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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

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Somawansa Amerasinghe: JVP is trying to form Capitalist Democratic Government with SLFP<br>

By Walter Jayawardhana: Reporting from Los Angeles

The self-exiled leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Somawansa Amerasinghe said, what his party agreed to form with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is a pure capitalist democratic form of government, after a resounding victory at polls, instead of the crony and corrupt capitalism, at present run by the Ranil Wickremesinghe’s administration in Sri Lanka.

TNCC appoints 32-member committee for Lok Sabha polls<br>

Congress' Tamil Nadu unit announced a 32-member committee to work out the party's strategy in the state for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

<font size = 2> <u>A Marriage of Convenience:</u> </font> <br> <font size = 2>Two Buddhist Sinhala Political Parties Sign Alliance Agreement In Sri Lanka.</font><br>

A political marriage of convenience has been solemnized this morning in Colombo, when the two reluctant partners with typical political back ground – Janata Vimukthi Perumuna propagator of radical Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in the cover of Marxism and also proclaimed a Tamil basher, opposed to all forms privileges and concessions advanced to the Tamil language and Tamil ethnicity, whilst Sri Lanka Freedom Party undoubtedly of the same hue, but since of late showing a reluctant attempt to maintain a moderate approach towards a national integration by embracing the Tamils, Muslims and the Christians.

Kerry wins big in Iowa, Gephardt drops out <br>

By John Whitesides - Political Correspondent

Democrat John Kerry capped a stunning political comeback on Monday with a victory in Iowa's caucuses that dramatically reshaped the Democratic presidential race and ended Richard Gephardt's White House quest.

Late surge wins Iowa for John Kerry<br>

Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts rode an 11th-hour surge to victory in Iowa's kickoff presidential caucuses, upsetting Democratic front-runner Howard Dean and stunning caucus favorite Dick Gephardt.

Akashi to review situation <br>

By Ranga Sirilal

Japanese peace ambassador and former UN under Secretary General Yasushi Akashi who arrived in Colombo yesterday is to meet President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Friday evening.

UNF trying to create anarchy by persuading LTTE to resume war <br>

Head of the LTTE Peace Secretariat Pulidevan has visited Colombo and met several Foreign diplomats during the last few days. Diplomatic sources in Colombo said he had held discussions with several Western Embassies including the American Embassy and the UK High Commission.

SLFP-JVP political union to be sealed today <br>

by Anura Maitipe

The eagerly awaited SLFP-JVP political union will be sealed today ushering a new chapter in Sri Lanka's political history. The signing ceremony at the BMICH is to be simultaneously accompanied by celebratory events in different parts of the country and the provinces.

Summit cancelled after Vajpayee withdraws <br>

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

The inaugural summit of five Asian nations scheduled for next month has been postponed indefinitely after India’s Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee cancelled due to internal politics.

UN considers Iraq election mediation <br>

The United Nations is considering sending a team to Iraq which the US hopes will quell Iraqi opposition to its plans for a new government.

Sangma 17 back Atal, Pramod stirs Pawar pot <br>

P.A. Sangma and a group of parties in the Northeast today resolved to support the NDA, handing a face-saver to the BJP-led coalition after a setback in roping in Sharad Pawar.

Russia to deliver carrier Gorshkov by 2008: Ivanov <br>

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov arrived here today with a promise to deliver a completely revamped aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov to India before 2008, as the two countries were all set to sign the 1.5 Billion US dollar deal.

Security keeps people away from Sonia Gandhi <br>

Several hundred people turned out to greet Congress
president Sonia Gandhi on her arrival in this winter
capital of Jammu and Kashmir Monday but went back
disappointed because security personnel prevented
them from getting a glimpse of her.

New Anti-Defection Law will serve good in the long run: Jamir <br>

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Reporting from Kohima

Former Nagaland Chief Minister and the President of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC), SC Jamir has made it clear that the Article 371 (A) of the Indian Constitution, or 16-Point Agreement has nothing to do with the new Anti-Defection Law. Therefore, these two Acts (Article 371-A and 16-Point Agreement) cannot safeguard the downsizing of the size of Council of Ministers in Nagaland, the veteran Congress leader told “Asian Tribune” here today.

Sri Lankan President Warns Against Anti-Christian Violence Christian Solidarity Worldwide <br>

The Sri Lankan President has warned that anyone who incites the Buddhist public to attack Christians and their places of worship would be dealt with firmly. Christian Solidarity Worldwide based in London, in its statement released to press stated this today.

Cabinet gives nod to Thai-Myanmar road links <br>

The Cabinet approved a Ministry of Communications proposal to construct a road two roads linking Thailand and Myanmar, with construction costs running to Bt157.9 million.