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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2648

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Manmohan Singh set to sign 10 pacts with Saudis

India and Saudi Arabia on Sunday finalised 10 pacts, including an Extradition Treaty and agreements in the economic sphere for signing during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's ongoing visit to this oil-rich country. The agreements cover security, science and technology, culture and media.

Maldives: Umar tells Thasmeen: “Bring pride back to DRP”

Newly appointed Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party Deputy Leader Umar Naseer, who is not in best of relations with its Leader Thasmeen Ali, told the latter to “bring pride back” to the party after it lost majority status in parliament.

Siruthavur land dispute: Inquiry commission submits report to Karunanidhi

Justice K P Sivasubramaniam Commission, which probed into the Siruthavur land scam involving Ms Chithra, a close aid of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her friend Sasikala, on Sunday presented its report to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

UPA allies pinpricks on fuel price hike

Though criticism of the fuel price hike in the Pranab Mukherjee’s Union Budget presented in Parliament on February 26 was expected from the opposition parties and the Left, the strong demand by two key allies of the Congress—Trinamool Congress and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam—has not come as a surprise to political analysts.

Attrukaal Bagavathi Amman Temple Festival begins : Lakhs of women devotees gather

The Attrukaal Bahavathi Amman pongal festival in Thiruvananthapuram started off on Sunday morning with the temple’s chief priest, T. M. Muralidharan Namboodiripadu, lighting the traditional hearth in the presence of thousands of worshippers.

Sunday Celebrity: Singing legend TMS, his music spirit enlivens him

The news that the veteran playback singer was hospitalized in Chennai came as a big shock. It was on February 16. It was diagnosed he was suffering from memory loss and found to be with some neurological disorder. A week later the 87-year-old singer was seen with his singer sons on stage at Madurai, singing. That was a wonder.

Five years in, tobacco treaty is saving lives, continues to be stymied by industry, U.S. still absent

Representatives from the 168 ratifying countries of the global tobacco treaty gathered to celebrate the landmark treaty's fifth anniversary. As part of the convening, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a comprehensive report on the state of the treaty, assessing its successes to date and the challenges that remain.

India’s Minister Tharoor raises a storm

Controversies always seem to follow Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor. The MoS who is accompanying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, has once again landed himself in a mess and a target of the Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.

The BDR Mutiny and Massacre – the Unanswered Questions

A year has passed since the sad tragedy of February 25 at Peel Khana happened. People are still without satisfactory answers to fully understand who were behind the cold-blooded killings of 57 Army officers that were on deputation to the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and why.

Govt. continues draconian media laws of former dictatorship, journalists allege

The Government is simply continuing ‘the draconian measures of the previous dictatorship” to suppress the media, fraternity of the Maldives journalists have alleged.

Naga outfits’ rivalry in the open over New Delhi talks

Taking strong exception to its rival’s assertions on the proposed peace talks between Naga leaders and the Centre, NSCN(I-M) on Sunday claimed that it had the “unequivocal mandate” of the people to hold political dialogue on their behalf.

Construction of New Assembly Complex: Sonia praises Karunanidhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday congratulated the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for building a new magnificent Assembly complex within a span of few months in a historic manner.

Sri Lankan Celebrity: Rashi Paboda, the child presenter turned talented actress

Popularity is a dream for some. For some it is something that comes their way just like that. For another it is something that is an up hill task, one has to work his or her way up.