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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Sunday Celebrity: Balagurunathans emerging as Dhananjayans

Born into a family with nine generations of Sivachariars at Karaikal Ammaiyar Devasthanam, Balagurunathan grew up watching his father performing puja and mantra at the sanctum sanctorum. Of dance all he knew was not much; performing pooja was not after his heart, either.

Share Power with Tamils as promised : Karunanidhi to Rajapaksa

Tamil Nadu Cheif Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday called upon the Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa to share power with Sri Lankan Tamils as he promised during his Presidential Election campaign held in Sri Lanka last month.

Gays will celebrate V-Day in Capital

It is going to be a special Valentine’s day this year for the gay community in the Capital. The High Court ruling in July last year which decriminalized homosexuality, and holding there was nothing wrong in gay relations between consenting adults, has resulted in the community boldly coming out of the closet. The Capital even saw a rally recently by homosexuals, which included men and women, some with faces masked.

The Sri Lanka National Congress Agenda for Influencing the Government

Leader of the Sri Lanka National Congress, Minister Milinda Moragoda on Thursday morning handed over a policy document of the party on the forthcoming General Election titled “Agenda for influencing the Government.” to the Chief incumbents of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters.

Telangana row costs Andhra IPL matches

Cricket lovers in Andhra Pradesh may miss out on the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches due to the current agitation for a separate Telangana.

Controversial Film Director Seeman launch a political party on Prabhakaran’s Death Anniversary

Tamil activist and staunch supporter of LTTE, film director and actor Seeman declared on Friday that his movement Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam would become a political party, which will be launched in Madurai on May 18.

Letter from America: The Israeli Factor

Last week, seemingly frustrated with the stalemate around Iran’s proposal for a simultaneous swap of its stockpile for imported enriched fuel rods, President Ahmadinejad announced that his government would produce its own higher-enriched uranium (20 percent), required for its medical use.

PIL: Yanaimalai ‘sculpture park’ feasibility study panel restrained

A public interest litigation petition at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday restrained a high-level committee, constituted by the State government to consider the possibility of creating a Sculpture Park by carving the Yanaimalai near Madurai from causing any damage to the hillock.

Sarath Fonseka, Opposition and Chief Prelates

Supporters of President Mahinda Rajapakse (MR) and opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka (SF) were those who thought of the Country and those who thought of the stomach respectively says Wimal Weerawansha, leader of National Freedom Front (Rata Gana Hithapu Ayata Rata Giya, Bada Gana Hithapu Ayata Bada Giya).

High Tense political drama: Stalin invites arch rival Jayalalithaa to attend a government function!

M K Stalin , Tamil Nadu's Deputy Chief Minister and the son of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has invited his political rival, former Chief Minister and the main Opposition Party leader Ms J Jayalalithaa, for the launch of the DMK government's ambitious "Kalaignar Housing Scheme to construct 21 lakhs of concrete houses for the poor.

Pune bomb blast an act of terror , confirms Govt

In a first major terror strike after the 26/11 Mumbai attack, at least eight people were killed, including some foreigners in a bomb blast at a German bakery in Pune on Saturday evening.

Election Results II

Two more election results, neither of them unexpected or anomalous, happened last week – the arrest of former Army Commander and former Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka; and the formal entry of Presidential offspring, Namal Rajapakse, into politics, as a candidate for the family borough of Hambantota, in the upcoming parliamentary election. Both were symbolic and symptomatic of the inherent nature of the Rajapakse project characterised by absolute intolerance and family-centrism.

Death threat to Malayalam Actor: Thilakan lodged complaint

Veteran Malayalam actor and famous in Tamil Cinema for his villain performance, Thilakan has lodged a complaint with police, claiming he received death threat for his recent outbursts against Malayalam superstars.

UK lifts ban on visas for N.Indians partially

Britain has announced a partial lifting of the ban on students visas in north India, sending a wave of relief among thousands of genuine students who are at an advanced stage of enrolling at British universities.

Ultimate Star Ajith Back on Wheels

Ultimate Star in the Kollywood Film world, Ajith Kumar to revive his Car Racing Passion. He will be back to racing tomorrow (Sunday). Ajith who had taken part in the National Racing Championships at Sriperumbudur in 2002, will make a com-back to motor sport at the MRF Racing Challenge on a Formula 1600 car in the last round at the Madras Motor Race Track(MMRT).

Arresting Fonseka Was the Right – and the Legal – Thing to Do

About twenty protestors gathered in the sunshine yesterday in front of the high-rise building housing the Sri Lankan Consulate in Mid-Wilshire Los Angeles. They very vocally voiced their displeasure over the arrest and detention of retired general Sarath Fonseka – who is in Sri Lanka, of course.