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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Letter from America: Iraq and Democracy

Iraq is a test case for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s dictum that “the central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”

Sunday Celebrity: Art Director Thota Tharrani has penchant for doing something new in every film

The replica of the ‘Madurai Meenakshi temple’ set in the Telugu film “Arjun”; the amazing glass set for the song 'Sahana' in “Sivaji, the Boss”; the creation of a realistic set of the Dharavi slums for the film “Nayagan” or the colourful transparent bus of “Kaadhalan”; the mythological Indralok created for “Indralokathil Naa Alagappan”, the grandeur of the sets for “Thiruda Thiruda” or “Mudalvan”, the Babylonian-inspired backdrop for the song ‘Vaji Vaji’ and many more added to the flavour, realism to films.

Cuddly Hubble – the Luckiest Mortal Stargazer of All Time

Stargazers are painfully aware how the atmosphere gets in the way to spoil otherwise breathtaking views through their telescopes on a clear night; dust particles and moving air particles do not let us see things as they really are, light-years away.

Political confusion looming as Naga talks expediting

The upcoming talks between Center’s interlocutor RS Pandey and NSCN (IM) General Secretary Th Muivah at nation’s capital will not be that “feverish”.

UNF facing crisis over national list slots

Sri Lanka’s main opposition political party, the United National Front (UNF) is faced with a crisis which has now led to several party stalwarts to threaten to quit or to join the government.

India: Phone tapping report agitates opposition leaders

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The Manmohan Singh government which is yet to wriggle out of the alleged links of some ministers to the IPL controversy, is set to face heat once again on Monday when an angry opposition plans to target the government over the alleged tapping of phones of some leaders from non-Congress parties.

Maldives In Brief : Bill on domestic violence in the offing

A bill on domestic violence aimed at providing greater “security and assistance” to those affected is now being drafted by the Opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party.

Whither the New Government?

The contours of the new cabinet does not auger well for the future. In demarcating the cabinet portfolios the overriding consideration seems to have been the accommodation of individuals rather than administrative rationality, efficient governance or popular wellbeing.

IPL war spills over to Twitter, Lalit Modi won’t quit

Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi seems determined to challenge those trying to oust him and go fighting down. He has dared his critics to remove him and has warned in a Twitter message that he would expose the real face of the people wanting him to quit.

Amitabh Bachchan suffering from liver cirrhosis

Bollywood megastar 'Big B', Amitabh Bachchan has said, he is suffering from liver cirrhosis though he does not drink alcohol.

Death-row Sudanese pardoned

A Sudanese shepherd has been pardoned following the intervention of Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. The Sudanese national was to be beheaded after he was found guilty of murdering a Yemeni national in a brawl three years ago.

India: Medical Council chief held, huge haul of cash and gold

The adage that greed has no limits has come true in the arrest of the Medical Council of India president Ketan Desai and two others by CBI on the charge of taking a Rs 2 crore bribe to grant recognition to a medical college in Punjab, an offence described as grave by a court.

Kanimozhi issued legal notice to Jayalalithaa:Alleging false charges leveled against her regarding coal import

Ms Kanimozhi, MP, daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has issued a legal notice to former Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo Ms J Jayalalithaa warning of civil and criminal action if she failed to tender an apology for false charges leveled against her.

Nepal marks fourth anniversary of people’s movement

Nepal on Saturday marked fourth anniversary of people’s movement that abolished 240-year old institution of monarchy and restored democracy.

Maoists attacks on Police: Andhra in tense

Core group of Maoists on Saturday attacked on Police in Visakhapatnam District in Andhra Pradesh and blocked roads by chopping down trees.

Sri Lankan Fishing boat held: Trespasses into Indian waters

A Sri Lankan Fishing Vessel which trespassed into the Indian water near the Tamil Nadu coast has seized by The Indian Coast Guard on Friday night.