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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Annan sees 'important openings' in 2005 to bring peace to global hotspots

In an year ending News Conference United Naion Secretary General Kofi Annan put behind a difficult 12 months of controversy surrounding the United Nations and came forward to looked ahead towards 2005 as a year of opportunity to bring peace to several hotspots around the world.

Pak court restores bail to Zardari

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

A two Judges bench of the Sindh High Court(SHC) has restored bail to Asif Ali Zardari, leader of Pakistan Peoples’ Party and spouse of former premier Ms Banizir Bhutto, in Justice Nizami’s murder case a day after he was re-arrested at the Islamabad airport while coming from Karachi to address a public rally at Rawalpindi.

India clarifies welcoming a UN Security Council without discrimination between old and new nmembers.

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

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has dismissed reports of any ambiguity or confusion on India’s stand over membership of the Security Council. There “should be no discrimination between old permanent members and new ones”, he said adding that India must have veto rights as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Probe on against Indian Railway Minister for Distribution of Bribe to Voters.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

An observer of Election Commission of India (ECI) has reached Patna from Delhi to investigate the bribery charges against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president and Union Minister for Railways Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has been accused of distributing money to weaker section women for votes.

Chandrika’s visit to Australia clouded by Scandal: Rise & Rise Balapatabendi

In political circles there is much speculation as to whether Mr. Kusumsiri Balapatabendi, the High Commissioner-designate to Australia, will take up office in May after the documented revelations in the “Asian Tribune”dated 16 December:

Sonia Gandhi among The Guardian's, “Women of the Year.”

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

Sonia Gandhi, who stunned India with her humility in the hour of her triumph in May, is among The Guaridan’s “Women of the Year.”

Sri Lanka :Early peace talks in the offing?

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Sri Lanka

Government has forwarded an agenda to the LTTE for the early resumption of peace talks. Head of the Sri Lanka Government Peace Secretariat Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala handed over the document to the Norwegian Government.

Islamabad supports Iraq sovereignty: Pak PM

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that Pakistan supports sovereignty and independence of Iraq and Islamabad desired early restoration of peace and harmony in the country.

Birds Flu virus: Blood samples for HK

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The 'mysterious' disease, that has so far claimed eight lives in the South, has been identified as influenza A and B virus. It is very similar to pneumonia but has nothing to do with SARS or bird flu, said Health Ministry officials.

Major dismissed in India for Fake Killings.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Indian army has dismissed a Major from service after a General Court Martial (GCM) found him guilty of ‘faking killings’ in Siachen, the highest battlefield of the world on India-Pakistan border.

Sri Lankan NPC probe of top police officials: A test of its credibility

The National Police Commission has been urged to tackle one of the greatest problems affecting the rule of law, democratic process and human rights in Sri Lanka – probing the police officials of their nexus with the underworld elements.

Indian Federal Minister in the eye of a raging storm

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

A federal minister is in the eye of a raging storm in India. Lalu Prasad Yadav, the minister for railways and chief of his own Rashtriya Janata Dal is accused of distributing ‘money’ for slum dwellers in Patna, Bihar’s capital, in Eastern India, in the run up to a rally he is organising this week.

Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Calls on Shaukat

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Foreign Secretary and Special Envoy of the President of Sri Lanka G.S.Palihakkara called on Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in Islamabad on Tuesday.

No houses for ministers, Parliamentarians in Delhi.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in India is facing a bizarre situation here. It does not have enough bungalows to accommodate its ministers and the new members of Parliament who have made to the august house in the recent months on tickets of different political parties.

Constitutional change is needed for the stability

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

UPFA Parliamentarian and Attorney Wijedasa Rajapakse told the media today that the government was contemplating on changing the Constitution in order to stabilize democracy in the country. A stable government and strong Opposition was the need of the hour to carry forward the necessary development programs, he said.