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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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How are you?

Hey Anu, Sana and Anjali!

How are you guys doing?Hope the tsunami did not affect you guys and you are not in any danger.

I feel sorry for the victims. I pray that everyone who survived are recovering and those who passed away may rest in peace.

Sri Lanka: Arjuna Ranatunga acting Minister

Sri Lanka President today appointed Member of Parliament Arjuna Ranatunga as Acting Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Promotion.

Sri Lanka Government denies of any partiality shown in relief supplies to North and East.

From S Nagarajah in Sydney, Australia

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia has denied allegations that the Sri Lankan Government has neglected the needs of the tsunami affected districts in the North East of the country.

Figuratively speaking: About galloping … deaths?

ajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

You may have heard of galloping leukaemia, or galloping this that or the other. But galloping death?

`Indian aid deserves greater recognition’

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Indian Navy supply vessel, INS Adithyacalled at Colombo yesterday with dry rations, medicines, medical equipment and medical personnel. A 45-bed floating hospital with medical teams was expected later in the day.

Tsunami and "Karuna-mi" paralyse Prabhakaran

H. L. D. Mahindapala - Reporting from Melbourne.

Within a space of less than one year Velupillai Prabhakaran’s military machine has been crippled by two massive forces: 1) Karuna’s breakway from the east and (2) the Boxing Day tsunami that smashed his northern naval and military bases.

Looking Ahead

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

It was a rare spectacle; almost as rare as the tsunami that devastated South East Asia. For a few hours at least Sri Lanka’s squabbling politicians came together as never before in a vigil to honour the memory of the victims of the worst ever natural disaster faced by the country.

United effort to help tsunami victims: Sri Lankan-born doctor and Canadian colleagues organizing relief assistance to Sri Lanka and India

By Janaka Perera - Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan-born Dr. Sudarshan Devanesan, former Chairman Toronto’s St. Michael’ Hospital and his Canadian colleagues are now engaged in an extensive emergency relief assistance program for tsunami victims in both Sri Lanka and India.

Sri Lanka Fights to Combat Media Bias

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan High Commission here is to ask the international broadcaster ‘SkyNews’ for air time to respond to allegations made by one of its correspondents flown into Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami disaster and bias by the TV network.

“95 per cent people are without houses here” – Andaman Nicobar representative in Indian Parliament.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Manoranjan Bhakta, lone representative in the Indian Parliament of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the remote southern Indian archipelago, which bore the burnt of Tsunami attack on December 26 last year, is yet to get out of the shock, he received on the last Sunday.

The water this time

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The Tsunami may have delayed or deflected Prabhakaran’s war due to logistical considerations as well as those of world opinion, but the separation of Sri Lanka may occur more or less peacefully and speedily, a casualty of the earthquake in the sea-bed that registered 9 on the Richter scale, more powerful than a hundred thousand Hiroshimas. Not by fire but by water.

MMA, ARD observe Black Day, urge for mass agitation against Musharraf's uniform

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) Saturday observed a “Black Day” and urged for nation-wide agitation to protest against General Musharraf's defiance not to shed uniform.

Emotion soaked New Year Message by Sri Lanka’s President

In an emotion soaked New Year message Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga wished the nation unity in the New Year.

Adino says radical shift in international perception towards bullying others

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Naga National Council (NNC) said with the coming of "information technology," India could no longer "blackout" Nagaland from the scrutiny of the world.

Indonesian government must grant access to all disaster-affected areas

Asian Human Rights Commission has urged the government of Indonesia to grant all international humanitarian agencies and persons of concern free and unconditional access to all affected areas in Sumatra and Aceh, and to facilitate the granting of visas and other necessary arrangements for them to undertake their crucial work.

Communists see red over public brawl between Union Ministers Shivraj Patil and Kapil Sibal on fresh Tsunami.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Left parties that prop up the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in India have taken strong objection to contradictory statements of different ministers of the Congress-led coalition on Tsunami and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discipline the members of his council of ministers.