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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

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Kashmir: Amarnath row erupts again as separatist leader plays mischief

By raising the bogey of “environment damage” to the Himalayas and calling for shorter duration of the annual Amarnath yatra, Kashmir’s Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani seems to be provoking the Hindu groups.

TN Chief Minister Karunanidhi welcomes LTTE support for World Classical Tamil Conference

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravidian Patriarch M Karunanidhi has welcomed outlawed LTTE's lauding of the World Tamil Classical conference at Coimbatore, but said its remark that Tamils of the state have not taken steps to protect them will create a "needless controversy".

Tenders called for oil drilling in Gulf of Mannar

The Sri Lankan government has now called for tenders for oil exploration in the Gulf of Mannar.

IMF praises Government's austerity measures

The International Monitory Fund [IMF] has praised the government's austerity measures urging to continue with them, President Nasheed told in a radio address.

EU to grant 60 million Euros to Sri Lanka

The European Union has allocated an indicative budget of 60 million euros in grants, as the second part of the EU country strategy for Sri Lanka.

Saudi King begins 4-nation tour

King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, arrived in the Moroccan city of Casablanca Saturday at the start of a four-nation tour that will also take him to Canada, the United States and France.

Sri Lankan authorities cracking down on rogue job agencies and groups which assist human smuggling

The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has begun to crack the whip on rogue employment agencies and groups which send students overseas in what is seen to be a large scale human smuggling racket.

LTTE down, but not out; Tamil Diaspora keeps them alive

In a wide ranging and well researched article published in the South Asia Intelligence Review of the South Asia Terrorism Portal, Asutosha Acharya, a research assistant with the Institute for Conflict Management, has given enough material for one to believe that the LTTE may be down but not out, and they pose more than an immediate threat to the peace that prevails today in Sri Lanka and the sovereignty of the country. As Acharya rightly states, the resurgence of the LTTE is because of the oxygen being given to it by sections of the Tamil Diaspora.

Jaffna should have a feel for Vanni people’s sufferings: Anandasangaree

Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) president V. Andasangaree questions whether a festival of Drama and Music for a period of 17 days commencing from today is necessary when the Vanni people are still mourning the death of their dear ones and for the other losses and have not yet recovered from the shock.

Football World Cup 2010: a French Revolution of a Sort in the Offing

South American dominance continues in the Football World cup with no sign of let-up. Both Brazil and Paraguay are almost through to next stage – securing places among the last 16. The match between New Zealand and Italy ended in a 1-1 draw, with heaps of embarrassment for the reining champion, Italians.

Sri Lankan Businessmen Duped By A Trader: Police arrested culprit who gave "Brick" instead of Laptop

Chennai Airport police arrested a 38-year-old trader based out of Mannady in Chennai, on charges of cheating a Sri Lankan businessman by giving him a box containing a brick after receiving Rs.15, 000 for delivering a laptop computer.

Peace without Goodwill

Post-war Sri Lanka is a virulently polarised land with no space for the moderate centre. Though the war is over, war mentality dominates Lankan rulers, as President Mahinda Rajapakse’s ‘Victory Day’ speech revealed.

India ready to discuss all issues with Pakistan in talks

New Delhi, 21 June (
During the June 24 Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks, India is willing to discuss all issues that may be raised by Pakistan as it approaches the parleys in an "exploratory mode" amid indications that Islamabad may ask for the withdrawal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Kashmir.

Royal Oman Symphony presents a musical treat

The Higher College of Technology in Muscat recently hosted a concert organized by the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, where the orchestra performed international pieces under the supervision of the international conductor Peter Starck.

Bhopal gas tragedy: Anderson extradition, site clean-up in GoM agenda

The GoM meet on Bhopal gas tragedy on Sunday is understood to have decided to recommend filing of a curative petition in the Supreme Court to fix criminal liability, seek extradition of former UCC CEO Warren Anderson and cleaning up the complex by burying the toxic waste.

Jayalalithaa condemns the arrest of lawyers: AIADMK gearing up for state wide agitation

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) general secretary Ms J Jayalalithaa has strongly condemned the DMK government for arresting the lawyers who were staging fast demanding to make Tamil as court language in the Madras High Court.

India: BJP to discuss Bihar CM’s hostile moves

As relations between alliance partners in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (United) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took a nosedive, the BJP is to consider the issue on Monday at a meeting of top leaders.