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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2766

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Burma Faces First-Ever Review Of Human Rights Record At UN

Burma’s human rights record will come under scrutiny at the United Nations in the country’s first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 27 January.

Prophet’s Hijra route retraced, says expert

The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) used helicopters, four-wheel-drive SUVs and walked on foot to determine the route taken by the Prophet (peace be upon him) when he migrated from Makkah to Madina, as described in the Seera (way of life of the Prophet) written by Ibn Hisham, Dr. Zuhair Bin Abdul Hafiz Nawab, president of the SGS, said Wednesday.

United States Has a Choice in Tunisia

The ongoing Tunisian Intifada (uprising) cannot yet quite be termed a revolution; Tunisians are still revolting, aspiring for bread and freedom. This Intifada will go in history as a revolution if it gets either bread or freedom and as a great revolution if it gets both.

Fearing vandals, Art Summit pulls out Husain paintings

Works of art by Indian artist M.F. Husain, who has been living in exile for the past five years, have been taken off from the ongoing Indian Art Summit following threats from various groups.

Sri Lanka: Ban Ki-moon’ Expert Panel falls from frying pan into fire - Ban Ki-Moon’s re-election unlikely

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka has fallen into more soups since of late.

Widow of murdered Graham Staines shows compassion to killer

Gladys Staines, widow of Graham Staines, on Friday showed the meaning of compassion as mentioned in the Bible by expressing satisfaction over the Supreme Court judgment that upheld life term for Dara Singh, convicted for the murder of her husband and two minor sons, but refused death penalty as sought by the CBI.

CAG’s Spectrum finding: Sibal backtracks after rap from Supreme Court

After a rap from the Supreme Court and Parliament's Public Account Committee (PAC), Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said that he meant no disrespect to any institution by his comments on the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) report on the second-generation mobile telephony spectrum scam, but maintained that "canards" had to be responded to.

Sri Lanka: Government ‘s disaster management plan came in for commendation despite allegations from opposition

With a marked decrease in flood and rains, that forced people in the Eastern and Northern provinces in addition to many other parts of Sri Lanka to take shelter in makeshift camps, opposition cried foul on disaster management system in the country at today’s (21st January 2011) Parliament session.

Sukna land scam: Lt Gen Rath found guilty by court martial

P. K Rath, the first serving Lt General of the Indian Army to face court martial proceedings, has been found guilty in the Sukna land scam.

THAI offers code-share flights to Maldives

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announced that the company is operating code-share flights to the Maldives in cooperation with Bangkok Airways, on the route Bangkok-Maldives-Bangkok.

Sri Lanka's flood relief efforts praised by United Nations humanitarian chief

Visiting United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg who toured flood-affected and former war-torn areas of Sri Lanka’s North and East Thursday (January 20) commended the government for making significant progress in meeting the needs of the displaced.

Sri Lanka: Pakistan terror group LeJ wanted to take Lankan Cricket Team hostage

Latest investigations into the 2009 terrorist attck on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan has found out that the terror outfit- Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had wanted to take team members as hostages.

South Korean Navy has rescued the Sri Lankan bound ship from Somali Pirates

South Korean navy commandos have stormed the Sri Lanka bound ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all the 21 crew and killing eight pirates.

The US must solve Kashmir tangle before departure

Soon after occupying Afghanistan in end 2001, the US instead of putting things in order in the occupied country started wasting its energies on Pakistan and kept nudging it roughly to do more against foreign militants and those providing them shelter in the northwestern tribal belt of Pakistan.

India granted SLR 112 million medical equipment to Jaffna Teaching Hospital

Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha handed over medical equipments to Jaffna Teaching Hospital on 21 January in the presence of Mathripala Sirisena, Minister of Health of Sri Lanka. The ceremony was attended by Major General G.A Chandrasiri, Governor of Northern Province and officials of Ministry of Health.

An Up to Date Puppet Show in Burma’s Upcoming Parliament Opening

Before the controversial polls in November 2010, Burma’s military junta says the November 7 elections are essential to the achievement of democracy and civilian ruling in the country. However, Burma-watchers and critics, including the United States, believe the November 7 elections are premeditated to ensure the military remains in power.