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

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U.S. brothers tortured in Pakistan during eight-month's illegal detention

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Two US citizens of Pakistani descent were tortured, repeatedly interrogated and threatened ahead of their release after more than eight-month’s illegal detention in Pakistan on suspicion of links with militants, Human Rights Watch reports.

Prosecution opposes clubing of two Jaya cases, defence argues of political vendetta

Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

Although, the
prosecution in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate
assets cases against Tamilnadu Chief Minister J
Jayalalithaa on Wednesday opposed the clubbing of the
said case with the London Hotels case, the defence
counsel cried foul and argued that the cases had been
filed out of political vendetta.

US blasts Dhaka for extra-judicial killing, HR violations

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

The US Congress has ticked off Bangladesh for extra-judicial killings, human rights abuse, repeated bomb blasts, slow probe into the August 21 bomb attack on Sheikh Hasina and the subsequent killing of former minister SAMS Kibria.

Is there any overture in the Vijayakanth Karunanidhi meeting?

Kenath Jayashankar Menon reporting from Chennai

As the theory goes, 'Enemy's enemy is my friend', Tamil film actor
Vijayakanth's meeting with the DMK leader M Karunanidhi has raised speculations in the State political arena.

India managed to check the spread of HIV epidemic

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

AIDs epidemic has slowed down in India, says the Federal Minister for health, Anbumani Ramadoss, himself a doctor by profession.His optimism is a fall-out of latest surveys. These show a steep drop in new cases, from 5.2 lakh cases in 2003 to 28,000 last year.

US assures support to Pakistan in economic, defence fields

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

The US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca Wednesday said that her country values its relations with Pakistan specially the cooperation extended in the global war against terrorism which was highly appreciated by the US as well as the international community.

LTTE to hold on with ceasefire till money flow remain undeterred

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Bureau Chief, Asiantribune,Colombo.

The three year old ceasefire in Sri Lanka is still holding despite repeated doomsday warnings from Norway and other international actors for the last two years that it would fall apart any moment. The fragile peace process and the ceasefire is faced with at least three major challenges – deadlocked peace negotiations, continuous killings in the east and the long delay in establishing a joint mechanism for tsunami relief.

Six family-members die in blast in Pak tribal area

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Six members of a single family died when a home made device went off in house in South Waziristan Agency, Pakistan the tribal belt neighbouring Afghanistan .

Scientologists silent over accusations of exploiting tsunami victims in Sri Lanka

From our Correspondents

Scientologists from Argentine to Germany and beyond have reacted sharply to the Asian Tribune story written by Christian Eckert, “First Person Testimony: Beware Religious Tsunami to hit Sri Lanka soon.”

Indian opposition demands Bihar elections by early July

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

Mounting a fresh psychological campaign, the BJP and its allies are making out a case for assembly elections in Bihar in the next two months. This is despite a well reasoned stand of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his federal government that it is not possible to hold elections before September.

Monolingualism is a bane in the varsity education -says Sri Lankan scholar

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon, reporting from Chennai

The third Vesak
commemoration lecture had kick-started on Wednesday at Museum
Theatre, Chennai. But celebrations of the
2549th Vesak Day to commemorate the birth,
enlightenment and Parinirvana of Buddha had started on

Government acts to resolve Trincomalee situation

Sri Lanka Government in a statement expressed its concern on the continuing tense situation in Trincomalee town caused by a small group of residents, with the assistance of several outside forces.

Amnesty slams Pakistan’s human rights record

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

The Amnesty International has come down heavily on Pakistan for its poor human rights record; saying that arbitrary arrests and detentions, disappearances and possible extrajudicial executions have become a norm in the context of ‘war on terror’.