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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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Burma's Economic Crisis will precipitate significant Political Change

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

Due to more than doubling of oil prices, Burma has almost exhausted its $250 million credit facility with Malaysia for gasoline imports. In early 2005, Burma is expected to experience significant gasoline shortages.

India responds to Lanka SOS

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

Responding to an SOS from Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, India has rushed to the island nations’ help in the wake of pounding it received from tidal waves early Sunday morning.

Series of new quakes reported off the coast of Andaman

DP Kamat in New Delhi

Indian navy, air force and army have undertaken massive relief and rescue operations along India’s east coast and Sri Lanka which were pounded by huge tidal waves caused by a massive earth quake of 8.5 on the Richter scale in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Around 1,000 dead as tidal waves hit Sri Lanka

Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tidal waves hit the Sri Lanka's Eastern, Western and Southern coasts around 10 a.m. today killing around 1,000 people and rendering thousands homeless.

More than onethousand feared dead in Sri Lanka – People are being evacuated from the coastal villages

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

Police have asked people to evacuate in several coastal areas in the Colombo and adjacent districts, as more Tsunamis could be expected. The Sri Lankan president declared a National disaster - - and appealed for international aid.

Massive tidal waves sweep Asia killing hundreds: Aftershocks expected

By H. L. D. Mahindapala from Melbourne.

An undersea earthquake off the northern tip of Sumatra -- the fifth largest in a century measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale – sent tidal waves across the Indian Ocean devastating Asian coasts from Maldives to Malaysia killing hundreds and causing massive damage to beach resorts, fishermen, coastal villages and tourists.

Tidal Waves – Sri Lanka President declares a “State of Disaster”

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has declared a state of “National Disaster” in the country subsequent to the extensive damage caused by tidal waves, to life and property in the Eastern region – Trincomalee, Muthur and beyond.

Hundreds feared dead in Sri Lanka and south India due to Tidal waves.

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

South India’s east coast and Sri Lanka were hit by massive tidal waves caused by an earthquake in far away Sumatra of Indonesia Sunday morning. Hundreds of people in low-lying coastal villages are feared dead as seawaters entered the villages.

“We’re growing at Congress’ expense” – Nationalist Congress Party General Secretary Tariq Anwar.

Interviewed by Narendra Kaushik - Asian Tribune

Tariq Anwar once had the most powerful Congressmen at his beck and call. As political secretary to the then Congress president Sitaram Kesri, he called the shots in the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and the state congress organizations. Then came 1999 when he rose in revolt with Sharad Pawar, P A Sangma against the foreign origin of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Crying for the Children

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The LTTE has stepped up preparations for the next war; it has stepped up its child conscription, as a necessary pre-condition for that war.

Outlawed parties use women as arms carriers

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Outlawed parties are using women as cadres, arms carriers as well as informants a few of whom the police have arrested recently, Khulna police said.

Anandasangaree on Democracy - Threat and Intimidation against his Survival.

Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front castigated the present Tamil Members of Parliament who contested in the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi, (Federal Party) and won the elections by violence, intimidation, rigging and by very large scale impersonation of voters, contrary to the high principles of the founder of the Party.

Four Sri Lankan Tamils sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering another by hacking with axe.

From Neville de Silva – Asian Tribune

Four Sri Lankan Tamils have been convicted of murdering another from the same community by hacking him with an axe.

TN Police claim break through in Seer case

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

Claiming a major breakthrough in the on-going investigations into the Hindu Seer’s involvement in the murder of an erstwhile associate, the Tamilnadu police have arrested Sundaresa Iyer, the manager of the beleaguered Kanchi Mutt (monastery).

Tick .. Tick ... Tick

By Dayan Jayatilleka

That’s the name of a ’70s movie, set in the American south and starring Jim Brown, which I remember because the soundtrack had ‘Gentle on My Mind’ by Elvis. The movie opens with an egg frying on a tarred road in the sweltering summer heat. Reading Erich Solheim’s remarks and the US-EU-Japan (co-chairs) statement against the backdrop of Prabhakaran’s speech, that’s the thought that sprang into my head: tick, tick, tick.

25 killed about 40 injured in Pak road mishaps

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

At least 25 people were killed and about 40 others injured in two separate road accidents in eastern Punjab of Pakistan on Saturday.

Norway expresses its sympathy and provides emergency relief

Norway has come forward with an urgent assistance of Sri Lankan Rupees 160 million worth of relief measures in Sri Lanka.