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Sri Lanka: the only state where everyone rules except ......

By H. L. D.

Radhakrishnan assault case, Raghu grnted bail

Kenath Jayashankar Menon, reporting from Chennai

In the sensational
'Radhakrishnan assault case', in March last, a Session
Court in the city, MK Raghu - who was arrested earlier
- granted bail.

Chandrika in Delhi working visit amidst concern over Tigers<br> Prabaharan had twice flown out of Vanni – Report.

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

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is here on a three-day working visit to ‘secure Indian endorsement for joint mechanism in Tsunami hit belt amidst reports that Tigers have acquired new strike capabilities and are in a position to pose a threat to both Colombo and Delhi. Other reports about LTTE are no less disturbing, say informed sources pointing out that the Tigers boss had twice flown out of Vanni to Norway and Sweden with Male as transit halt on both occasions.

Cracks widen in Sri Lanka’s ruling alliance

By Sugeeswara Senadhira -Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Major differences in the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) further widened with two major partners adopting uncompromised stands on the proposed tsunami joint mechanism with the Tamil rebels.

U.S. Ramps Up Arms Supplies to Repressive Regimes

by Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United States has accelerated arms sales to some of the world's most repressive and undemocratic regimes since the Sep. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, according to a new report from leading arms trade researchers.

Regional experts advocate privatization of electricity sector

By Sugeeswara Senadhira -Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Regional energy experts were unanimous in their opinion that if Sri Lanka did not restructure its power sector to involve private sector investment in it, the industry can fall into an acute financial crisis and burden the public with increased electricity tariffs while also having to face an energy crisis.

Sri Lanka: the only state where everyone rules except the government

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

If a Martian landing in Sri Lanka tomorrow asks any passer-by to take the visitor from space to his/her leader the first question that will puzzle the Sri Lankan is: Do we have a leader?

Osama is in Pakistan, but Musharraf does not know as he doesn’t want to know, says a new book on terrorism

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf may not know, but Osama bin Laden is very much in Pakistan, says a new book on terrorism.

Norway rejects demand for religious tolerance in education

The Norwegian government has refused to allow more tolerant religious studies in its education system despite the strong criticism of the country’s rigid religious education curriculum. The Norwegian parliament has rejected the proposal for amending the religious curriculum despite the severe criticism of the current curriculum by the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Launch new investigation on senior Police officers -- Human Rights Watch

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for a new investigation to identify the police officers responsible for the killings of the 27 Tamil detainees at the Bindunuwewa detention facility in October 2000. Last week's acquittal by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court of all defendants in the mob killing of demonstrates the failure of the Sri Lankan justice system to address crimes against alleged Tamil Tiger members, Human Rights Watch said.

Re-broadcast centre of Sun TV bombed in Sri Lanka's Northern town of Vavuniya

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

Unidentified men attacked the office of a cable service operator in the
northern Sri Lankan town of Vavuniya, a re-broadcast
centre of Chennai based Sun TV, with a grenade and
damaged the equipment.

Liberation leaders arrives in Pak Kashmir

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

A delegation of Kashmiri liberation leaders Thursday arrived in Muzaffarabad on a landmark visit to Azad Kashmir and Pakistan for high level consultations with leadership there.

A new loan system for the tsunami-affected businessmen in Sri Lanka

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Pressured by the heavy criticism of the local trade chambers and the small businessmen who could not find their feet after the tsunami the Government of Sri Lanka announced on Wednesday that it will launch a new loan scheme for the businessmen battered by the tsunami.

DMK and its allies plan mass agitation

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The Tamil Nadu
opposition party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhakam (DMK)
announced today that it would hold mass agitation,
with the cooperation of its allies, in order to draw
the attention of the Election Commission (EC) over the
allegation of massive increase in the electoral rolls
in all the State's districts.

Donors to meet LTTE after a decision on tsunami joint mechanism

By Sugeeswara Senadhira -Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Donor countries expect Presidenmt Chandrika Kumaratunga to establish the proposed tsunami joint mechanism with Tamil rebels after her current visit to New Delhi. With this assumption, the international donors had postponed their scheduled meeting with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) today.