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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

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Hostilities in Sri lanka

By Malladi - Syndicate Features

One message that comes from Foreign Minister Samaraweera’s India sojourn is that the Lanka government will keenly pursue the political options to face the LTTE threat. Obviously, it expects to derive better dividends over time than the recent air attacks which have resulted in an exodus of several thousand ethnic Tamils from the Trincomalee area. Colombo wants India to use its clout to get a global ban on LTTE and chock the ‘donations’ from Canada and the US with similar action by the European Union and thereby severely affect the LTTE’s ability to purchase weapons, says the author.

Muslims get teaching appointments in the plantation sector

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

In the future, Muslims who have obtained a Credit Pass for Islam in the Ordinary level examination can apply for teacher posts in the plantation sector.

DMK celebrates victory, Congress hopes for a berth in the govt

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

Muthavel Karunanidhi drove to his DMK party office 'Anna Arivalayam' at the Anna Salai even as the early trends were coming and that was signal for his faithful to herald victory celebrations. In the not too far away Poes Garden residence of Amma Jayalalithaa, the mood was anything that was remotely close to exuberance. For the first time in years, brusqueness replaced humility for the gate man. Jayalalithaa has retired for "rest" at her Siruthavoor farm house near Mahabalipuran since the elections on May 8.

Kerala turns red after five years, Congress concedes defeat

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

The CPI (M)-led LDF is returning to power after tasting sweet victory at the hustings. The Congress which led the rival United Democratic Front (UDF) has conceded defeat but its leaders notably AK Antony attribute the LDF victory to the LDF alliance with 'communal forces'. They are also regretting their last minute alliance with K Karunakaran, who after leaving the Congress floated his own regional party. Karunakaran's son K Muraleedharan lost in Koduvally, Kozhikode district, by over 7000 votes to Independent PTA Rahim.

Sonia registers landslide victory in Rae Barelli

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

Sonia Gandhi has won her Rae Barelli seat once again. Victory margin: a whopping 4, 17, 888 votes. All her rivals lost their deposits. One of them is Raj Kumar Chaudhary the nephew of a minister in the Samajwadi party government in the state. Neither BJP, which fielded a reluctant Vinay Katiyar who had shot into fame as a leader of Hindutva forces a decade back, nor Apna Dal candidate Prabha Singh Lodhi, the nominee of BJP rebel Uma Bharti who has floated Apna Dal could with stand the Sonia tornado.

Left retains West Bengal, Buddha smiles for once

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

West Bengal has voted for the Left once again. The vote was very decisive. And leaves no one in any doubt that Indian Left have carved out a niche in the democratic world.

More than 14% of our urban population consists of slum dwellers

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting for Asian Tribune

Urban populations in South Asia are expanding rapidly, placing enormous pressure on urban services. This has also resulted in a rapid increase of the urban slum dwellers. A research study conducted by Practical Action/ITDG has revealed that out of the urban population, 14% consist of the urban poor (slum dwellers.)

Sonia registers landslide victory in Rae Barelli

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

Sonia Gandhi has won her Rae Barelli seat once again. Victory margin: a whopping 4, 17, 888 votes. All her rivals lost their deposits. One of them is Raj Kumar Chaudhary the nephew of a minister in the Samajwadi party government in the state. Neither BJP, which fielded a reluctant Vinay Katiyar who had shot into fame as a leader of Hindutva forces a decade back, nor Apna Dal candidate Prabha Singh Lodhi, the nominee of BJP rebel Uma Bharti who has floated Apna Dal could with stand the Sonia tornado.

Sea Tigers blew up two Sri Lankan gunboats

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sea Tigers today afternoon blew up two Sri Lankan Navy gunboats escorting a Navy personnel carrier bringing the ceasefire to the verge of the collapse.

Amma out, Karuna in, Left celebrates in red citadels, Sonia gets landslide win

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

Results are out. Suspense is over. And the Tami Nadu voters have rejected Amma Jayalaithaa and overwhelmingly opted for septuagenarian Muthavel Karunanidhi for whom 2006 was in all probability his last electoral battle. He may settle for a coalition with his DPA allies; Congress, his ally, has put up remarkable performance in years.

Another unexplained death of a Sri Lankan worker in Saudi Arabia

By Dayananda Ratnayake and Priyadarshnee Dissanayaka – World Socialist Web Site

Each year hundreds of Sri Lankans die while working abroad, mainly in the Middle East. Official inquiries are rarely conducted, either in the country where the death occurred or by the Sri Lankan government. According to the Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau, 245 workers died while working in the Middle East in 2004, an increase by 12.9 percent from the 217 deaths in 2003. In 2005, 203 deaths were reported, of which 104 were women.

Kahawatte plantation plans to set up a cinnamon processing plant.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 11 May, (Asiantribune.com): The Kahawatte Plantation, one of the leading private sector plantation companies has decided to expand its Cinnamon plantation and set up a cinnamon processing plant in the Rilhena estate, ahawatte to produce value added cinnamon products.

LTTE Tax Collectors at Chunnakam Market Nabbed

Cadres belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who functioned as Tax Collectors at the Chunnakam Market, one of the biggest vegetable markets in the Jaffna peninsula, was arrested by the Sri Lanka Army and Police.

Swiss team begins probe into charges against its diplomats in Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

A two-member Swiss team has stated probe into complaints of sexual harassment of two Pakistani women by its embassy staff as well as their involvement in human trafficking.

Akashi envisages a greater Indian role

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

India has been invited to take up an active role in next donor co chair meeting scheduled for the end of this month, Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi said.

Fighter jet jointly produced by Pak, China completes test flight

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Prototype IV of the JF-17 Thunder aircraft, a joint venture of Pakistan and China, Wednesday successfully completed its first operational test flight at Chengdu in China.

Authorities in Sri Lanka haggle over shifting Army Hospital from its present location

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

Defence authorities continued to be indecisive over plans of shifting the Army hospital situated at the Army headquarters complex in Colombo, despite last month's bomb blast which saw a total of eleven dead and more than twenty injured including Army Commander Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka.

Akashi warns violence gone too far, tells LTTE renounce terrorism.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi warned that international efforts would be in vain unless two parties act to scale down the spiraling violence in the country’s North-East.

"Bahrani to rough-shod over me only because I would not have sex with him" – Shahnaz Sani

Shahnaz Sani, a former flight attendant of Saudia, national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia (SAA). She lost her job as she did not respond to the indecent proposal of the official of Saudia Airline company. This was the beginning of her agonies and sufferings. But, during her battle to get judgment, none of the so-called women rights activists or other extended hands of cooperation to this mother of two daughters, who deserves to be supported. Only a few days back, Shahnaz wrote a message to Weekly Blitz.

Sri Lanka Security Forces strike LTTE targets. Kilinochchi under attack

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Sri Lankan security forces are pounding LTTE positions deep inside the guerrilla held territory in a combine air, naval and ground strike after sea Tigers blew up two Naval gunboats escorting a Navy personnel carrier.


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