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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

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Solheim meets Dhanapala, SLMM

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Norway's Special Representative Eric Solheim is schduled to meet Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse before meeting President Kumaratunga. These meetings will follow Solheim's talks with LTTE Political Wing Leader S.P. Thamil Chelvam and other Tigers on 15 th December.

Sri Lanka: Floods render 600, 000 homeless

Janaka Perera Reporting from, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Floods and earth-slips have rendered over 600,000 people homeless and killed seven people including two children.

America tells Pak to grant India transit facilities for Kabul

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

Acting on an Indian request, the United States has asked Pakistan to grant transit facilities for relief materials and other aid sent by India to Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka: Chances of peace diminishes as war drums are about to be beaten.

The talks held yesterday by Norwegian facilitators led by Special Envoy Erik Solheim with S.Paramu Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, has miserably failed and the stalemate between the Government of Sri Lanka and Tamil rebel outfit remains clearly unresolved.

The rise and rise of Balapatabendis

Mr. Harendra Kolitha Balapatabendi, son of Mr. Kusumsiri Balapatabendi, current Chairman of Sri Lanka Airlines Ltd and High Commissioner-designate to Australia, went as migrants in Melbourne, Australia around 1997/1998. He was accompanied by his wife, Roshini Sakunthala Balapatabendi.

MMA to launch all out agitation if Musharraf failed to doff uniform

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), an alliance of six mainstream religious parties in Pakistan, has warned that if President General Pervez Musharraf didn’t doff his uniform before December 31, the opposition would organize an agitation movement much bigger than that of 1977.

Sri Lanka: Donors concerned over JVP stance

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The international donor community has expressed concern over the stance on the Norwegian peace facilitators by Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna’s (JVP), the junior partner in the United Peoples Freedom Alliance.

Shahrukh Khan keeps the Show on

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Undeterred by the bomb blast in an open air stadium in Colombo on Saturday, the Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan and his troupe are continuing with their series of ‘Temptation 2004’ shows outside the country. They are performing in Dubai on 15 December and will follow it up with four more shows in the Europe before returning to Mumbai on December 22.

Death of Regi Siriwardena

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Regi Sriwardena, well known movie critic, author and journalist passed away Wednesday morning. He was among those who drafted a bill in the 1960s for the establishment of a National Film Corporation for Sri Lanka. The NFC was established in 1971.

Karnataka coalition ministry expanded.

By D P Kamat - For Asian Tribune

The six-months old Sonia Gandhi Congress led coalition government in the south Indian state of Karnataka has been expanded.

Sri Lanka: Tyronne assumes duties

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tyronne Fernando assumed as the new Governor, North-East on Wednesday. He told the media that his long political experience would come in good stead in the performance of his duties as Governor.

Pak, India expresses satisfaction over progress in talks on nuclear, conventional CBMs

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan and India have expressed satisfaction over the amount of progress made during the talks related to nuclear and conventional weapons confidence building measures, which concluded in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka: Earth-slip kills four

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

An earth-slip killed four people in Welimada following torrential rains in the hill country.

Some hope for Hindu Seer: Indian Supreme Court posts his bail plea for Friday.

By D P Kamat for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

The Supreme Court of India announced Wednesday it would hear the bail plea of beleaguered Hindu Seer Jayendra Saraswati, the Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt (monastery) on Friday. A special leave petition was filed on his behalf in the court challenging the Madras High Court’s decision to reject him bail in the Sankararaman murder case.

Sri Lanka's Broadcasting Corporation marks 79 years

Janaka Perera Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Asia’s first radio station, popularly called “Radio Ceylon”, predecessor to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Service (SLBC) today celebrates 79, years of existence. Experiments for establishing the station began with the radio transmitting equipped from a German submarine captured in World War I.