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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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TN police target columnist in the Seers case

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

In a bizarre twist to the on-going police case against the Seers of Kanchi Mutt, the Tamilnadu police are targeting columnist and Hindutva ideologue S Gurumurthy .

TNF Demands the Resignation of the 22 Tamil MPs Backing Prabaharan

The Tamil National Force (TNF), which claimed responsibility for the assassination of Lt. Col. Eliyathamby Kousalyan, the Political Head of the LTTE in the east, has issued a press release demanding the resignation of the 22 Tamil MPs who made the loudest noises in Parliament on behalf of the slain Tamil Tiger.

Is Beleaguered U.N. Chief Caving In to U.S. Pressure?

Analysis by Thalif Deen

A rash of recent headlines in mainstream U.S. newspapers portray a U.N. secretary-general struggling to survive: “Kofi Annan Must Go”, “Annan's Post at the U.N. May be at Risk, Officials Fear” and “Criminal Probe Eyes Kofi's Son”.

US, Commonwealth snub Musharraf regarding uniform

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

The 53-member Commonwealth and the US State Department have almost simultaneously and conveyed the same, single line message to Pakistan President Gen. Musharraf. And it is he cannot be the President and army chief at the same time.

Raj Rajaratnam: A Man With Common Humanity

Daya Gamage – A Profile to Asian Tribune

Raj Rajaratnam, the Sri Lankan born investor based in New York in the United States, is living up to the motto ‘esto perpetua’ or ‘be thou forever’ of his alma mater S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia in Sri Lanka.

Andhra Pradesh govt, Naxals on collision course again

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s efforts for resuming the stalled negotiations with the Left wing extremists in the state have met with a road block. The Naxalites as these ultras are known are sore with his administration that the police was still after them even they have declared a ceasefire of sorts.

The Sinking Fortunes of Prabaharan

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

On the eve of last Christmas Velupillai Prabhakaran was riding high on the crest of a wave of militarism, threatening to launch his Eelam War IV if the Sri Lankan government refused to negotiate on the Interim Self-Governing Administration (ISGA).

"King has dismissed Deuba government to consolidate democracy in the country"- Nepalese ambassador in New Delhi.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Nepal refuses to be out of news since its constitutional monarch King Gyanendra dismissed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba government and declared a state of emergency on February 1.

42 killed in avalanches in Pak controlled Kashmir

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

At least
forty-two people were killed and four others injured
as a result of avalanches in Neelum and Lipa valleys
in Muzaffarabad district the capital of Pakistan
controlled Kashmir.

Bihar Politics in spin, Lalu ducks poll body ire

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

Rashtriya Janata Dal’s strongman Lalu Prasad Yadav is in a bind as he gears up for the crucial second phase of elections for the Bihar assembly on February 15.

The Koushalyan Affair

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

He died the way he lived. Mr. Koushalyan, who was gunned down last week, was no unarmed democratic politician; he was a leading member of the political wing of an organisation whose politics is a synthesis of nihilism and annihilation.

A Clear Message to Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

We are interested in a sensible and reasonable negotiated political settlement in Burma. But when you have exhausted all peaceful options, we know what must be done. It is not our first choice. But we can effectively deal with any viable option to restore freedom and democracy in Burma.

US concern over arrest of Burma’s Hkun Htun Oo and other pro-democracy leaders

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

The United States is deeply concerned that the Burmese junta has arrested several pro-democracy leaders, including Hkun Htun Oo, the chairman of the Shan National League for Democracy, the state department spokesman said.

US air ads in Pak to locate wanted men

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

The United States has hired airtime from local radio and
television channels to publicise a $25 million reward
for information leading to the capture of Al-Qaida
chief and terror mastermind Osama bin Laden and
another $25 million for his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri,
in the rural mountains of northwest Pakistan for the
first time.

Janadasa Peiris – His vision on the role of the state media

By our Colombo Correspondent

Associated Newspapers Ceylon Ltd, better known as Lake House – its Chief Janadasa Peiris was frank, that the state media should be revamped. Structural changes have to take place.