the province. Earlier, Governor of WPC did not allow to debate on the first no-confidence motion and he prorogued the WPC session.

TBC –London based Tamil radio station temporarily suspend broadcasting due to alleged break-in.

Tamil Broadcasting Corporation, a Tamil radio station based in London reports of the station temporarily suspending its broadcasting services, as alleged saboteurs have broken into TBC studio in the early hours of 22nd May 2005 and vital studio equipments have been stolen and the cable connecting the up-linking facility has been severed.

Coalition, Afghan forces kill 12 militants in Afghanistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Twelve suspected militants were killed in a joint operation by the coalition and Afghan troops in Southeastern Afghanistan, while in aerial bombardment by the coalition forces war airplanes five people were reported killed near North Waziristan Agency on the Pak-Afghan border.

Democracy, Diversity, and the ‘Joint Mechanism’ in Sri Lanka

By Prof. Asoka Bandarage

At a major conference held in Kandy, Sri Lanka on May 16, 2005, the international donor community increased its tsunami aid pledge for Sri Lanka to $USD 3 billion. A generous aid package is needed to re-build the economy and the regions and communities devastated by the tsunami. Indeed, the international support and good will are greatly appreciated by practically all Sri Lankans. While pledging the aid package, the donor community simultaneously pushed the Sri Lankan government to renew the stalled peace process with the LTTE.

A Breath of Fresh Air Sweeps into Hell, But There’s still No way out.

By John Chuckman

Like a refreshing breeze blowing briefly over those damned to endure the hell created by America's government came the words of British M.P. George Galloway to an American Senate Committee. The man was simply magnificent. Tough, brave, and articulate - hurling unanswerable truth at blubbering political lowlifes in silk suits.

Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project : Ignorance is Bliss!

By R.Ramesh

Government of India (GoI) has cleared Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP) at a worst possible time. The whole of Palk Bay is reeling today, under an excessive stress caused by the December 26th tsunami. Most of its biotic and physical resources remain challenged partially or fully by the tsunami. However, the Ministry of Shipping has decided to start the dredging work for the canal in three weeks time from now.

Economically – Buoyant Hong Kong To Elect Chief Executive

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Bustling Hong Kong, China’s Special Administrative Region, is in election mode. The 60-member legislative council, popularly known as Legco, meets on Wednesday to approve amendments to the Chief Executive Election Ordinance that will set in train the election of Hong Kong’s second leader since the territory returned to Chinese sovereignty in July 1997 after 150 years of British colonial rule.