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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Muslim community livid at detention of respected scholar

The Muslim community is outraged at the detention of a prominent and well-respected Muslim scholar by the security forces at London’s Heathrow airport. Shaykh Yusuf Suleman Motala was forced to cancel his planned visit to Makkah for ‘Umra (‘lesser pilgrimage’) and Madinah for the last 10 nights of Ramadan after being questioned for over seven hours under the Terrorism Act on Tuesday, October 11.

Talks underway in Sri Lanka amid deepening crisis

Aides of the Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister were meeting ahead of another round of talks between the two squabbling leaders.

Jindal loses Louisiana governorship, but makes history

By Ela Dutt: Indo-Asian News Service

Republican candidate Indian American Bobby Jindal has lost the race for Louisiana governor by a small margin, but still made history in the U.S.

PM will support 'National Front' : French-style compromise proposed for defence matters

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would "in principle" support a National Front to revive the stalled peace process. His remarks came amidst pressure both on him and President Chandrika Kumaratunga from senior citizens to forge cohabitation government in the national interest.

Prelates back National Government

by Deepal Warnakulasuriya

Two leading members of the Buddhist Clergy, Amarapura Sri Dhammarakkhitha Chapter Mahanayake Most Ven. Weligama Gnanarathana Nayaka Thera and Ven. Prof. Bellanwila Wimalarathana Nayaka Thera, of the University of Sri Jayawardanapura, have welcomed President Chandrika Kumaratunga's call for a government of National Reconstruction and Reconciliation, and urged all political parties to forget their differences and work together for the good of the country.

Damage control is the name of the game: Malik and Tittawella explore peace possibilities

There was the political will on the part of both the president and the prime minister to resolve the current political crisis and every effort will be made to achieve this, Constitutional Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris said.

Poverty: \"War room\" to tackle problem

By Kamol Sukin

PM to unveil idea at workshop on development Fresh from his crusade against drugs, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has vowed to tackle poverty and set up a “war room” for that purpose.

Triple Murder: Three Burmese fishermen stabbed to death

Three Burmese fishermen were stabbed to death on Friday night on a fishing pier in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Khanom district after a fight with a group of Cambodian fisherman.

South African Indian MP sparks name debate

By Fakir Hassen: Indo-Asian News Service

A veteran South African Indian community worker and MP has caused a stir by backing plans to rename Pretoria as Tshwane.

US judge dismisses 9/11 suit against Saudis

A US federal judge has dismissed charges against two Saudi royals of illicit dealings with al-Qaida chief Usama bin Ladin, saying US courts lacked jurisdiction over the matter.

17 killed as two US choppers crash in Iraq

Seventen soldiers have been killed and five others wounded in the crash of two US military helicopters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Thailand to launch four-country visa

Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai expressed confidence that the plan allowing people to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand on a single visa would soon become reality since these three neighboring countries of Thailand had agreed in principle to the scheme.

Three-nation visit gave fresh impetus to ties: Vajpayee

By Rezaul H. Laskar: Indo-Asian News Service

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sunday said Sunday that his tour to Russia, Tajikistan and Russia had strengthened bilateral relations and given fresh impetus to cooperation in a wide range of areas.