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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2094


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.

U.N. Defies West in Vote for Human Rights Council

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

United Nations, 10 May, (IPS) The 191-member General Assembly, the collective voice of the international community at the United Nations, brushed aside both U.S. and Western criticisms to elect China, Russia and Cuba to the newly-created Human Rights Council.

Samaraweera dangles economic carrots before India

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi
New Delhi, 10 May ( Winding up his visit to the Indian capital, the Sri Lankan foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera dangles the economic carrots. Initial response shows that the offer went down well. In contrast, the visit failed to show any positive movement forward on political and defence arena.

Samaraweera interacted with Commerce Minister Kamlnath, Civil Aviation minister Praful Patel and Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed who hosted a lunch in his honour.

Crucial TNA meeting today to decide party's future course of action in Parliament

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 10 May, ( Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians will decide their future course of action when its Parliamentary group meets today morning, a top member told the “Asian Tribune.

Pakistan, India , Sri Lanka elected to new U.N. HR Council

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 10 May, ( Pakistan and India have been elected as members of the new United Nations Human Rights Council. The 47-nation council will replace the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights. The United States has refused to join the council.

Amidst reports of severe discrepancies in the Norochcholai deal, work on Sri Lanka's first ever coal plant takes off on Thursday

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 10 May, With work on Sri Lanka's first ever coal power plant scheduled to begin on Thursday (May 11), informed sources told the “Asian Tribune” that the Norochcholai deal which was sealed recently contains many discrepancies including technical irregularities which could lead to many dilemmas when the plant begins operation.

"No difference of opinions in BJP": Dr Lotha

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Kohima, 10 May, (NEPS): Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr TM Lotha downplayed the latest political developments that sent slide tremor in political circles in the State.

Talking to NEPS here at his official residence today, the Minister, who is also Deputy Leader of the State BJP Legislature Party, made it clear that there was no difference of opinions within the BJP, which is the second largest constituent in the ruling DAN. "We will complete our full term," he asserted.

Pak denies any border violation

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 10 May,( Pakistan military spokesman and Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Shaukat Sultan has denied the news about Pakistan's border violation near Pak - Afghan border and said nor any incident of firing took place there.

173 TV channels to uplink from India

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has clarified that a cable operator may continue to carry or include in his cable service any Television broadcast or channel, which has made an application for registration to the Central Government on or before May 11, 2006 i.e. the date of commencement of the notification of amendments in the Cable Television Network Rules 1994 and DTH guidelines.

A 9 road reopened yesterday

By Our Colombo Correspondent
Colombo, 10 May, ( The Alpha Nine highway (A9) linking the North and the South was reopened yesterday, after an abrupt closure on Monday, which the military attributed to security reasons.

Entry points in Muhamalai and Omanthai as well as Uiyankulam entry point in Mannar road and the Madu crossing point, all of which were closed Monday , are now open to public traffic.

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