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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

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PV Narasimha Rao, a rare Congressman who defied Congress culture

A tribute by R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

It was the summer of 1991, that fateful year that has changed the course of India’s political history.

Pakistan: MMA observes protest day against omission of religion column

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) observed Friday as a ‘protest day’ across the country against the government decision of omitting the column for religion from the new machine-readable passports.

Sri Lanka Government in dilemma over peace proposal

Janaka Perera Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

While the LTTE is rejecting the Government's agenda for the resumption of peace talks the JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva has demanded to know from the government why his party was not consulted before the document was given to the Tigers. Silva has asked Acting Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake to explain matters.

State funeral to PV Narasimha Rao in Hyderabad on Saturday

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

India will accord state funeral and cremation to former prime minister P V Narasimha on December 25 in Hyderabad on the banks of the lake Hussainsagar in the heart of the city. Rao, hailed universally as the father Indian economic reform miracle that ended the country’s socialist quest died of cardiac arrest here on Thursday afternoon after a fourteen-day hospitalisation due to various old age related complications. He was 83.

Muslim Intelligentsia despairs over bribery charge against Zahira, key witness of Best Bakery.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delho

The Muslim intelligentsia and religious leadership in India are outraged over retraction of Zahira Sheikh, the key witness of Best Bakery case, after taking money from a Gujarat MLA. 14 Muslims were burnt alive in the bakery at Vadodra by a Hindu mob during the over month-long communal riots in Gujarat in March 2002. The riots were triggered by killing of 58 Hindus in a train at Godra, a Muslim-dominated town in the state. 21 people have been charged with killing the Muslims in the bakery.

Sri Lanka : RAMOS Call off strike

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Sri Lanka

The Society of Registered and Assistant Medical Officers (SRAMO) called off its strike Thursday afternoon, in response to the assurance given by the Health Ministry that their grievances relating to pay increases will be looked into without delay. SRAMO has requested all its members to report back to duty.

New Year's Message from the Burmese Resistance

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

A bad government forces good and decent citizens to cheat and lie in order to survive. We have that type of bad government in Burma. Everyone in Burma has to engage in some form of bribery in order to survive. Corruption has become a way of life in Burma.

No MPS head yet for Muslim Peace Secretariat

Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

No head has been yet been appointed to the newly established Muslim Peace Secretariat, according to Sri Lanka Muslim General Secretary T.M. Hassan Ali.

UNP’s canine show signifies its dedication to protect rogues and culprits.

By A.A.M. Nizam -Matara.

The deposed UNP after getting totally beaten by the pro-people maiden
budget of the Freedom Alliance government, since it offered no valid
grounds for criticism, has taken up the issue of the convict
S.B.Dissanayake to drum up life-blood to save itself from probable
oblivion, and to display a born-again charade.

Bird flu panic in Mahaweli farm

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sabaragamuwa Provincial Health Minister Lalith Dissanayake on Thursday called for the closure of private tution classes and sunday religious schools in Embilitpitiya for a week as a precautionary measure following the outbreak of the deadly influenza that has so far claimed nine lives.

Pak PM holds telephonic talk with opposition leader

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz held telephonic talk with Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Maulana Fazlur Rehman and offered him dialogue on all political issues including that on uniform.

Former Indian Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao dead

From M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi

A former Indian Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao died of cardiac arrest here on Thursday afternoon. He was 83. He was hospitalized on December 9 with a host of complications and was even given a pacemaker.

Monks accuse media organization

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The National Bhikku (Buddhist Monks) Front alleged today that a private media organization had been rousing extremists against the Bollywood musical event in Colombo, from the day the State-run Sri Lanka Rupavahini was given the rights to telecast the show.

The BJP and the SP are Coming Closer.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from Nerw Delhi

Politics is the art of impossible. Nothing proves it better than the growing fondness between Hindutva Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition party in India and Samajwadi Party, a regional outfit which never tires of projecting itself as a sole claimant of Muslim votes in the country.

Pak gets $150m from ADB for improving judiciary, rural uplift

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released US $ 150 million as the second tranche for Pakistan to implement Access to Justice Programme and Rural Finance Sector Development Programme.

Sri Lanka: Eastern Radio Station

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Asian Tribune

Work on the state-run Eastern Radio Station at Akkaraipattu is to be expedited. SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe said today that the station would be official during the celebrations marking the 10th year of President Kumaratunge's Presidency.

BJP revokes suspension of mercurial sexy sanyasin Uma Bharti

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

BJP leadership has revoked the 45-day suspension of Uma Bharti, the mercurial backward class leader, who was propelled to the centre stage by the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 and her slogan ‘ek dhakka aur do’ ( a the time of demolition).