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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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PM Khanal in trouble as Maoists call back their ministers from his cabinet

It seems the days of Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal are numbered now. The main coalition partner UCPN (Maoist) on Saturday called back all its ministers after the Prime Minister Khanal rejected to the Maoist demand to induct new ministers in the cabinet.

Capitalism in Crisis: will history repeat itself?

Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance genius, was once asked of a painter who used to make beautiful paintings, when his children were so ugly. “Because,” explained the renowned polymath, “he makes the paintings during the day and children at night!”

Sri Lanka’s Marxist party to demand more salaries

Sri Lanka’s Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna led Trade Unions will be back to street from the 03rd of August demanding reasonable salary hike to cope up with the rising cost of living of the Country.

Sensitive defence data stolen from Indian embassy in Moscow; Italian agency suspected

Sensitive defence information appears to have been stolen from the Indian embassy in Moscow by an Italian intelligence agency during the past two years, according to a media report.

Sri Lanka’s media organizations, political parties, civil society members condemn attack on ‘Udayan’ journalist

Sri Lanka’s media organizations, political parties, Several civil society members and social activists have strongly condemned the assault on Jaffna based Uthayan news paper News editor Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan.

Ministers’ discretionary powers to be curbed, says Pranab Mukherjee

A wide range of discretionary powers enjoyed by ministers at the Centre are being abolished, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee disclosed in New Delhi on Saturday.

Thailand’s Parliament will formerly open on Monday

Thailand’s Election Commission has already endorsed 496 MPs this week, which exceeds the required minimum number of 475 of the total 500 needed for the House to convene.

Yeddyurappa may finally step down as CM

Seeing no light at the end of the tunnel after being severely indicted for his links with the multi-crore illegal mining mafia in Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa is finally quitting on Sunday afternoon, an auspicious date and time selected by him after “amaswaya.”

The Road to and from Black July

The road to Black July (and the long Eelam War it rendered unstoppable) was paved with avoidable errors and needless crimes. Amongst this litany, arguably one of the most poignant is the fate of the inaugural political initiative of the newly formed Tamil United Front’s (TUF).

2G-Spectrum Scam: AIADMK Executive meet urges Manmohan Singh, Sonia and P Chidambaram to reply on the accusation of accused A Raja

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (AIADMK) Executive Committee (EC) has urged the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to reply on the allegations made by the former IT minister A Raja who is in Tihar Jail for his involvement in the 2G-Spectrum Scam in the CBI special Court.

Too many cooks in coalition broth?

The Maldives’ newly emerged opposition coalition of Z-DRP-PA-JP-DQP including two independents in Parliament has too many cooks, a critic joked recently, saying the alliance broth is bound to get spoilt even before the pot starts boiling.

Mongolia offers big scope for mining, Indian President Patil says

President Pratibha Patil has asked Indian industry houses to exploit the vast opportunities in the mining sector in Mongolia, saying that the gold, copper and uranium reserves here hold much in store for them.

Jayalalithaa and Chandrababu Naidu opposes the Centres Prevention of Communal Bill

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) supremo J. Jayalalithaa and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party(TDP) chief on Friday expressed their “strong opposition” to Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011.

Jaffna based Uthayan Chief News Editor attacked, presently hospitalized

The Chief news editor of the Jaffna-based Tamil Language Uthayan news paper was assaulted by an unidentified group Saturday evening, police said.

Letter from America: Terrorism in Norway

If Australia is the ‘land down under,’ then surely Norway is the ‘land up above’ with the sun never completely descending beneath the horizon in areas north of the Arctic Circle during the summer months of May-July (and hence the more common name ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’).