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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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Mild tremors continue in Andamans, Relief work in full swing

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

As there is no end to the mild aftershocks with their epicenter in Sumatra, - there were in all five tremors in the Andaman & Nicobars islands between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

BJP seeks Indian Army for construction of Shelters for Homeless in Tsunami-hit Areas

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition party in India, has demanded that the task of erecting shelters for the homeless fishing communities in Andaman & Nicobar and other Tsunami-hit areas in the country be handed over to army.

A Silver Lining – Dollar Firmed Against SL Rupees.

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

It may be considered weird talking of silver linings in a disaster of the magnitude of the Tsunami -- but Central Bank sources announced that the dollar firmed at Rs 100 due to the large remittances of foreign exchange meant for Tsunami victims.

MMA mobilizing clergy to raise uniform issue

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Leaders of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) have asked clerics to raise the issue of the president’s uniform during their Friday sermons, deputy secretary general of the religious alliance, Liaqat Baloch, said.

Britain calls for debt relief to Tsunami-hit nations

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

Britain now heading both G8, the world's richest industrialized nations and the European Union, is pressing for debt relief for the nations worst affected by the Asian Tsunami.

American of Indian Origin Enters US Congress:Bobby Jindal Takes Oaths on Tuesday

Daya Gamage - Reporting to Asian Tribune from USA

Bobby Jindal, 33, American of Indian origin, was sworn in as a Member of House of Representatives in the United States Congress on Tuesday before Speaker Denis Hastert. Jindal is one of the 22 new House Members elected last November to the 109 th Congress.

LTTE’s approach on unfolding post tsunami developments in Sri Lanka - "Chaotic"

From S Nagarajah in Sydney

The Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels are reportedly upset over the arrival of foreign naval vessels, troops and aircraft for tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka.

Annan launches $1 billion appeal for aid to tsunami victims

Spearheading the international effort to bring relief to the victims of last week's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched a $977 million flash appeal for emergency aid -- by far the largest ever for a natural disaster and almost three times the previous record.

ADB President Offers $500 Million Initial Support to Tsunami Affected Countries

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged to provide $500 million in initial support for three countries affected by the 26 December earthquake and tsunami disaster, President Tadao Chino told the ASEAN Leaders' Special Meeting today.

On the eve of Tsunami flash appeal, UN warns 150,000 could die without urgent care

United Nations health agency warned again that 150,000 people are at "extreme risk" of dying from preventable diseases unless access to clean drinking water and other basic needs are restored within days.

Piquant scene in Bihar on poll eve

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

Bihar, the backward state in Eastern India, is facing a piquant situation. The date for filing of nomination for the February assembly elections is fast approaching but the political parties are at sixes and sevens on alliances.

Challenge after Tsunami: Getting the Children back to School in Sri Lanka

The Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commissions urges that the Sri Lankan government and world aid agencies to protect the vulnerable young children so that their lives may hold some hope, despite the tragedy they have experienced.

Pak national carrier avoid crash in fog

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

A Boeing 747-300 flight of the Pakistan International Airlines almost crashed in foggy weather at Islamabad Airport because the Instrument Landing System (ILS) of the airport was out of order, sources in the Civil Aviation said.

India – Pak conclude talks on controversial Baglihar project

By D P Kamat - Reporting from New Delhi

India and Pakistan have concluded their two day secretary-level talks here on the controversy surrounding the Baglihar Hydro Electric Project on the Chenab on the Indian side.

American GIs in Sri Lanka in combat gear: On a humanitarian mission

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

Yesterday, I stopped my car by the curb to let an American marine in a four-wheel drive reverse. He reversed, then just before taking off smiled at me politely -- and saluted. He was in full combat gear.

Life limping back in Andamans

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

With all the focus of the Indian government and the might of the armed forces at its disposal, the Andaman & Nicobar group of islands are slowly limping back to normal.

Volunteers work around the clock to prepare relief kits

For people who lost everything in the devastating tsunami that roared across the Sri Lankan coast last week, the emergency relief kits being put together by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) can not reach them soon enough.

Talks for electoral alliance between Congress and RJD hits Roadblock.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The negotiations between ruling Congress, a political party and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a regional outfit ruling Bihar state, for formation of an electoral alliance for the forthcoming Bihar state assembly polls seems to have run into rough weather.

Imported cargo containers to get one-stop service at Chittagong port

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) is going to introduce one-stop
service next week for processing documents of the imported cargo
container in an hour to expedite delivery of imported goods, including
raw materials of readymade garments.

Leaders put $4 bln to work at summit

World leaders tried to put $4 billion in aid pledged for tsunami survivors to work on Thursday, the urgency of their task conveyed in a chilling warning that the death toll could double without quick action to prevent disease.