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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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Russia becoming a Muslim state!

By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Imagine Russia in 2050! According to Paul Goble, a specialist on ethnic minorities in the Russian Federation has predicted that within the next several decades, Russia will become a Muslim majority state. There is another bad news with fast decline in country’s population. This has already become a headache for Russian politicians and policy makers. President Vladimir Putin has called already for Russian women to have more children, because demographers predict that Russia’s population will fall from 143 million to 100 million by 2050. This situation has alarmed Russians as well Western leaders, more so because analysts estimate that Muslims will comprise the majority group in Russia’s population in few decades.

Sirisena Cooray wins Colombo Municipal Council for the UNP

The UNP-backed group that won the Colombo Municipal Council elections last Saturday is another feather in the cap of Sirisena Cooray who led the campaign of Independents contesting under the symbol of spectacles. The Independents Group 3, sponsored by the UNP, polled 82580 (40.24% ) winning 23 seats while the United People's Freedom Alliance polled 57158 (27.85%) winning 14 seats.

Bangladesh: Controversial Power Minister Iqbal removed

State minister for Power in Bangladesh, Iqbal Hassan Mahmood, has been removed from the Power Division on Sunday evening amid widespread criticism of his handling of power crisis plaguing the country. The state minister for planning, M Anwarul Kabir Talukder, replaced Iqbal, who was sent to the agriculture ministry.

Talks on Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project begin in Islamabad

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

The 8th meeting of Pakistan-Iran Bilateral Working Group was held here on Sunday and discussed the proposed gas pipeline project. The Pakistan delegation was led by Secretary Petroleum Ahmed Waqar while the Iranian Deputy Oil Minister M. H. Najad Hussainian led his country's delegation.

Tata-Bangladesh inching closer towards investment deal

A ‘symbolic groundbreaking ceremony’ of commissioning the four proposed projects of Tata Group worth $3 billion is likely to be held before the present government leaves office in October, if the two sides can strike a deal in due time. ‘Tata authorities have very little chance of backing out of the move since they have already spent a lot of money and employed huge energy. Also, there is a tacit bipartisan consensus between the ruling BNP and the opposition Awami League on the Tata investment,’ a key figure in the government has told reporters.

Last leg of Sri Lankan local government polls concluded : UPFA wins 5, UNP 4, SLMC 4 local government bodies

By Our Colombo Correspondent

The ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance won five local government bodies while the main opposition United National Party won four local government institutions including Gampaha Municipal Council, Gampola Urban Council, Kobeigane and Patha-hewa-heta Pradeshiya Sabhas, as the polling for the last leg of the Sri Lankan local government elections concluded on Saturday.

Ramanan – LTTE's Senior Commander killed under mysterious circumstances.

One of the senior Commanders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was killed under mysterious circumstances at Vavunathievu, on Sunday around 5.30 p.m. According to reports reaching Colombo, Ramanan a former Military Intelligence Chief under Colonel Karuna before the break up was killed. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the killing of Ramanan.

Colombo-Katunayake express highway ready for construction

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The agreement pertaining to the construction of the Colombo-Katunayake express highway is signed. Chinese MCC Company will carry out the construction work. The relevant agreement was signed on Sunday at the Ministry for Trade and Consumer Affaires and Highways with the presence of the Minister of Highways Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. Chairman of the Road Development Authority M.B.S. Fernando signed it on behalf of the government and vice president of the MCC Company Shu Siyang Chu signed it on behalf of the company. The 25.8-kilometer road will consist of four lanes. The total cost of the project is US$ 292 million.

Failed Pakistan

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

According to a study, in the year 2005 Pakistan made a spectacular progress, jumping from 34th position to 9th. Only it was an unenviable ball game in which the land of the pure took that great leap: the index of ‘failed states’. According to the American Foreign Policy magazine and an American think-tank, the Fund for Peace, which published the list for the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment, Afghanistan was a notch less failed state than Pakistan, occupying the 10th position in a list of 146 countries of the world.

Britain: Blair pledges to override Human Rights Act

The Blair government’s ongoing offensive against civil liberties escalated this week with the declaration that it wants to override a range of existing laws such as the 1998 Human Rights Act. This followed a High Court ruling earlier this month that the government was guilty of an “abuse of power” in its efforts to subvert the rule of law.