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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

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UN Agencies aid thousands affected by powerful storm in Myanmar

United Nations agencies are assisting people in Myanmar devastated by the country's worst storm in more than 30 years, which stirred 160- kilometer winds and left 140 people dead and some 18,000 others homeless.

Five Lebanese hostages released in Saudi - envoy

Gunmen released five Lebanese who had been taken hostage alongside an unspecified number of people at an expatriate housing compound in the eastern Saudi city of al Khobar, the Lebanese ambassador to Saudi Arabia said.

Five foreigners gunned down in Saudi

At least five foreigners have been shot dead in the eastern Saudi city of Khubar, security sources have said.

Indian emperor saint honoured in Myanmar

He died in a distant land, friendless and a pauper, bitterly lamenting that he could not get even two fistfuls of earth in his beloved motherland for burial.

Allawi named Iraqi prime minister in suprise move

Iyad Allawi, a former member of Saddam Hussein's Baath party who worked with the CIA to topple him, was chosen as prime minister of Iraq on Friday in an announcement that caught U.S. and U.N. officials off guard.

US asks Myanmarese junta to restore democracy, free Suu Kyi

The United States has called on the military junta in Myanmar to take immediate steps for the restoration of a broad-based, democratic government in the country and the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters from preventive detention.

Floating stones found in Rameshwaram

Floating stones of Rameshwaram have a mythological twist to it. According to the Hindu mythological epic Ramayana, which was supposed to have taken place over 17 million years ago, Lord Rama and his army of monkeys used stones to build a bridge across the Palk Strait to link Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka.

Thailand set to emerge as financial development hub for Mekong Sub-region

The Export and Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM Bank) is joining hands with Germany’s KBank's President Mr. Sathaporn Shinajitr announcedfW Bankengruppe to transform Thailand into the financial development centre of the Greater Mekong Sub-region anounced Mr. Sathaporn Shinajitr EXIM Bank's President.

Who is insincere to peace and peace Talk?

A question of this nature arises in everyone’s mind, as the starting of the peace talks continues to be protracted and elusive, also there is no light at the end of the tunnel, despite the shuttle diplomacy of Norway and the peoples aspirations for a permanent peace in the country.

J.N. Dixit - A Sri Lanka Specialist at the helm of India’s National Security

By T.Sritharan - Boston, United States of America.

I am personally associated with Jyotindra Nath (Mani) Dixit , former External Affairs Secretary, who took charge recently as the new National Security Advisor of India for a three-year term and he is expected to play a key role on issues related to nuclear, security and foreign policy of India.

Amnesty Sri Lanka report \"patently incorrect\"

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has yesterday released a statement condemning Amnesty International for describing human rights conditions in Sri Lanka as having improved.

Two missing soldiers returned to camp, wandering in the jungle for two days

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

The two missing soldiers from the Weli Oya Sri Lanka Army camp Private J.M. Gamini Bandara and Recruit P.P.D. Sarath Gunasena who were missing since 26 May returned back to the camp by Friday 28 May, the Army said.

Twelve killed in Iran earthquake

At least 12 people were killed and 80 others injured after a strong earthquake struck northern Iran on Friday.

Karunanidhi lauded for efforts to make Tamil a classical language

The Delhi Tamil Assocaition Friday lauded DMK president M. Karunanidhi for his efforts to acquire classical language status for Tamil.

Nair appointed principal secretary to prime minister

T.K.A. Nair was Friday appointed principal secretary to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

3,000 Sri Lankan refugees to return home

Formalities regarding the repatriation of 3,000 of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in India are almost complete, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner Sumith Nakandala said in Tamil Nadu Saturday.