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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

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Professor Chandra Wickremesinghe

UN formally responds to Sri Lanka

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he stands by his Emergency Relief Coordinator, Under-Secretary-General John Holmes, who described Sri Lanka as one of the world’s most dangerous places for international aid workers. Responding to questions at the noon press briefing Thursday, UN spokesperson Michele Montas refused to describe the ongoing controversy as "a dispute" between the Sri Lanka government and the world body.

The French court extended the detention of 14 LTTE suspects

The French court extended the detention of 14 lTTE suspectsThe French court extended the detention of 14 lTTE suspects. The French court has decided to extend the period of detention of all 14 key LTTE suspects who were arrested on 1st April 2007 for a further period of 4 months till the first week of December 2007, when they were produced to the courts in the first week of August. According to the sources, Asian Tribune learnt that appeals for bail was ruled out, as the charges pressed against the arrested LTTE suspects were serious in nature. It is also learnt that, the SDAT - - Sous-direction Anti Terroriste, the prime counter terrorism agency in France is in the process of framing charges against the suspects and according to the French law, if convicted, they could be sentenced for a maximum period of 10 years in jail.

Women leadership in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Part 1

After partition: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh : “The partition of the subcontinent into two independent states-- India and Pakistan-- in August 1947 was undoubtedly the most momentous event in the political history of the region as a whole. It also marked the end of the British rule of nearly 200 years, and shaped the political destiny of people, albeit in differing contexts. While India steadfastly adhered to democracy in a complex and vast social setting, Pakistan, for most part of its existence, reeled under military rule, with patches of democratic dispensation, more as an exception than rule, during the last 60 years. The two countries have also had adversarial relations almost since 1947, that at times degenerated into full-blown hostilities.

2.6 Billion Wait in Line for Toilets

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

There are more than 2.6 billion people, roughly 42 percent of the world's population, waiting in line for toilets that just do not exist. That's a reality, says the United Nations, which will launch the "International Year of Sanitation", come November. "No private toilets, no public toilets, no toilets anywhere," chimes in the London-based non-governmental organization End Water Poverty, following a survey of some of the world's poorest nations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The organization, whose global campaign calls for "water and sanitation for all", declares: "The international effort on sanitation and water is in disarray."

Remembering Rajiv Gandhi

By *R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

23 years ago on October 31, 1984 at the tender age of 40, Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest Prime Minister of India, perhaps even one of the youngest elected heads of Government in the world. His mother Indira Gandhi was eight years older when she first became Prime Minister in 1966. His illustrious grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru was 58 when he started the long innings of 17 years as free India’s first Prime Minister. As the harbinger of a generational change in the country, Rajiv Gandhi received the biggest mandate in the nation’s history.

Recent NASA probes suggest life in the universe started inside them

By Walter Jayawardhana

Chandra WickremesingheRecent probes by NASA to investigate comets overwhelmingly suggest that life in the universe started inside them says the latest research paper by a team of Cardiff University scientists led by Professor Chandra Wickremesinghe. “Evidence of clay -and clay cannot form without water- and the organic components of life is now firmly established within comets,” said Wickremesinghe in an email interview with this correspondent from Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom.

CCI hosts Seminar on Effective Contract Management

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka will host a full day seminar on the subject of Effective Contract Management on 22nd August 2007 at the Galle Face Hotel commencing at 9.00 a.m. The seminar is designed to enlighten the participants on effective management of construction contracts with special emphasis on introduction to standard bidding documents by Engineer Jayantha De Mel, preparation of bidding documents by senior quantity surveyor Mr. H.D. Chandrasena, management of contracts and best practices by Dr. Rameezdeen, Head of the Department of Building Economics of the University of Moratuwa.

Australia: Labor joins Howard government in blocking Haneef inquiry

Last week, in a move largely unreported by the media, the Labor Party joined the Howard government in defeating Senate motions by the Greens and Democrats for parliamentary inquiries into the Haneef affair. By blocking with the government, Labor lined up yet again behind the witch-hunt of the young Indian Muslim doctor, Mohamed Haneef, despite the collapse of the “terrorist” case against him. Both the Greens and Democrats sought to establish committee hearings into the government’s attempt to railroad Haneef to jail for up to 15 years on a baseless charge of “recklessly” supporting terrorism.

A captured suicide bomber's vest

Artist’s impression of deep impact comet

When the Suicide BOMBER is a Woman

By Jan Goodwin

A captured suicide bomber's vestOn the day before she set out to blow up the Sri Lankan prime minister, Menake went shopping for a sequined top to hide the vest full of explosives that would turn her into a human bomb. It was the cyanide necklace that gave her away. The denim vest is a simple garment, tailored to fit the young woman’s body. Narrow shoulder straps hold the midsection in place. It’s not high fashion, but that doesn’t matter, since the first time it’s worn will also be the last. The large disk that rests under the breast area is filled with a mass of 3-mm steel balls, and behind that, next to the skin, sits a C-4 plastic explosive. Two detonators, one on either side of her body, require just a gentle tug. Then, in an instant, the vest wearer becomes a human bomb, capable of killing or maiming dozens of people within a 100-foot radius.