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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Sri Lanka : The widening gap between the Tamils and the TNA parliamentarians

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which met for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, failed to come up with a consensus and postponed the meeting sine die.

US Under-Secretary of State Says ‘satisfied’ with Sri Lankan Government’s Resettlement Process

The defeat of the LTTE has created a tremendous opportunity for the people of Sri Lanka, says the US Under-Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert O Blake.

A website for Tamil classical conference launched

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday launched the website ( for the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held in Coimbatore in June 2010. It will be in Tamil and English.

Presiddent assured that all IDPs will be resettled before 31 January

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited yesterday Pudumathalan in the Mullaitivu district, the former military stronghold of the LTTE, where he dedicated the memorial to the heroes of war.

Foreign envoys urge govt to form Commission to probe disappearance cases

Foreign envoys to Nepal on Wednesday urged political parties to accelerate the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances, with legislation that fully meets international standards.

Manmohan enquires about Rao's health

With fasting Telangana Rashtriya Samiti chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao's health deteriorating, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday enquired about his condition from Congress MPs from the region.

Osama bin Laden – a myth or reality

Among the 19 hijackers that struck targets in New York and Washington on 9/11, none was an Afghani or Pakistani. They were Arab Muslims, mostly from Saudi Arabia, based in Europe and trained in USA, in all probability by Jews.

Sailing high on big deals

Stockbrokers Research, ACUITY Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, in their weekly market review indicated that Stock market performance during the week was encouraging as the broader All Share Price Index (ASPI) crossed the all important 3,000 point mark once again on Thursday, whilst high volume transactions on selected blue chip counters drove activity levels higher during the week. ASPI rose by 121.4 points or 4.2% to close the week at 3000.3 points this week while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed the week at 3416.0 points up by a significant 133.0 points or 4.1% compared to last week’s closing levels.

Lanka violating Kachativu pact: Karunanidhi

Sri Lanka is violating provisions of the agreement with India under which the uninhabited Kachativu islet in the Palk Strait was ceded to it in 1974, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi charged on Wednesday.

Kalaigner, Rajini, Kamal receive ‘cine best’ awards for 2007-08

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who distributed State Government Film Awards for 2007 and 2008 on Tuesday to “cine bests”, and also received one best award from them, termed such functions involving film fraternity as “medicine” to his ill-health.

India-US Aviation Partnership Summit inaugurated in USA

The Second India-US Aviation Partnership Summit is being held in USA. It was inaugurated on 7 December, 2009 and will conclude on 9 December, 2009 in Washington D.C. India is being represented by the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Shri M. Madhavan Nambiar, the Director General of Civil Aviation, Dr. Naseem Zaidi and the Chairman of Airports Authority of India, Shri V.P. Agrawal. Over 200 representatives of over 80 companies are participating in the Summit in addition to government delegations.

Kandy Oblates of Mary fathoms half a century

All steps are in place to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Ampitiya Oblate Scholasticate, of Mary Immaculate, Kandy as the Oblate Scholasticate of Mary Immaculateis fathoming 50 years this year. - the House of Formation of future Religious and Missionary Priests of the Sri Lankan Catholic church.

Rao ends fast as Centre relents on Telangana: other regions revolt

As Telangana Rashtriya Samiti leader K Chandrasekhar Rao broke his 11-day-old fast in Hyderabad in the early hours of Thursday after the Government of India conceded his demand for the creation of a separate Telangana State, revolt broke out in the Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh against the division of the State with at least 50 legislators from the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party and three members of Parliament from the Congress reportedly sending in their resignation.