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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Will Supreme Court of India judge itself?

Now that the Delhi High Court, in a landmark judgment, has held that the Chief Justice of India cannot in the name of independence of judiciary refuse to make public declaration of assets made to him by fellow judges, the question arises as to whether the apex court will entertain an appeal against this judgment and thereby sit in judgment over its own conduct.

Vote for Mahinda – SPUR Appeals

The Melbourne based Society for Peace and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR) has appealed to the Sri Lankans to vote for President Rajapaksa based on his Development Centric Vision and Record against LTTE Terrorism.

Karunanidhi refutes Jayalalithaa’s charges of ‘leading state into debt trap’

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday refuted charges made by Leader of Opposition J. Jayalalithaa that his party had led the state into a debt trap. He said his government was mobilizing resources through loans only to implement welfare schemes and build infrastructure.

Republic Day terror alert to States

Following intelligence inputs, ahead of the Republic Day, the Centre has asked seven States, including Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi, to remain fully alert to prevent any attempt by terrorists to disturb peace.

New York Times Selects Sri Lanka as the No. One Place to Visit in 2010

Sri Lanka is reaching its planned targets on tourism sector and the plan of naming the year 2011 as the year of tourism, said by Tourism Minister Achala Suranga Jagoda. The Minister addressing a press briefing in Colombo said that New York Times newspaper in its January 10th issue had listed Sri Lanka as the number one destination to travel in 2010.

Nepal Maoist leaders visit India 'encroached' border, vow to fight for 'encroached' land

Senior Maoist leaders on Monday visited different places along Indo-Nepal border as a part of their ongoing fourth phase of agitation to ‘inspect’ the territories allegedly encroached upon by India.

Madhu Church opened for all

Madhu Church is opened for all devotees to visit and pray 24 hours 7 days a week with no restrictions, with effect from yesterday ownwords.

Hasina gets Indira peace prize, vows no anti-India activity from soil

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on Tuesday (June 12) honoured with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development. The visiting PM said the two countries should work together to achieve peace and progress in South Asia.

CCC instrumental establishing SL-Africa and Middle East Business Council

Samantha Ranatunga, Managing Director/CEO, Chemical Industries (Colombo) PLC, Mission leader to Egypt, Ghana and Togo invited the business community in those countries to visit Sri Lanka and see the adundant opportunities available for foreign investors.

Afghan soil being used against Pakistan: DG ISI

Director General of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI Ahmad Shuja Pasha said on Tuesday that Afghan soil is being used for terrorist activities in Pakistan, adding that peace cannot be established in Pakistan unless infiltration from Afghan border is stopped.

Sri Lanka: Sixth Flyover and the Bridge Opened for Traffic

The Pannipitiya flyover and the Hirana Bridge in Panadura were inaugurated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and was declared opened yesterday (January 12). The Pannipitiya Flyover which remained a dream for a long period was realized through maximum efforts of the Government.

NPC wants Presidential Elections dropped and a pledge to abolish executive presidency

The National Peace Council, an independent and non-partisan organization that works towards a negotiated political solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, in a communiqué commenting on the present situation of Sri Lanka, the erosion of freedoms resulting in the negation of democracy indicated that recent Sri Lankan history has been characterized by a serious crisis in governance which has prevented the country from realizing its true potential and eroded its freedoms without which there is no democracy.

High Court takes on Supreme Court; Rules CJ covered under RTI Act

In a highly significant judgement that pitted the Delhi High Court against the Supreme Court of India, the Chief Justice of India’s office has been brought within the ambit of the Right To Information (RTI) Act.

Higgoda is formally appointed Sri Lanka’s Hony. Consul to Bahrain

P.B. Higgoda has been appointed as the Honorary Consul General of Sri Lanka in Bahrain.

Murder by daylight – attempt to stifle the ‘right to know’

Marking the first death anniversary of the veteran fearless journalist Lasantha Wickramatunge, the ‘Reporters Without Border’ (RSF) in a communiqué by Vincent Brossel, Asia-Pacific Desk, RSF indicated that Lasantha’s brother, Lal Wickramatunge mentioned to RSF as “A year has gone by without any progress in the investigation into the murder of Lasantha Wickramatunge.”

Are human rights universal?

The Roman Catholic Archbishop Dom Helder Camara famously said, “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”

Business loans for Jaffna Youth

Youth Business Sri Lanka, a youth assistance programme at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, provided loans to the value of two hundred and fifty thousand rupees to five youths from Jaffna peninsula to start businesses, through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Yalpanam.