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Legendary Iravanan: An allegory - II

[b]Legendary Iravanan: An allegory - II[/b]

By K.T.Rajasingham

The course for war with Iravanan, a flimsy façade of a distorted version, was allowed to circulate by Valmiki, the robber turned ascetic author of Iramayanam.

28 killed in landmine blast in Pakistan's restive South

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At least 28 people including women and children were killed when a tractor trolley hit a landmine in the restive Southwestern Balochistan province of Pakistan.Post your comments

U.S. Isolated in Opposing New Human Rights Body

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United States is being reduced to a minority of one in its unyielding opposition to a proposal to create a new Human Rights Council (HRC) to replace the U.N.'s existing much-maligned Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

US blasts Afghanistan's poor HR record

BY Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

The annual human rights report issued by the U.S. State Department says Afghanistan's human rights record remained poor during 2005 due to weak central government institutions and an intensified insurgency. The report says that although Kabul struggled to expand its authority into provincial centers, a few areas remain under the control of abusive regional militia commanders.

Jeewaka Seoul hopes to construct a modern hospital in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Local and foreign investors, who still wait to see the green light from the Government of Sri Lanka to obtain the necessary infrastructure, commended recent decision by President Mahinda Rajapaksha to facilitate investors and punish government officials proven inefficient.

The parable of the hatchet or the nonsense of nation-building in Afghanistan

By John Chuckman

Nation-building is a term created by people living off Pentagon contracts. It is one of those queasy political expressions with no hard meaning yet its use raises few eyebrows. The term sounds as though it means something, and it is treated as though it were something you might study. At least this is true in the United States where people are hypnotized by hype and substance-lacking words, where inflating nothing into something is an everyday art.

Human Rights in Burma Deteriorated in 2005, US State Department Says

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The ruling military junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar, was implicated in numerous serious abuses including extrajudicial killings, disappearances, arbitrary arrests without appeal, imprisonment of opposition political leaders, forcible relocation and confiscation of property, forced labor, forced recruitment of child soldiers, harsh restrictions on freedom of speech, press, assembly, association and movement says the U.S. Department of State in its latest Human Rights Report for Burma released this week here.

DMK led alliance finalizes seat sharing

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

Coinciding with the issue of notification for May 8 assembly elections, the DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) has announced its seat sharing arrangement. This followed the formal nod for 31 seats from the PMK. The Congress was already given 48 seats, while CPM- 13 seats and CPI 10 seats. The Tamil Nadu faction of the Muslim League will contest for three seats.

UD funding of terrorists has not brought peace to Sri Lanka(ii)

We relished reading Lodve A.Svare's response to my piece (10-02-2006). Unfortunately, it lacked any qualitative answers to any of the questions posed. Yet it was a peculiar discourse on how to express our thoughts without using the word "terrorist".

Legendary Iravanan: An allegory - II

By K.T.Rajasingham

This was an article written in 1998 and reproduced now here for the benefit of the readers of "Asian Tribune" to know about the legendry Lankan King Iravanan. This is a two parts article. Today we are posting the concluding chapter. This was written when plans were drawn to build tabernacle for Iraman (known also as King Rama of Ramayana epic) at Sita- Eliya, in the hill country and a 16 feet statute for Hanuman at Ramboda. This is due to a work of Aryan elements to conclude Ariyanization in Sri Lanka, argues K.T.Rajasingham.Post your comments

US State Dept says rights record has worsened in Nepal

[b]US State Dept says rights record has worsened in Nepal[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

[b]New Delhi, 11 March (asiantribune.com):[/b] The US State Department's latest Human Rights report has reserved harsh words for the Monarch and his regime as also the Marxist rebels who are working to end the royal rule in Nepal.

28 killed in landmine blast in Pakistan's restive South

[b]28 killed in landmine blast in Pakistan's restive South[/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

[b]Islamabad, 11 March, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] At least 28 people including women and children were killed when a tractor trolley hit a landmine in the restive Southwestern Balochistan province of Pakistan.

According to reports, the victims were traveling from Bekar t

A socialist answer to the danger of war in Sri Lanka

[b]A socialist answer to the danger of war in Sri Lanka[/b]

Every time a new Sri Lankan president is elected, it is customary to promise "a new approach" will be undertaken to solve all political and social evils. When Mahinda Rajapakse narrowly won the election in November, he pledged to immediately implement his grand plan—Mahinda Chinthana or Mahinda's Vision.

US State Dept says rights record has worsened in Nepal

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

The US State Department's latest Human Rights report has reserved harsh words for the Monarch and his regime as also the Marxist rebels who are working to end the royal rule in Nepal. "The government's poor human rights record worsened and the government continued to perpetuate many serious abuses, the report says and adds, 'the security forces and the Maoist insurgents committed numerous grave human rights abuses during the year 2005'. Post your comments


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