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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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M.S. Subbulakshmi, the voice that wakes up a billion in India

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Every day millions of Indian homes wake up to the sweet strains of "Kausalya Subhraja Rama" and "Shuklambaradaram Vishnum", rendered in matchless melody and rare devotion by M.S. Subbulakshmi. Temples, restaurants, shops and kiosks from Kashmir to Kanyakumari play these MS cassettes before crack of dawn to begin their day on an auspicious note.

Pak Police combing Afghan slums for outlaws

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistani Police have started a major combing operation in Afghan slums in and around the capital Islamabad to hunt down and arrest outlaws who were allegedly hiding in these areas.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March to be revived.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Nearly 75 years after Mahatma Gandhi took out Dandi March against the decision of then English rulers to impose taxes on production of salt in India, Union minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Sunil Dutt will replicate the march next year from Sabarmati Ashram of Gandhi to promote peace, brotherhood and goodwill in the society.

Sri Lanka: Floods, earth-slips

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Heavy rains and floods have created havoc in several provinces in the island.

Murali finally wins the battle against him

By our Correspondent in Australia

Don Bradman, the legendary cricketer, earlier has hailed Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan miracle worker at the bowling end, as a “boon to cricket” and dismissed Daryl Hair’s decisions against him as “distasteful”.

Norwegian Peace Envoy Eric Solheim arrives tonight

Janaka Perera Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Norway's Special Representative Eric Solheim is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka tonight. His visit is aimed at finding a way out of the current deadlock in the peace negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Sri Lanka Government condemn the Grenade attack on the Bollywood Show in Colombo

Sri Lanka Government in a press release dated Sunday 12 December, has condemned the bomb blast at the Bolywood concert performed by leading Hindi film stars led by matinee idol superstar Shahrukh Khan Saruk Kahan, held on Saturday in Colombo.

France Unveils investment plans in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

France today unveiled its fresh investment plans in Bangladesh, evincing keen interest in the country's oil-gas, infrastructure, pharmaceutical and water-treatment sectors.

At last Sri Lankan truck driver Rajaratnam reunited with the Family in Colombo.

A Sri Lankan truck driver Dinesh Dharmendra Rajaratnam (37) was reunited with his wife, children and also with his parents on Sunday. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Himalee Arunatillaka confirmed that "Rajaratnam has been reunited with his family."

Sri Lanka: S.B. will remain UNP National Organizer

Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

S.B. Dissanayake will continue as UNP's National Orgnanizer, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesighe said today He said that reorganizing committee had the right to meet Mr. Dissanayae whenever they can.

Kanshi Ram's relatives hit road to claim him from Mayawati.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Mother and brother of Kanshi Ram, leader of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), a party espousing the interests of Scheduled castes and weaker sections in India, are on the road demanding his release from alleged 'confinement' of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and now BSP president Mayawati.

Bomb blasts in Colombo: "A terrorist act" – India condemns.

Indian Government has strongly condemned the bomb blast at Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan's concert in Colombo on last Saturday, and said that it was monitoring the progress of the investigations. New Delhi has called the incident "a terrorist act."

Myanmar Releases Hundreds of Prisoners

Two prominent pro-democracy leaders were among hundreds of prisoners released from a Myanmar prison on Sunday as part of a broad amnesty granted by the country's ruling junta, the prisoners and family members said.

Revitalised North Eastern Council will act as a catalyst for the development of North East: Kyndiah

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Union Minister for Development of North-Eastern Region (DONER) Mr P R Kyndiah said the UPA government was committed towards the goal of rapid development of the North Eastern region of the country.

Sri Lanka: Bomb blast: `Govt. must answer'

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

UNP Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said Sunday that the government should accept full responsibility for the bomb blast that occurred during the Bollywood musical event in Colombo last night.

India’s opposition BJP ruled states lock horns with Delhi

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

Six Indian provinces ruled by the opposition Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) have decided to close their ranks to take on the Federal Government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Sonia Gandhi Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Kanchi seer decides to appeal to apex court for bail

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

Kanchi Seer Sankararacharya Jayendra Saraswathi now appears to have decided under pressure of his counsels and devotees to move the Supreme Court formally for a bail from detention at the Vellore jail in the murder case slapped on him on November 11.