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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

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Indian Prime Minister’s Wife takes Dinner Diplomacy to the Wives of Ministers.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Beset with problems of discord in his cabinet, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may get some help from his better half Gursharan Kaur who has called all wives of his ministers for a dinner at 7 Race Course road, the official residence of the Indian PM.

Kanchi Seer’s quest for relief continues

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

The expectation that there might be some relief to jailed Kanchi Seer Jayendra Saraswati’s in the assault case at least today did not materialise. He is a co-accused in the case that says a former associate of his Radhakrishnan was assaulted for opposing him two years back.

Sri Lanka President to hold talks with JVP

Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the JVP are expected to discuss the issues concerning the Talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam next month to discuss a ''fresh agenda'' for talks said to have been conveyed to LTTE's political advisor Anton Balasingham by Norway's special envoy Eric Solheim .

Osama holed up on Pak-Afghan border says Bush

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

As yet another year of fruitless search for the elusive Osama bin Laden and the one-eye Mullah, Mullah Omar is about to come to an end, the American president has rekindled speculation on the where abouts of the Al Qaeda chief, who is threatening to renew his attacks on targets American and American allies like Saudi Arabia.

PNM begins anti-neocolonial campaign

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Joint Chairman, Patriotic National Movement (PNM) or the Desha Hithaishi Jathika Vyaparaya, the Venerable Elle Gunawansa said today that the movement is now in the process of establishing its district committees.

Indian police quiz schoolboy over sex video

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

It is a bizarre case. And first of its kind at least in the Indian capital – a 12th standard student in the country’s foremost elite school engaging in a sexual act with a fellow girl student, recording it on video telephone, and circulating it as a MMS message. The ‘sale’ of the clip, lasting two minutes and 37 seconds, on a B2B Internet auction site by an engineering student, has landed the CEO of the company in the jail. An American firm has acquired the company recently and thus the case has brought the American foreign office too into the picture.

A group of Individuals from the outset planned to disrupt the Toronto Meeting – Human Rights Watch

Efforts to disrupt the meeting held in Toronto, Canada by the Human Rights Watch on 12 December, was part of a larger design by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters to terrorize and attack the audience and the Canadian Tamil Human rights activists with the view to force the organizers to abandon the meeting. This was intended to stop once and for all any future attempts to expose the ruthless maneuverings undertaken by the Tamil rebel outfit LTTE in Sri Lanka.

Jaffna youth urged to join LTTE's Air Force

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The LTTE admitted officially for the first time that it has a combat air-wing. According to intelligence reports, the Tigers already have two helicopters and one light aircraft.

Bangladesh: RAB recovers arms from Moheshkhali

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion ( RAB) recovered 12 different type of firearms, four axes and some arms making materials from a raid in East Fakiraghona area under Moheshkhali upazila of Cox's Bazar

G.L. Pieris says Sri Lanka is under a dictatorship

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Professor G.L. Pieris addressing a press briefing in Colombo yesterday termed the government's decision not to hold a Presidential election next year a "flagrant violation of the Constitution." He was responding a statement that Minister Anura Bandaranaike made at a meeting in Kurunegala.

New BJP president asks party men to keep party above personal interests

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The newly inducted President of the Nagaland State BJP Unit, MC Konyak while urging the party workers to keep the party above the personal interests, called upon them to work with sincerity, dedication and determination to strengthen it (party) not only in the State level but also the country. He was speaking in the felicitation program organized in his honor here in party (BJP) office.

Pak Information Minister rejects idea of national

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sheikh
Rashid Ahmad has rejected the chances of formation of
a national government in the country, claiming that
the government was enjoying public support.

Sri Lanka: S.B. Dissanayake hospitalized

Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

S.B. Dissanayake was admitted to Sri Jayewardenepura hospital Monday morning for an eye surgery. The operation will take place today.

Village Council protest against factional clashes in and around Kohima.

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Angamis of Kohima Village have today strongly come out against the factional clashes in and around the State capital here that led to not only killing their cadres but also injuring and killing civilians.

One month after the shooting of Gerald Perera: No justice yet - laments AHRC

It was one month ago Gerald Perera was shot in the broadlight while riding a bus, but still the Sri Lanka’s police has failed to arrest the people involved and behind the shooting of the torture victim laments Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission.

New political realignments in India’s largest province

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

India’s largest province which sends the largest contingent of law makers to the federal capital is all set to witness a realignment of political forces and it may have an impact on the national scene in the near term.

Iraqi FM holds separate meetings with Musharraf, Kasuri

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari held separate meetings with President Pervez Musharraf and Foreign Minister Khursheed Mahmud Kasuri on Monday here.

Former Speaker urges factions to sacrifice "egos and pride" for sake of their people

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Former Nagaland Assembly Speaker and senior Congress leader, Z Lohe urged the leaders of all Naga underground factions to sacrifice their "egos and pride" for the "sake of their people" if they were really meant for the "Naga aspiration."

Pak Police re-arrest Zardari, sent him back to Karachi

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Police in Pakistan have re-arrested Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and sent him back to Karachi.