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Sethusamudram Shipping Canal project would destroy coastline

[b]By Dr. R.Ramesh [/b]

[b]Will the Sri Lankan expert committee wake up at least now? [/b]

Sri Lankan President Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga visited India recently. One of the issues taken up for discussion between her team and Government of India (GoI) was the issue of Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project.

Michael Jackson freed but heavily in debt.

From our New York Correspondent

Michael Jackson, 46-year-old pop star, walked out of court a free man yesterday after the jury cleared him of all ten charges. The jury pronounced him not guilty on charges of child abuse, conspiring to abduct and plying children with alcohol. In the four month trial he had lost 30 pounds.

Police arrest two from rival Tamil party in the murder of Sivaram, the pro-LTTE journalist.

From our Colombo Correspondent

Arumugam Sri Skandarajan, and Veluthan Nallanather will be produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today, in connection with the abduction and murder of Dharameratnam Sivaram, the pro-LTTE journalist editing the TamilNet, and Nitharsanam .com – a Tamil news website, on April 28, 2005. Both were arrested in a safe house in Maharagama by SP Sarath Lugoda of the Colombo Crimes Division. Police claim that they located Skandarajan through the telephone records of Sivaram.

LTTE returning to old practice of abducting children from Hindu temples

The London-based International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers (ICSUCS) -- leading non-governmental organizations to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers, both boys and girls exposed the increasing LTTE tactic of abducting children from Hindu festivals in the Batticoloa district which is the eastern province of Sri Lanka.

No hidden agenda in JM- President of Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says that the tsunami relief council is not a peace or any other agreement but purely an administrative process to provide relief to Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim tsunami victims.

DMK MLS stages demonstration demanding non-commencement of civic works

Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

Demanding the
non-commencement of civic works, for which the DMK MLA
J Anbazhagan had allotted funds from his MLA
constituency development fund (MCDF), he staged a
demonstration in front of Ripon Buildings.

Massive protests and belated PR by government

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Protests against the proposed joint mechanism with the Tamil rebels continue unabated and the belated massive propaganda onslaught by the state media has so far failed to make an impact.

Pak urges India to vacate Siachin to make peace a reality

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

The Foreign Office spokesman has emphasized that India has to vacate its aggression in order to make Siachen as a peaceful area.

Outline of the proposed text of the Joint Mechanism with the LTTE in distributing aid.

A brief summary of the proposed Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") for the Establishment of a Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (the "Joint Mechanism") was distributed among the Deputy Ministers by the Presidential Secretariat. Here is the text of the outline of the proposed MoU:

Dress code of northeast girls for capital cops' failures

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The recent statement of Virender Kumar, Vice Principal of the Kirori Mal College, New Delhi that salwar kameez should be a "dress code" for the northeast girls in Delhi to avoid sexual harassment is ridiculous and racial discriminatory. It is rubbing salt into the wound.

LTTE backed Tamil MPs to support joint mechanism

By Sugeeswara Senadhira -Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a parliamentary party backed by the Tamil rebels has extended support to President Chandrika Kumaratunga for the proposed joint mechanism for tsunami reconstruction with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

I will not step down as SIFAA Chief: Matinee idol Vijayakanth

Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

Tamil film actor
Vijayakanth, who had earlier announced his plans to
launch a political outfit, said he would not
step down as president of the South Indian Film
Artistes' Association.

South Summit to Focus on Forging a United Front

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Faced with increasing Western inequities in trade and investments, the world's 132 developing nations will meet in the Qatari capital later this week to adopt a plan of action to strengthen South-South cooperation.

Sethusamudram Dredging to be telecast live

Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The commencement of
dredging operation for Sethusamudram project in Palk
Strait area will be telecast.

Second Buddhist monk to continue hunger strike

By Sugeeswara Senadhira -Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The President of the Jathika Bikshu Peramuna (JBP), Venerable Dambara Amila Thero vowed to continue his hunger strike protesting the proposed joint mechanism with the Tamil rebels although Ven Dr Omalpe Sobitha had gave up his fast after president Chandrika Kumaratunga agreed to discuss the issue with Buddhist prelates.

Pro-Democracy protest outside Burmese Embassy in UK

As part of a Global Day of Action for Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Christian Solidarity Worldwide will be joining a protest outside the Burmese Embassy in London. Similar protests will be held in front of at least 50 Burmese embassies around the world two days before her 60th birthday.

Scientology Inc. refuses to respect the religions of others

Scientology kills people; Scientology Inc. kills people. "Gridster" would have his propaganda victims believe that human rights activists are objecting to Scientology out of "religious bigotry" instead of Scientology Inc.'s crimes and human rights abuses.

No hidden clauses in the Joint Mechanism to work with the LTTE – Jayantha Dhanapala

Editor of the Asian Tribune, K. T. Rajasingham, interviewed Jayantha Dhanapala, the Head of Peace Secretariat, in Stockholm yesterday. At this stopover Dhanapala clarified some of the issues surrounding the controversial Post-Tsunami Operation Management (P-TOMS). He was on his way to New York to attend a conference.