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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Parleys for Election Alliance between JD (U) and LJP in Bihar make BJP Nervous.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Hindutva Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party in India, is in a piquant situation as its major ally in National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre and in Bihar State Janata Dal (United) is trying hard to cobble together an alliance with Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), a constituent of ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for the forthcoming elections of Bihar state assembly.

India confident of coping with Tsunami trauma, rules out foreign aid

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

There are more warning of likely-hood of new tidal waves along the coastal areas of South India and Andaman and Nicobar islands even as the Indian armed forces have launched their first biggest ever peace time relief and rescue operation by deploying 4000 troops, 30 ships, 25 aircraft and as many helicopters.

Massive U.S. Military Relief Effort Moves to South Asia: Military Disaster-Relief Assessment Teams now in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage Reports to Asian Tribune

The United States Pacific Command in Hawaii, led by Admiral Thomas Fargo, has set up Joint Task Force 536 to direct and support military humanitarian-relief operations throughout the Indian Ocean Region and that the first teams arrived in Sri Lanka and Thailand on December 29 and the second will arrive on December 30 in Indonesia, said Marine Lieutenant General James Convay.

India, China to military to military cooperation

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Marking the first ever visit of Indian army chief in a decade to Beijing, both countries have reached a consensus on expanding military-to-military ties and step up cooperation in the fight against terrorism, it was stated here.

Radio broadcasts create panic in the midst of those residing in the Sri Lanka's coastal belt.

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

A tsunami alert issued by Indian Radio has caused panic among Colombo coastal residents who are fleeing their homes. Indian government issued a tsunami alerts and as a result some evacuations are taking place in some Southern coastal towns such as Weligama here in Sri Lanka.

Mystery of Missing Prabhakaran: Where is he?

One of the biggest mysteries in the wake of the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka is the missing leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran. The tsunami hit the area where he was hiding – ie. Mullativiu which is on the eastern coast near Trincomalee harbour – with full force on Boxing Day and he has not been seen or heard since then.

United Nations Estimates $ 130 Million to Start Relief Efforts : United States Dispatches Military Manpower and Warships

Daya Gamage – Reporting from USA to Asian Tribune

The United Nations chief disaster relief coordinator Jan Egeland on Wednesday said that it needs $ 130 million to jumpstart its relief efforts after the tsunami disaster in Asia and appealed nations worldwide to mobilize themselves to help the United Nations to get the relief efforts off the ground.

Batticalao Relief activities on track: Sinhala neighbours from Polonnaruwa district rushed with food assistance for their Tamil neighbours.

S.Nagarajah – A special report to Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan Government has sent a Deputy Minister to the Batticaloa District to take charge of the district coordination of relief activities for those affected by the Asian tsunami. It has also given an immediate allocation of ten million rupees for relief work in the disrict.

Faisz Mustapha - Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner denied that there was any deliberate attempt to deny the north and east of relief supplies

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka formally thanked the British Government today for its quick response to relief aid following the unprecedented disaster in Sri Lanka.

SAARC Summit : Ijtema attendees under watch

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Foreigners who visited Bangladesh during the last six months including
the members of Tablig Jamaat are under special watch as the
authorities have almost completed foolproof security arrangements for
the January 9-11 South Asian Association for Regional
Co-operation, (SAARC) Summit in Dhaka.

UN’s initial tsunami relief takes various forms in the worst affected countries

As the United Nations system moves to identify the immediate needs of the countries devastated by the South Asian tsunami that has reportedly claimed nearly 70,000 lives and affected millions more, initial actions have been tailored to help each of the worst-hit nations.

Sri Lanka: French help for disaster preparedness

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

France has promised to assist Sri Lanka with an early warning system for protection aganst tsunami-type disasters. French External Affairs Minister Michel Barnier gave this assurance to President Chandrika Kumaratunga when he called on her at the President's House.

Militants kill Pak politician in tribal belt

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Unknown assailants Wednesday shot dead an ethnic Pashtoon politician in the Pakistani tribal belt for his anti-Taliban activities.

North East continues to receive Tsunami relief

Since the disaster on Sunday the 26th of December the Government Agents of affected areas in the North and East were requested to asses the damage to life and property and estimate the immediate requirements of the people displaced by the tidal waves.

Pak urges India to move beyond stated position on Kashmir

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan has urged India to move beyond stated position on Kashmir and join in a search for a final settlement of this thorny dispute that is acceptable to the Kashmiri people.

India grapples to avoid Epidemic in Tsunami-hit States.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The India office of World Health Organization (WHO) has warned New Delhi against the outbreak of epidemic in Tsunami hit states in its South where over 7,000 people have died and many thousands are reportedly missing.

National Relief Operations Unit established

President Chandrika Kumaratunga established an apex body to assist and facilitate all disaster relief activities undertaken by the various Government and Non Governmental Organizations.

No News is Bad News in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

No news is bad news in Burma. The generals claim there are no political prisoners in Burma. They also claim there are no human rights violations in Burma. The generals also allege that Burma was not impacted by the regional bird flu virus. And for many years, the generals ignored the HIV-AIDs problem in Burma.

Sri Lankan President meets tsunami victims in Trinco and Amparai

President Chandrika Kumaratunga today is on a visit to Amparai and Trincomalee districts to meet personally with the tsumani victims and to console them as well as to find out personally requirements of the districts and to provide adequate relieves.