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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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Sri Lanka President takes grip of post-Tsunami hit country

President Chandrika Kumaratunga who rushed back to the island on Monday 27 December, having cut short a private visit to Britain to take control in the aftermath of the tidal wave disaster that hit Sri Lanka Sunday morning.

Tsunami was a quake of 3600 `Hiroshima bombs'

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Commander Y.S. Jayaratne, Sri Lanka Navy's coordinator with the Hawaii Tsunami Center, USA, told the media that the SLN is now in a position to inform the public within an hour about any seismic activity that shows signs of danger life and property.

US targets another terrorist group

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

The US State Department has announced that it has expanded its terrorists list with the addition of Al-Manar and inclusion of the new aliases of Jamatal Tawhid waal-Jihad.

Discrimination shown in Reporting Human Disasters by International electronic Medias Condemned

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

The cumulative Tsunami death toll effecting nine nations is now numbering a staggering 60,000 and the media coverage of the event has been non-stop. This is to be expected in one of the worst ever human disasters in the planet -- but yet, there are some disturbing aspects that have been seen - - not in the Tsunami and the destruction in its wake alone - - but the coverage of it.

Sri Lanka: Prime Minister visits east to assess relief requirements.

By Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa toured the Eastern Province and visited refugee camps in Trincomalee. Several meetings were also held to discuss victims' needs and the distribution of medicines and other essential items brought in the Indian ships that have called at Trincomalee.

Poisonous liquor claims 66, sends over hundred to hospital in Mumbai

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting Asian Tribune.

Mumbai, the city considered India’s commercial capital and surrounded by sea from three sides, has witnessed 66 deaths in the last five days due to consumption of spurious liquor. And the toll is likely to rise further as over hundred ten people who drank the hooch, are admitted in different hospitals in the megapolis.

Annan, Manmohan Singh call President

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh called Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga last night to express condolences and pledge assistance.

India proposes 5 meeting points to Pak for divided families

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

As a new confidence building measure, India has proposed establishment of five designated points along the border with Pakistan for interaction between divided families on both sides of Kashmir.

Sri Lanka: Death toll 22,000 - fear of epidemics

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The death toll in the Tsunami disaster as of today, 29 December, reached 22,000. Of this number over 500 are university students.

Business community to assist tsunami disaster victims

The government has already taken several remedial measures to address the needs of the people whose lives have been devastated by the December 26th disaster caused by the tsunami tidal waves. Aid from friendly nations is also flowing in.

Minorities in Pakistan enjoy equal rights

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shoukat Aziz says there is interfaith harmony in the country and minorities have equal rights.

Britain to make a need assessment survey to assess further assistance to Sri Lanka.

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

The British Minister for International Development Hilary Benn telephoned Sri Lankan High Commissioner early yesterday to tell him that a UK assessment team was already on the ground in Sri Lanka and is expected to send its response soon.

Zardari gets passport, Hamza’s name removed from ECL

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The government has issued passport to Asif Ali Zardari and also removed his name from the exit control list besides omitting the name of Hamza Shehbaz from the same list.

UN Agency describes post-tsunami scenario in Myanmar.

Government of Myanmar had shown a high degree of hesitancy in cooperating with international organizations in dealing with the Tsunami affected people of the country.

Government dispatched essential food items to North East as Tsunami relief

International and local volunteer organizations are now working with Government officials and members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE's) political wing to distribute relief supplies dispatched yesterday to Tusnami affected North and East as an urgent relief measure.

India announces as immediate assistance, Indian Rs. 100 crore to Sri Lanka and I.Rs. 5 crore to Maldives

By DP Kamat and Rama in New Delhi

India has decided to contribute as immediate assistance of Indian Rs 100 crore to Sri Lanka and Rs 5 crore to the Maldives for post-tsunami relief and rescue effort.

Special bank account for Tsunami relief funds

The President's Office and the Government request that all monies destined for the victims of Sunday's disaster be sent directly to the two special bank accounts opened by the President's Office for this purpose.

BJP leader Uma Bharati challaned for Traveling without Ticket (?)

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Controversy, it seems, is the middle name of Uma Bharati. It follows the former Madhya Pradesh Pradesh Chief Minister and former General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) whose suspension was revoked last week wherever she goes.

District Disaster Management Authorities to coordinate relief

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has appointed a District Disaster Management Authority [DDMA] for each district affected by Sunday's Tsunami tidal waves.

India-Pak agree on release of fishermen, civilian prisoners

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

India and Pakistan have reached an agreement on ‘releasing and repatriating each other's fishermen and civilian prisoners’ and further narrowed their differences on the draft agreement on pre-notification of flight testing of ballistic missiles at the foreign secretary level talks held in Islamabad.