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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Five arrests in London car bomb attempts and Glasgow Airport attack: Britain’s terror alert raised to critical

The thwarted car bombings in London and the attack on Glasgow Airport have appalled people the world over. The political perspective underlying these attacks is utterly reactionary. Directed against innocent people, the terrorist campaign plays directly into the hands of the British government and the police. Though potentially terrible losses of life and serious injuries have been averted, the bombings will be used to sow political confusion in the working class, justify Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s continuation of the Labor government’s neo-colonialist foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, impose further attacks on democratic rights and civil liberties in Britain, and fuel anti-Muslim agitation.

Burmese Journalists demand release of 78-year old journalist U Win Tin after 18 years in prison

The Burma Media Association (BMA) has called on authorities in Burma today to immediately release distinguished journalist U Win Tin, who is languishing in prison. He has spent 18 years of a 20-year sentence in prison on an alleged fabricated anti-government charges. U Win Tin, who is the country's longest serving political prisoner, was originally imprisoned in 4 July 1989. He has been sentenced three times, each time while incarcerated. At present he is serving a seven-year sentence following a testimony he sent to the UN about the human rights violations of political prisoners.

“Coup syndrome in Bangladeshi politics and designs therein”

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

We had the dubious distinction of topping the list of the most corrupt nations under the regimes of both AL and BNP. But most certainly this nation, which had sacrificed so much for its liberation, did not deserve the degradation writes Khaled shams , son of former foreign adviser of Zia’s cabinet and a former civil servant. Bangladesh is after all a nation that was inspired by nationalistic, secular and progressive values arising out of a bloody war of independence. As I had stressed in one of my earlier writings, Bangladesh is probably the most homogeneous amongst the Asian nations. If you compare our situation with neighbours like India, Pakistan, Malaysia, or even a smaller country like Sri Lanka, the nation building tasks that faced our leaders were much simpler, he added.

The attitude of provincial governance impedes provincial development

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Dr Saratha Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion in a hard hitting speech was highly critical about the performance of the Provincial Administration (concept of Provincial Councils) saying that though they expected to be lead by technocrats, in actual fact, those who have lost parliamentary elections were given the opportunity at Provincial Councils. He was speaking as Chief Guest at the Policy Constraints, Regulatory Barriers and Regional Economic Development Conference organized by the Federation of Chamber s of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) at Hotel Galadari.

India's first woman president

By: M. Burhanudin Qasmi

Pratibha Patil'Madam' Pratibha Patil, 72 years old, the candidate of India's ruling coalition-- UPA, will be the fourth woman to contest the presidential elections but the first to surely become the twelfth President of India. Left fielded freedom fighter Lakshmi Sahgal in 2002, who contested against President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Kalam became third Muslim and the eleventh president with 922,884 votes, Sahgal got just 107,366 votes.

Dullness in the Stock market continues

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The dullness at the previous week continued this week too, according the the Weekly Review of the HNB Stockbrokers resulting from a low retail participation in the market. All Share Price Index (ASPI) and Milanka Price Index (MPI) dropped by 16 points and 41 points this week to close at 2572 points and 3584 points respectively. Commercial Bank managed to become the highest contributor towards market turnover this week eclipsing JKH, which managed to consistently secure the top position over the last few weeks.

148 Nations meet as Parties to Global Tobacco Treaty at COP-II

By Bobby Ramakant and Patti Lynn

The global tobacco treaty's second Conference of the Parties (COP2), commenced on last Friday (30 June), where governments met to advance the critical work of implementing the world's first corporate accountability treaty. Formally known as the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the treaty is designed to reverse the global tobacco epidemic, which is projected to claim 10 million lives per year by 2030, primarily in the Global South.

Treating Diabetes

By R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

Diabetes is the mother of a large number of diseases. According to the oxford dictionary when the sugar and starch in human body are not properly absorbed it marks the beginning of diabetes. It brings in its wake thirst, emaciation and frequent urination containing glucose. In India we have nearly 41 million diabetics. The international Diabetes Federation estimates that their number would go up to 73 million by 2025.

Pratibha Patil

Dr. G.L.Peiris warns the west aid cut to democratically elected nations could strengthen hand of terrorism

Sri Lanka’s Minister of International Trade and Export Development Dr. G. L. Peiris who flew to Washington DC and Ottawa to brief US and Canadian leaders about Sri Lanka’s policies of dealing with the separatists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) severely warned Western countries that cutting aid to democratically elected governments could be extremely counter productive in eradicating terrorism from the world.