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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 105

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Earthquake hits Italy, kills more than 92, leaves thousands homeless

At least 92 people believed to be dead and thousands homeless after as 6.3-magnitude quake struck at 0330 (0130 GMT) close to L'Aquila and other towns in central Italy, the Italian news agency Ansa reported, quoting local rescue workers, while the Red Cross said it faced a "race" to rescue those still trapped.

US Congressman declares 'tensions continue to exist between Sinhalese and Tamils' in Sri Lanka

From where does the US Congressman Danny Davis (Democratic-Illinois) receive reports that '"tensions exist between the Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka" even after three years of war's end?

Prince Philip lifts the nation’s gloom amidst economic turmoil

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose special brand of humour that his subjects often fail to get to grips with, grabbed headlines once again this week, over a spontaneous observation made while on a trip with the Queen in Bromley, Kent. It was reported that Prince Philip made the remark while spotting an attractive leggy blonde who was in a red dress with a zip bisecting the whole length of the front.

Letter from America: Hillary’s Hypocritical Comments in South Asia

Recently, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Bangladesh. It was a short visit. She flew into Dhaka from China after convincing Chinese leaders to free blind dissident Chen Guangcheng. The stop in Bangladesh was "personal" to renew old friendships with Bangladesh. Two of her “favorite men” in the world are Bangladeshis – Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammed Yunus, a pioneer in providing microcredit to the poor, and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of the world's largest development organization - BRAC.

US election: racial politics stalled by a press leak

A timely exposure by the press helped rebuff a nasty boorish Ad campaign to coarsen US politics. A Chicago billionaire’s 10 million dollar plan to bank roll the race-infused statements of Pastor Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr, a former confidant of President Obama got repulsed in nick of time.

Marines’ chargesheet in Kerala: Italy summons Indian envoy

A day after the Italian Ambassador to India was recalled for "consultations", the Italian Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned Indian Ambassador in Rome Dabarata Saha in connection with detention of two of its marines charged with murder of two fishermen in Kerala.

Burma’s Kachin War harms the reputation of its reforms

Concerning the inhumane war in Kachin state, many people do not believe that Burmese government has been going along a right reform path. As the government’s soldiers are violating various human rights in the Kachin frontline, many people start slamming the inconsistent peace policy of the Thein Sein regime.

Over 40 Indian workers return from Angola

Forty-two Indian workers, including four from Gujarat ,working at the Sumbe Cement Plant, Angola, boarded the flight to India.

V-Day, the Fonseka-Pardon and the Road Ahead

Last week, Lankan society was electrified by the news that the Rajapaksas regime would accord Gen. Sarath Fonseka an unconditional pardon, on Saturday the 19th. It would have been a fitting act indeed. The 3rd anniversary of defeating the LTTE fell on May 19th, and Gen. Fonseka, together with Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, comprised the politico-military triumvirate which led Lankan Forces to that historic victory.

In the land of the free….

We were under the impression that it is the Palestinians, who are living under Israeli intimidation, in their occupied land. but we were surprised to read a news report from New York that the US Senators and Congressmen are in an even worse situation in the so called ‘land of the free’, having no freedom to talk. William Kristol, head of right-wing Emergency Committee for Israel has confessed to the audience during a debate, in New York, of this fact.

Myanmar refugees’ sad plight

Refugees from Myanmar will be sent back in a fair manner as per laid guidelines and without any religious discrimination, Government has told Rajya Sabha after an uproar in Parliament over the issue.

Panelists feel New Delhi’s fear on foreign diplomats’ Nagaland visit unnecessary

Panelists who took part in the DDK Live Discussions on the recent visit to Nagaland by the eight European diplomats here at DDK Studio on Saturday have expressed almost the similar opinions that there was nothing wrong on the part of the civil society members, state government functionaries including legislators sharing about the decades old Naga political issue with them.

Anti- Kudankulam protest in London

Carrying placards that read, “No More Chernobyls! No More Fukushimas!,” activists representing a coalition of anti-nuclear and human rights groups held a protest outside the Indian High Commission in London on Friday, demanding a halt to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) and withdrawal of police and court cases against anti-KKNPP protesters.

India Cup Golf Tournament

An ‘India Cup’ Golf Tournament was organized at Royal Golf Club, Colombo, on 18th May, 2012. The event was organized by the Indo-Lanka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ILCCI) in association with the High Commission of India.

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi -Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, convicted of the 1988 bombing of a PanAm flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, has died of cancer in Libya, according to his family.