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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

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Jaffna – a city with a new life - Northern Spring brings joy and entertainment

J. Yogaraj - It is not the same Jaffna I have seen 6 years ago. It has changed a lot.The life has become fast and interesting in this part of the country.

Sri Lankan Tamils have suffered untold misery – Bhishma Narain Singh

R.C. Rajamani - Bhishma Narain Singh is one of the very few surviving Indian politicians belonging to the Nehru-Gandhi era.
A staunch Nehru-Gandhi family loyalist, Singh had served in the Indira Gandhi cabinet. He was later governor of Tamil Nadu in the early 1990’s at the height of LTTE activities in the state. However, Singh does not want to talk much about LTTE, saying, “I was in a constitutional position (Governor) and it is not proper for me to talk now on what transpired at government level.” Published reports around that time speak of the notorious one-eyed Sivarajan (the mastermind behind Rajiv Gandhi assassination) and others going back and forth to Sri Lanka and Chennai and freely roaming around the city.

UN Security Council Reform Remains Deadlocked

Thalif Deen -After 15 long years of closed-door bickering, the United Nations remains irrevocably deadlocked on how to revamp the most powerful political body in the Organisation: the 15-member Security Council.

Controversial Bangladesh novelist Taslima arrives in Delhi

M Rama Rao - Controversial Bangladeshi novelist, Taslima Nasreen who wants to make Kolkata her home, arrived here on Thursday amidst indications that she might get her India visa extended.

The Fate of Velupillai Snr and the Porously Feeble Moral Excuse of Age

Velupillai Snr, the retired government servant, and his beloved wife, Parvathi, who together brought an enviable product into this world by the name Prabhakaran, now languish in protective custody of the Sri Lankan armed forces in the hope of getting the deed of freedom on a plate.

Hallucinations of a different kind

By Allabaksh - In its insatiable and eternal quest to harm India in every possible manner, Pakistani relies on two quirky tools heavily: presenting absurd concoctions about India’s villainy, repeating them to make them look like the truth, and endless denials about Pakistani complicity in any egregious act against India to the point where it begins to tire the ears of the listeners.

CBI slaps graft case against former Chennai port trust chief

S Murari -The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday raided the office and houses of former Chennai Port Trust chairman K Suresh and port trust deputy conservator M K Sinha in connection with a corruption case and recovered cash, gold , US dollars 6,443 and documents showing property worth over Rs 2.36 crore.

Double life for killer of former DMK Minister

S Murari - The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has awarded double life imprisonment to educationist S A Raja for the murder of Aladi Aruna, former Minister in the DMK Government, in 2004.

War on terror has had a debilitating impact on Pakistan

Asif Haroon Raja - War on terror which commenced in the aftermath of 9/11 and in which Pakistan became the frontline state has had a debilitating impact on political, social, religious and economic aspects. By diverting bulk of our resources towards futile war, business, tourism, sports and economy crashed. Flow of investment dried up due to security reasons.

34 commuters, mostly soldiers, killed as bus plunged into Indus River, in Pakistan

Farzana Shah - As many as 34 people, most of them soldiers, were killed in Northern area of Pakistan on Thursday when the bus they were traveling fell into Indus River.

Freed US Journalist Arrive Home

Wajid Ali Syed - Former President Bill Clinton arrived early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles along with two journalists released from North Korean captivity. Clinton's visit is being seen by some as a new page in US - North Korean relations. Others see it as a domestic propaganda coup for Pyongyang.

Classical language status for Kannada, Telugu in crossfire

Gopal Ethiraj -A petition in the Madras High Court challenging the Kannada language being accorded the classical language status is posted for final hearing on August 17.

Arrest of K. Pathmanathan (KP) in Thailand - strongly rumored

Ruwan Weerakoon - There is a strong unconfirmed rumor to say that Thai authorities have arrested LTTE's self style leader Kumaran Padmanathan in Bangkok, on Thursday morning.