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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

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Chinese economy growths rapidly in first half of 2005

By Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

Chinese gross domestic
production (GDP) increased by 9.5 percent which amounts to
to 812.3 billion US dollars, during the first half of
this year.

London explosion - Three underground stations evacuated

London came to a standstill again during the lunch hour today as three underground stations have been evacuated - Oval, Warren Street and Shepherd's Bush (Central Line) on a fear of another bomb attack.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says India can be a bridge to Iran

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is returning home from a state visit to the US visit on Friday, has said India can be a bridge between Iran and the rest of the world, particularly the United States.

Trade fairs turn Hong Kong into global city

Neville de Silva- Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Exhibitors and buyers from round the world flocked to Hong Kong, Asia’s trade fair capital, as it went into “summer mode” this month with two major events.

Chandrika foxed the LTTE - Douglas Devananda

Douglas Devananda, Minister of Agricultural Marketing Development, Co-operative Development, Hindu Affairs and Assisting Education and Vocational Training told the Asian Tribune that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had foxed the LTTE by granting P-TOMS. The LTTE never expected her to grant the P-TOMS. They thought that she would cave into internal pressures and renege on it. They were then hoping to go to the Tamil people and the international community blaming the Sri Lankan government and press for aid to be channeled directly to them in Killinochchi, But their plans were foiled by the government signing the P-TOMS.

Brittle peace continues despite continuous war of words

In an another attempt to salvage the fragile peace in Sri Lanka, Laegreid Oddavar, Norwegian Embassy Charge de Affaires, who is also the Acting Ambassador and Hagrup Haukland, Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) flew to Kilinochchi yesterday to restart a direct dialogue between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. But informed sources revealed that they have failed in their mission to convince the LTTE to work an amicable way out of the current impasse.

Who’s afraid of Norway, the Co-chairs and their warnings?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

The latest statement issued (July 19, 2005) by the four Co-Chairs of the Sri Lankan peace process – EU, Norway, USA and Japan – highlights the escalating tensions that portend the coming of the next round of war. The Co-chairs state that they are alarmed by the war drums echoing in every nook and corner. So are the Sri Lankans, particularly the Tamil parents whose teenagers were abducted by the armed LTTE cadres given the right to roam freely under the Ceasefire Agreement.

'Access for All' campaigns for the rights of the disabled

By Q Perera - Our Business Correspondent

Consortium of Disability Organizations (CDO) pioneers for the campaign "Access for All" (AA) held a seminar recently at the YWCA Hall, Colombo to discuss as to how further ensure the rights of the disabled.

Commonwealth Secretary General chides Britain

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

In an unusual attack on Britain, the home of the Commonwealth, the organization’s Secretary-General lashed out accusing the UK of "selfish imperialism."

Pioneer Car Maker too joins the Tsunami House Constructions

By Q Perera - Our Business Correspondent

Micro Cars Ltd, the first Sri Lankan Company to design, develop and manufacture the car 'Micro' has now set foot to bring in another innovative solution to build cost effective houses with thier Principals of Leeben International Inc USA using Themal Impact Building technology.

DPRK and South Korea oppose Japan raising abduction issue

By Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

The Democratic People's
Republic of Korea(DPRK) strongly opposed to Japan's
intention to raise the Japanese abduction issue at the
fourth round of the six party talks on the Korean
Peninsula nuclear issue, which is scheduled to start on
July 26 in Beijing.

Arrests over 200 suspects in series of raids

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani law enforcement agencies in a crackdown on banned jihadi and extremist groups have arrested more than 200 suspects, Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao told a news conference.

China abolishes Yuan-dollar peg, adopts floating rate

By Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

The people's Bank of China - Chinese central bank, announced Thursday that the exchange rate US dollars is changed to one
dollar to 8.11 Yuan from 19.00 (local time) Thursday.