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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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Militants attack passport office in Srinagar, Big blast in Jammu

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Two militants reportedly belonging to the terrorist outfit, Al Mansurian, launched Saturday an attack on an indoor stadium in Srinagar. The stadium is right next to the famous Bakshi stadium, where Republic Day Parade is to be staged less than two weeks on January 26.

Canadian Prime Minister Visits Tsunami-Affected Region

Soma Hewa and Elizabeth Hewa, in Montreal

The Canadian Prime Minister’s trip to Asia in January is an appropriate and humane gesture in line with Canada’s reputation as a caring and peace-building nation around the world.

Politics of Giving: Competition for Power and Prestige in the Aftermath of the Asian Tsunami

Dr. Soma Hewa and Elizabeth Hewa, in Montreal

One of the lingering issues in the study of philanthropy and charity has been the question of donor motives. Over the years, scholars have debated this issue arguing from a wide range of theoretical perspectives.

“BJP does not need us” – Vishwa Hindu Parishad President Vishnu Hari Dalmiya.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Hindu groups in India who felt vindicated when bail order was issued to Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati by the Supreme Court, are up in arms again after Tamil Nadu state government headed by AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazgam) leader J Jayalalithaa, who has appealed to the court to move Shankaracharya out of South India.

Pak opposition leader accuses Musharraf of deceiving nation

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Regretting the support of "pro-democracy forces" to
the uniformed president, Maulana Fazlur Rehman,
opposition leader in the National Assembly of
Pakistan, has accused President Musharraf of deceiving
the nation on all major issues.

Bangladesh: Banned Communist Party Forms Suicide Squad

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security in Khulna city and district has been tightened following information that widows of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) leaders have formed a suicide squad to avenge killings of their husbands in reported encounters with police during last one year.

Burma in Crisis

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Burmese military government refused Tsunami disaster assistance because it was delivered by an American Aircraft Carrier with many fighter jets and attack helicopters.

TN to get liberal federal aid for helping Tsunami victims

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to relax norms for helping the Tsunami hit Tamilnadu, according to federal minister for agriculture Sharad Pawar, who discussed the issue with the chief minister Jayalalithaa in Chennai.

From Tsunami to Tiger Eelam?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

A phoenix rising from the ashes; a Tiger Eelam rising from the tsunami devastation – that is obviously what the LTTE is working towards. No wonder just a fortnight after an unprecedented tidal wave laid waste to coastal Sri Lanka the Tigers are abducting children from camps for displaced people – as even the normally sympathetic BBC has been forced to admit.

Six naxalites killed in Andhra Pradesh

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

A red alert has been sounded across Andhra Pradesh as the police reportedly in self-defence killed on Saturday six left wing extremists in two districts – Prakasam in the fertile coastal belt and Mahabubnagar in the backward Telangana regions.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Plans Belated Visit.

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen who has been criticized in some quarters for not visiting disaster-hit Sri Lanka despite Oslo's central role in the peace process, is due to make a three-day visit starting January 20.

India-Pak dialogue is not open-ended: Natwar Singh

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

India’s external affairs minister Natwar Singh, who is flying to Islamabad next month to begin the first bilateral visit of Indian foreign minister to Pakistan in 15-years, said here that the composite dialogue process between the two countries could not be open-ended. It could not be set in a short-term time frame.

Pak Navy establishes field hospital in Sri Lanka

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

A field hospital was established by Pakistan Navy Task Force in Hangama coastal town in Sri Lanka which was severely hit by Tsunami to treat people affected by the natural calamity.

TN govt may take over Kanchi Mutt

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

Notwithstanding official denials, the speculation is rife that Tamilnadu government may take over day-to-day management of cash rich Kanchi Mutt now that the two seers, Jayendra Saraswati and Vijendra Saraswati are facing police cases. The senior is out on bail and the junior is in jail.

Human Rights Watch Report 2005: United States Disregard for Human Rights Fillip for Terrorists

Daya Gamage – USA reports for Asian Tribune

“When the United States disregards human rights, it undermines the human rights culture and thus sabotages one of the most important tools for dissuading potential terrorists. Instead, U.S. abuses have provided a new rallying cry for terrorist recruiters, and the picture from Abu Ghraib (the U.S. administered detention center for Iraqi and Afghanistan ‘enemy combatants’ in Iraq) have become the recruiting posters for terrorism,” declares Human Rights Watch report released this week.

12 dead, 25 hurt in Pak road accident

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

At least 12 people were killed and 25 others injured in a road accident on Sunday in the central Punjab province of Pakistan.