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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Sri Lanka Government: No clear LTTE response

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Government sources said today that so far the LTTE had neither rejected nor accepted officially the government's proposed agenda for the resumption of peace talks. Even the Tigers' official website had not carried any news on it, the sources added.

Sri Lanka President's Christmas Message: A time of hopeful waiting

By Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her Christmas message has appealed to all citizens to join hands irrespective of religious differences and pray for peace in Sri Lanka. She has expressed confidence that the tranquility in the island is closer than ever before.

Seer to spend New Year day in Jail

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

The Hindu pontiff Jayendra Saraswati, the Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt (monastery) in Tamilnadu will spend the New Year Day in jail.

Stringent Visa Policy Prevents Foreign Talent Entering US:

Assessment by Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune

Google, the well-known internet search engine that has generated billions of wealth in the United States creating thousands of employment, was co-founded by an immigrant Sergey Brin. So was Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla. Sameer Bhatia, another immigrant founded Hotmail, and Vinod Dham who designed the Pentium chip was not born in the United States. The man who invented Linux, Linus Torvalds, too was an immigrant.

P.V. Narasimha Rao Cremated

By D.P. Kamat - Reporting.

The mortal remains of former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao were consigned to flames with full state honours on the banks of Hussainsagar lake at Hyderabad Saturday afternoon.

Pope says troubled world needs message of Jesus

Pope John Paul led the world's one billion Roman Catholics into Christmas Day and said the troubled world needed the message of Jesus more than ever, braving Parkinson's Disease to deliver his sermon.

Legacy of ethnic conflict results in adverse socio-trauma amongst the youth – new study

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

Chronic stress due to sexual abuse, loosing of self esteem and honor due to loss of virginity, are the most critical repercussions on persons traumatized by the war in Sri Lanka - according to research sourced to a newly launched post graduate diploma course in socio-psychological counselling now conducted by the Colombo University.

SLFP urges Sri Lanka Government to go to talks despite ISGA

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The SLFP and the Communist Party are urging the President to commence talks without delay based on the Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals put forward by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in the wake of Tigers insisting that a clear and well-defined agenda is essential for the recommencement of peace talks.

BJP accuses Congress of betraying the common man on employment guarantee bill.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Hindutva Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition party in India, continues its attempts to grab the ‘aam aadmi’ (common man) from the Congress and its partners in the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), by putting the latter in the dock on issues concerning masses in India.

From Portugal, JVP plans to demand 'Financial Reparation and Apology' for colonial domination of Sri Lanka

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

The “Portuguese Encounter’’, a group of technocrats intellectuals and historians are seeking an apology from the Portuguese for their 16th century occupation of the island of Sri Lanka.

Pak court convicts two soldiers for bid on Musharraf’s life

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

A Pakistani soldier has been sentenced to death and another jailed in connection with an attempt on President Pervez Musharraf's life late last year.

Sri Lanka: Illegal aliens ordered to leave

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The government has ordered all illegal aliens to leave Sri Lanka on or before January 10. The Public Security Ministry warned on Friday afternoon, that any foreigners caught overstaying their visas after the 10th would be taken into custody.

Four killed by Pak police firing

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

At least four people were killed as police resorted to baton charge and fired tear gas shells over a protest demonstration yesterday in Qambar Ala Khan, a district in the southern Sindh province.

Cops supervised murder

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The murder of Gerald Mervyn Perera who won a Fundamental Rights case against the police has turned some thing out of a gangster movie. Suspected police officers not only provided weapon to a gunman to shoot Perera but also supervised the killing, investigations have revealed.

New Iraq Prisoner Abuse Described in US Navy Document : White House Pledges Probe of Abuse Allegations

Daya Gamage – Reporting from USA to Asian Tribune

The United States Navy documents released to the public this week reveal that abuse and sometimes torture of Iraqi detainees under U.S. custody in Iraq was widespread. The documents were released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) whose Executive Director Anthony Romero attributed the abuse ‘to a leadership failure of the highest order.”

LTTE military belt caused standoff and rejection of entry into Government controlled area.

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

A tense situation developed in Batticoloa in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka Friday when 50 LTTE cadres wearing LTTE military belts were prevented by the Sri Lankan forces from crossing over to LTTE territory in the Northern Vanni via Sri Lankan government held areas.

Opposition accepts Pak PM talks offer

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has accepted Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz’s invitation for dialogue and leader of the opposition Maulana Fazlur Rehman will meet the premier very soon.

India offers to upgrade rail track in Pakistan

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

India has offered to help Pakistan in making the Munabao-Khokhropar train link (between Rajasthan & Sindh province) operational by broadening the track across the Pakistani border.