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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Cricket and Fundraising a Doosara by JVP

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

World Vision, a body with Christian affiliations will receive a large component - - if not all - - of funds raised in the Melbourne Charity match for tsunami relief, and this has raised a shindig with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramauna and the Jathika Hela Urumaya.

Seat sharing talks between Congress and RJD deadlocked.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) which is ruling India, continues to pull in different directions in Bihar, a state going for assembly polls next month, as talks for seat-sharing between Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal, a regional party ruling Bihar state and constituent of the UPA at the centre, are deadlocked.

US lauds Dhaka's efforts to rein in trafficking

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The United States commended Bangladesh government for making general progress in sustaining, institutionalizing and integrating various measures against trafficking in persons since last June.

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party to work together with the Government to rebuild the country.

A two member delegation of the main opposition political party of Sri Lanka, United National Party (UNP) met with the Sri Lankan President to discuss ways and means of cooperating with the Government to reach out a consensus to rebuild the country affected worse by the tsunami natural catastrophe.

High time for solution of Kashmir: Pak

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan’s Minister for Kashmir Affairs Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat has said it is high time that long awaited Kashmir dispute should be solved now.

Supreme Court of India bars Convicts from Contesting Polls.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In an order which might give Election Commission of India (ECI) more teeth in dealing of ‘criminal’ politicians in the forthcoming assembly polls in three states, Supreme Court of India on Wednesday barred candidates who have been convicted and sentenced for more than two years from contesting elections.

EU Parliamentary body terms Kashmir a flash point

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

European Parliament’s All Party Group for Kashmir has said that Kashmir is a flash point between India and Pakistan and urged for its just resolution acceptable to all the parties of the conflict.

MC Konyak urges Changs, Konyaks to restrain

Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Nagaland BJP President and Parliamentary Secretary, MC Konyak has today expressed serious concern on the intra-tribal rivalries taking place recently in the Tobu areas and urged responsible tribal leaders in the areas to join hands with the law enforcing agencies to resolve the crisis as the earliest.

JVP long for its grand vision to remain to rebuild the nation

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

The JVP’s latest gambit is to say ‘’let all political parties fold up our political agendas’ while the JVP itself is thrusting forward like a rocket with one agenda of its own - - that of re-building the nation after the Tsunami.

Dr Lotha seeks immediate intervention of Union Home Ministry in border crisis

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture, Dr TM Lotha expressed serious concern on the fast growing border tension between Assam and Nagaland and further sought "immediate intervention" of the Union Home Ministry before the "situation goes out of hand."

LTTE statement on Prabhakaran’s death is not a categroical denial – <i>The Hindu.</i>

The editorial of The Hindu, (January 11, 2005) has opened up the mystery of the missing Prabhakaran once again. This Indian national newspaper pin-points that though the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation has “retracted the report (of Prabhakaran’s death) the LTTE condemnation of the broadcast “is not a categorical denial.”

Consensual politics - a tendency to agree to agree - not to agree to disagree

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

Is this veering away from democracy, or is this consensus politics?
It is hard to say. But, in the guise of consensual politics, there could be a slight tendency of veering towards centralised presidential rule.

Junior seer seeks bail; Hindu religious groups begin nation wide protests

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

The Kanchi Mutt (monastery) saga is taking twists and turns like in a Tamil celluloid potboiler. The Seers are knocking at the doors of the judiciary for relief from the long arm of the police.

Pak Air Force confirms its officer tried to kill Musharraf

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan Air Force has for the first time confirmed that the suspect accused of trying to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been confirmed as a member of the air force.

Tyrone Fernando … “Go Home “

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

Sources close to Tyrone Fernando say that he being chased out of a Vadamaradhchi refugee camps should not be considered a major affront at all, considering that the former North East Governor Jayewardene, had to ‘’move about in Jaffna by stealth.’’

TN opposes Hindu Seer presence in South India till investigations are over

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

Tamilnadu government is back at the Supreme Court in the Hindu seer's case. Its plea this time is let the senior Sankaracharya of Kanchi be not anywhere in South India till the investigations into the cases against him are completed.

Tsunami Deaths and Death Certificates

Rajpal Abeynayake - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Sri Lanka

A cabinet paper ahs been sent for approval to expedite the issuing of Death Certificates to thousands who are presumed dead in the December 26th Tsunami.

Speakers stressed for amicable Kashmir settlement

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Speakers from the United States, European Union, Britain, India, Pakistan and Kashmir Wednesday stressed the need for seeking a Kashmir resolution acceptable to all parties concerned.

Canada’s PM to avoid visiting LTTE controlled Vanni region in Sri Lanka.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is taught another lesson in the international diplomacy when Paul Martin Canada’s Prime Minister yielded to international diplomatic pressure exerted by the Sri Lanka Government to announce that he will not visit the Northern region of Sri Lanka controlled by the Tamil rebel outfit.