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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Jafar Sharif to question Shinde on booking of Muslims under POTA

Senior Congress leader CK Jafar Sharif said on Tuesday will ask Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde why an increasing number of Muslims were being booked under POTA in the state.

India signs pacts to promote trade, fight terrorism with ASEAN

India Wednesday signed two agreements to give a special boost to economic relations with ASEAN as the two sides agreed to battle the mounting dangers of terrorism.

Sri Lanka rejects criticism of peace moves

By Scott McDonald

Sri Lanka's ceasefire has given the Tamil Tiger rebels a chance to strengthen militarily, the island's defence minister said on Wednesday, but added that was the price of pursuing peace to end two decades of ethnic war.

Mayawati slams PM; says BJP will regret the action

As CBI raided her residences here and in Lucknow, BSP leader Mayawati today launched a bitter attack on Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the raids saying the BJP will "regret" this action and pay heavily in the forthcoming assembly elections.

President Chandrika bares Ranil Wickremasinghe of his shortcomings.

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge in her capacity as an elected leader by the majority of the people in this country has dutifully and patiently pointed out to the prime minister, in very certain terms, that he consider to put the country before his personal political benefits. She had come forward and volunteered to advise prime minister, a state officer sworn in to position by her and give leadership in the interest of the country.

Release child soldiers, UNICEF tells LTTE

The UNICEF called for the immediate release of more than 20 children reportedly abducted by the LTTE in Valaichchenai.

LTTE constructing 'Eelam parliament' in Wanni?

by Bandula Jayasekara

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has begun construction of a building complex believed to be its ‘Eelam parliament’ in a secret location between Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi, Jaffna based sources disclose quoting civilians of the area.

Abduction of children breach of international law, says SLMM

by Ranga Jayasuriya

Scandinavian truce monitors yesterday called Saturday's abduction of children in Valachchenai a breach of international law and said they were trying to secure their release. "It is a serious breach of international law which is the foundation of the ceasefire agreement."

Citizenship Bill passed

Parliament unanimously passed the Grant of Citizenship to Persons of Indian Origin Bill.

Davis Out, Schwarzenegger Wins in Calif.

By Erica Werner - Associated Press Writer

Californians banished Gov. Gray Davis just 11 months into his second term and elected action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him Tuesday — a Hollywood ending to one of the most extraordinary political melodramas in the nation's history.

Bali Accord II: Regional community by 2020

By Marisa Chimprabha &, Achara Pongvutitham

Leaders of Southeast Asian nations signed an accord to lay out a platform for the establishment of a European-style regional community that includes the creation of a single market by 2020.

Rangoon's Road Map: Asean U-turn on Burma

By Marisa Chimprabha & Achara Pongvutitham

Taking a step back from their earlier call for the immediate release by the Burmese military junta of op-position leader Aung San Suu |Kyi, Asean leaders yesterday hailed Rangoon's "road map" to democracy as a "positive development".

PM joins ASEAN in signing Bali Concord II

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday joined other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in signing the Bali Concord II Declaration for the strong, stable and prosperous ASEAN region.

Malaysia: End Intimidation of News Website

The Malaysian government should drop its case against the news website Malaysiakini, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 6, the government announced that it had forwarded its nine-month-long investigation to the attorney general for a decision on whether to prosecute.

Car Accident Report: North Korean leader's wife 'in critical condition'

The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il suffered head injuries in a car accident last month and is in a critical condition, a Japanese daily reported yesterday.

Israel Tries to Drag Syria into War: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hit back Tuesday after an Israeli airstrike on a Palestinian refugee camp outside Damascus, accusing Israel of trying to drag Syria into war.

Japanese PM presses Myanmar to free Suu Kyi

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi urged his Myanmar counterpart, Khin Nyunt, on Tuesday to respond to concerns at the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, hinting Tokyo could resume aid on her release.

Myanmar says to build democracy, Japan urges proof

By Jane Macartne - , Asian Diplomatic Correspondent

Myanmar Prime Minister Khin Nyunt said building democracy was more important than any individual in the junta's clearest signal, that it is in no rush to release democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.