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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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Dam builders damn Beijing's command

Despite Premier Wen Jiabao's February directive that work on the dam projects stop to allow an assessment of their potential impact, preparatory work on the Chinese part of the Salween, known there as Nu, had been going around the clock.

Manmohan Singh sworn in as Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh was today sworn in as Prime Minister heading Congress-led coalition government.
Clad in white kurta pyjama and his trade mark blue turban, 71 year old Singh took the oath of office and secrecy in English. The oath was administered by President A P J Abdul Kalam in the Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Rain pours on Spain's glittering royal wedding

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe was to marry former television presenter Letizia Ortiz on Saturday in a glittering ceremony symbolising a new dawn for Spain two months after the deadly Madrid train bombings.

North Korea to let Japan abductee relatives leave

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il agreed on Saturday to let all eight relatives of Japanese abducted decades ago leave the communist state, and five will be reunited with their parents in Tokyo on Saturday, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said after a summit meeting.

Myanmar PM to visit Malaysia, tough questions seen

Myanmar Prime Minister Khin Nyunt will visit Malaysia on June 1 as part of "courtesy calls" to Southeast Asian neighbours after his appointment last August.

Thai PM lashes opposition over censure debate

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra lashed out at his political opponents on Saturday and again denied opposition charges that key ministers had used their positions to aid his family and business empire.

Manmohan Singh led UPA govt to be sworn-in this evening

Manmohan Singh would be sworn-in this evening as Prime Minister heading the first ever Congress-led coalition government at the Centre along with about 60 member Council of Ministers.

The new Indian Government to support the Sri Lankan Peace Process.

The new United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government to be led by Dr. Manmohan Singh had indicated that it will fully support the peace talks Sri Lanka undertakes, which would fulfills the legitimate aspirations of all linguistic and religious minorities within the territorial integrity and solidarity of Sri Lanka.

Bomb shakes Songkhla pub

The spectre of violence returned to haunt the southern border region last night when an explosive device was thrown into a pub in the centre of Songkhla although police said that the possibility of links to southern separatist unrest was low.

Text of the proposed draft of Common Minimum Programme of India's new UPA Government

The draft of Common Minimum Programme circulated by Congress to its allies and supporting parties. But though This is a common minimum programme (CMP) for the UPA government. It is, by no means, a comprehensive agenda. It is a starting point lists out the main priorities, policies and programmes. The UPA is committed to the implementation of the CMP. This CMP is the foundation for another CMP-collective maximum performance.

Rebel Monk Accuses Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker Of Aiding And Abetting Abduction of Parliamentarian.

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

The rebel Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) parliamentarian Venerable Aparekke Punnananda Thero accused W.J. M. Lokubandara - Speaker of Sri Lanka’s parliament of aiding and abetting the crime of abducting and later making tender his resignation of Venerable Kathaluwe Rathanseeha from being a Member of Parliament.

<i> Ellalan Padai </i> assaulted us with iron rods and electric wires.

“Those who kidnapped us assaulted and attacked us warning that we should not get involved in any anti-social activities.”

Unraveling Mystery: – Great Escapade from Sri Lanka – R.Janarthanam Reliving the Thriller - 1974.

Great escapade, Dr.R. Janarthanan relives the great thriller of 1974. It was all about the Tamil Conference by the International Association of Tamil Research held in Jaffna from 03 January 1974 to 10 January 1974. He narrates how he being a person black listed by the Sri Lankan Government managed to enter Sri Lanka and escaped without being arrested. He unravels a mystery which would tend to fill in a gaping hole in the contemporary history of the country.

Govt formation efforts get major boost

The efforts to put together a Congress-led coalition government took a major boost with key allies NCP deciding to join the ministry and a softened RJD hinting at following the suit even as consensus was building on the alliances Common Minimum Programme (CMP) ahead of likely swearing-in of Prime Minister-designate Manmohan Singh on Saturday

India remembers Rajiv Gandhi on death anniversary

Hundreds of people waited for Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi to join them on Friday to mark the death anniversary of her husband Rajiv in the southern town where he was slain 13 years ago.

Immediate Action Required to End Israel’s Breaches of Fourth Geneva Convention

In the past week, Israeli military operations in the Palestinian Territories have resulted in the death of civilians, homes being demolished with the people still inside, and the obstruction of medical care. Israel says the attacks are acts of self defense designed to suppress terrorism.

Manmohan Singh PM, Cabinet Ministers & Ministers of States Sworn .

Manmohan Singh was today sworn in as the Prime Minister at the head of a 67-member first-ever Congress-led coalition Government that has 28 Cabinet Ministers, including 18 from Congress and 40 Ministers of State, ten of them having independent charge.