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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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India: UPA government forced to put disinvestment plans on hold

India’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government announced the temporary suspension of its disinvestment/privatization programme last Thursday, after a member of the Congress Party-led coalition threatened to quit the government if it proceeded with the sale of a 10 percent interest in the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC). The threat from the Tamilnadu-based Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) was made in the third day of an indefinite strike by 19,000 NLC workers. The strike had forced the NLC to halt its lignite mining operations and to almost halve its power generation.
The NLC, India’s largest lignite mining and lignite power-generating company, is an important supplier of electricity to Tamilnadu and the three other south Indian states, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

US to Hit Demographic Milestone at 300 Million

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

With a significant increase in the flow of migrants -- both legal and illegal -- over the last few years, the United States is heading towards a demographic milestone: a 300 million population before the end of this year, rising from its current 298 million. "This increase is largely a result of immigration which accounts for four of every 10 people added to the United States every year," says Lawrence Smith Jr., president of the Washington-based Population Institute.

Mumbai's 7/11 claims 147 lives, the death toll mounting

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

Train BlastAs India's financial capital Mumbai was settling down to an evening after yet another busy day on Tuesday, the city was rocked by a series of seven blasts of high power explosives at seven local railway stations. The death toll is mounting as more injured are succumbing to their injuries; at the last count, 147 people fell a prey to the terrorist designs. The well-coordinated strikes, the worst in Mumbai since 1993 when 13 serial bomb attacks killed at least 270 people, led to fear that was overcome in a couple of hours by Mumbaikers' known resilience.

Sri Lanka: Renewed Conflict Displacing Thousands

The New York based Refugees International has urged the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to make every effort to adhere to the ceasefire and resume peace talks immediately. Refugees International has pointed out that in response to the rising violence in the country since of late; more than 2,800 people have fled from Sri Lanka to India since the beginning of 2006. In desperation, some people are paying traffickers their lifetime savings to get on board fishing vessels to India.

Tamil Tigers ready to attack Sri Lankan forces with toxic weapons

PrabakaranHidden in the jungles of Vanni a toxicological laboratory of the Tamil Tigers is manufacturing their “special weapon”, as described by Anton Balasingham earlier, to attack the Sri Lankan government forces located in Jaffna – a politico-military centre needed to regain the lost prestige of the LTTE after they were driven out by the Sri Lankan Army in 1995. Prof. Peter Chalk of Queensland University (now attached to Rand Corporation as an expert on terrorism) told an audience in Melbourne that the LTTE is the first known terrorist group to use chemical weapons

Lashkar-e-Taiba suspected for Mumbai's 7/11

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

Mumbai BlastsCircumstantial evidence from Mumbai points to the hand of Lashkar-e-Taiba behind the seven serial blasts that rocked Mumbai on Tuesday evening (Yesterday) bringing back gushing memories of 9/11 that shook the Big Apple, New York in 2002. Indian government sleuths say that they indeed prior inputs on the likelihood of blasts in Mumbai. "Only thing we did not know for sure was where the blasts could take place", the sources said pointing the needle of suspicion to the LeT for 'valid reasons'.

Sri Lankan President asks for a broad constitutional framework to solve ethnic question

By Our Colombo Correspondent

MahindaSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today asked the political party representatives and constitutional advisors to formulate a board framework for a “home grown” constitution to solve the ethnic conflict while pledging 1.25 billion US Dollars to rebuilt the war ruined North-East. President Rajapaksa who addressed the inaugural session of the two committees set up to formulate a constitutional framework - Political Representative Committee and Panel of Expert – did not insist on a particular framework and stopped short of saying solution should be with in a undivided country.

UK students assist to improve tsunami affected school in Dikwella, Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

RanuraStudents of St. Francis Catholic Primary School, Melton, Mouubray ,Leicester,United Kingdom have donated library equipment and books to the tsunami affected Thalalla Maha Vidyalaya , Dikwella ,Sri Lanka to improve the school's library . Ranura Edirisingha, a Sri Lankan student who studies at St. Francis Catholic Primary school, and Rotary Club of Kolonnawa co-ordinated this donation.

Getting ready for poll battle

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

For the first time in independent India, Uttar Pradesh is witnessing efforts by Muslim religious leaders to form their own political outfits. Whether or not these Muslim leaders eventually manage to win support of the majority of their community is not important. But what is clear is that the image of Mulayam Singh Yadav has taken a beating and his strong ‘secular’, rather ‘pro-Muslim’, credentials have few takers amongst the Muslims to the glee of the Congress and the BSP alike says the author.

Tiger guerrillas kill two policemen and an anti-LTTE activist.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas blew up a police jeep, killing two police constables and shot dead a leading anti-Tiger political activist broad day light, stepping up violence in the Northern Sri Lanka, a day after the country’s President invited the guerrilla leadership to negotiation table. At 1.30 afternoon today, Tiger guerrillas exploded a claymore mine, targeting a police jeep killing two police constables and injuring two in the Nallur junction in Jaffna. The jeep was destroyed in the explosion.