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Powell "Impressed" with Sri Lankan Response to Tsunami

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said he was impressed with the response that the Sri Lankan government has mounted to the tsunami disaster.

“Why can’t UPA give us helicopter for carrying relief material to Tsunami-affected areas?”- BJP General Secretary Shivraj Chouhan.

From Narendra Kaushi Reporting from New Delhi

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a national General Secretary and former Youth wing president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party in India, is in news as he has been assigned the charge of Haryana, a state in North India, going for assembly polls next month.

Curfew imposed as two killed in Pak sectarian violence

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai - Asian Tribune

Authorities in Pakistan’s northern areas imposed an indefinite curfew in the town of Gilgit on Saturday following two deaths in sectarian unrest that erupted after a failed assassination attempt by unknown gunmen on a Shiite Muslim cleric.

Indian PM promises to restore the Andamans beauty

By D P kamat in New Delhi

The earth crust and undersea tremors continue to be experienced in Andaman & Nicobar Islands baffling the local inhabitants and the aboriginals alike. Saturday registered witnessed some three tremors and the epicenter this time around was in the archipelago itself. All the tremors are below 5.5 on the Richter scale.

Apex court orders on Seer bail plea on Monday

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

The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Monday its verdict on the request of Hindu seer, Jayendra Saraswati, the Sankaracharya of Kanchi for relief from the jail pending completion of police probe into the murder charge slapped on him two months back.

Knitting factory fire kills 22 workers in N'ganj Panicked staff find main gate, emergency exit shut

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

At least 22 people were burnt alive and more than 50 others injured in a devastating fire at a knitting plant in Siddhirganj, hours before another blaze killed a man and charred 90 shanties at a Demra slum in
the early hours of Saturday.

What irks Britain’s for it's lackadaisical approach to relief in Sri Lanka

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

While immediate neighbor India has been Sri Lanka’s most active benefactor in the country’s bleakest moment, and while superpower America has got into the Sri Lankan post-tsunami quagmire, it is the role of the United Kingdom, the country’s former colonizer that’s least uplifting - - and that’s putting it mildly.

Terrorists using petty robbers for subversive activities

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

Islamists are using small time hoodlums for terrorist activities targeted at the western symbolism in Pakistan, even as terrorists who took shelter around the Durand Line at the fall of Taliban regime have begun to regroup and lure the unemployed Pak youth, whose number is swelling these days, reports say.

Sri Lankan State Radio Announces Death of Prabhakaran

H. L. D. Mahindapala - Reporting from Melbourne

The state radio, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) reported yesterday “that the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Intelligence Chief of the Organisation are among the dead or reported missing consequent to the Tsunami tidal wave attack.”

Indian political parties close ranks for Tsunami relief

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

Given the potential for any issue in India to become a political foot-ball, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to make all political parties close their ranks in the matter of relief to the Tsunami victims.

World Bank President visits disaster-affected areas in Sri Lanka, promises full support

The President of the World Bank James D. Wolfensohn, visited tsunami-hit areas in Hambantota district of Sri Lanka, on Saturday, where he met with affected communities and saw for first-hand the extent of damage to their lives, livelihoods and public infrastructure.

Burma ruling junta is making peace, said Karen President.

Suthep Chaviwan - Asian Tribune

Burma Military Government is at present in the process of making peace with the Karen National Union and at present it does not engage in any military offensive in Karen areas in the recentl weeks.

A better Sri Lanka is possible

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Adapting a slogan from the World Social Forum, originally derived from Fidel Castro who said ‘a better world is possible’, I’d say ‘Another Sri Lanka, a Better Sri Lanka is possible’. But it is not inevitable, and cannot even be said to be probable (which is why I balance between hope and scepticism).

2005 Will be a Very Dangerous Year in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Burma Communist Party is planning a national uprising in Burma, the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors has started a bombing campaign in Rangoon, the Wa Drug Warlords are seeking revenge since the businesses they owned with Khin Nyunt were confiscated, and those that assassinated S-2 General Tin Oo are now targetting General Than Shwe.

Tamilnadu to build a huge wall along its sea-coast

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

Tamilnadu, which has lost close to ten thousand people living in its coastal villages on the Boxing Day’s Tsunami disaster will observe a state-wide mourning on January 12.

Four killed as assailants attack gas facility in Pakistan

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Four people including a soldier were killed in a clash between paramilitary forces and tribesmen who attacked a state-run natural gas facility in southwestern Pakistan.

In the wake of the tsunami

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Life cannot be the same after the tsunami. Survival and success in and of post-tsunami Sri Lanka will depend on our ability and capacity to understand this new reality and to adapt to it. The tsunami has made us a part of the world as never before.

India’s political class baulks at Ombudsman legislation

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

A path-breaking Bill to create an Ombudsman in India has failed to take off despite passage of four decades since it was first introduced in Parliament in 1961. The Lok Pal Bill, however, is set to assume a new dimension that will see the inclusion of the Judiciary within its ambit.

Delhi, Tehran close to gas pipeline deal

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Notwithstanding the question marks on transporting gas through Pakistan from Iran to India, New Delhi is exuding optimism that the $ 3 billion pipeline deal would be signed and sealed soon.

Tamilnadu Ruling party lawmaker shot dead

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

A lawmaker of Tamilnadu chief minister Jayalalithaa’s All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) was shot dead at his residence on Sunday morning.