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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Sri Lanka under foreign pressure to avoid snap polls<br>

Sri Lankan leaders are under international pressure to end their power struggle and avoid snap polls that could further damage a peace bid with Tamil rebels.

PM urges media to cover news on bird flu with caution <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today called on the media to cover news on the outbreak of avian influenza in the country with caution, saying it could cause panic among the public.

Sri Lanka seeks to end political crisis before aid meet in February <br>

Sri Lankan government today expressed hope of ending the bitter power struggle with President Chandrika Kumaratunga before the decisive aid meeting in Washington on February 17.

India showcases its military might, vibrant culture on R-Day parade<br>

Amidst a multi-layered security blanket, the country's military prowess woven with technological advancements and diverse cultural richness were paraded down the historic Rajpath here today on the occasion of 55th Republic Day.
President A P J Abdul Kalam took salute in the presence of country's top brass and chief guest Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Karens indicate of future continued talks with Burma's junta.<br>

Karen National Union in a press releases dated January 26, informs that the Karen delegates who went to Rangoon for Talks had arrived back to the Karen Supreme Headquarters and also affirm that the current cease-fire is an initial step towards genuine unity of the nationalities, and hope for the emanation of better results through continued talks and discussions, in the future.

Youth Urged to Shun Extremism <br>

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour - Arab News Staff

Muslims must undergo comprehensive reforms in order to make progress and overcome challenges, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd said in an address to the Makkah conference organized by the Muslim World League.

Army officers in illegal Safe House raid sacked <br>

by Ranil Wijayapala

Army Commander Lieutenant General Lionel Balagalle with Defence Ministry approval on Friday stripped the commissioning ranks of two Army officers and ordered the premature retirement of another senior Army officer for their alleged connections with the Athurugiriya Safe House raid.

Japan urges Sri Lanka to resolve constitutional crisis<br>

Japan has urged Sri Lanka's leaders to settle their differences and warned that any delays in resolving the constitutional crisis would seriously undermine international aid flows in support of peace.

<font size = 2>By his proposal for a LTTE led Grand Alliance:</font><br> Minister Chandrasekaran leading the Upcountry Tamils to the "Killing Fields." <br>

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

An Upcountry Tamil maverick Politician and Minister’s proposal for a grand alliance of the Tamil political parties to be led by Tamil Tiger rebel outfit has been described as an ‘election gimmick’ and dismissed by the upcountry leaders who alleged the proposal as a dangerous one which would lead the Tamils of the Indian origin to ‘killing fields of the North and Eastern province,’ where already the Tamils are bleeding to death due to the rabid terrorist extremism propagated and practiced by the Tamil rebel outfit

Military Assistance to Burmese Freedom Fighters<br>

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to Burmese Resistance

Last week while Khin Nyunt was hosting a dinner party for KNU Vice-Chairman Bo Mya's 77th birthday at a luxury hotel in Rangoon, the 78 year old NLD Vice-Chairman Tin Oo was on a hunger strike at a remote prison in Kale near the Indian border.

Immigration Crackdown: Indian 'tourists' held over money lending <br>

Immigration Bureau Police have arrested 35 Indian nationals illegally involved in money lending in Bangkok. They entered the country as tourists but became involved in selling goods under a pay-by-instalment method and the off-system loan business with high interest rates.

Thai PM denies bird flu cover-up<br>

By Peter Loyd - South-East Asia correspondent

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has admitted he knew about a bird flu outbreak in his country two weeks ago.

Congress, DMK stuck on seat - tussle over pondicherry in 'firm & final' alliance<br>

A Congress team including Manmohan Singh and Kamal Nath failed to clinch a seat-sharing deal with the DMK today though the Dravidian party said their shares have already been "agreed upon" with Sonia Gandhi.

Author Amrita Pritam, scientist Narlikar, Ganguly, Dravid in R-Day honours <br>

Writer Amrita Pritam, scientist Jayant Narlikar and former chief justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah are the three recipients of the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour, announced Sunday to mark the country's Republic Day.

Chandrika gives green light for LTTE rebels to use military flights<br>

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has given the green light for Tamil Tiger guerrillas to use military helicopters when travelling to the island's international airport to catch international flights.

Sri Lankan govt concerned over forming of opposition<br>

Sri Lankan government said Monday that it was concerned over the formation of a political alliance by two main forces in the opposition as it posed a threat to the ongoing peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels.