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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Is worst form of democracy better than military dictatorship?

Asif Haroon Raja - Pakistan will complete 62 years of its life on 14 August 2009. During this period, Pakistan has undergone all sorts of experiments to improve governance. We tried parliamentary system under a strong Governor General in 1947-48 and parliamentary system under heavy influence of civilian bureaucracy cum military oligarchy from 1948 to 1958.

Seylan to expand its Capital by Rs 3 billion

Quintus Perera - Seylan Bank, in compliance with the direction from the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka has proposed a Private Placement and Public Offering of Ordinary (Voting) Shares. The total capital expected to be generated will be Rs. 3.0 Billion.

Doping ‘whereabouts’ of cricketers

Ramu Sharma - Indian cricketers are in danger of being dubbed spoilt brats because of their continued objection to the “Whereabouts” clause introduced by WADA in their drive against drug taking. Yuvraj Singh, who has chosen to be the spokesman of the Indian cricketers, has a point when he says that “We are playing cricket for nine or ten months, then come back home for like ten days or so, and you want your own privacy. You don’t want to tell anyone where you are. You don’t want to be intruded at that time when you are with your family and friends.”

Chennai boy dies of swine flu

S Murari - Four-year-old Sanjay died of swine flu at a private hospital here on Monday morning, taking the death toll in India to six. Sanjay, who was suspected to have contracted the disease from his father who returned from Singapore recently, was admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition and doctors attending on him said he had suffered multiple organ failure. Tests showed he had swine flu, but since he was too critical, he could not be shifted to the designated government hospital.

Dr Prahalad, who treated the boy, said the hospital, however followed the treatment protocol set by the Government

Is worst form of democracy better than military dictatorship?

Asif Haroon Raja - Pakistan will complete 62 years of its life on 14 August 2009. During this period, Pakistan has undergone all sorts of experiments to improve governance. We tried parliamentary system under a strong Governor General in 1947-48 and parliamentary system under heavy influence of civilian bureaucracy cum military oligarchy from 1948 to 1958.

Land Powers and Police Powers to TNA

L. Jayasooriya -For those who advocate devolution the victory of the TNA at the Vauniya Urban Council must be a delight because of the very real prospect of the fruits of devolution, for if there had been devolution today all the Sinhalese and Muslims would have been ordered out of the Urban Council limits of Vaunia with intimidation and threats coupled with stoning the roofs of their houses at night while legally no land under the purview of the Vauniya Urban Council will be sold to Sinhalese and Muslims

Lt. Gen. Gurung appointed acting army chief in Nepal

Kosh R. Koirala -Nepal government has appointed Lt. Gen. Chhatra Man Singh Gurung as an acting chief of Nepal Army as the incumbent army chief Rookmangud Katawal is taking a customary leave one month before his retirement. A cabinet meeting held on Sunday took a decision to this effect.

Politics Plunging Into The Abyss

Allabakash - Democracy in India is being reduced to enacting cheap thrills. The concept of debate and discussion being the core of democracy is in danger of being thrown out of the window by the very people who swear by democracy, the elected leaders who sit in state assemblies and parliament.

Hakimullah, Waliur Rehman, alive, claims foreign news agency

Taliban commander Waliur Rehman who the government said was involved in a deadly shootout with a rival commander denied on Sunday that there had been any fighting and said both he and Hakimullah Mehsud rival were alive.

Family members of the detained border guards’ demanded their release

M.A Qader - On Monday families of detained Bangladesh Border Guards members formed a human chain in Gopalganj district, demanding the release of the innocent border guards, who were arrested countrywide after the Peelkhana mutiny.

Chennai boy dies of swine flu

S Murari - Four-year-old Sanjay died of swine flu at a private hospital here on Monday morning, taking the death toll in India to six. Sanjay, who was suspected to have contracted the disease from his father who returned from Singapore recently, was admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition and doctors attending on him said he had suffered multiple organ failure. Tests showed he had swine flu, but since he was too critical, he could not be shifted to the designated government hospital.

Dr Prahalad, who treated the boy, said the hospital, however followed the treatment protocol set by the Government

Those challenging Sri Lanka’s sovereignty to be dealt seriously

K.T.Rajasingham - As Kumaran Pathmanathn, the ‘new generation’ LTTE chief began singing in the ‘lock up’, Sri Lanka sleuths are into a celebration mood for the breakthrough in breaking the back of the Tiger remnants. While how the cross-border Tigers’ arms smuggler based in South-east Asia was trapped remains to be told another day, it is generally acknowledged that Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa made very meticulous planning to track down the overseas remnants.


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