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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 949

Sunday Celebrity

Zubaydah's Torture, Detention Subject of U.S. Senate Intelligence Probe

The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has launched an investigation into Abu Zubaydah, the "high-value" detainee captured in March 2002 that the Bush administration wrongly claimed was one of the planners of 9/11 and a top al-Qaeda operative.

Sunday Celebrity: ‘Ceylon’ Chinnaiya—his look-alike Sivaji image, dialogue makes him popular

He was certainly bitten by film bug even as a small boy. And the acting style of Sivaji Ganesan mesmerised him. And so his interest was not in studies. He would beg, borrow or steal, only for seeing a film of Sivaji Ganesan, walking 60 miles to Kandy in Sri Lanka from his estate (Krugamey estate), where his father was a plantation worker.

Sunday Celebrity: Suki Sivam, an ‘agent of social change’

An orator par excellence, an inspirational writer, a spiritual scientist and a social marketer are perhaps a few descriptions which may give an overview of his exquisite personality—‘Kalai Maa Mani’ Suki Sivam, also known with prefix ‘Sol Vendher’ – ‘the King of Words’.

UN chief calls key nations’ meet on Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited key nations to a meeting Thursday to discuss the new electoral laws for Myanmar’s upcoming election that bar detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Sunday Celebrity: Mohammed Dilawar ‘thinks and breathes sparrow’


Ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali, popularly known as ‘birdman of India’ will be peaceful in his coffin for there is somebody who has stepped in his shoes and carrying on his works.

Sunday Celebrity: Pandit Alahar Vijay is popular with his Pronology


It is desire of every person to lead a happy and successful life; name, fame and recognition in the society inclusive. Some are naturally gifted. Some seek to apply some corrections or adjustments to alter events in their lives. Here steps in Astrology, Numerology, Pronology, Vaasthu, Feng Shui, predictions, etc. This practice has been there since puranic days.

Sunday Celebrity: Singing legend TMS, his music spirit enlivens him


The news that the veteran playback singer was hospitalized in Chennai came as a big shock. It was on February 16. It was diagnosed he was suffering from memory loss and found to be with some neurological disorder. A week later the 87-year-old singer was seen with his singer sons on stage at Madurai, singing. That was a wonder.

Sunday Celebrity: RTI activist V. Madhav, a secondary reporter, his culled info makes news

Before Right to Information Act (RTI) came into being, information was denied on the basis of ‘confidentiality’, ‘office files’ and “Official Secrects Act”, a draconian law that has come down from the British legacy.

Sunday Celebrity: Balagurunathans emerging as Dhananjayans

Born into a family with nine generations of Sivachariars at Karaikal Ammaiyar Devasthanam, Balagurunathan grew up watching his father performing puja and mantra at the sanctum sanctorum. Of dance all he knew was not much; performing pooja was not after his heart, either.

Sunday Celebrity: Dr. Pratap Reddy who revolutionized health care system in India

The Chairman of the Apollo Group of Hospitals, Dr. Pratap C. Reddy, who revolutionized the health care system in India and pioneered the establishment of private specialty hospitals in India, got the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian award, on the occasion of this year’s Republic Day.

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