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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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GL to raise Tiger backed Transnational Government issue with UN and US government

Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris who is currently visiting the United States is expected to raise the issue of the LTTE backed Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (PTGTE) when he meets officials from United Nations and the US government.

Now, Home Minister Chidambaram faces criticism from Pranab Mukherjee

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in recent days seems to have articulated his frustration in public on not getting enough political back-up on his policy of handling Naxalites in the wake of increasing attacks on para-military forces, thereby embarrassing the Congress leadership.

Sunday Celebrity: Sandalwood scientist Anantha Padmanabhan works for 'royal tree' restoration

Sandalwood, the most popular fragrant wood, which is mainly used for the essential oils it contains, is currently a threatened species and consequently very expensive. Indian sandalwood, known scientifically Santalum, indigenous to South India, and growing in the Western Ghats and a few other mountain ranges like the Kalrayan and Shevaroyan Hills, was believed to be difficult to cultivate in the nursery and raise as plantation. It has to come up on its own.

Clean-up as Bangkok prepares to re-open after weeks of unrest

Businesses and government offices in Bangkok are set to reopen on Monday after a week of disruption caused by anti-government red-shirt protests. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the capital was "returning to normalcy", as residents staged a clean-up drive.

Marking 1600th anniversary of Fa-hsian’s visit

This year marks the 1600 the anniversary of the itinerant Chinese Buddhist monk Venerable Fa-hsian’s (also known as Faxian) visit to Sri Lanka.

ASEAN members to implement trade pact with India by August

The India-ASEAN trade pact, which reduced duties on India's trade with Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia since January, is expected to be operationalised with the remaining seven members of the bloc by August.

Extension of U.S. Sanctions on Burma

The U.S. foreign policy toward the State Peace and Development Council of Burma is closely watched by both the Burmese people and the international community, if any positive development might emerge.

Ambani brothers bury the hatchet: To work for harmonious relationship

In a major development that should please the shareholders of the Reliance group of companies, the two Ambani brothers--Mukesh and Anil—on Sunday decided to bury their differences and create an environment of harmony, co-operation and collaboration between their groups.

Iraq’s three major oilfields to produce 2.1 million bpd by the end of 2010

Iraq expects crude output from its southern oilfields, Rumaila, Majnoon and West Qurna Phase one, to reach about 2.1 million barrels per day by the end of this year, the head of South Oil Co (SOC) said on Friday.

Singapore bids fond farewell to founding father Dr Goh

AT 4PM on Sunday, the Last Post of a lone bugle sounded and a grateful nation said its final good-bye to one of its founding fathers of Singapore, former Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee.

Cockpit voice recorder of crashed Air India plane found at Mangalore

In an important breakthrough, the Cockpit voice recorder, which will help understand what went wrong after Air India Express flight IX 812 landed at Bajpe airport in Mangalore, has been recovered on Sunday by authorities among the debris of the crash site. The recorder records conversations in the cockpit between the pilot and Air Traffic Control (ATC) .