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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

Monthly archive

Protests in China over the one child policy

A fortnight ago, a series of riots and protests erupted in towns and villages in Bobai County in China’s southwestern province of Guangxi against the imposition of fines for breaching the country’s birth control policies. Urban families are permitted one child and rural families two, if the first was a girl or disabled. Ethnic minorities are allowed more children. In the largest riot in the town of Shapi on May 19, some 10,000 protesters clashed with hundreds of anti-riot police armed with guns and electric cattle prods. The police were bussed in after demonstrators had pulled down a wall, chased and beat officials from the family planning department, smashed cars and lit fires. Some 28 people were reportedly detained.

Maninder in Coke Trouble

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

The arrest of former Test cricketer Maninder Singh on a charge of possession of about one gm of cocaine puts the spotlight on the wide usage of the drug in India by the well-heeled, the rich and the famous, as well as adventure seeking youth. Only some weeks ago, nearly 200 young persons were arrested in Pune for attending a ‘rave’ party. In 2001, a film star, Fardeen Khan, was arrested for possessing cocaine and the case against him is still dragging in court. And memories are still fresh of Rahul Mahajan reportedly taking an overdose of cocaine in the company of some friends while still mourning for the loss of his slain father, the BJP’s Pramod Mahajan. A personal assistant of late Mahajan died with an overdose while Rahul was lucky to have recovered after treatment in a corporate hospital.

Identity for Kashmiris

Dr Shabir Choudhry

No matter what my neighbors’ think of this but my identity and culture are important to me, even if they think it is against their ‘national interest’ to recognize my identity and respect my culture. As a human being we all need identity, recognition and sense of belonging is very important. Society is made of different social, cultural and ethnic groups. All groups have some distinct identities and cultural and historical traditions, and these differences should be recognized and respected.

Security Council Called Hypocritical on Nukes

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The political and moral authority of the five veto-wielding members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to sit in judgment over nuclear non-proliferation is being challenged in a new report released Thursday. By virtue of the U.N. charter, says the study, the Security Council has broad powers to enforce disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation requirements, including the imposition of economic sanctions and authorisation of military action.

Australian newspaper reveals LTTE ban preparation underway, Australian aid groups worried

Preparation for the ban of LTTE is now underway in Australia. "Although the federal Government says it has made no formal decision to proscribe the Sri Lankan separatist group LTTE, preparations for the move are believed to be under way in Canberra" reported “The Australian” yesterday. The paper said "Australian overseas aid groups also fear that any move to proscribe it could cause them to pull out of Sri Lanka for fear of breaching the law in areas controlled by the Tigers."

Human Rights Double Standards by United States: Significant Military-Economic aid to Rights Abusers

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

“Is There a Human Rights Double Standard” was the subject of the Hearing by the Subcommittee of International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight in the United States Congress on May 10 which was held to examine the different ways the U.S. treats governments on issues of human rights and good governance as detailed in the State Department annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices and other independent rights organizations. In the opening statement by Congressman Bill Delahunt, the Chairman of the Subcommittee was blunt when he said “contrary to the conventional belief that ‘they hate us because of our freedoms’ and our values, foreigners in general are better described as being disappointed because the United States, in their perception, calls for the observation of democracy and human rights while at the same time providing support to cooperative, but non-democratic, governments who abuse human rights.”

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to establish Sri Lanka – Maldives bilateral business council

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC)considering the importance of Business Councils to promote its goals and objectives in bilateral trade and investment, at the request of the Department of Commerce launch the Sri Lanka – Maldives Bilateral Business Council on May 25, 2007. During the last 28 years CCC, has been successfully operating 18 Bilateral Business Councils under its purview and Sri Lanka – Maldives Bilateral Business Council would be 19th Bilateral Business Council. The main objective of this Council would be promotion of trade, investment, joint ventures, tourism and services between Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

New armed groups sprout up in Nepal

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Even as the Nepali Maoists have formally laid down their arms last November and decks are cleared for elections to the first Constitution Assembly, more and more other armed outfits are emerging putting a question mark over the sustainability of the fragile peace process in the Himalayan country. Nepalese Home Ministry sources are quoted as saying that at least nine disgruntled groups have started taking up arms or have announced their intention to unleash violence to secure their interests. Officials said most of these groups are active in the Terai region, while a couple of others are trying to establish themselves in Kathmandu and other parts of the country, a report said Friday.

Investigation against the Tamil Tigers in Canada to continue: 63 suspects named in Tamil Tigers case

The Tamil Tiger supporters in Canada have used threats, intimidation and other illicit tactics to solicit money from Canadian Tamils in Montreal and Toronto alleged Royal Candian Mounted Police. Documents indicate that several Tamil informants have been helping police. An RCMP investigation into the alleged flow of money from Canada to the Tamil Tigers terrorist group in Sri Lanka has identified 63 suspects, a Quebec judge said in a ruling released yesterday. Justice Louise Villemure also said police had seized computer discs in Toronto that show the movement of money from Canada to bank accounts in Sri Lanka, where the Tigers are waging a long-standing civil war.