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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2640


Akashi envisages a greater Indian role

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

India has been invited to take up an active role in next donor co chair meeting scheduled for the end of this month, Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi said.

Swiss team begins probe into charges against its diplomats in Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

A two-member Swiss team has stated probe into complaints of sexual harassment of two Pakistani women by its embassy staff as well as their involvement in human trafficking.

LTTE Tax Collectors at Chunnakam Market Nabbed

Cadres belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who functioned as Tax Collectors at the Chunnakam Market, one of the biggest vegetable markets in the Jaffna peninsula, was arrested by the Sri Lanka Army and Police.

Kahawatte plantation plans to set up a cinnamon processing plant.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 11 May, ( The Kahawatte Plantation, one of the leading private sector plantation companies has decided to expand its Cinnamon plantation and set up a cinnamon processing plant in the Rilhena estate, ahawatte to produce value added cinnamon products.

Allegations of "State Terror", mere a ploy to cover-up LTTE terrorism—Govt Chief Peace Negotiator

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Leader of the House and the Head of the Governments peace delegation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva today in a special speach delivered in the floor of the Sri Lankan unicameral Parliament shot down allegations of "State Terror" describing them as lame excuses for LTTE terrorism.

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.

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