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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Evil forces behind the mega concert of Sharuk Khan must be revealed- JVP

Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP – Peoples Liberation Front) in a statement has called upon the authorities to take immediate action to reveal and bring before justice all the groups behind the cruel bombing at the mega concert of Sharuk Khan held in Colombo on 11 December.

Chandraswami spoke to various Congress leaders after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination- say underworld don Babloo Srivastva

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Chandraswami spoke to various Congress leaders after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination- say underworld don Babloo Srivastva.

Aziz, Dixit to meet in third country to remove impediments in Indo-Pak talks

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

President Musharraf’s top aide Tariq Aziz to meet Indian National Security Advisor J.N. Dixit in a third country probably Nepal in a bid to remove hurdles impending the composite dialogue process between the two countries.

WAPS second international confab:'Stop appeasing terrorism'

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Chairman Indian Foreign Policy Council and Chairman Barathiya Bahasha Sammelan Dr. Ved Pratap said that not even the worst Indian Government would support secessionism in Sri Lanka.

“Jai Jawan Jai Kissan is an ideology,” Sunil Shastri, son of former Indian PM late Lal Bahadur Shastri.

From Narendra Kaushik – Asian Tribune

“Jai Jawan Jai Kissan” once revolutionized the whole India, helped it be self-reliant in production of wheat and greatly boosted the morale of armed forces. The former Indian Prime Minister late Lal Bahadur Shastri used it to great effect to thwart the third attempt of Pakistan to capture Jammu & Kashmir by force in 1965 and fight sanctions from United States of America.

USA, EU, Japan and The JVP,

By H.L.D. Mahindapala

After calling on the Sri Lankan President on December 14, 2004 to discuss the current impasse in the talks between the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the LTTE the three Colombo-based representatives of the Tokyo Conference – Japan Netherlands and USA – issued a press release. This is a significant, and a rather unusual, piece of intervention in the ongoing crisis.

Qazi doubts Pak army combat capability

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

President of the Mutahida Majlisi Amal (MMA) and Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JIP) Qazi Hussain Ahmed has said that President Musharraf’s backtracking on Kashmir had created doubts about armed forces’ combat capability.

India’s BJP worries over Feb assembly polls

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

L K Advani, President, India’s main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has doubts on the party’s performance in the coming assembly elections in Bihar, Jharkhand and Haryana in Eastern and North India.

U.S. State Department Changes: Under Secretary John Bolton Tipped to Replace Armitage as Deputy

Daya Gamage – Reporting from USA to Asian Tribune

During the July 2001 global United Nations conference on small arms and light weapons, John Bolton told delegates that the United States was not only opposed to any agreement restricting civilian possession of small arms, it also didn’t appreciate “the promotion of international advocacy activity by international or non-governmental organizations.”

Peace at any cost doomed to fail

By Janaka Perera - Asian Tribune

Risking LTTE death threats, Veteran journalist, author and international terrorism expert, Paul Harris is now in Sri Lanka as one of the speakers of the second WAPS (World Alliance for Peace and Security) conference which was on 18 December in Colombo.

Purbo Banglar Communist Party founder Mofakkhar killed in Rab action

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mofakkhar Hossain alias Mahamud Hasan, a top political think-tank of outlawed parties and founder of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), died on Friday in an alleged 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his comrades in Kushtia.

Attempts to undermine Dhanapala’s UN chances

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

Hardly had Sri Lanka announced the name of the respected veteran diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala as its nominee for the UN’s top post when sections of the country’s Tamil media began a campaign to denigrate both Sri Lanka and Dhanapala.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee finds his seat too hot, loses cool

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

It was an ominous return to the not so good old days in Indian Parliament last week - the fireworks, the walkouts, anger over absence of Cabinet ministers, members once again tending to troop into the well of the House, all of which climaxing in the Speaker’s open threat to resign.

To Be Or Not To Be ….

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

With the ‘peace process’ (like the Sri Lankan rupee) hitting a new low, the time has come to set one’s house in order. Whatever Mr. Pirapaharan’s next move may be, Sri Lanka must be ready to face it, and face it well. The task of putting our politico-military defences in order is not something that can be postponed or sidelined anymore.

After Wokha, BJP is all set to get the chairmanship of the Kiphire Town Council too

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

After it had a landslide victory in Wokha Town Council elections, the BJP has got another shot in the arm as its newly elected members in Kiphire Town Council are all set to form the Council with another two NPF members and the Government nominee.

America’s Role in Asia: New Report for US Consumption

By Daya Gamage – Reporting from USA to Asian Tribune

The Asia Foundation, a half-century-old international non-governmental organization, headquartered in San Francisco in the United States with a network of 17 offices throughout Asia, issued a new report that will be forwarded to the Bush Administration and influential committees in the U.S. Congress with far reaching recommendations after examining America’s role in the Asian region attended by American and Asian policymakers and scholars.

Religious fanaticism: The big picture

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Perhaps TS Eliot was wrong. Perhaps April is not the cruellest month, December is. Last December, mobs of Sinhala-Buddhist fanatics attacked Christian churches, and Christmas Mass had to be attended under armed Police and STF guard.

Indian Opposition asks PM to intervene in seer case

By D P Kamat - Reporting from New Delhi

As the courts have not come to the rescue of the beleaguered Hindu seer, Jayendra Saraswati, the Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt (monastery in Tamilnadu,) demands are mounting for the intervention of the Prime Minister himself to end the ordeal of the 71-year old religious leader with a vast following across the country.