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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

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Disruption to travel in UK and Europe

Severe weather continues to cause disruption to travel. Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport. There is disruption to travel in parts of Europe due to severe weather conditions. France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK have been affected.

Sri Lanka: Sripada pilgrim season begins

Commencing the Sripada pilgrim season on Unduwap Full Moon Poya Day (December 20, 2010), tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered at the summit of the Sri Pada holy mountain, known as the Adam’s Peak in the West, paying homage to the Holy Foot Imprint of Lord Buddha.

2G Spectrum Scam:Media Could not break Congress-DMK alliance-Karunanidhi says

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi has said that the media could not break the Congress-DMK alliance, through publishing news items regarding 2G Spectrum Scandal, allegedly involving former DMK's IT minister A Raja.

Sri Lanka’s National Anthem fiddling leads to new Eelam activism in India

As a response to Sri Lanka’s recent order to change the bi-lingual national anthem to a monolingual Sinhala scream, the Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF) in Karnataka has hosted a ‘two day conference’ on the theme, while also releasing a new Eelam Anthem.

So-many Railway Projects in the state at stake: Centre has not provided sufficient funds-Karunanidhi accuses

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has accused the Central Government for not providing sufficient funds, which leads to number of railway projects announced in the budget for the state not been taken up.

Sri Lanka’s first CCTV City Surveillance System to be launched today

Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will declare open the country’s first Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras system operational from today onwards - December 21, with a view of cracking down various crimes and offences that are committed in the city streets.

PM takes on Opposition, ready to face PAC on Spectrum issue

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday took the opposition head on over its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G Spectrum scam, saying "he has nothing to hide" and made an unprecedented offer of appearing before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

India to sculptor and install 16 feet high idol of Lord Buddah in Kandy

India has come forward to install a 16 feet high idol of Lord Buddha in the Sarnath style of the Gupta Period. The proposed idol of Lord Buddha is to be installed at the entrance of the International Buddhist Museum complex in Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: Government to prohibit felling of coconut palms

Minister Jagath Pushpakumara, who is in charge of the subject of Coconut Development is awaiting for the final approval from attorney general’s department to issue a gazette notification, which will prohibit the felling down of coconut palms, unless approval is obtained from the Coconut Cultivation Board, or District Secretary or from respective area Assistant Divisional Secretaries.

CBI wants to question Raja, Nira Radia

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday sent notices to former Telecom Minister A. Raja and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia asking them to appear before the agency for questioning while grilling former TRAI chief Pradip Baijal in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.

Russian President to sign N-energy, Defence and Space pacts

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev will arrive in New Delhi here late Monday night, with a planeload of high-level ministers, officials and businessmen, aiming to wrap up agreements in areas from civilian nuclear energy, to hydrocarbons, to space and defence.

Another Look At The New Philippine Banknotes

When I first heard the news that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is releasing a new set of banknotes, the first thing I did was to see if the American flag in the P100 bill is still there. It was no longer there, so I was very happy for the removal of a foreign symbol in our national currency. But my gratefulness was only for seconds and my jubilation was gone when I saw that the Leyte landing led by American General Douglas McArthur was depicted in the P50 bill.

Hopes rest on a new rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB)

One of the best chances of stemming the tide of tuberculosis (TB) epidemic in low- and middle- income countries is to thwart the transmission cycle – by diagnosing TB early, and treating it successfully without delay.

Sri Lanka to screen all international games participants for banned drugs

Sri Lankan sports authorities will screen all sportsmen and women who take part in future international level games for banned drugs.