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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Letter from America: Terry Jones – the hateful provocateur

Remember Christian pastor Terry Jones, the pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida? He caused an international uproar last year by threatening to burn 200 copies of the Qur’an, the Muslim Holy Scripture, on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The Libyan Military Equation: aerial attacks – ground troups = stalemate

The defection of Musa Kusa, the ex-right-hand man of Colonel Gaddafi and the former foreign minister of Libya, to Britain this week and the significance that the British government tries to attach to it - and then amplify the sentiment - clearly shows the Libyan mission is heading towards a military equivalent of an African quagmire.

Vaiko condemns the Indian government for welcoming SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend World cup cricket final

The staunch follower of the LTTE and its slain leader Prabakaran and the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(MDMK) general Secretary Vaiko has condemned the Indian Government for allowing Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit India and witness the World Cup cricket match final in Mumbai on Saturday.

Sri Lanka: Estate sector demands 50 percent pay hike

Sri Lanka’s plantation sector trade unions demanding a 50 percent pay hike for estate workers this year, a top union official said.

TN Elections 2011: Vote for AIADMK to save TN from the clutches of Karunanidhi's family- Jayalalithaa requests the people

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) supremo and former chief-minister of Tamil Nadu Ms J Jayalalithaa called upon the people to vote in favor of her party and its alliance to relieve the state from the clutches of the chief minister M Karunanidhi and his family members.

Market activity dominates by retail investors

Acuity Stockbrokers Research Ltd in their market review indicated that All Share Price Index (ASPI) initially shed points but by the fourth day of trading, had begun its upward path to close off at 7377.22, which are 136.95 points ahead of last week, an increase of 1.8%. Milanka Price Index (MPI) also shed some points on the second and third day of trading, but gained towards the latter part of the week to close at 7024.63 up by 186.61 points or 2.73%.

U.S. back peddles arming Libyan rebels as ‘flickers’ of Islamic radicalism emerge

Obama administration’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates very clearly ruled out on Thursday March 31 at both testimonies before the Senate and House armed services committees, supported by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, the possibility of militarily arming the Libyan rebels declaring that "We really have very little insight into the very different pieces of this opposition.”

Sri Lanka Central Bank fines Standard Chartered Bank Rs.27 billion for violating FOREX laws

The financial market watchdog, Sri Lanka’s Central Bank had recently fined Standard Chartered Bank with Rs.27 billion (nearly US $ 245 million) for alleged violation of island nation’s exchange control laws for a capital transfer of US $ 121 million (Rs.13.3 billion) related controversial oil hedging deal.

Bennett Rupesinghe: Prosecution as Persecution?

Bennet Rupersinghe, the News Editor of the outspokenly anti-government website, Lanka e news, was arrested and remanded last week. Though the fate of this 68 year old veteran journalist comes as a shock, it should not.Lanka e news is a major voice of dissent in a time of deafening silence; it also serves as a source of information about the Rajapaksas and their not-so-public doings for a wide range of people, from local and foreign media personnel to concerned citizens.

CBI Listed Attorney General and Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia witnesses in the 2G Spectrum Scam

Attorney General Goolam E Vahnavati and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia are among the 125 witnesses listed in the CBI charge-sheet in the 2G spectrum scam.

Sri Lanka: NYK Logistics retitle as ‘Yusen Logistics’

Sri Lanka’s NYK Logistics & Kusuhara Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., has announced that the company will operate under the name Yusen Logistics & Kusuhara Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. with effect from 1st April 2011, consequent to the global integration of NYK Logistics (NL) and Yusen Air and Sea Services (YAS) which led to the formation of Yusen Logistics.

Spectrum chargesheet: Raja conspired with bureaucrats, corporates

A. Raja conspired with top bureaucrats, including a retired IAS officer, and corporate honchos to cause a loss of Rs 30,984 crore in the allocation of 2G spectrum, the CBI said in its indictment of the former Telecom minister who has been chargesheeted along with eight others and three telecom companies.

Violent Kandahar protest at desecration of Holy book in US

At least nine people have been killed in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said on Saturday, on a second day of violent protests over the burning of the Holy Koran by a radical fundamentalist Christian in the United States.

Sri Lanka Police Experience against Terrorism to be Placed before the SAARC nations

The Sri Lankan Police will share its version of how the country defeated terrorism with the neighboring SAARC nations at a two-day seminar to be held here Colombo from April 4 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

India can lead world on non-violence: Dalai Lama

India, the land of Mahatma Gandhi, can lead the world on the path of non-violence, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said at a lecture in New Delhi on Saturday.

Attack on poll officials: Madurai Bench of HC granted AB to M K Alagiri's followers on holiday

Even-though the ruling DMK and its state and central ministers charging the election commission for its strict acts, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has granted bail to the Madurai Municipal Corporation's Deputy Mayor and close confident of union fertilizer minister and chief-minister M Karunanidhi's son M K Alagiri in a case pertaining to the attack on election official.