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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2826


Amma out, Karuna in, Left celebrates in red citadels, Sonia gets landslide win

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

Results are out. Suspense is over. And the Tami Nadu voters have rejected Amma Jayalaithaa and overwhelmingly opted for septuagenarian Muthavel Karunanidhi for whom 2006 was in all probability his last electoral battle. He may settle for a coalition with his DPA allies; Congress, his ally, has put up remarkable performance in years.

"Bahrani to rough-shod over me only because I would not have sex with him" – Shahnaz Sani

Shahnaz Sani, a former flight attendant of Saudia, national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia (SAA). She lost her job as she did not respond to the indecent proposal of the official of Saudia Airline company. This was the beginning of her agonies and sufferings. But, during her battle to get judgment, none of the so-called women rights activists or other extended hands of cooperation to this mother of two daughters, who deserves to be supported. Only a few days back, Shahnaz wrote a message to Weekly Blitz.

Akashi warns violence gone too far, tells LTTE renounce terrorism.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi warned that international efforts would be in vain unless two parties act to scale down the spiraling violence in the country’s North-East.

Authorities in Sri Lanka haggle over shifting Army Hospital from its present location

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

Defence authorities continued to be indecisive over plans of shifting the Army hospital situated at the Army headquarters complex in Colombo, despite last month's bomb blast which saw a total of eleven dead and more than twenty injured including Army Commander Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka.

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.

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