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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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India’s National Security Advisor is no more.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

India’s National Security Advisor and former Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Jyotindra Nath Dixit died here yesterday early morning after a massive heart attack.

Fiddling while Country lies in tatters

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been under attack from the public and the press for continuing his holiday while Asia is reeling under the unprecedented impact of last week's tsunami.

Tourists, Indian business travellers prefer trains to air travel

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

Contrary to popular perception, the Railways have not lost out to the airlines in the ‘cheap fare’ regime, at least in India.

Sri Lanka: New scheme to deliver relief supplies safely

President Chandrika Kumaratunga chaired a meeting of political party leaders on Monday morning. It was decided to device a method to streamline the distribution of relief supplies.

US criticises Musharraf failure to reform religious schools

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

US has ticked off Pakistan President Gen Musharraf, not for his failure on democracy front but for not carrying out the Madrassa (schools run by mosques to impart religious education) reforms, he had promised two years back.

Sonia Congress in alliance talks for provincial elections

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

India’s independent poll body Monday held a day-long brain storming with the observers it has deputed to Bihar, Jharkhand and Haryana, where provincial assembly elections are taking place next month.

Pak dispatches first batch of relief aid to Tsunami hit countries

Pakistan Monday dispatched relief assistance to Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the worst hit countries by the devastating earthquake and tsunamis the quake unleashed in South and Southeast Asia.

India to chalk out a national campaign for relief and rehabilitation of the Tsunami victims.

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

Indian Prime Minister is convening later this week an all-party meeting here to chalk out a truly national campaign for relief and rehabilitation of the Tsunami victims.

2nd National Conference on Buddhist Studies

The Second National Conference on Buddhist Studies will be held on 6th-7th January 2005. The Conference is organized by the Centre for Buddhist Studies, Sri Lanka in association with the Buddhist Times Trust.

Aftershocks continue to rattle Andamans; relief on way to victims

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

Tsunami-hit Andaman and Nicobar Islands off the Indian mainland in the Indian Ocean continue to be rattled by aftershocks, most of them of moderate intensity below 5.5 on the Richter scale. There were as many as 90 aftershocks in the 24 hours ending Sunday. One tremor recorded early Sunday morning was of 5.9 magnitudes.

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.

Hindu Seer gets bail in assault case

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

The New Year has begun on a happy note for the beleaguered Hindu Seer, Jayendra Saraswati, the Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt (monastery) who is in jail for nearly two months on charges of killing a former associate and assaulting another associate.

India will miss Dixit’s counsel, erudition and wisdom

A Copybook diplomat, Jyotindra Nath Dixit, headed India’s brain-trust in its formulation of security, foreign policy and strategic relations with the rest of the world.

Sri Lankan President saddened by J N Dixit’s death

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga was visibly shocked when she learnt of the untimely death of Jyotindra Nath Dixit who was considered one of her personal friends.

Norway’s TRO pied pipers in action

Janak Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Norwegian lawyer and a former Amnesty International Council Member F. Rovik has expressed fears that the LTTE front - TRO (Tamil Rehabilitation Organization) - is pied piping a third generation of young Tamils into the wilderness.