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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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New regime won’t have a mega Cabinet, President pledges

The country’s development process should be mixed with the energy of the younger generation, and they must play a major role in the process as it is the war free country’s requirement at present, President Mahinda Rajapaksha told a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) meeting at Bandarawela in Badula yesterday.

Indrapala Silva – Human Equivalent of a Musical Bridge across Palk Strait

Very early in the morning in his sprawling estate at Weuda, Kurunagala in Sri Lanka, we used to wake up to the sound emanated from a particular music instrument which doesn’t look inspiring at the first glance, during our short visits to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Govt ready to discuss all issues, PM tells parties

Even as the opposition parties are sharpening their knives for a frontal attack on the UPA government in the Budget session of Parliament beginning Feb 22, especially on the decision to hold talks with Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the Government was ready to discuss all issues in Parliament.

Al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

A top al-Qaeda leader of Egyptian origin Sheikh Mansoor had been killed in suspected US drones strike in Toll Khel area two kilometer from Miranshah the agency headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, Pakistan.

Maoist problem: PC calls CMs of three States for a meeting

Following two attacks within a week by Maoists taking a heavy toll of lives, Home Minister P Chidambaram has written to Chief Ministers of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal inviting them for a meeting in Delhi to be assured that they are “on the same page” with the Centre before the launch of inter-state operations against the Naxals.

Letter from America: Political Assassination

Political assassination of rulers is neither justifiable nor desirable. Islam is against assassination of any individual, even an autocratic ruler. And yet, the Muslim history was not spared of this curse.

Students’ violence over Telangana worsens

The students' protest over the Telangana issue took a tragic turn with a one of them attempting self-immolation on Saturday. S. Yadaiah, a student of intermediate second year, set himself ablaze at the main entrance of Osmania University as police had prevented students from marching towards the state assembly to lay a siege demanding resignation of all elected representatives of Telangana region.

Ensure Political Solution to Sri Lankan Tamils: DMK Urges Centre

Ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) in Tamil Nadu on Saturday, called upon the Centre to ensure the Sri Lankan government evolved a political solution to the Tamils question.

The Two-thirds Menace

Lankan democracy is under siege. And the besiegers are not the ruling party but the Ruling Family, not the SLFP or the UPFA but President Rajapakse, his siblings and their progeny. It is the determination of the Rajapakses to perpetrate their rule which is creating an existential crisis for the Lankan democracy.

Pakistani forces seized explosive from a seminary

Pakistani security forces seized explosives and hand grenades from the house and seminary of a local militant commander in Paharkhel Pakka village of Lakki Marwat District in northwest Pakistan.

Sudan hopes for a stable peace in 2010

Sudanese Government hopes that the Peace Accord would pave the way for peace in Sudan and named 2010 as their ‘Peace Year’.

Shyam Saran quits over seniority issue

Veteran diplomat Shyam Saran, a key architect of the nuclear deal and involved in many a turning point in India’s foreign policy, will quit the Prime Minister’s Office next month. Twice, Saran, who is the PM’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, came close to it but was stopped by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Lift the ban on LTTE: Dr Krishnasamy tels Indian Government

Puthiya Thamizhagam Party (PTP) President and former MLA Dr K Krishnasamy urged the Central and the Sri Lankan Government to lift the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE).

Rajapaksa open to talks with Tamil groups after polls

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is confident that the United People’s Freedom Alliance, led by his Sri Lanka Freedom Party, will win the forthcoming parliamentary elections “very comfortably.”

Sunday Celebrity: RTI activist V. Madhav, a secondary reporter, his culled info makes news

Before Right to Information Act (RTI) came into being, information was denied on the basis of ‘confidentiality’, ‘office files’ and “Official Secrects Act”, a draconian law that has come down from the British legacy.