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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Some shadow boxing between India and Pakistan

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

Another round of shadow boxing is taking place between India and Pakistan as the prime ministers of the two countries are set to meet on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Dhaka.

Saarc Summit escapes Nepal turmoil?

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The 13th Saarc Summit will be held on schedule despite the emergency
declared in Nepal yesterday by King Gyanendra who dissolved the
coalition government of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

Sydney Murugan Temple Management succumbed to pro-LTTE activists.

From S Nagarajah in Sydney

The Sydney Murugan Temple Management had succumbed to pressures from pro-LTTE activists and had agreed to make a thirty thousand dollar tsunami donation through the Sydney Branch of the Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation.

Ranil in Europe to back LTTE and jailed S. B. Dissanayake

H. L. D. Mahindapala reporting from Melbourne, Australia.

The decision of Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the Opposition, to visit Norway and Brussels, headquarters of the EU, shortly after the tsunami, was sudden and unexpected. He took off on Saturday (January 29, 2005) with Mr. Milinda Moragoda and Mr. C. Mahendran, a former ambassador to UN.

"A formal Ceasefire Agreement is the basis for future talks," - Malik Mahmud, Acheh Prime Minister in exile

“The Government of Indonesia must come forward to enter to a formal ceasefire agreement. This must be the basis for any future negotiation with Indonesia,” insists Malik Mahmud, Prime Minister of the Government in exile of Acheh.

Sri Lankan communities in Australia and Canada are apprehensive of the High Commissioner designates

From our Colombo Correspondent

After the Asian Tribune exposed the assets of the Balapatabendi family in Australia, Mr. Kusumsiri Balapatabendi, Chairman of Air Lanka and High Commissioner-designate to Australia, seems to be pondering seriously about the repercussions of taking up the appointment.

Pak denies Aziz’s meeting with Israeli FM

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Pakistan has contradicted reports that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has met the Israeli foreign minister in Davos.

BJP demands withdrawal of Rajiv Gandhi’s name from Tsunami relief Package.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition political party in India, has objected to use of name of former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi in distribution of relief and rehabilitation material in the Tsunami affected states by Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Sri Lanka: World Vision donates US $ 40m for rebuilding houses in Kalutura district

World Vision a controversial international Christian relief and development organization has come forward to spend US$ 40 million to construct houses in Sri Lanka for the tsunami affected people.

Goa assembly to test Parrikar govt strength

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

India’s main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is bracing up for a fight to save its government in Goa, the erstwhile Portuguese colony on India’s west Coast, where the count down for the trial of strength for the Parrikar government has begun.

One killed, six hurt in series of blasts in Pakistan

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

One man was killed and six wounded after a series of blasts rocked the Southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Tuesday.

Congress distances itself from Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar State on the last day of Election Campaign.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Congress, a political party heading ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in New Delhi, has distanced itself from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a regional party, partner of the Congress in the UPA and seeking return to power in Bihar state.

US Federal Judge Rules Bush Administration’s ‘Enemy Combatant’ Procedure Unconstitutional

Daya Gamage – Reporting to Asian Tribune

The United States District Judge Joyce Green in Washington ruled on Monday the process for determining “enemy combatants” at the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is unconstitutional.

SAARC Summit Postponed

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Bangladesh next week has been postponed. The announcement was made by Pakistan, which currently chairs the Saarc regional grouping. No reason was given for the postponement.