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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

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Will Sartath Fonseka Quit ?

With many dangerous underground post election plans of JVP with the support of some army deserters coming to light, family members and close friends of Presidential candidate of General Sarath Fonseka had begun to bring pressure upon him to withdraw from the campaign and leave the country.

Rare celestial treat ushers in the New Year

The New Year eve today presents a rare phenomenon to the sky gazers—the lunar eclipse. The Blue moon. A partial eclipse ushering in the New Year. This can be viewed in Chennai.

China pledges to increase aid to Nepal

Nepal and China have inked agreement on economic cooperation that pledges to increase Chinese assistance to Nepal.

“Gen. Fonseka’s Entry into Politics not a Sudden Decision” – Prof. Wishwa Warnapala

Former Army Commander (retired) General Sarath Fonseka’s entry into politics is not a sudden decision. He was preparing it for at least a year, even long before tendering his resignation, Higher Education Minister Prof. Wishwa Warnapala told media personnel at a press briefing held yesterday in Colombo.

Pon. Radhakrishnan elected new State president of BJP

Senior Tamil Nadu BJP leader and former union minister Pon Radhakrishnan has been elected unanimously as the new Tamil Nadu State president of the BJP for a term of three years.

Sri Lanka: Domestic Gas Prices Reduced

The Government has taken another move not to increase the price of domestic gas with the intention of providing more reliefs to the general public, Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.

Christmas celebrated under heavy security

People in Bangladesh celebrated Christmas under heavy security. The Rev. Paulinus Costa, Archbishop of Dhaka, said that devotees were concerned about attacks on churches and could not pray in peace. Security officials were seen guarding churches for fear of bomb attacks.

Sweden rules 'gender-based' abortion legal

Swedish health authorities have ruled that gender-based abortion is not illegal according to current law and can not therefore be stopped, according to a report by Sveriges Television.

Korean Buddhists (Quietly) Helping Their Neighbors

I just returned a few days ago from a visit to South Korea where I had the very good fortune to meet Ven. Wol Joo, the prime monk and leader of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.

Kannada star Vishnuvardhan dead, fans go berserk

Leading Kannada film star of the last three decades Vishnuvardhan died after a massive heart attack in Mysore in the early hours of Wednesday. Vishnu (59) is survived by his wife, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, and two adopted daughters, Keerthi and Chandana.

“How could Fonseka work with a Team which betrayed the Nation once?” – Minister Maithipala

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) stalwarts at a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday, said that the opposition candidate General (retired) Sarath Fonseka is involved in child’s play in the presidential election and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate President Mahinda Rajapaksa has nothing to do with someone who has a political history of just 40 days.

Shutdown hits life in Telangana region

Normal life was affected across the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday following the call for a bandh( Hindi word for a general shutdown) given by Telangana Joint Action Committee in support of a separate State.

Rathore Saga : Multi Focused Retrial Needed

For all practical purposes the demand from the civil society is for the retrial of the former Haryana Director General of Police, S.P.S. Rathore, who is seen as being responsible (abetment) for the suicide of teenage tennis player, Ruchika Girhotra, in 1993, three years after he had reportedly ‘molested’ her in the office of the tennis body in Haryana he headed. Incidentally, it now transpires that the tennis body he headed was a fake, not recognised by the official tennis body of the country.

Thakshin will not be appointed as Sri Lanka’s Economic Advisor - Sri Lanka Foreign Minister

Sri Lanka Government categorically denied that the information about Thaksin Shinawatra will be appointed as an economic adviser.