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U.N. Defies West in Vote for Human Rights Council

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

United Nations, 10 May, (IPS) The 191-member General Assembly, the collective voice of the international community at the United Nations, brushed aside both U.S. and Western criticisms to elect China, Russia and Cuba to the newly-created Human Rights Council.

Sri Lanka elected to prestigious UN Human Rights Council

Colombo, 10 May, (Asiantribune.com): Despite futile attempts by the anti-Sri Lankan Asian Human Rights Commission and the LTTE lobby the packed UN General Assembly elected Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.

American Jewish Committee Honors Courageous Muslims

Dr. Richard L. Benkin writes from Washington

It was 4th May 2006, in Washington DC. The American Jewish Committee (AJC) bestowed their prestigious Moral Courage Award on two Muslims who have been persecuted for their stance in favor of interfaith understanding and in opposition to radical Islam, especially terrorism.

Indian-American Legislator Wants More Indians to have Political Voice in US

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 10 May (Asiantribune.com): Kumar Barve, a third-generation Indian-American whose grandfather emigrated from Indore, India, in 1911, the majority leader in the Maryland House of Delegates urges his 2 million fellow Indian immigrants in the United States to participate in local politics because “in America that is the only way to influence policy.”

Fijian elections could ignite social and political tinderbox

Voting commenced in the Fijian elections on May 6 under tight military and police security. The poll is being conducted over a week amid considerable tension, including threats of a coup if the Labor Party emerges as the winner. The campaign has been dominated by appeals to race and ethnic identity to divert attention from the increasing economic and social instability facing the Pacific island state.

Pesticide as Sweetener – 'Say no to Sugar'

By Daya Dissanayake

Say no to Sugar. That is a new slogan among those worried about life style diseases and obesity and all other problems. Avoid sugar like it is poison. Instead use a pesticide in your tea, in your fruit drink, in your cake. Die of cancer. In May 2005, The Idaho Observer asked the question, if DDT were sweet, would you put it in your tea?

No special message from Prabha - Peace secretariat spoksman

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 10 May,(Asiantribune.com): Though it was touted as that he was carrying a message from the Tiger Supremo Prabhakaran, Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi, indeed, did not have a special message of any sort to the government, said a senior official of the government's peace secretariat.

Indian born flight attendant demands castration of Saudia officials for sexual harassment

By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - Reporting from Dhaka

Shehnaz Sani (53), an Indian born flight attendant of the Saudi Airlines has lodged a complaint on 21 April 2006 , with Dr. Saleh Bin-Humaid, President & Chief Judge of the Shariah Council at Jeddah, Kinfdom of Saudi Arabia against Abdul Ellah Bahrani, Saud H. Al-Jalak, Moshin M Algarni, Saad A. Moogaddam, Maher A Shukri, Fahaad A. Baghdadi and others, of the Saudi Arabian Airlines, which has its Head Quarters at Jeddah (KSA). Since the last nearly two decades, Shehnaz Sani has been fighting a running battle against Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) for justice and her rights.

Samaraweera dangles economic carrots before India

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi
New Delhi, 10 May (asiantribune.com): Winding up his visit to the Indian capital, the Sri Lankan foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera dangles the economic carrots. Initial response shows that the offer went down well. In contrast, the visit failed to show any positive movement forward on political and defence arena.

Samaraweera interacted with Commerce Minister Kamlnath, Civil Aviation minister Praful Patel and Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed who hosted a lunch in his honour.

Crucial TNA meeting today to decide party's future course of action in Parliament

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 10 May, (Asiantribune.com): Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians will decide their future course of action when its Parliamentary group meets today morning, a top member told the “Asian Tribune.

Pakistan, India , Sri Lanka elected to new U.N. HR Council

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 10 May, (Asiantribune.com): Pakistan and India have been elected as members of the new United Nations Human Rights Council. The 47-nation council will replace the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights. The United States has refused to join the council.

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Advani and his many masks

By Tushar - Syndicate Features

A problem with Advani is that at any given time he wants to wear more than one mask. He often speaks in two tongues also. He styles himself as a true champion of Hindutva and damns the government for ‘appeasing’ Muslims and yet seeks minority votes. He regrets the demolition of Babri Mosque but strongly supports the construction of a ‘grand’ temple at Ayodhya. For him Gujarat carnage is a mere aberration though he says he regrets for what had happened in Modi Gujarat. He asks RSS to keep off the BJP affairs but genuflects before the sages in Jhandewalan and Nagpur”, says the author.

UNDP and Suntel collaborate to build livelihoods for tsunami affected

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 10 May, (Asiantribune.com):The United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] in Sri Lanka will sign a cost–share agreement with Suntel, a private telecommunications company.

A 9 road reopened yesterday

By Our Colombo Correspondent
Colombo, 10 May, (Asiantribune.com): The Alpha Nine highway (A9) linking the North and the South was reopened yesterday, after an abrupt closure on Monday, which the military attributed to security reasons.

Entry points in Muhamalai and Omanthai as well as Uiyankulam entry point in Mannar road and the Madu crossing point, all of which were closed Monday , are now open to public traffic.

173 TV channels to uplink from India

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has clarified that a cable operator may continue to carry or include in his cable service any Television broadcast or channel, which has made an application for registration to the Central Government on or before May 11, 2006 i.e. the date of commencement of the notification of amendments in the Cable Television Network Rules 1994 and DTH guidelines.

Pak denies any border violation

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 10 May,(Asiantribune.com): Pakistan military spokesman and Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Shaukat Sultan has denied the news about Pakistan's border violation near Pak - Afghan border and said nor any incident of firing took place there.

"No difference of opinions in BJP": Dr Lotha

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Kohima, 10 May, (NEPS): Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr TM Lotha downplayed the latest political developments that sent slide tremor in political circles in the State.

Talking to NEPS here at his official residence today, the Minister, who is also Deputy Leader of the State BJP Legislature Party, made it clear that there was no difference of opinions within the BJP, which is the second largest constituent in the ruling DAN. "We will complete our full term," he asserted.

Amidst reports of severe discrepancies in the Norochcholai deal, work on Sri Lanka's first ever coal plant takes off on Thursday

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 10 May, Asiantribune.com): With work on Sri Lanka's first ever coal power plant scheduled to begin on Thursday (May 11), informed sources told the “Asian Tribune” that the Norochcholai deal which was sealed recently contains many discrepancies including technical irregularities which could lead to many dilemmas when the plant begins operation.


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