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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Telangana on hold, Delhi again for wider consultations, 48-hour strike paralyses life

The Telangana proposal stands rolled back sparking a new wave of protests, and resignations. Life is paralysed in Hyderabad and Telangana districts from Thursday morning under a 48-hour long general strike called by pro-Telangana parties and groups.

No more merchandising with ‘human rights’ by NGOs, societies: State Human Rights Panel

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has barred the use of the word ‘human rights’ by any society, Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) or association in Tamil Nadu.

Nepal Maoists lift months-long House obstruction

In a major political development in the country, the agitating Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on Wednesday unilaterally decided to lift House obstruction it was enforcing since May.

General Fonseka Should Write to UN & Say It a ‘political utterance’ – Media Minister

Former Army Commander and the presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka’s statement to a weekend English newspaper has brought the country towards an unnecessary international scrutiny, said Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene.

Pennagaram assembly by-election on January 20

Hardly the present heat of by-elections to two Assembly constituencies in the State ended, there is fresh round of political activity getting triggered up, with the Election Commission announ¬cing the schedule for for the Pennagaram Assembly segment.

A Reconciliation Burma Needs

With the year 2009 closing to an end in a few days, both the Burmese people and the international community are cautiously awaiting the proposed 2010 general election. Though the electoral laws are yet to be announced, the military junta sees the election as an opportunity to legitimize its rule. But still, there are umpteen major issues the country needs to resolve before any flourishing society can emerge.

“UPFA Manifesto a Document full of Development proposals” – Media Minister

The United People’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) election manifesto will be made available by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 10 days time, Mass Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told yesterday at a media briefing held at the Ministry of Mass Media and Information.

Pakistan opens more anti-India fronts

Every now and then voices in India echo the Pakistani clamour for a need to resume the so-called composite dialogue. The strongest reason advanced for this appeal is that India’s stance of no-talks with Pakistan is only strengthening the forces that launch terrorist attacks on India. In other words, India is being hurt more than it had bargained for when it decided in the wake of the macabre Mumbai attacks in November 2008 to suspend the on-going talks with Pakistan.

Sri Lanka to decide over the known devil or the unknown angel

Post May 2009 heralded what most believed to be as Sri Lanka’s real independence. A country suffering almost 30 years of terrorist activity was able to finally be happy that the LTTE terror reign was now over and the country was able to salute its heroes and kick start its future.