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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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The Milliband Show – a Comical Relic of a Lost Cause

David Milliband, the foreign secretary of Britain, is young, energetic and according to his former boss, Tony Blair, the brainiest in the cabinet. Hillary Clinton found him ‘dashing’ and of course ‘handsome’.

The West, news media & conspiracy, useless for Sri Lanka

The previously inconspicuous island nation Sri Lanka has become the center of attention for all of you since December 2009. Over the past 30 years all you heard on this small country was a suicide bomber blasting its citizens to bits and smithereens.

A Real Taste of Paradise – my two-week stay in Sri Lanka

Despite numerous travels, I get habitually fascinated with the scene from above on board an aircraft, when the preparations for the landing at the Bandaranayake International Airport are in progress.

Manmohan Singh on three-day visit to Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that he has a vast agenda for discussions with the Saudi leadership. Dr Singh left New Delhi for Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a three-day visit at the invitation of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

A New Sri Lanka?

Last week, in a village in Batticaloa, a nine year old girl was raped, allegedly by three soldiers attached to a nearby army camp. The manner in which the army, the government and the society deal with this case would be both symbolic and symptomatic of the Sri Lanka that is in making, post war.

India asks Kabul to ensure safety of Indians

India asked Afghanistan on Saturday to ensure full protection for Indians working in the conflict-racked nation, a day after at least nine Indians were killed in a militant attack in Kabul.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made the appeal when Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai telephoned him early Saturday to offer his condolences over Friday's attack, a statement from the PMO said.

Jaya’s sudden departure to Kodanadu ?

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa left to Kodanadu estate bungalow in Nilgiris district by a special flight on Saturday morning. The AIADMK sources said that she will handle the party affairs from there.

Letter from America: Hasina Plot – the LTTE Connection?

Last week my attention was drawn to an article -- The plan to assassinate Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina Wajed: How LTTE deal was blocked, suicide bombers failed to explode – published in a Sri Lankan virtual library The plan to assassinate Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina Wajed).

Naga issue will be solved in 12 to 24 months: Pillai

Union Home Secretary GK Pillai reiterated that final settlement to the vexed Naga political issue could only be achieved when the “Government of India holds talks with all the Naga underground groups.”

Pennagaram By-poll heat: Disqualify the DMK Candidate-Dr Ramadoss urges EC

Pattli Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder leader Dr S. Ramadoss on Saturday urged the Election Commission to adjourn the March 27 Pennagaram by-poll and disqualify the DMK candidate for alleged electoral malpractices.

DMK, Trinamool demand rollback of fuel price hike

Two of the key allies of the Congress in the ruling UPA government, the Trinamool Congress and the DMK have protested strongly against the hike in fuel price announced in the Union Budget on Friday and have demanded a rollback.

Olympic Winter Games: Sri Lankan flag shown live on Canadian and International televisions

Sri Lanka’s and Canadian flags were taken by Prathap Perera to Vancouver, with the hope that family and friends back in Toronto, would be able to easily spot him if seen on television.

Tragic political immaturity of Fonseka

General (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka, according to news reports, has acceded to the request made by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to contest the General election from the Colombo District as the leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA). JVP Propaganda Secretary, Vijitha Herath will function as the General Secretary of DNA and it has chosen the ‘trophy’ as its symbol.