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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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The conduct of liberals

Asif Haroon Raja - Enlightened moderation espoused by most unpopular and controversial President Gen. Musharraf opened floodgates of obscenity and vulgarity and paved the way for secularization of society. It delighted the liberals but consternated the Islamists and in turn ignited Islamic extremism as a reaction to secularism.

United States to Establish Exchange Program for Sri Lankan Students to Promote Race Relation Dialogue

Daya Gamage - The United States Department of State is to establish an Exchange Program for Sri Lankan students who are currently pursuing high school degree (Grade 11/12) with the objective of promoting a dialogue among various ethnic and religious communities in Sri Lanka.

The conduct of liberals

Asif Haroon Raja - Enlightened moderation espoused by most unpopular and controversial President Gen. Musharraf opened floodgates of obscenity and vulgarity and paved the way for secularization of society. It delighted the liberals but consternated the Islamists and in turn ignited Islamic extremism as a reaction to secularism.

A PIL questioning largesse shown to MLAs

Gopal Ethiraj - The recent salary hike for Tamil Nadu MLAs is being questioned by the noted social activist and Public Interest litigator ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy. The Madras High Court today granted him permission to file a Public Interest Litigation.

Six die in Christian-Muslim riots over blasphemy issue in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

[caption id="attachment_3358" align="alignright" width="460" caption="Christians chant slogans behind a banner reading, 'Provincial government immediately take steps to arrest the culprits,' during a rally to condemn the attacks on Christians by Sunni Muslims, in Lahore .

Bar council rejects enrolment plea of 34 law graduates with direct PG degree much wanting

Gopal Ethiraj - The enrolment application of about 34 law graduates, who had done law after completing a direct post-graduate degree under open university scheme, have been rejected, and the same forwarded for suitable recommendations to the Bar Council of India (BCI).

'Indian' Arsenal

Vinod Vedi - Three decades ago when the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) unveiled several blueprints for the attainment of self-sufficiency in military hardware it was stated that with the completion of the projects India’s dependence on foreign sources for weaponry for national defence would shift dramatically away from the 70 per cent foreign and 30 per cent indigenous content paradigm. Recently, while addressing the DRDO Research Council Defence Minister A.K.Antony asked the scientists to set a goal of achieving indigenisation of 70 per cent from the current level of 30 per cent in ten years in the manufacture of Defence products. This means that we have not moved even one per cent beyond in dependence on foreign sources for our military arsenal in the past thirty years.

Baby jumbos, Buddhism and baloney

Janaka Perera - Do Sri Lanka’s Buddhists today have a moral leadership?This question has to be raised in the wake of humbugs calling themselves Buddhists trying to cover their naked immorality with a legal fig leaf.

Kashmir: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah returns to office

M Rama Rao - Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah (39) returned to his office on Friday three days after he resigned over allegations of his involvement in a sex scandal that had rocked Srinagar three years ago.

United States to Establish Exchange Program for Sri Lankan Students to Promote Race Relation Dialogue

Daya Gamage - The United States Department of State is to establish an Exchange Program for Sri Lankan students who are currently pursuing high school degree (Grade 11/12) with the objective of promoting a dialogue among various ethnic and religious communities in Sri Lanka.

UNMIN urges NA, PLA not to engage in ‘provocative’ acts

Koshit R. Koirala - Chief of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) Karen Landgren has asked both Nepal Army (NA) and Maoists' People's Liberation Army (PLA) not to engage in any provocative acts that will violate the spirit of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2006 between the government and erstwhile CPN (Maoist).

Costly VIP ‘Insecurity’

Tushar Charan - It is now axiomatic to say that a new breed of Maharajas rule democratic India. They are the ones who are more privileged and potent than the old-style Maharajas they have replaced. It is the tribe of ‘Netas’ whose life is considered many times more precious than the life of people who send them to assemblies and parliament and are instrumental in elevating them to their exalted—some might say undeserving-- status.


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