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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Hindu yajna in progress

Berlin sociologist detained for three weeks : Science under the suspicion of terrorism

On Wednesday, August 22, researcher and sociologist Andrej H. from Berlin was released from custody. He had spent three weeks in solitary confinement after Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office made the specious allegation that he was a “member of a terrorist organization.” (Under German law, the full names of individuals involved in certain legal cases cannot be published.)Andrej H. was only released under strict conditions after posting bail, following protests by thousands of scientists and students in Germany and around the world against the unprecedented criminalization of an academic. Andrej H.’s lawyer, Christina Clemm, cautioned that his release did not mean his arrest warrant had been revoked. The federal prosecutor’s office also intends to appeal the decision of the magistrate to grant Andrej H. bail.

Obfuscating nuke deal

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

How long the UPA Government will last is questionable after the nuke deal controversy, given the nature of brittle support extended to it from outside, by the Left conglomerate. The Left Front as well as the BJP-led NDA Opposition is furious because of ‘nuclear confusion’, created by vested interests in New Delhi and Washington right from the day Manmohan Singh Government wrapped up nuclear agreement terming it as a “historic milestone in our strategic partnership”.

Women Leadership in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - Part- IX

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Army backed Caretaker Government and minus two doctrine: Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed Chief of the Caretaker government in his address to the nation on 21Jan pledged to transfer power to an elected government at the earliest through holding a free, fair and credible general election after constituting the Election Commission and preparing a flawless electoral roll. Fakhruddin, who assumed office on January 12 to head a reconstituted caretaker government, said the main task of his government is to hold a free, fair, peaceful and neutral election with participation of all parties in accordance with the constitution and people's aspiration. ‘People as well the political parties welcomed the speech and hoped that date for holding the next parliamentary election Bangladesh is under attack; she is struggling for existence as a democratic secular country.

Rath Yatra of Lord Krishna at the world famous Burning Man festival in Nevada desert

The Krishna Camp and Rath Yatra (chariot procession) is also included at the world famous weeklong ‘Burning Man’ festival which started yesterday in Nevada desert. About 40 thousand participants gather annually to create Black Rock City in Nevada desert, about 127 miles from Reno, dedicated to self-expression, self-reliance, and art as the center of community, and leave one week later, having left no trace.

Gestetner introduces colour printing at black and white cost

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Gestetner of Ceylon Ltd marketing the products of Ricoh Co Ltd has now introduced Ricoh Gel Printer that has revolutionized the copy printing which offers colour printing at the cost of black and white printing. Eric Tan, Director, Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd who is in-charge of more than 10 countries in the sale of Gel Printers speaking at a Press Briefing held at the Taj Samundra last week in introducing the product to the Sri Lankan market said that Ricoh Co Ltd was started in 1936 and has been the leading manufacturer of office automation equipment.

Burma: Arrests and surveillance on pro-democracy activists continues

One more pro-democracy activist, Kyaw San, a member of Tri-color Student and Youth Front (TCSYF), was arrested on Monday. Reports emerging from Rangoon revealed that Burmese Generals have stepped up surveillance on pro-democracy activists and members of the National League for Democaracy (NLD) party in major cities across the country. Women leaders of the ’88 Generation Students Group, Nilar Thein and Mee Mee, called on the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) members to protect the dignity of women activists and to join hands with them to stand up for the people and for the good of the country.

Militant Wahabism beats other Islamic fundamentalists in Sri Lanka

Wahhabism is a new politico-religious movement that is sweeping the Eastern province of Sri Lanka with more than 50 Muslim fundamentalist organizations supporting it and helping in propagating the movement throughout the Island. Latest report reveals that Wahhabism, headquartered in Kattankudy, has raced ahead and taken control of the Jihadist and Al Fatah groups in Sri Lanka under their wings. This new brand of radical Islamic fundamentalism imported and planted in the midst of peace-loving Muslims of Sri Lanka, mostly through the lavish inflow of Saudi Riyal pumped into this war-torn country has overtaken other Islamic competitors by threats, intimidation and coercion.

Indian Naxalites and Tigers cozying up again

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

The People's War Group of Naxalites based in Andhra Pradesh is increasingly turning to the LTTE once again in what experts view as mutual interest. While the Naxalites are interested in learning from the Tigers the techniques of training child soldiers and flying unmanned aircraft, the LTTE is desperately in need of a sanctuary and support system after it suffered reverses at the hands of Sri Lankan army in the eastern province during the past two months.


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