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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Aung San Suu Kyi to be honored with Doctoral degree

A Thai University to confer honorary doctorate to Burmas iron lady Aung San Suu Kyi, held in house arrest by the Burmese junta, thus caging a the voice of democracy .

Sri Lanka’s President in UK

Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga left the island on Wednesday for the United Kingdom on a private visit.

Dr.Manmohan Singh 'concerned' over Seer's case

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

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has shared the general concern over the Hindu Seer’s case and promised the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that he would do whatever the Constitution permitted.

Sri Lanka: Jayantha Dhanapala in Ampara

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Senior Presidential Advisor and Secretary-General, Government's Peace Secretariat Jayantha Dhanapala on Wednesday visited Ampara to assess the ceasefire situation in the area.

Grenade blasts, arms haul probe failure irk Britain

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Britain yesterday expressed disappointment at the government failure to reach a 'credible conclusion' in investigating the grenade attacks and arms hauls, especially the May 21 grenade attack in Sylhet on the British envoy here and said main political parties are not committed to democratic institutions.

“Communist Party is not in Sri Lanka’s UPFA”

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Constitutional Affairs Minister and Communist Party General Secretary D.E.W. Gunasekera denied that his party was a member of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), though the CP was with the government.

Telugu Desam suffers a jolt, one of its senior leaders jailed

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

The Telugu Desam party of Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh suffered a jolt yesterday with one of its senior leaders ordered to face life imprisonment in a murder case.

About dozen FIRs lodged against Lalu Yadav’s workers for defacement of public property.

From Narendra Kaushik – reporting from New Delhi

There seems to be no let up in the problems of Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Union Minister for Railways and president of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a regional party which is a constituent of the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in India.

Sri Lanka: RAMOs strike paralyses 1550 hospitals

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The seven-year conflict between the Government Registered Medical Officers and the Sri Lanka Medical Council backed by the Government Medial Officers Union (GMOA) has come to a boiling point with the Society of Registered and Assistant Medical Officers (SRAMO) staging a strike that has paralyzed 1550 district hospitals, rural hospitals and medical clinics throughout the country.

Pak minister says operation in tribal area will continue

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan's Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said that the situation in South Waziristan Agency was changing gradually, but the operation against foreign terrorists and their local supporters will continue till the miscreants are flushed out of the tribal belt of Pakistan.

Sri Lankan Opposition Courts Dogs

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

When Ranil Wickremesinghe leads dogs to his demonstrations as symbols of protest against the Supreme Court he is not degrading the Courts but his own brand of politics. He is openly and unabashedly announcing to the world that the UNP has gone to the dogs. Besides, if, as the UNPers claim, the word “balu” is not an offensive term then it follows logically that the UNP too can be categorized as a “balu” party of “balu” leaders.

No progress in talks with Pak if infiltration continues: Indian PM

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

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said confidence-building measures (CBMs) with Pakistan could not move forward if the infiltration of Line of Control (LoC) goes on without any check and control.

Sri Lankan Police offers Rs. 2 M for info leading to arrest

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando offered a reward of Rs. 2 million to anyone providing accurate information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the bomb blast during the Bollywood musical show “Temptation 2004” held on 11 December at the Race Course, Colombo.

India tests rocket launcher ‘Pinaka’

By Hemanta Kumar Rout – Reporting from India

India on Wednesday tested a multi barrel rocket launcher ‘Pinaka’ from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea off the Orissa coast, about 220 km from here, defence sources said. The rocket launcher was tested thrice at 3 p.m, 3.30 p.m and 4 p.m, sources said.

Plagued by dissent, Advani decides to use stick.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Beset with infighting and dissent in its ranks, Hindutva Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party in India, has initiated measures to usher discipline and avoid any further embarrassment to the party leadership.

Pakistan supports territorial integrity of Sri Lanka: Musharraf

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan said on Wednesday that it supports the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and fully endorses Colombo’s efforts to bring peace into the whole country.

Congress demands speedy probe of ‘Godman’ Chandraswamy - alleged paymaster of LTTE in Rajiv murder.

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Expedite probe into Rajiv murder conspiracy, the Congress lawmakers told the Manmohan Singh government, saying that the ‘disclosure’ that controversial ‘Godman’ Chandraswamy had financed the LTTE to kill the late prime minister needed to be pursued seriously.

U.S. warns JVP :Not to make inflammatory statements and jeopardize the peace process.

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The U.S. Government today warned the JVP not to make inflammatory statements and jeopardize the peace process. It said that such provocations would lead to grave and unexpected repercussions. American Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead has issued this warning to JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva in a letter clarifying U.S. Government's position on the peace process.

BJP Govt in Gujarat in trouble, may be sacked

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

India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its provincial government in the west coast state of Gujarat are in deep trouble. There is every possibility of the government being dismissed any day after parliament adjourns today 23 December.

Former Indian Premier P V Narasimha Rao dead

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Indian Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao died this
afternoon in the Indian capital following a cardiac
arrest. He was 83.