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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Junior seer too gets police summons

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

After the Senior it is the turn of the Junior Seer of Kanchi to face the police grilling in the September 2004 murder of Sankararaman, a former book keeper of the Monastery.

Pak announces Rs.10m for Sri Lankan affecters

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Responding to an appeal from Sri Lankan government, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has announced a ten million rupee aid package for the earth quake affected people in the country.

Tale of Woe: Dead and missing easily surpass 8,000 alone in North & East of Sri Lanka

Lamentations and elegy for the missing and dead are heard all over. Thousands died in the North East. According to an account of the Tamil rebel outfit nearly 6000, died in the North and East of Sri Lanka. More than 50 percent of those either lost their lives or missing are reported to be children from the coastal areas.

Relief pours in Tsunami hit belt. Indian toll crosses 5000

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

As relief begins to pour into Tsunami hit south India and Andaman Islands, more bodies are appearing along the coast line steadily pushing up the death toll. Latest toll figures from Tamilnadu, the worst hit, are over 3000 and from Andamans is 2000 plus.

PNM appeals for relief and the services of Doctors.

Patriotic National Movement (PNM) has come forward to distribute dry rations and medicinal facilities to those affected by the tidal waves that devastated Sri Lanka on 26th December.

Coldest day for North India, harshest day for East coast

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

As the people of India’s east coast lived through their worst nightmare on Sunday, Delhi and rest of north India experienced the coldest night of the season with the temperature dropping to 5.7 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal for this time of the year.

Tsunami fear remains: Government orders evacuation - Over 10,000 persons missing

Jabaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Government this morning requested all residents in coastal regions to evacuate. The danger from tidal waves is still eminent, according to the Meteorological Department, which wants people to move at least 100 meters away from the sea coast.

Myanmar says at least 36 killed by tsunami

At least 36 people were killed in Myanmar by the tsunami that crashed into shores around the Indian Ocean, an official said on Monday.

India and Sri Lanka have no System to Measure Tidal Waves.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The destruction from Tsunami in Tamil Nadu, Andaman Nicobar islands and Sri Lanka could have been minimized had India and Sri Lanka been part of an international warning system designed to warn coastal communities about the deadly sea waves.

Sri Lanka: Hot Lines available for information on Tourists & on your next of kin/ relatives or friends.

Government of Sri Lanka has informed to all the Embassies in the country that all necessary steps are taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to safeguard and protect tourists/foreign nationals in the aftermath of to the tragedy.

Sri Lanka: Over 5,000 dead: Indian aid for victims

Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The biggest natural disaster to hit Southeast Asia after many decades has left over 5000 dead in Sri Lanka alone.

UN Relief Experts air dashing to Sri Lanka

A team of United Nations relief experts are heading to Sri Lanka to help coordinate the international response to the massive tidal waves that struck the Indian Ocean nation after a series of earthquakes rocked the western coast of Northern Sumatra in Indonesia as well as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Now Salman Rushdie prepares to reclaim his ancestral house in Delhi.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi.

Controversial India-born author Salman Rushdie who reclaimed an ancestral house of his family in Solan (Shimla) seven years back, is now preparing to stake fresh claim on another ancestral bungalow here in Delhi, the Indian capital.

Pak expresses shock over quake calamities

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan has expressed deep shock and grief over the calamity of earthquakes and aftershocks killing thousands of people in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Thailand and Malaysia and displacing hundreds of thousands others.

President to return home as disaster strikes Sri Lanka

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Urgent appeals for medicines, temporary shelter and helicopters went out to government and non-government agencies here as the magnitude of the tsanami disaster in Sri Lanka became clearer.

Myanmar authorities calls for precaution against more quakes

Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency reports that The Myanmar ruling authorities on Sunday night called on citizens to take precaution against probable more earthquakes following a powerful one in Indonesia in the morning.

(Mis)use of CBI by its Political Masters.

Narendra Kaushik - Reporting from New Delhi

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a premier central investigative agency in India, which is supposed to be a fair and credible body, is getting a beating due to political considerations and ideologies of its different political masters in New Delhi.

Ferocious Tidal wave might haunt again: Chances of Tsunami revisiting not ruled out.

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

The death toll from the effects of the Tsunami to hit Sri Lanka early Sunday morning is now estimated at 3200, and rising. Estimated displaced persons are put at 1 million - - roughly five per cent of the population.

Thailand: Earthquake death toll mounts

The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami which shook South East Asia without warning on Sunday morning is continuing to mount. So far more than 160 people have been killed and thousands injured, a government disaster center said.

Tsunami claims over three thousand Indians. Tamil Nadu, Andaman worst hit.

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

Even as rescue and relief operations in the giant Tsunami tidal waves hit Indian east coast are in full-swing with army, Air force and Navy participating, the death toll continues to mount particularly in Tamil Nadu which suffered the most.