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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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BJP and Janata Dal (United) strike alliance for Bihar assembly Polls, will contest on separate manifestos.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party, and Janata Dal (U), on Monday hurriedly entered into an electoral alliance for forthcoming Bihar assembly polls almost shutting the door on Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers Ramvilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party.

A messy LTTE politics to exploit Kofi Annan’s visit backfired, meanwhile what is holding back Prabaharan to appear in person?

From S Nagarajah - in Sydney

Sri Lankan rebel leader Velupillai Prabaharan is alive says S.Paramu Tamilselvan, the Political Head of the rebel group and the most loyal lieutenant of the Tamil Tiger leader.

To safeguard their children conscripted, over 5000 displaced Tamils in the East refuses to go back to LTTE controlled areas

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

State sources say that many Tsunami hit refugees in LTTE areas now in Eastern province camps such as those in Valaichchenai are refusing to re-locate in rebel held areas for fear of having heir children conscripted.

SAARC - 5 nations agree to Feb 7-9 summit, India to respond soon

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Five of the seven South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member states have endorsed Dhaka's proposal for holding the postponed 13th SAARC summit on February 7-9 with India likely to respond today or tomorrow, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said.

Country need professional Sri Lankan trauma counselors

President Chandrika Kumaratunga told the Sri Lankan psychiatrists who met her that Trauma counseling should take into consideration the Sri Lanka’s socio cultural milieu.

Supreme Court orders Zaheera Sheikh’s Flip-Flop inquiry

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The Supreme Court of India on Monday ordered an inquiry to find out as to who from the two – Zaheera Sheikh, key witness of a mob violence incident during Gujarat communal riots of 2002 and Teesta Setalwad, a social activist, fighting for justice to victims of the violence - is speaking truth. The apex court assigned the inquiry to its Registrar General and asked him to submit his final report within three months.

No Bump-off opposition LTTE and no conversion of Democracy into Fascist Dictatorship

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

The Tsunami mowed down many men women children and buildings - - but is it about to bring down Sri Lanka’s rambunctious political culture?

India-Pak relations may nosedive.

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

Pakistan President General Musharraf is set to announce a U-turn on his Kashmir policy to serve his domestic interests, pick up the time tested the hawkish line –nothing short of plebiscite, and give a fresh but controlled lease to terrorist menace on the Indian side of the Line of Control, reports say.

All about a fishy –Affair in the state banquet at Sri Lanka President’s House

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

There was only seafood on the menu when Kofi Annan the UN Secretary General was feted by the President just before he left for the Maldives.

Hindu religious groups go on warpath against Jayalalithaa government

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

India’s rightwing Hindu religious groups are fretting and fuming over the arrest of Junior Seer of the Kanchi Monastery

Junior Kanchi Seer jailed. His senior coming out on bail

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

It is a development the centuries old Kanchi Mutt (monastery) was not prepared.

Kofi Annan agreed with the JVP leader to formulate an international programme to prevent the abuse of donations by the LTTE

Somawansa Amerasinghe, the leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna
emphasized with Kofi Anan through his letter as well as when met him personally to take appropriate steps to prevent the relief items channeled for distribution to the Tamils in the North and the money given as donation for the Tamils by the international community should not be abused for the purchase of war materials by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Musharraf appeals masses to help Tsunami victims

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

President General Pervez Musharraf has appealed to the Pakistani nation to donate generously in his relief fund for the tsunami victims to enable the government to continue its relief efforts.

Political Risk in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

When the Government of South Vietnam collapsed in 1975, American oil companies lost their oil & gas operations in off-shore Vietnam.

As Tsunami relief effort moves into third week, un operation gathers momentum

As the largest United Nations relief effort for a natural disaster moved into its third week in response to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, a new coordination centre opened in Indonesia yesterday.

Tsunami Victims in Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Association in Nevada to Build and Equip a School

Daya Gamage – USA Reports to Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka America Association of Southern Nevada in the United States this week took an ambitious step to construct and fully equip a school and an orphanage in the Tsunami ravaged Galle District in Sri Lanka.

Denmark to head the UN Counter Terrorism Commission.

Denmark which continues to demand for the inclusion of the Sri Lanka’a Tamil separatist rebel outfit , Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as one of the proscribed foreign terrorists organization in the terrorists list maintained by the European Union has been now granted with the chairmanship of the Counter Terrorism Committee of the United Nations.

A plea for national unity from judge C. G. Weeramantry

Judge C. G. Weeramantry, former Vice President of the International Court of Justice, has, in a media release, appealed to end divisive party politics which has racked the nation “ever since independence” and warned that “the lack of consensual politics can lead to the destruction of the very foundations of democracy by destroying the cohesiveness of the community.”