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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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Japan establishes first postwar defence ministry

In a step towards the revival of Japanese militarism, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government on January 9 set up the country’s first defence ministry since the end of World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the new defence minister, Fumio Kyuma, attended the official ceremony to rename the previous defence agency headquarters as the new defence ministry. Abe declared in his speech that he was proud to be the Japanese leader to reestablish the defence ministry. “This is a big step towards building a new nation after emerging from the postwar regime,” he said. While the change of name may appear to be minor, it is part of Abe’s agenda to end the restrictions placed on Japan’s use of the military following the end of World War II.

New dimensions to insurgency in the North-east

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The flux in the counter-insurgency situation in the North-east is acquiring new dimensions by the day with the leading lights of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) arriving in India in the X’Mas season and interesting signs and signals emanating from the nations on the periphery that have long been sanctuaries for insurgents from India. That general secretary of the NSCN (I-M) Thuingaleng Muivah and chairman Isak Chishi Swu should decide to make a second visit so soon after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had undercut any expectation of merger of Naga-dominated areas of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh into the “Nagalim” of their dreams by stating categorically that there would be no such integration is an indicator that “flexibility” is operational and alive.

Tamil Tigers admit fall of Vakarai

After a total blackout of the Sri Lankan troops advancing into the coastal town of Vakarai -- a stronghold of the Tamil Tigers in the east -- TamilNet, the pro-Tiger website, last night admitted that the Sri Lankan forces have "entered the Vaharai hospital without facing any resistance from the Tigers." It quoted an unnamed "Liberation Tigers Military Spokesman" who after verifying had said that "LTTE had no combatants in Vaharai village where the hospital is located."

Avanza the family car by Toyota for 2007

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

At a gala function at the Water’s Edge, Battaramulla The Toyota Lanka (Pvt) Ltd unveiled Toyota’s newest family car for 2007 a multi-purpose family vehicle. A new dimension to motoring in Sri Lanka by Toyota Lanka is the first vehicle launched as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in the country. This trendy new vehicle will prove that it’s the ideal vehicle as a first car for the discerning customer looking for a reasonably priced new car, while its functionality and sheer versatility would make it the ultimate choice as a family car.

Kashmir is not water issue it concerns our inherent right of self- determination.

Dr Shabir Choudhry and other Kashmiri leaders lobby Baroness Emma Nicholson on EU Kashmir report. A delegation led by Kashmiri leader Dr Shabir Choudhry met Baroness Emma Nicholson and conveyed its concerned about EU draft report on Kashmir. While talking to Baroness Emma Nicholson Dr Shabir Choudhry said we appreciate your hard work done to produce this report, but we want to emphasis that Kashmir is not a territorial dispute or issue of water and resources between
India and Pakistan.

Sri Lanka: Seylan Bank launched Seylan Visa Platimum Card and Visa Debit Gold Card

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

I am a very fortunate man as I have a wonderful set of people at the Seylan Bank and we have the honor of issuing the first Credit Card in Sri Lanka, said Dr Lalith Kotalawala, Chairman, Ceylinco Consolidated at the occasion of the launch of the Seylan Visa Platimum Card and Visa Debit Gold Card last week at Raja Bojun. He said that 2006 was a very good year for them and said that the way they were going they would make a tremendous impact on Sri Lanka’s economy. He said they have floated the first foreign remittances company and the remittances would become the number one export earner and quipped "We are at the right place, at the right time with the right people."

A Battle is Lost but not the War

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

Russia and China have blocked the inclusion of Burma's political and human rights situation in the UN Security Council's agenda. In a war against evil regime, unlike the Junta we dare to admit that we have lost one battle but we will never give up for even though our heads our bloody yet we are unbowed. It is just a step backward to go forwards with accelerated speed. But the target has been hit because in pressing the vote, the international community vividly realizes that things are not improving. Of course we will have to reconsider our position, correct our mistakes and then off we go several steps forward to reach our avowed goal of democracy, human rights and self determination.


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