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

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Conditions worsen at UK asylum-seeker detention centres

Britain’s Immigration Removal Centres have become notorious due to the desperate conditions facing immigrants and asylum-seekers detained there. Despite a number of media exposés of the inhumane conditions facing those held at centres such as Harmondsworth, Yarl’s Wood and Dungavel, including an undercover film aired on the BBC showing detainees often being violently harassed and abused, the situation has worsened considerably.

Akashvani, are you listening…

By M Rama Rao – Syndicate Features

In this age of information technology revolution with its dazzling array of gizmos that keep you connected to the whole world 24x7, it must be an odd man who confesses to be a radio addict. This predilection has survived the constant static nuisance in short-wave listening, shifting frequencies and the everyday plethora of gibberish from the mouth of some announcers and programme presenters. Then there are the many ‘pundits’ who pontificate incoherently on Indian and foreign propaganda stations on every subject under the sun with enviable sangfroid.

Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Crisis Deepens the Conflict

The international community must press the warring sides for urgent action to address wide-spread human rights abuses in Sri Lanka as a first step to restoring a climate in which the long conflict can ultimately be resolved. Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Crisis, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines abuses committed by both the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) since they resumed their war in 2006.

Sri Lanka Human Rights War

By Col R Hariharan (Retd.)

On June 7, 2006 Colombo police sent 376 Tamils, including 85 women, from Colombo to their in the north and east because they could not provide "valid reasons" for being in Colombo. The police action ostensibly carried out for 'security reasons,' added yet another dimension to the woes of Tamil citizens who have become the pawns in the war going on in Sri Lanka. Their 'sins' were that they were Tamils, unemployed, and citizens from the northern and eastern part of the country. And they came from areas most affected by the war that had heated up since 2005. At least some of them in the younger age group were probably fleeing from being forcibly recruited into the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Customs: Commission welcomes approval of new cash controls to combat money laundering

The European Commission has welcomed the European Parliament's approval on 8 June under the co-decision procedure of a Regulation to introduce an EU-wide approach to controlling cash movements into and out of the EU. The Regulation, which is based on a Commission proposal of June 2002 will require Member States to ensure that travellers entering or leaving the EU through its external borders make a declaration if they are carrying more than €10,000 (or its equivalent in other currencies or easily convertible assets).

First Sri Lankan Buddhist mission to Germany 1957

By Janaka Perera

Fifty years ago today (June 15) a unique and unshakable bond was forged between Sri Lankan and German Buddhists. On that day three scholar monks set off on a Dharmaduta mission to Germany. Leading the delegation was the Venerable Soma Thera. The other two bhikkus were Venerable Kheminda and Venerable Vinitha. They formed the first permanent Theravada Buddhist mission in that country, marking an epochal event in history of Buddhism.

Pratibha Patil set to become India’s first woman President

By Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Pratibha Patil, a senior Congress leader from the western state of Maharashtra, is all set to become the first Indian woman President. Pratibha, presently governor of Rajasthan is the common candidate of the Congress led ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) - Left combine candidate for President’s election, Sonia Gandhi, the Congress chief, announced after a UPA-Left coordination committee meeting at PM’s residence here on Thursday evening on a day, DMK’s patriarch Muthavel Karunanidhi played a stellar role hammering as much consensus as, according to some political observers, he thwarted, in conjunction with the Left and Pawar’s NCP, the chances of Sonia’s first choice, Shiv Raj Patil, the Home Minister with an image problem.