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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2785

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M.Karunanidhi - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Manyata Who?

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The Samajwadi Party’s conscious keeper, Amar Singh, was his usual garrulous self when the Congress leader Digvijay Singh expressed his ignorance about Manyata, a candidate on the SP list for contesting the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat, with a rhetorical inquiry ‘Manyata Who?’ But if Amar Singh overreacted by demanding an apology and withdrawal of words from Digvijay Singh the latter looked equally ridiculous by denying what he had said in front of the cameras and microphones. It only proved that Indian politicians are not only devoid of any sense of humour but also like to make mountain out of molehill to indulge in their favourite pastime of shadow boxing and exchanging verbal darts with each other.

Obama, Israel and Hillary

By L. Jayasooriya

The next few weeks will decide in which way the world order will change. If the world perceives that Obama and Hillary are anti-Palestinian and pro-Israeli and are heartless towards the Palestinians who have suffered so much since being driven out of their homes and their lands, and have been denied a place to live in dignity the world will lose faith in the United Nations and take up the case of the Palestinians themselves made possible by the backing of Iran and nearby Muslim states with the hardware from Russia. Will America then get into a confrontation with Russia in her backyard while the entire Muslim world supports Russia?

Unraveling the subterranean mystery of Prabah

The 58 Division of the Sri Lanka Army has begun to unravel the subterranean mysteries of Velupillai Prabakaran. Yesterday 58 Division found the fuel dump of Prabakaran in the Dharmapuram village. Army sources talking to "Asian Tribune" said we came across the underground fuel dump of the LTTE in a coconut grove. According to the information we received, the type of diesel which was retrieved from the dump is only issued to the UN Agencies. It is intriguing how it was possible for the LTTE to lay hands on these type large quantity of diesel. Army sources said that only UN agencies who were in Vanni could unravel the mystery

Sea battle off the coast of Mullaitivu: 4 fleeing LTTE boats destroyed

Sri Lanka's Navy said Tuesday it had destroyed four Tamil Tiger boats off the coastal district of Mullaittivu, where government forces are closing in on the rebels. Naval craft thwarted an attempt by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to get away from the besieged district, a navy spokesman said. One SLN FAC sustained damages due to an explosion of an LTTE suicide boat close by. But "Tamil Net" claimed that Sea Tigers attacked a convoy of Sri Lanka Navy off the coast of Mullaitivu sinking a Super Dvora Fast Attack Craft Monday around 11:30 p.m., LTTE officials told media.

Sri Lankan Tamil Issue : Karunanidhi expresses frustration over the turn of events

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan in Chennai

KarunanidhiTaking direct potshots at Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirumavalavan and an indirect dig at PMK supremo Dr S .Ramadoss, who did not sought his support to their 'protests' over the Lankan issue, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said that he was happy to lose power if it was for the benefit of his fellow men. In a carefully constructed letter to his party men which was loaded with pun and emotion, the DMK Chief revealed that the protests against the Sri Lankan government in Tamil Nadu have now been diverted to be a tirade against the Congress party.

BBC Poll: President Obama will improve US relations with the World

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

As Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, January 20, a new 17-nation poll conducted for the BBC World Service finds widespread and growing optimism that his presidency will lead to improved relations between the United States and the rest of the world. The poll also shows people around the world are looking to President Obama to put highest priority on dealing with the current global financial crisis. In 15 of the 17 countries polled, majorities think that the election of Barack Obama will lead to improved relations with the rest of the world. On average 67 per cent express this upbeat view, while 19 per cent think relations will stay the same and just 5 per cent that relations will worsen.