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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Coral reefs create clouds to control the climate

Coral reefs create clouds to control the climate
When temperatures soar, coral reefs might create cool shade by
releasing chemicals into the atmosphere that promote cloud formation.

President Kalam undergoes surgery, condition ‘fine’

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Indian president A P J Abdul Kalam Monday underwent a surgery to set right the shoulder bone he had fractured a day earlier. The operation was carried out at the army hospital here.

US to Tighten Asylum System and Refugee Laws

Daya Gamage – Reporting to Asian Tribune

A bill now before the United States House of Representatives seeks to tighten the asylum system making difficult for foreigners to gain asylum in the United States for political or other persecutions and refugees who have fled human rights abuses such as torture and other horrific violence.

India rules out intervention in Nepal

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

Caution being the by-word of the Manmohan Singh government, India has no plans for intervention in Nepal against King Gyanendra’s palace coup. It is only interested in engaging Kathmandu while keeping up a semblance of heat on the regime to satisfy the domestic Left and socialist lobbies which are keen to see an activist role for Delhi in the Himalayan Kingdom.

Acheh Movement undecided on the second round of Talks

Free Acheh Movement (GAM) is keeping the peace negotiation in tenterhooks as they have so far not finalized their stance on their participation in the second round of the peace talks to be held in Helsinki.

‘Fundamentalism taking over Bangladesh’ – M K Dhar, India's former intelligence operative

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

former central intelligence operative in India, Maloy Krishan Dhar, has hit out at Bangladesh claiming that the neighboring country, ruled by Prime Minister Khalida Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party, is in the grip of Muslim fundamentalism.

Colonel Karuna Amman’s sister and family on the run, as they are being targeted.

It is now clearly believed that the two brothers Colonel Karuna Amman and Colonel Reggie left the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil rebel out fit, because of the pressure exerted by their family members - especially by the eldest sister Perinpamalar.

Marxists rule out third front in Tamilnadu

DP Kamat in New Delhi

Even as the state is yet to recover from the shock of destruction left behind by the Boxing Day Tsunami, political parties of Tamilnadu are gearing up for provincial assembly elections scheduled for early next year amidst indications that the chief minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram may like to advance the poll date to some time in the later half of this year itself.

The 58th Anniversary of Shan National Day

On this occasion of the 58th Shan National Day, it is time again to reflect on our historical heritage and ponder what we can do to upgrade our nation back as a player in international arena.

President Kalam fractured right shoulder, surgery today

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

President AP J Abdul Kalam fractured his right shoulder Sunday morning as he slipped and fell during his morning walk. He will under go surgery on today (Monday).

Balapatabendi’s affair: Absence of an acceptable explanation warrants removal from all high posts.

Balapatabendi’s affair continue to snowball as the exposures so far made in the “Asian Tribune” as well as in the other electronic and print medias in Sri Lanka has not been taken up for investigation and disciplinary action by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Pakistan wants better ties with India: Aziz

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that Pakistan wants to improve its relations with India and dialogue process to move ahead in tandem with progress on Kashmir issue.

Jayalailthaa on BJP's target, in a stepped up campaign on Kanchi seers issue

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in the Hindu fundamentalist groups will step up the campaign against the Tamilnadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi, a former Federal Minister said.

WB president arrives in Islamabad on 3-day visit to Pak

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

World Bank President, James D. Wolfensohn has arrived in Islamabad on a three-day Pakistan visit to meet President Pervez Musharraf and other leaders and discuss the country’s economic stride.

Indian Left, Socialists campaign against Nepal King

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

Even as the Manmohan Singh government is dithering vis-à-vis the Nepal developments, India’s Left and the socialist groups which are traditionally close to the Nepali democratic parties and leaders have stepped in extending their support to the campaign for ‘restoration of democracy’ in the Himalayan kingdom.

"God-King" Than Shwe

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

A few months ago senior Army Commanders were shocked when Than Shwe's family addressed him in public as " Po-Po-Phaya" or God-King. Than Shwe claims he is a descendent of the last King of Burma who escaped capture by the British. He claims that a "fake" King Thibaw instead was sent into exile in India.

Survivors found in Andamans 38 days after Tsunami

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

Post- Tsunami stories do not cease to surprise. Particularly of survivors! The latest heard is not only a testimony to man’s sense of camaraderie at times of adversity but also a tribute to man’s survival instinct.

Sri Lankan President Kumaratunga due in Pak today

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Sri Lankan President Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga arrives in Islamabad today (Monday) on a two-day visit to Pakistan.