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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

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U.S. Contribution to Tsunami Now Over $ 1 Billion

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

The United States contributions to the tsunami relief efforts by individuals, private corporations and foundations have exceeded one billion U.S. dollars, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

Bangladesh Army scraps landmines

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Army has destroyed its stockpile of anti-personnel mines within the 2005 deadline as a signatory to the Anti-personnel Mine (APM) Ban Convention.

Sonia in danger of losing her Halo over Jharkhand.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The appointment of Shibu Soren, former Union Minister and chief of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), a regional political outfit fighting for the cause of tribals in Jharkhand, a state in East India, as Chief Minister of the state by governor Syed Sibtey Razi is threatening to eclipse the halo Congress president Sonia Gandhi acquired last year after denouncing the post of Prime Minister in the country.

Pakistani militant remanded over killing of 11 French engineers

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

A key suspect of a deadly bomb blast outside a five-star hotel in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi in 2002, was produced in court a day after his arrest and was remanded in police custody until March 7, reports said.

Dhabi group offers $2b investment

By Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

An Abu Dhabi-based group has come up with the second largest
investment plan offered by any single investor in the country,
surpassed only by Tata Group. The plan includes upgrading the
Dhaka-Chittagong highway into an expressway and setting up a 500MW
power plant and a five-star hotel in Cox's Bazar.

Indian President summons Jharkhand state governor.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam on Thursday summoned Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibtey Razi for discussions on the latter’s decision to appoint a UPA government headed by Shibu Soren, a former Union Minister and chief of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), a regional political outfit claiming to represent tribals in the state.

United States Increases Military Aid to Sri Lanka to Combat National Terrorism

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Donald Camp testifying before the United States Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, presenting the Bush administration’s request for foreign assistance funding for South Asia in fiscal year 2006, which commences in October this year, said that “the increased Foreign Military Fund (FMF) funding will be used to help Sri Lanka’s navy meet threats posed by national and regional terrorist groups, and will help to reform and upgrade its military.”

Sri Lanka Government somersaults one more time on the Interim Administration.

Sri Lanka Government has reiterated its willingness for a negotiation with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, but not based on the Interim Self Governing Authority proposal put forward by the Tamil rebel outfit and placed as the precondition for talks, but on an Interim Authority proposed by the Government.