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Indian industrialist to build $1 billion “home” amidst Mumbai’s multimillion slum-dwellers

The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, is reportedly building a 27-storey skyscraper mansion in the heart of the country’s commercial capital, Mumbai (Bombay). The total cost of the project is expected to be US$1 billion, roughly the average annual income of 1.5 million Indians. Ambani is erecting his lavish “home” in a city that has 7 million slum dwellers. Several million more of Mumbai’s 12 million-plus residents live in substandard housing. Such is the price of real estate in Mumbai that even well-paid middle-class professionals cannot afford a decent dwelling. In what is clearly an unintended irony, Ambani has named his mansion “Antilia,” after a mythical island.

Update: More than 300 minority Tamils rounded up in Colombo and forcefully deported in groups to an unknown location

More than 300 Tamils from the north and east areas currently living in Colombo have been rounded up early in the morning today ( June 7) by the Army and dispatched to 'unknown locations', according to some reports. They were rounded up at Wellawatte (Colombo 6), Slave Island and even in Fort areas. This is the second round of deportation since June 1. In the first round of deportation, most minority Tamils staying in the lodges in the Fort area of Colombo were evicted and asked to return to their native places immediately. Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella speaking to the media said only around 250 Tamils were deported in this mornings roundups but other sources revealed the number to be above 350.

Breaking News: More minority Tamils rounded up in Colombo and forcefully deported in groups to an unknown location

An unknown number of minority Tamils – around 60 - from the north and east areas currently living in Colombo have been rounded up early in the morning today ( June 7) by the Army and dispatched to 'unknown locations', according to some reports. They were rounded up at Wellawatte (Colombo 6), Slave Island and even in Fort areas. This is the second round of deportation since June 1. In the first round of deportation, most minority Tamils staying in the lodges in the Fort area of Colombo were evicted and asked to return to their native places immediately.

EROSs group says websites hosted by a US based company is spreading terrorism and raising funds for Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS) a Tamil group opposed to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has accused the Al Queda linked terrorist group is using a US based web provider to vilify democratic Tamils and engage in terrorist promotional activities. A LTTE leader is using “GO-Daddy hosting company based in Arizona, USA,” said an EROS spokesman, to promote terrorism and spread unsubstantiated lies against people opposed to the Tamil terrorist group banned in the USA, European Union, Canada and India.

German Buddhists divided on Buddhist activity: Dr. Marianne Wachs "insults" the Berlin Buddhist Vihara

As Chairman of the supporting association of the Berlin Buddhist Vihara I can say that the Berlin Vihara ( DasBuddhistische Haus) has seen a absolute positive development during the last six to seven years. The management is doing its best in consideration of the difficulties it takes to maintain a Buddhist temple in a country with a non - Buddhistic tradition. The Berlin Vihara is still a popular site for Buddhists, tourists, students and many different kinds of visitors and they are offered an extensive monthly programme. I don't know the intention of Dr. Wachs in attempting to discredit the Berlin

LTTE at the receiving end at the public hearing on Sri Lanka by the European Parliament

Several Members of the European Parliament condemned terrorism by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a cause of concern, and the need for the LTTE to return to the negotiating table. Some MEPs identified terrorism as the root cause of the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, and highlighted the complete denial of human rights of civilians living in areas under LTTE control. MEPs stated that the prime target of the LTTE are the Tamils themselves, and also highlighted the need for long term solution that reaches out to the Tamil population of Sri Lanka in order to fulfill their aspirations.

India goes back to flexing its muscle in the neighborhood

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

There are three events in recent Indo-Sri Lanka relations that remain indelibly in their history. The anniversaries of assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991 and the Indian violation of Sri Lankan air space in June 1987, an act of gross intimidation, have already passed. The third, the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement, will be remembered next month more in sorrow than as a gesture of good neighborly relations. Almost 20 years ago India, using its diplomatic and military muscle, forced a bilateral agreement on Sri Lanka that seriously circumscribed the island nation’s freedom to act as a sovereign nation.

South Asia and the Asian resurgence

By Eduardo Faleiro

The Asian resurgence is one of the most significant developments of our time. The rise of Asia began with the extraordinary economic progress of Japan in the 1950s and 60s; was followed by the remarkable advance of the Asian Tigers (Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore) and other countries of South East Asia; and now, the impressive growth of China and India. The Twenty First century will reportedly be the Asian century just as the Twentieth was the American century and the Nineteenth the European century. By 2050, China is expected to be the largest economy in the world and India the second largest.

Manmohan Singh is the last man to help Sri Lanka as he wants to keep his fragile coalition – 'Frontier Post' of Pakistan

By Walter Jayawardhana

'The Frontier Post' of Peshawar Pakistan in a hard hitting editorial on India categorically pointed out that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be the last to listen to Sri Lanka’s urgently needed sophisticated weapons to combat a Tamil insurgency to keep his fragile coalition government dependent on politicians of Tamil Nadu , an Indian state which supplies the insurgency with weapons and hence Sri Lanka should look elsewhere for its needs. “The Sri Lankans are outraged at the Indian national security advisor’s bluster that for their defence needs they can look only to India and cannot go to China, Pakistan or anyone else,” the editorial pointed out bluntly.

US woes in shielding Pakistan

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Despite all the strenuous efforts in the West to shield their ‘frontline ally’ Pakistan and hide all the roguish activities of its barely ‘moderate’ and questionably ‘enlightened’ leadership, some facts that must be acutely embarrassing to Islamabad keep cropping up with uncomfortable regularity. In recent days the Pakistani discomfit has however reached new scales as a flood of unsavoury facts about Pakistan surfaced in quick succession. A BBC report unearthed a scandal involving the Pakistani contingent of UN ‘peacekeeping’ forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It appears that in 2005 the Pakistani blue berets, posted in a rich mining area of the country, were rearming the very militiamen they were supposed to disarm in exchange for gold.

Update 2: Rounded up Tamil numbers increase to 376, Parliament resumed sittings, more protests tomorrow in Parliament expected

The number of rounded up and deported Tamils has risen to 376 according to Sri Lanka Media Centre for National Security. Tamils from the north and east areas in Colombo have been rounded up early in the morning today (June 7) by the Army and dispatched to their native places in Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Jaffna and Trincomalee in the north and east. They were rounded up at Wellawatte (Colombo 6), Slave Island and even in Fort areas. The 376 Tamils consisted of 291 males and 85 females, the Media Centre for National Security said. The roundups came amidst a visit by Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi to Sri Lanka to revive the peace process. And today he is on a tour in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, where a considerable number of the rounded up Tamils are headed.


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