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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2158


Indian born flight attendant demands castration of Saudia officials for sexual harassment

By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - Reporting from Dhaka

Shehnaz Sani (53), an Indian born flight attendant of the Saudi Airlines has lodged a complaint on 21 April 2006 , with Dr. Saleh Bin-Humaid, President & Chief Judge of the Shariah Council at Jeddah, Kinfdom of Saudi Arabia against Abdul Ellah Bahrani, Saud H. Al-Jalak, Moshin M Algarni, Saad A. Moogaddam, Maher A Shukri, Fahaad A. Baghdadi and others, of the Saudi Arabian Airlines, which has its Head Quarters at Jeddah (KSA). Since the last nearly two decades, Shehnaz Sani has been fighting a running battle against Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) for justice and her rights.

No special message from Prabha - Peace secretariat spoksman

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 10 May,( Though it was touted as that he was carrying a message from the Tiger Supremo Prabhakaran, Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi, indeed, did not have a special message of any sort to the government, said a senior official of the government's peace secretariat.

Indian-American Legislator Wants More Indians to have Political Voice in US

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 10 May ( Kumar Barve, a third-generation Indian-American whose grandfather emigrated from Indore, India, in 1911, the majority leader in the Maryland House of Delegates urges his 2 million fellow Indian immigrants in the United States to participate in local politics because “in America that is the only way to influence policy.”

American Jewish Committee Honors Courageous Muslims

Dr. Richard L. Benkin writes from Washington

It was 4th May 2006, in Washington DC. The American Jewish Committee (AJC) bestowed their prestigious Moral Courage Award on two Muslims who have been persecuted for their stance in favor of interfaith understanding and in opposition to radical Islam, especially terrorism.

Sri Lanka elected to prestigious UN Human Rights Council

Colombo, 10 May, ( Despite futile attempts by the anti-Sri Lankan Asian Human Rights Commission and the LTTE lobby the packed UN General Assembly elected Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.

U.N. Defies West in Vote for Human Rights Council

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

United Nations, 10 May, (IPS) The 191-member General Assembly, the collective voice of the international community at the United Nations, brushed aside both U.S. and Western criticisms to elect China, Russia and Cuba to the newly-created Human Rights Council.

Samaraweera dangles economic carrots before India

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi
New Delhi, 10 May ( Winding up his visit to the Indian capital, the Sri Lankan foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera dangles the economic carrots. Initial response shows that the offer went down well. In contrast, the visit failed to show any positive movement forward on political and defence arena.

Samaraweera interacted with Commerce Minister Kamlnath, Civil Aviation minister Praful Patel and Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed who hosted a lunch in his honour.

Crucial TNA meeting today to decide party's future course of action in Parliament

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 10 May, ( Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians will decide their future course of action when its Parliamentary group meets today morning, a top member told the “Asian Tribune.

Pakistan, India , Sri Lanka elected to new U.N. HR Council

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 10 May, ( Pakistan and India have been elected as members of the new United Nations Human Rights Council. The 47-nation council will replace the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights. The United States has refused to join the council.

Amidst reports of severe discrepancies in the Norochcholai deal, work on Sri Lanka's first ever coal plant takes off on Thursday

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 10 May, With work on Sri Lanka's first ever coal power plant scheduled to begin on Thursday (May 11), informed sources told the “Asian Tribune” that the Norochcholai deal which was sealed recently contains many discrepancies including technical irregularities which could lead to many dilemmas when the plant begins operation.

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