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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Thanks to Almighty God…

At last we have received the good news of the release of Sri Lankan truck driver Dharmendra Rajaratnam (37) and his Bangladesh colleague Abul Kashem Faruk (44), who were captured and held hostage in Iraq by the Islamic Army of Iraq (IAI) on 28 October 2004.

India complains to US about Pak hurdles in sending Afghan relief material

By D P Kamat - Reporting for Asian Tribune, from New Delhi

India conveyed to the United States the difficulties it is encountering in sending relief materials to war ravaged Afghanistan. In a frank discussion with the visiting American Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said if Pakistan extended transit facilities, India could do a lot more for the land locked Afghanistan. “Transit facilities are a normal right extended by neighbours to each other in all civilised societies”, Singh told Rumsfeld

Sri Lanka: Ranil meets SB in jail

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and leading UNPers met S.B. Dissanayake at the Welikada Prisons on Friday 10 December and inquired after his health. Wickremesinghe assured that the Opposition's campaign over the issue would continue.

Insurgent group ULFA insists on direct invitation for talks with Indian govt.

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Slowly but surely the ground is getting prepared for formal negotiations between the Indian government and the leadership of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), a well –armed- oiled militant out fit, which has been seeking ‘sovereignty’ for Assam in India’s northeast through an armed struggle.

Sri Lanka: Politico had ganja worth Rs. 2 M

Janaka Perea – Reporting from Sri Lanka

Police arrested a Pradeshiya Sabha Member (local councilor) and two others following the seizure of 250 kilos of ganja worth around Rs. 2 million that had been concealed in a house for smuggling to Colombo from Thanamalwila.

11 die, about 20 hurt in Pakistan bomb blast

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

At least eleven people have been killed and about 20 injured in a bomb explosion at a market in Quetta, the capital of South-western province of Pakistan.

Rise in street kids below age 5.

By Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Fifty percent of Sri Lanka's street children have not gone to school, while six percent are orphans. Even most of those who are not orphans have only a single parent. Over 50 percent of them spend the night on pavements, on the door steps of buildings and in abandoned or half-completed buildings.

NPF heading to form in many towns, BJP to form Wokha Town Committee for first time

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Although ruling NPF has won maximum seats in the Kohima and Dimapur Municipal and almost all the Town Council elections in the State, BJP on the other hand surprised the people as it not only captured two-third seats in Wokha Town Council elections but also could wrest many seats in Kiphire, Naganimora, Longlen, Kohima and Dimapur.

Colombo: City of 1000 foreign sex workers

By Janaka Perea Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

There are around 1000 foreign `sex workers' in Colombo city, according to the police. Among them are Chinese, Thais, Russians, Ukrainians, Indians and Pakistanis.

CBI: Chandraswamy may be involved in Rajiv Gandhi assassination

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Thirteen years after Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the Sri Lanka’s Separatist Tamil rebel outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE ) at Sriperumbudur in Tamilandu, India’s premier investigating agency claims the controversial ‘God-man’ Chandraswamy may be involved in the cruel act.

ENDLF Leader detained in Kachipuram under the Foreigners Act.

Tamil Nadu police revealed that the General Secretary of Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front G. Gnanasekaran and eight others had been detained under the Foreigners Act for overstaying.

Respect rights of the people: They have a right to know the true conduct of the lawmakers of Sri Lanka

By Nagananda Kodituwakku

Recently the Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in a statement made in the Parliament said that the judiciary and the police are totally corrupt and by arresting the suspects of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya’s murder will not clean the police of their dark patch.

Pak PM vows to improve education, update curriculum

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has reiterated his firm resolve to improve education and update curriculum to bring it in line with global demand and domestic requirements.