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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2858

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Crisis 2: June 15 deadline issued by JVP for President to withdraw from Joint Mechanism with LTTE

At a press conference held at the Foundation Institute yesterday the JVP front-liners told a media conference that they had issued an ultimatum to the President to either withdraw her proposed plan to implement the P-TOMS by midnight June 15 or face the withdrawal of their support in running the government.

Scientology: "Respect the religious beliefs of others."

Scientology did not come to Sri Lanka-or anywhere else-to change anyone's religion, declares Jon E. von Gunten Director, Scientology Parishioners League, while purporting to refute a news item that appeared in the Asian Tribune.

BJP President LK Advani withdraws his resignation

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

L K Advani Friday withdrew his resignation as BJP President. He diluted his Jinnah speak. The RSS leadership also relented a wee bit following the intervention of a high-level functionary, who is now outside the RSS fold, and brought curtains down on the four-day high voltage political drama. To a limited extent the TINA factor Advani has come to enjoy post-Pakistan visit in the NDA helped the hardliners to come down.

India reiterates support for unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

India gave another broadside hint to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka that they should realize the need for a democratic leadership to ascertain their genuine aspirations. Visiting Indian Foreign Minister K. Natwar Singh started his business with a lengthy discussion with the democratic Tamil leaders who find it extremely hard to find space to work for the people because of autocratic ways of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Pak court releases 12 accused of gang rape case

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

A Pakistani court on Friday ordered the release of 12 men connected to a notorious gang-rape case, including six convicted of the crime, court officials said.

Promotion of ‘Alternative Tourism’ of Sri Lanka in Europe

By Our Business Correspondent

The Travel Mart was inaugurated by Arjuna Ranatunga, Deputy Minister of Tourism.The event provided an opportunity for tourism industry stakeholders to meet the buyers and exhibitors from around South Asia and to bounce back the industry after the devastation by the Tsunami.

Pak holds two suspected female suicide bombers

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani security forces have arrested two sisters suspected of plotting suicide attacks against minority Shiite Muslims.

Holcim Lanka on a stupendous relief effort to build 500 houses for tsunami victims.

From our Business Correspondent

Holcim Lanka one of the major distributors of cement in Sri Lanka when the
deadly Tsunami wave struck the shores and inland of Sri Lanka has moved fast to provide relief for the affected people beginning the 26th
December 2004 itself, the day the deadly wave penetrated inlands destroying life and property killing about 50,000 and uprooting more than 100,000 families from their permanent habitats.

Poverty Eradication a Distant Goal, Warns U.N. Chief

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service -

If current economic and social trends continue, many of the world's poorest countries will not be able to meet many-- or perhaps any-- of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned here.

Secret nuclear waste disposal sites revealed

New Scientist can reveal the highly sensitive shortlist of 12 sites
where the UK nuclear industry wanted to dispose of its dangerous
radioactive waste - some will be candidates again in the future. The
list had been kept a closely-guarded state secret for more than 15

Murder most foul -- Tiger killing machine

[b]Murder Most Foul[/b]

Here are extracts from the article titled [i]Was Sooriyamoorthy killing a warning to Anandasangaree?[/i] in Sri Lanka’s Sunday Leader by veteran Tamil journalist D. B. S. Jeyaraj.

Crisis 1: President Kumaratunga backs down: No agreement with LTTE without the consensus of the Maha Sangha

From our Political Correspondent in Colombo

At a meeting with the Maha Nayakas to defuse the escalating crisis President Chandrika Kumaratunga declared yesterday.