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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

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J N Dixit India’s national security advisor dead

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

India’s national security advisor J N Dixit died here of a massive heart attack on Monday morning. He was 68. A former foreign secretary, Jyotindra Nath Dixit was Indian envoy to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan during his long and distinguished innings as a career diplomat.

President Bush Addresses the Nation:Mourns Tsunami Victims, Highlights Relief Efforts

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune from USA

United States president George Bush, in a national address to the American people said he and his fellow Americans “join the rest of the world in feeling enormous sadness” over the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.

J N Dixit, seasoned Sri Lanka hand dies of heart attack

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Jyotindra Nath Dixit, India's National Security Adviser, career-diplomat and a seasoned Sri Lanka hand, died early Monday after a heart attack. He was 67.

Tigers wary of large foreign presence

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Tamil rebel outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are continuing to obstruct much needed help to thousands of displaced persons in the North as they are LTTE suspicious about all relief assistance over which they have no control.

Tsunami Relief: 2 navy ships off to Lanka, Maldives

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Two ships of the Bangladesh navy, accompanied by a C-130 cargo plane and an airforce helicopter, left for Sri Lanka and the Maldives totake part in post-tsunami rescue operations and relief activities in the affected areas of the two countries.

Tsunami aid campaign in Australia: TRO targets initial collection of A$ five million.

From S.Nagarajah - in Sydney

The Sri Lankan community in Australia is engaged in raising funds to help their country devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami. Various community organisations, churches and individuals have been collecting funds, clothing, and medicine to be sent to those affected by the disaster in Sri Lanka.

Pak-India makes progress in composite dialogue: Pak FM

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmud Kasuri has said that some head-way has been made in the on-going composite dialogue with India to resolve all outstanding issues including the core issue of Kashmir.

Tiger rebels torch refugee camp in north Sri Lanka

An agency reports alleged that Tiger rebels torched a refugee camp on Sunday in Sri Lanka's northern peninsula of Jaffna in which some 60 Tamil families who were victims of last week's tsunami were housed.

Academics urge closer Sri Lanka Govt-LTTE ties

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Several academics and intellectuals urged closer co-operation between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to overcome the national crisis. Among them, the Venerable Agalakada Siri Sumana, Senior Lecturer, Colombo University's Sinhala Department said that the time was now opportune to settle the national problem.

India to study Tsunami effected geographical changes in Andaman Islands.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The Indian government will soon carry out a study to see whether the recent earthquake and consequent Tsunami has made any major changes to the topography of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and other places on South and Southeast coastline of the country.

Pak steps up efforts to assist Tsunami hit countries

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan has stepped up its efforts to provide disaster relief assistance to the countries hit by the undersea earthquake and the tsunami it unleashed in South and Southeast Asia.

Sri Lanka: More than 12,000 families helped in Northeast

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has so far provided essential household items to nearly 12,150 families in the North and East of Sri Lanka hit by the Tsunami on 26 December.

Israeli Physicist holds international news network agencies responsible for tsunami deaths in a big way.

Dr. Shlomo Rotter, 57 years old Physicist by profession from Israel blames the international networks news agencies for failing with the people to warn the world of the impending tsunami disaster. He holds big network news agencies in a big way responsible for the killings.

Switzerland pledges extra SFr 25 million aid to Asia

The Swiss government has pledged an additional SFr 25 million ($22 million) in immediate aid to countries hit by the tidal waves in southeast Asia. The supplementary credit was announced by the Swiss Federal Council, and would allow further actions on behalf of the victims of the tidal wave disaster.

NNC warns against compromising Nagas' sovereignty.

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The Naga National Council (Panger) expressed serious concern on the political development emanated from the ongoing peace process between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM).

Special committee to coordinate assistance to the North

Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has instituted a Humanitarian Assistance Committee for the districts Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullativu. The Governor of the North East Tyrone Fernando will chair this committee.

US Secretary of State Powell Leaves for Asia:“Investment in Poor Nations Strengthens US Security”

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune from USA

Investment in less fortunate nations is an investment in United States national security, declared U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on eve of his departure to the Tsunami devastated South Asia on January 2.