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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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India: Trains may stop night operations in Naxal-hit areas

The Railways is considering stopping night movement of trains in the severely Naxalite-affected areas of the country after 13 bogies of the Mumbai-bound Gyaneshwari Express derailed with five of its bogies getting hit by a goods train traveling from the opposite direction immediately after the incident on Friday, killing over 65 persons.

U.S. Government supports IT sector employment opportunities for youth in Eastern Province

For the first time, a multinational IT company will open a major production center in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. With financial and technical support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a new software product development center, Advanced Information Consulting (Pvt) Ltd., has been established in Akkaraipattu, in the Ampara District.

India disappointed at JuD Chief Saeed being let off by Pakistan court

Expressing disappointment over Pakistan Supreme Court letting off JuD chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed, India on Friday said it had given "enough evidence" against the Mumbai terror attack "mastermind" which was sufficient to convict him.

Gold for SL Stroke Association for its 2009 Activities

The world stroke Organization (WSO) adjudged the National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka (NSAS), the Gold Winner Award for the various activities carried out by NSAS for World Stroke Day held in October 2009 under its President Dr. Padma S Gunaratne, Consultant Neurologist.

Thai agencies in a bid to bring Thakshin to face terrorism charges

Four Thai government agencies are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to map measures to return ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra to face terrorism charges in Thailand, a senior official said Friday.

Two thirds of poor in Lanka own a phone, mobile ownership swelling by 33%-Survey

About 40% of the population in Sri Lanka (eight million) is classified as the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) folks earning less than two dollars a day. Of these poor, two thirds (64%) of 'BoP households' claim ownership of a phone (mobile or fixed -or both) which is twice the same rate in India (38%), according to a recent Teleuse survey.

Rapid reconstruction key to development:ADB President

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda says that the rapid reconstruction that is currently taking place in post-war Sri Lanka is the key to development in the country.

Constituent Assembly gets one more year to draft new constitution; Prime Minister to resign soon

The term of Constituent Assembly (CA) has been finally extended for a year. An amendment bill to this effect in Interim Constitution 2007 was endorsed by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers during House session on Friday night. While 580 lawmakers voted in favor the bill five others stood against it.

Indian Cricketer Srisanth should use his brain than his talent:Former Captain Azharuddin advises

Former Indian Cricket Captain and Congress MP Mohammed Azharuddin has said S Sreesanth was a good swing bowler with lots of talent but he should use his brain more than his talent.

Canada’s “deep regret” after India protest on visa denials

Following a stiff warning from External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, Canada has said it "deeply regrets" the aspersions cast on the Indian security establishment following the refusal of visa to several Indians by its mission in New Delhi.

Karnataka Governor : For free and fair polls, President Rule should be imposed in states before elections

The Karnataka State Governor Mr H R Bharadwaj has said that to ensure free and fair polls in the states, the president rules should be imposed three months before the elections.

Jaya Bachchan rejects Mulayam’s Rajya Sabha nomination offer

Actor-politician Jaya Bachchan on Friday sprang a surprise on the Samajwadi Party by turning down an offer for renomination for Rajya Sabha, saying she wanted to stay away from politics for some time.

We Need A Lifetime Of No Tobacco, And Not Merely A Day

The World No Tobacco day is once again upon us to remind us politely that health is a concern of everyone. From personal physical fitness to the threats posed by growing global pandemics, all people share an interest in improving the well-being of themselves and others.

PM Shields Tainted Minister Raja for extraneous reasons- Jayalalithaa accuses

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) supremo Ms. J. Jayalalithaa has accused the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Sing for shielding Union Telecom Minister A Raja in the one lack crore 2G Spectrum Scam. "Prime Minister is shielding tainted minister for extraneous reasons", Jayalalithaa said.

Maldives In Brief : VP, President Clash: Ruling MDP terminates coalition agreement with VP’s party

The ruling Maldivian Democratic Party terminated the coalition agreement with the Gaumee Iththihaad Party (GIP) of the Vice President – the latest move in an ongoing clash between President Nasheed and Vice President Dr.Mohamed Waheed.

President Pratibha Patil goes sight-seeing in Beijing

President Pratibha Patil went sight-seeing in Beijing Friday, visiting the Forbidden City, the throne room there and other halls showcasing the Quing emperor's belongings, besides the magnificent Temple of Heaven, a complex of Taoist buildings.

Differently-Abled Persons Ended Their Indefinite Fast After Karunanidhi Consoling In Person

Differently-Abled persons called-off their indefinite fast in Chennai, after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi meet them in person and assured them to provide government jobs as soon as possible.

U.S. to scrutinize Sri Lanka reconciliation commission very closely – Robert Blake

In her meeting with Sri Lanka’s external affairs minister Peiris Secretary Clinton said that the United States was going to be watching closely, and particularly on these issues involving the reconciliation commission.