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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

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Chinese diplomat summoned by MEA over assault of Indian diplomat in Shanghai

The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday summoned the Chinese deputy chief of mission to lodge protest over ill treatment meted out to Indian diplomat in Shanghai.

Offering religious harmony after failing to sell ‘peace’

The ‘Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief’ will hold a seminar on “Missionary Activities and Human Rights: Recommended Ground-rules for Missionary Activities” at Pallekele, Kandy on January 4-5.

Fearing poll setback. Govt puts off petrol price hike

Petrol prices will not be raised this fortnight as state-owned oil firms apparently could not get political clearance for the over Rs2 per litre hike in rates needed to achieve parity with the imported cost on account of the weakening rupee.

Burma’s sham Amnesty keeps prominent political prisoners behind bars

Burma’s state television and radio announced on Monday that President Thein Sein Government has announced to reduce the sentences of some prisoners who received severe punishments such as death sentence, life sentence and more than 20 to 30 years imprisonments. Those inmates will be released beginning on 3 January on humanitarian grounds.

Media Minister urges Sri Lankans to dedicate this year to build the nation

Minister of Mass Media and Information Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella urged all Sri Lankans and the public servants to make a determination this year to dedicate themselves to assist in the development of the country and usher in a brighter era for their children and make the efforts being made by the President and the government to make this country the wonder nation of the Asia a success.

Anna poll campaign only if health permits

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the proposed campaign by Anna Hazare in five poll-bound states entirely depended on his health.

Than Shwe wants to be remembered like Kim Jong IL and not Pol Pot

The common denominator of these three men are cruelty, brutality, ruthlessness, and secrecy that had set-up a tyranny which simultaneously oppressed and starved its people to an almost unique degree to sustain their own regime. All of them have directly or indirectly killed from 1-5 to 2 million of its own citizens.

Lalith Weeratunga stressed the importance of united as a one nation to face future challenges

Yesterday. (02), on the first working day of the year 2012, all the Public Servants pledged to perform an efficient and productive service and on this occasion a special ceremony was held at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga.

2G Spectrum case: Raja’s ex-aide denies CBI pressure

Former Telecom Minister A. Raja on Monday alleged in a court in Delhi that the CBI has put pressure on his former aide Aseervatham Achary, a key 2G Spectrum case witness, to depose falsely against him as the agency failed to find anything to “link” him with other accused in the case.

Drinking water from Iranamadu Tank and a sewerage system for Jaffna at Rs. 41 billion

Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage is making necessary arrangements to bring drinking water to Jaffna Peninsula from Iranamadu Tank, located in the North Eastern Province - some 171 miles (or 276 km) North of Colombo, at an estimated cost of Rs. 41 billion. Bringing water from the Tank in Kilinochchi to Jaffna Peninsula will be done in two stages. The works are expected to be completed by 2017.