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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Stop pressuring Burmese refugees into returning home - Kraisak Choonhavan MP

Kraisak Choonhavan MP and the deputy leader of Thailand’s ruling Democratic Party has appealed to stop pressuring Burmese refugees into returning home until and unless it has been confirmed by all fighting parties that the fighting has ended.

Chinese Premier’s visit: India has to sort out many irritants

After Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, India is getting ready to host Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao from December 15 to 17.

Wickrmabahu’s anti Sri Lankan, pro-LTTE links exposed

The Asian Tribune exposed exclusively the United National Party (UNP) MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene’s and Nawa Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) Leader Wickremebahu Karunarathne’s complicity with pro-LTTE groups that eventually led to cancellation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address at the Oxford Union.

Weak sentiment counteract IPO optimism in Colombo Bourse

Colombo Stock Indices edged down slightly on Wednesday December 8, as blue chip companies have not been able to draw the attention of the buyers yet. Weak sentiment continued despite the commencement of trading of newly market listed Laugfs Gas.

IM’s Bhatkal brothers of Pakistan behind Varanasi bomb blast ?

Mumbai police claimed on Wednesday that Bhatkal brothers belonging to Indian Mujahideen, could be behind the Varanasi blast which took place on Tuesday. Iqbal Bhatkal and Riyaz Bhatkal are suspected to be in Pakistan.

Sri Lanka: Colombo Bourse to boost capitalization with 75 new listings on 2011

The booming capital market in Sri Lanka is hoping to raise its market capitalization by another trillion rupees via bringing about 60 to 75 new listing in coming 2011.

Sri Lanka: Aggrieved former Bribery Commissioners gets fuel areas allowance not that of increased salary

The aggrieved former Bribery Commissioners who complained to the Supreme Court of the alleged anomalies and non-payment of their arrears of the increased salary will be given their arrears of fuel allowances entitlement from the Presidential directive within one week.

Sri Lanka’s late Premier Sirimavo never gave into external pressure – President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivering his address at Sirimavo Bandaranaike Commemoration held on December 7, paid a glowing tribute to the late prime minister by stating that Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike took bold decisions for the benefit of the people and the country at large, never giving into pressures exerted by foreign countries.

Nepal to skip Noble award ceremony

Amid diplomatic pressure from China, Nepal government has decided to skip the ceremony for awarding Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident, this week.

Sri Lanka: SC observes SSP Kudahetti sent on compulsory leave as Defence Secretary not properly informed in the absence of cogent evidence

If the Defence Secretary was properly informed by the Inspector General of Police, the Defence Secretary might not have taken the decision to send SSP Chandana Kudahetti on compulsory leave in the absence of cogent evidence, the Supreme Court noted.

The Dance Of Love

A peacock seems to love the evening namaaz (the Muslim prayer) in a village of Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh. It dances in the courtyard of the mosque throughout the evening prayer. So the locals call it the ‘jannat ka parinda’(the bird from heaven).

List of US discriminations against Pakistan is long

The US and the west are biased and prejudiced in their dealings with the Muslims. Pakistan is a test case in this regard particularly when seen in context with non-Muslim India. Some of the noteworthy events which highlight their discriminatory attitude towards Pakistan are given in succeeding paragraphs.

Government to stabilize chicken and egg prices with imports

Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando yesterday disclosed at the Parliament that the cabinet has decided to import 2,500 tons of chicken and 50 million eggs for the festival season, which is just around the corner.

Whither Minority Rights in Bangladesh?

The exodus of Hindus from East Bengal to India continued throughout the existence of Pakistan. Many Hindu Bengalis left for Calcutta after partition. Up to 1971 before the war of liberation begun over 5.3 million Hindus had sought refuge in India, mostly in West Bengal and Bangladesh surrounding states between the periods of August 1947 and 24 March 1971.

Government to recruit more nurses

Annual intake of Sri Lankan youth for nursing training has been increased by 1,500 from next year, according to Minister of Water Supply and Drainage and Chief Government Whip of Parliament Dinesh Gunawardena.

PM Manmohan Singh going for EU meet, Germany

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is leaving on a two-nation European tour to Belgium and Germany on Thhursday with the India-EU Summit expected to lay out a roadmap for greater bilateral engagement, especially in trade.

Sri Lanka to offer another $ 1 billion Global Bond

Sri Lanka is believed to have sent out Request For Proposals (RFP) for a US $ 1 billion worth 15 year Global Bond targeted to be launched in 2011.

Spectrum scam: CBI raids houses of Raja and close aides

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday carried out raids at the residences of former Telecom minister A. Raja in Delhi and Tamil Nadu in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam.


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