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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Sonia Gandhi calls warring Lalu-Paswan for dinner.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from MNew Delhi

Congress, the leading partner of ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in New Delhi, is making attempts to forge unity between Union Minister for Railways Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ramvilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) for the forthcoming Bihar state assembly polls.

Malaysia holds SL victims of conmen

Janaka Perera Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Around 10,000 Sri Lankans are languishing in Malaysia's jails or are detained at various places in the country after being arrested on charges of staying illegally in the country.

Indian PM: There is national consensus on Indian nuke policy

From D P Kamat in New Delhi

Indian government has clarified its nuclear policy in the wake of Foreign Minister Natwar Singh's reported remarks in Seoul that the Korean rivals should not emulate India to acquire nuclear weapons.

Norway Embassy in Sri Lanka remains closed

Janaka Perera – Reporting from, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Norwegian embassy in Colombo will not be open until Wednesday, 22 December.

Euthanasia patient’s legal battle to donate organs fails, Dies.

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

A terminally ill euthanasia patient, K Venkatesh (25 years) died in Hyderabad on Friday as neither the law nor the medical fraternity were able to fulfil his last wish- ‘end my life to donate my organs’.

LTTE Beating War Drums

Informed sources in Colombo reveals that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would shortly issue a statement withdrawing from the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) signed jointly by Ranil Wickremasinghe, former Prime Minister of the United National Front Government and Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the LTTE on 22 February 2002. This CFA was co-signed by the Government of Norway, as the guarantor of the international community.

Solheim urges to exercise restraint, as the prospect of peace remains visibly low

As the prospects of peace is visibly dim and low, while posters are appearing in all over Jaffna with the slogan asking the people to get ready for war, Erik Solheim appealed to both parties - Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam should exercise the maximum restraint and refrain from actions that could be interpreted as provocations, especially at a time when peace negotiations were not taking place.

Cop kills two prisoners in Court in Pakistan

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

A police constable Thursday opened fired in a court in Sindh province, killing two prisoners and wounding four others.

"Barrier for peace talks comes from Prabakaran" - JVP

The actual barriers to the peace talks come not from Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP - Peoples Liberation Front), but from the ‘Latter-day Hitler’ holding forth in the Vanni, reveals M.Tilvin Silva in a strongly worded letter to Ambassadors of Japan, Netherland and United States of America, the co-chairs of the Japanese Donor Conference.

Police begin to arrest culprits behind Bollywood show

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Police are in the process of arresting all violent protestors identified in video tapes that contained visuals of the events that occurred in Colombo during the Bollywood musical show ‘Temptation 2004.’

2nd Meeting of SAARC Working Group on Energy begins

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The second meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Working Group on Energy began in Islamabad on Thursday.

Norway Embassy in Colombo closed temporarily

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo was closed on Thursday 16 December, following a suspected Anthrax scare. The substance has not been clearly identified so far.

Another big arms haul in Bandarban

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized another huge cache of arms including sub-machine carbines, Stenguns, rifles and more than 12,000 rounds of ammunition from Chikonchhari of bordering Naikkhongchhari upazila on Wednesday. The Upazila borders Burma.

Solution to Kashmir, Palestine issues must for global peace

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that settlement of the long standing issues of Kashmir and Palestine were must for global peace and stablity.

Opposition NDA meets on Monday to discuss Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s resignation offer.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party-led opposition conglomerate National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will meet here on Monday to discuss among other things the situation arising out of resignation offer by Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee over frequent adjournments of the lower house of Indian Parliament.