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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2836

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Congress accuses Nagaland Government of sharing Rs 365 Crore peace bonus with anti-social elements

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The Opposition Congress in Nagaland said the Central grant of Rs 365 crore to Nagaland to wipe off the accumulated deficits was completely “misutilized” by DAN Government and also shared the amount with anti-social elements by way of clearing pending bills where 50% payments were reportedly deducted.

Lok Sabha Party Position - Total seats - 543; Counting held - 539; Results declared - 426; CONG AND ALLIES : 178; BJP AND ALLIES 146; OTHERS 102

Latest Elections results: Lok Sabha Party Position - Total seats - 543; Counting held - 539; Results declared - 426; CONG AND ALLIES : 178; BJP AND ALLIES 146; Others 102

Norwegian facilitators second meeting with Anton Balasingham

Mr. Vidar Helgesen, the Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister along with the Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Hans Brattskar flew in to Kilinochchi today 13th May 2004 around 9.30 am by an SLAF helicopter.

Sonia Gandhi sweeps BJP from power

India's Gandhi dynasty swept back to power on Thursday on a stunning wave of anger among millions of rural poor, who felt left behind by the country's economic boom and voted out the Hindu nationalist government.

Laksman Kadirgamar: Interim Rule is a Blue Print for a Future Separate State

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

Sri Lanka’s visiting Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in Washington D.C. addressing the Brooklyn Institute said that the Interim Self Governing Authority proposed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE) was a blue print for a future separate state and it would be very difficult for any sovereign government to accept the proposal.

Jayalalitha's AIADMK humiliated in Tamil Nadu

The AIADMK of Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha was headed for a humiliating rout in Tamil Nadu Thursday and seemed unlikely to win even one of the state's 39 Lok Sabha seats

Vajpayee to resign, NDA to sit in opposition

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will submit the resignation of his government to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Thursday evening following the announcement of the general election results.

Congress heads for shock election win

India's opposition, led by the Gandhi dynasty, headed for a shock election win on Thursday as millions of rural poor punished the government for leaving them out of the country's economic boom.

Cong, allies ahead in 179 seats; BJP front in 160; Others 81

The Congress and its allies were leading in 179 seats over the BJP front which was ahead in 160 constituencies as counting of votes progressed in the Lok Sabha elections today. "Others" were leading in 81 seats.

AIADMK-BJP heading for rout in TN

Early trends indicate a rout for the AIADMK-BJP alliance in Tamil Nadu. The DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) is leading in 39 constituencies.

Counting begins for 539 Lok Sabha seats, three Assembly polls

Counting of votes in 539 Lok Sabha seats and elections to three state assemblies began this morning.The three assemblies are Karnataka, Orissa and Sikkim.

Yasushi Akashi on Japanese Aids to LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka

Yasushi Akashi - Japanese Special envoy to Sri Lanka is to visit Vanni to assess the economic needs and the urgent humanitarian requirements in the region controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - Sri Lankan Tamil rebel outfit, and to provide possible Japanese assistance on humanitarian grounds through Japanese Non-Government Organizations to the Tiger controlled NGO organizations, to implement urgent humanitarian requirements on a priority basis, in accordance with the policy of the Government of Japan.

Is the magic figure 272 or 268?

As all eyes will be anxiously hooked on to electronic voting machines on Thursday, the magic figure that would be on the minds of the Vajpayees, Sonias and Mulayams, etc. would be 268, and not the mandatory figure of 272 required to establish a majority in the 545-member strong Lok Sabha.

Government of Sri Lanka – LTTE to begin direct Talks within 3 months.

Sri Lankan government today said it expects to begin preliminary talks with LTTE Tamil rebel outfit within three months. Sri Lankan Government spokesman said. This with certainty and confidence.

Burma Army Was Once Trusted and Respected

By Myint Thein, - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

In the 1950s, the highlight of the beginning of summer was the Resistance Day parade. The whole family would go to Prome Road around 7-8pm and watch the Burma Army troops marching down Prome Road at night. Crowds would cheer the troops as they celebrated Resistance Day on March 27th.

Powerful bomb shattered LTTE Office

A powerful bomb went off in the early hours of this morning at the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) office located in the Batticaloa region.

Karen congress on hold

The quadric-annual congress of Karen National Union scheduled to be held on 19 May has been put off probably to the end of the year due to the slow recovery of one of its principal leaders, Gen Bo Mya, according to Karen sources.

Vajpayee resigns

The Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee has resigned. He called on the President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam a shortwhile ago and tendered his resignation. Earlier, he chaired a Cabinet Meeting. Emerging from the hour-long meeting, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj said that Mr. Vajpayee will be the leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha. He will be the leader of the BJP as well as the NDA. The Prime Minister will address the nation over AIR and Doordarshan at 8 this evening