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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2309

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DMK’s last gasp

The May 13, 2011 results of the elections held on April 13, 2011 to the Tamil Nadu Assembly are historic in more than one sense: The J Jayalalithaa led AIADMK front decimated the DMK and its allies with such a landslide majority that it may be well neigh impossible for these parties to remain relevant in Tamil Nadu politics or rear their heads in the near future:

Tamil Nadu Elections and Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Problem

As a one-time leading lady of Tamil cinema, theatrics would come naturally to Jayalalitha Jeyaram. An avowed opponent of the LTTE for many years, she did a volte face and adopted a soft stance on the Tigers and a tough one on Colombo during her long stay in opposition. Not doing enough for Lankan Tamils was a good stick to beat her arch rival, Chief Minister Muttuvel Karunanidhi, with and she did it with customary gusto.

Lalin’s Column: Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) -Hard Options

The statistics for RTAs have been quoted like a ‘mantra’ regularly for years by the authorities. Plans and remedies to reduce and bring the RTAs under control are often trotted out.

US-Pakistan anti-terror cooperation: Pakistan takes a fresh look

Pakistan is taking a fresh look at its anti-terror relations with the United States as this nuclear-powered South Asian nation strongly considered the American Navy SEAL raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad as a blatant violation of its sovereignty.

Burma's 100 days of parliament: More 'Nays' than 'Yeas'

Australia's Foreign Minister, MPs, senior government officials, and foreign diplomats were today warned that Burma's political, economic, and humanitarian crises persisted despite the convening of the Parliament.

National sovereignty – what’s it?

Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the SLBC May 11 that some of the wordings in the Marzuki Darusman report on Sri Lanka were the identical to those the pro-LTTE Canadian Tamil Forum had used against Sri Lanka. This was a clear indication of who had fed information to the panel to make unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the Sri Lankan State.

Pakistan Planned Redeployment of Troops along Border ?

According to an Emirates news agency, on May 10, 2011 India has started war games involving thousands of troops along its border with Pakistan. A military spokesman told reporters the six-day exercise, codenamed Vijayee Bhava (Be Victorious) was being held in the Thar Desert region in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Legal action against Kooragala squatters

National Heritage Minister Jagath Balasuriya at a meeting held at the Archaeological Department last week, directed Archaeological Commissioner–General Senarath Dissanayake to take legal action against all squatters in the Kooragala Archaeological reserve after May 10. It was revealed that some of them are still there despite being ordered to leave the place by April 30, 2011.

Repercussions of Osama Bin Laden Killing

Highly sensitive intelligence operation of mid night 1st and 2nd May 2011. brought an end to the former CIA agent and leader of Al-Qaida “Osama bin Laden”. Sharp 40 minutes targeted operation successfully culminated on hitting of famous character (Osama) of Global War on Terror (GWOT) who was present in a compound house located in Abbottabad (a hill station north of Islamabad).

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