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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

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45 killed in a train accident at an unmanned level crossing in Central India

DP Kamat in New Delhi

Accident at an unmanned level crossing in Central India claimed at least forty-five lives on Thursday evening. A passenger train and a tractor with a trolley were involved in the mishap. All the victims were travelling by the tractor. They were going for a wedding. None of the train passengers were hurt.

Sri Lanka held a low-keyed Independence day Celebrations

Sri Lanka's 57th anniversary of Independence was commemorated this morning without the usual pomp and pageantry. The usual celebration was not held out of respect for tsunami victims. Also, there was no military parade.

Alliance blames opposition for 'foiling' Saarc Summit

Ahmede Hussain Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The BNP-led ruling alliance yesterday blamed the Awami League for
foiling the Saarc Summit and has decided to take to the streets to
face the opposition agitation.

Bush Reiterates Commitment to Advancing Global Freedom

Daya Gamage – Reporting to Asian Tribune

United States President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union address on Wednesday, reiterated his administration’s commitment to advancing global freedom and democracy but said, “the United States has no right, no desire, and no intention to impose our form of government on anyone else” reminding that the January 30 Iraqi election “the Iraqi people showed the world that they value their own liberty.”

What is happening in the midst of Burmese generals?

Bo Win Tun died “while performing his duties.” This was how it was described in his obituary notice and this ruled out the cause of his death as suicide, but several questions lingers on was the description in the news release put out by news desk of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma and the National Council of the Union of Burma.

Musharraf urges for developing space technology

Iqbal Hussain – Asiantribune

President Pervez Musharraf has said Pakistan needs to develop its space technology sector as a missile and nuclear power.

UN Takes steps to rebuild Sri Lanka’s Fishing fleet.

In the first small step in a large-scale initiative to help restore the livelihoods of thousands of Sri Lankan fishermen devastated by December's Indian Ocean tsunami, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursaday handed over an initial $380,000 consignment of boat repair kits.

Renounce ethnic discrimination on Sri lanka’s 57th independence day

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil rebel outfit has one more time urged the Tamils living in Sri Lanka to adopt today – 4th February as the Black Day for Tamils and declared that commemorating Independence Day is a mockery.

Pak urges members to take SAARC mission forward

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Expressing his displeasure over the postponement of 13th SAARC summit, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz has said that repeated postponements of the summit will adversely affected credibility and reputation of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

Thailand on a renewd tourist promotion bid.

Suthep Chaviwan - Reporting from Bangkok

Thai Government is busy taking appropriate measures to lure foreign and domestic holidaymakers to visit the tsunami hit tourist destinations in all its six southwest provinces of Thailand.

Brazilian Senator Arrives in Colombo Today.

Senator Cristovam Buarque, President -elect of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Brazilian Senate, former Brazilian Minister of Education and former Governor of Brasilia, will arrive in Sri Lanka today morning for a three day visit as part of his tour of Africa and South Asia.

‘Cyber’ Naidu tells Kalam his men are being targeted

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Chandrababu Naidu, the supremo of Telugu Desam party, last Thursday met India’s President Dr. APJ Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the head of a party delegation.

An appeal for unity on the National day.

We refused to learn through several decades of Independence,” Chandrika Kumaratunga underlined in her message and acquiesced; “The mighty forces of nature taught us a lesson,” she went on add, “A nation that was home to various communities of peoples, divided itself along ethnic, linguistic and religious lines.

Indonesian Caucus on Myanmar Launched

Parliamentarians from almost all of Indonesia's political parties have formed the Indonesian Parliamentary Caucus on Myanmar this week. The Caucus was launched at a dinner held at Jakarta's Hilton Hotel on February 1st. The event was attended by legislators from other Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) countries and featured a solidarity message from Burmese MPs.

Pakistan to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day on Saturday

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

The government of Pakistan has decided to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day on Saturday in a befitting manner to express solidarity with Kashmiri people in their struggle for the right to self determination and to pay glowing tributes to Kashmiri martyrs.

Telugu film hero Balakrishna let off in shooting case for want of evidence.

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

Telugu Celluloid hero Balakrishna has been let off the hook in a sensational shooting case ‘for want of evidence’.