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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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Mufti Sayed’s out of ideas on Kashmir

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress are running a rotational coalition Government in Jammu and Kashmir. While the one face shines, but infrequently, the other, denoting PDP, remains lustreless. Former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed, who launched the PDP, after parting of the ways from the Congress (which he served for over 27 years) and the Janata Dal, has created a flutter by making an unusual statement about ‘self-rule’ formulae, which smacks of ‘secessionism’.

Swedish humour: you're joking?

When it comes to comedy, the Swedes - for once - are usually deemed a rather sober lot. But scratch the surface and you find a rich seam of ribaldry. Leading the case for Swedish humor is Carl Michael Bellman, 18th-century Sweden’s beer-swigging son of song and prose. A concoction of alcohol, sex and death was Bellman’s lyrical tipple. Indeed, the joy of inebriation was a particularly common thread in his compositions, which portrayed the lives of Sweden’s lower classes. One hundred years later, he came to symbolize the working man again, but this time in a changing society. Bellman jokes were all the rage in the late 19th century.

The Hajj 2006: the recent developments

Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz

Divided in their troubled homeland, Iraqi pilgrims who made the perilous journey to Mecca for hajj this week are united in their prayers for peace, stability and the loved ones they have lost. "What other motivation would I have than to pray for the unity of our country? Only unity can bring back security and safety," said Zohra Um Mohammed, an Iraqi accountant."We pray for the Americans to leave. They are the ones who have torn us apart," added the 54-year-old accountant, who braved dangerous roads on a five-day journey from Iraq's ancient city of Babel to Islam's holiest sites in Mecca.

Crysbro introduces the newest poultry packaging 'Cryovac'

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Farm’s Pride – Crysbro Group – Gampola for the first time in Sri Lanka introduces the latest Cryovac poultry packaging that has the hallmark of hygienic improvement and enhanced processing and manufacturing efficiencies. These shrink wrap vacuum packages offer minimal free moisture and is leak-proof, which in turn maintains weight loss thereby, giving the consumer more value for money. With the new packaging, Crysbro poultry products will only be available in four different standard sizes and price marked according to size and weight.

Merger of the north and east provinces ended yesterday: Tiger violence the main cause

The temporary merger of the north and east provinces, which lasted 16 years, ended yesterday. Rear Admiral Mohan Wijeyawickrema, who was earlier the Governor of the merged Northeast Provincial Council, began his new duties as the Governor of the Eastern Province on January 1, 2007. Rear Admiral Mohan Wijeyawickrema told the Asian Tribune that the unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court delivered on 16th October last year made the demerger inevitable. Before the ruling of the Supreme Court there was provision in the Provincial Councils Act of 1987 for the President to merge both provinces by Proclamation if he was satisfied that all arms and ammunition held by the militant groups had been surrendered and there has been a cessation of acts of violence. But the escalation of Tiger violence prevented the presidents from making the temporary merger permanent.

Tamil Tigers ban sales of rival Tamil paper in Paris

On 10 December 2006, Parithi, Head of the Tamil Tigers in Paris, France, ordered all the Tamil shop keepers not to import or sell the popular Tamil weekly, “Thina Murasu” - a paper published in Colombo by Eelam Peoples Democratic Party led by Douglas Devananda. Following this order, several readers of “Thina Murasu,” in Paris have decided to lodge complaints against the shop keepers in the La Chapelle area of Paris 10, who have suddenly stopped selling the weekly to them. They are detrmined to bring this high-handed act to the notice of the Consumer Protection Unit of the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry (Ministere De L'Economie Des Finances et d'Industrie - Protection du consommateur). Thina Murasu", the Tamil Language weekly " is a tabloid which claims to have a larger readership than that of LTTE weekly “Eelamurasu.”

Sri Lanka Air Force bombs Vakarai and Mannar, as LTTE kills ten since the dawn of the New Year

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir fighter jets bombed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam bases in Vakarai in the East and in Mannar in the Northwest of the country, destroying a heavy gun position and a Sea Tiger base in response to the accelerated violence unleashed by the Tamil Tigers during the last two days, since the dawn of the New Year. During the two days since the dawn of the New Year, the LTTE has killed ten people subjecting them to ruthless gun fire and claymore bombs in the restive regions of North and East of the country.


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