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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Clouds over Iranian pipeline remain

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

Once again reports are floating that the 2600-km Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline is very much on, recreating the dream of energy Nirvana in India. Paeans are being sung about it in Islamabad. The reason one suspects has little to do with assured gas supplies but the fact that it will bring an annual revenue of at least between $500 and $600 million a year to Pakistan which will supplement the already considerable US aid in cash and kind. Pakistan may not have to tax its people too much to pay for more and more sophisticated and deadlier armament imports. What could be better than making the enemy pay for your arms!

Berghof Foundation calims it is dedicated to a negotiated settlement to the conflict and a lasting peace for all

Berghof Foundation For Conflict Studies, an International Non-profit organization is based in Colombo. Director of the Organization Dr. Nobert Ropers wrote to the Editor of "Asian Tribune." In his email letter addressed to the Editor, he wrote that the news item "German NGO's duplicity exposed," which appeared in the Asian Tribune of 19 August, as "incorrect." He added that news item written by Janaka Perera, our columnist as "disseminating incorrect information of a highly defamatory nature about our Foundation." He also forwarded a giving details about his Foundation and its activities. Unfortunately Dr. Nobert Ropers has failed to point out categorically the so called "incorrect information of a highly defamatory nature" in his statement sent to "Asian Tribune."

Kodak Pictures Guaranteed For Life

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In a bid to provide high quality long lasting photographic print solutions Kodak in an innovative step has introduced their new improved Kodak Royal Digital Papers. At the launch of this innovative Paper, Sanjika Perera, Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives said the pictures printed on new Kodak Royal Digital Papers would last a lifetime and preserve the memorable moments. This lifetime promise would be guaranteed as even if such photographs are damaged due to the negligence of the customers, the unique facility of restoring them would be carried out at Kodak processing outlets free of charge.

Majority of Tamil Canadians stands against Terrorism

Condemn the "Canadian Gurus" of the LTTE who manipulates and misleads the young individuals in Canada urges Canadian Tamils for Democracy. "We would like the larger Tamil community to condemn these front organizations for abandoning these families and conveniently washed their hands off and allowing the youth and families to suffer at this critical moment." In a statement, Canadian Tamils for Democracy pointed out that majority of the Tamil Canadians standing against terrorism. Msrugesu Ganesh, Co-convener of the Canadian Tamils for Democracy (CTFD) expressed deep sorrow over the ongoing recent arrests of Tamil Canadians in both Canada and USA.

India home for 60 percent of Asia’s HIV cases

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

India is home to nearly 60 per cent of the 5.5 million people afflicted with AIDs in Asia, and with in the country, almost 70 per cent of the victims are concentrated in just eight states, latest studies show. Unprotected commercial sex and injecting drugs are most commonly cited reasons for the severity in magnitude and scope of the HIV in India, though its prevalence varies greatly between and within districts, and even across villages in the same areas, says the World Bank, which studied the phenomenon in great detail to bring into sharp focus the challenges South Asia is facing in curbing the spread of the epidemic.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka advised to avoid direct controlling of inflation

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondet

World economy turning towards a new dimension with the emerging markets in Asia and Latin America synchronizing the boom, Deutsche Bank Group Chief Economist and the Deutsche Bank Research Chief Executive Officer Prof. Norbert Walter recently advised the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to avoid direct efforts taken to control inflation but to use macro economic and monetary policy measures in doing so. Prof. Walter completing the Deutsche Bank Asian tour visiting most of the regional countries told this in Sri Lanka recently, doing a presentation on 'World economy; longest ever recovery about to end?'

Uzbekistan patted for improved Human Rights practices

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

Uzbekistan is replacing death sentence with penalties like life imprisonment and long-term imprisonment for various crimes. President Islam Karimov has asked the country's lawmakers to clearly define the crimes for which these new penalties could be imposed even as the rate of imprisonment at 184 per one lakh people in Uzbekistan is the lowest in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Currently, terrorism and premeditated murder in 'aggravating circumstances' attract death penalty in Uzbekistan. Torture by law enforcing agencies is also deemed a crime under the Uzbek civil code.

Sri Lankan government negotiates with JVP ally on program for all-out war

Amid open fighting between the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over the past month, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has been actively negotiating for the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to join his ruling coalition. While a deal is yet to be struck, the fact that discussions are proceeding is one more clear sign that the government is preparing for all-out war against the LTTE and a savage assault on the democratic rights and living standards of working people. The JVP, which is based on a mixture of Sinhala chauvinism and populist demagogy, supported Rajapakse during last November’s presidential election. The backing of its 39 parliamentarians has been crucial for the survival of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government.

43 Lorry loads of Food items dispatched to Vanni: Another shipload would arrive in Jaffna this week – Minister Douglas Devanan

Arrangements are being made to send food, medicine and other essential items to Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya and for the East by ship and road, said Douglas Devananda MP, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and the Secretary General of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party. "Asian Tribune" yesterday reported of the prevailing shortage of food and other items in the Jaffna Peninsula and pointed out that only 1500 MT food items was in the ship MV Mercs Ruhuna which arrived in Jaffna on 25th August.