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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Paul the “psychic” octopus is dead

Paul the celebrity octopus, who became famous during the football World Cup earlier this year in South Africa with his ‘match predictions’, has died.

Burma’s Election: From Autocracy to Competitive Authoritarian Regime or Civil Revolution?

Lately, two schools of thought have emerged in relation to the Burmese junta’s planned election to be held on the 7 November of this year.

Sri Lanka's kidnapped Tamil child found dead

Nine year-old Tamil girl K. Sachchthan of Bharathipuram, in Killinochchi District, who went missing recently, was found dead by Police on Monday (October 25).

Activist Arundhati Roy defends her Kashmir statement

Under attack over her statements on Kashmir, activist and writer Arundhati Roy on Tuesday said she only spoke what "millions of people" in Kashmir say everyday for years.

Uninspiring songwriters

Sir Elton John in an interview with the Radio Times has criticized that modern songwriters are uninspiring and has recommended Lilly Allen, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga to write their own songs, so they are not at the mercy of anyone.

Manmohan Singh in Malaysia, to sign many pacts

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday arrived in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysian capital in his second leg of three-nation tour after concluding his productive visit to Japan.

Prayers for Rizana Nafeek: Last ditch efforts to save her from the executioner’s sword

Sri Lanka Embassy in Riyadh has handed over yesterday the appeal for clemency by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka President has appealed to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for clemency to Rizana Nafeek, a young girl from Sri Lanka who went to Saudi Arabia as a domestic helper when she was a 17 year-old teenager.

Sri Lanka’s Atomic Energy Authority to conduct NDT Testing on fire-ravaged Norochcholai power plant

Sri Lanka’s nuclear power watchdog- Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) is to conduct a state-of-the-art Non Destructive Testing on the structures of the 900 MW Norochcholai coal power plant, which was ravaged by fire last Sunday (October 24).

Wolves in sheep’s clothing on advisory panel

The Sri Lanka Government - perhaps unwittingly – has found itself in similar circumstances. It has appointed three dubious characters key advisory persons to the Cultural and National Heritage Ministry.

Surgical operation to cure cancer

The US is being asked to carryout a clean surgical operation in Pakistan to eradicate the cancer without killing the patient. There are some hitches in this otherwise well-sounding advice.

Remembering the tortured and the disappeared

With the two major insurgencies in 1971 and in 1998 and the 30 year war the gravity and the meaning of the two words – torture and disappearance was somewhat lost and throughout these periods successive governments have been accused of perpetrating these crimes.

Western Values are Superior then the Eastern Ones, in the Burmese Context

The Burmese Junta used to boast and justify that half of the world’s population recognize and eulogize its regime and all its actions are right and correct, even though the Western countries consider the Burmese regime as the most egregious human rights violator of the world.

Sonia wants one-third AICC, PCC members to be women

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has directed state units to ensure that one-third members of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and Pradesh Congress Committees are women.

MJA condemns police over attacking journalists

The Maldives Journalists Association (MJA) condemned the police over attacking journalists and briefly detaining them while covering an opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party protest rally.
On Monday, “riot police attacked a group of journalists near the protest site, while they were wearing the press cards,” a statement from the association said.