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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

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Proclamation to hold fresh Presidential election gazetted

President Mahinda Rajapaksa proclaimed that he will seek a fresh mandate as per constitutional provision and this has been duly gazetted (Gazette Notification No. 1629/8/20091123), short while ago, said Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President.

Sri Lanka Donates US$25,000 To Flood Victims in Tajikistan

The Government of Sri Lanka donated a sum of US $ 25,000/- as an emergency relief for the recent flood victims of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Cong gifts an old issue with a new wrapping to the BJP

The Indian government finds itself on back foot for the second time in Parliament in three days.

French court jails Tamil Tigers for extortion

The toughest sentence of seven years in was given to Nadaraja Matinthiran, whom the court heard was the leader of the LTTE.

House resumes after five months of obstruction

Normal proceedings of House resumed on Monday after five months of continuous disruption by the Maoists over the issue of ‘civilian supremacy’ vis a vis president’s move to reinstate then army chief.

Executive Presidency No More a Valid Slogan – Minister Senarathne

Abolition of the executive presidency is no more an election slogan and people will not be ready to listen to such old stories. Anyway, the main Opposition; United National Party (UNP) and the People’s Liberation Front (JVP) still talk on the topic as they have already politically bankrupted, said Construction & Engineering Services Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne.

Congress MPs lobby for lifting life ban on Azhar

Mohammad Azharuddin batted for Congress in the last general elections, and made a massive win from the minority-dominated Moradabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh and became an MP.

UN Official Welcomes Accelerated Releases Of Displaced From Camps

The top United Nations humanitarian official, who just returned from a three-day visit to Sri Lanka, praised the swift discharge in recent weeks of many of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had been confined to makeshift camps for several months.

Manmohan Singh’s sojourn to USA

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be on a visit to USA from 23 November onwards to hold wide ranging talks of mutual interest. The visit assumes significance since it is the first visit of any head of state to USA on the request of Obama Administration. The latter’s endeavor would be to give a message to the world in general and China in particular that India is its strategic partner and a bulwark against China and hence deserves special handling and concessions.

45 bodies of hostages killed by gunmen in S Philippines recovered

Philippine security forces have recovered 45 bodies of people that include politicians and journalists abducted Monday in a pre-election related incidence in restive southern Philippine province of Maguindanao, a local official said.

Karunanidhi protests move for a tough fishing law

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday asked the Government of India to reconsider its move to impose a heavy fine on fishermen who go beyond the permitted 12 nautical miles for fishing and said it would particularly affect Tamil Nadu fishermen.

Burma: 2008 a year characterized by natural disaster, severe political repression

The year 2008 proved to be a critical year in Burma’s recent history. Compounding an environment of ongoing human rights abuse, 2008 was a year characterized by natural disaster, severe political repression and the reverberations of the previous year’s popular uprising.

Now, Sena pits Sachin against Gavaskar

With Shiv Sena leader and Mumbai's ageing Tiger Bal Thackeray having retired to the pavillion after getting hurt from bouncers hurled at him over his attack on master batsman Sachin Tendulkar for saying he is an Indian first and Mumbai belongs to all Indians, the party's Rajya Sabha member and editor of its mouthpiece "Samna" Sanjay Raut has opened the attack from another end by pitting Sachin against veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, also from Maharashtra.

Mano Ganesan to skip today’s meeting with General (retd.) Fonseka

Mano Ganesan MP has decided to skip today’s meeting arranged with General (retd.) Saratah Fonseka.