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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2252

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Indefinite Class Boycott affected academic atmosphere in Manipur

Continuing intransigent condition between Manipur Government and protestors demanding Armed Forces Special Powers Act seriously affected academic atmosphere in the state.

50 dead after raid in South Waziristan

From Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Pakistan

At least 50 people, most of them foreigners, are feared dead in air raids in South Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border conducted by Pakistani forces on Thursday, a military spokesman said.

LTTE recruited 488 child soldiers in 6 months - UNCEF

In the first six months of this year, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has recruited another 488 children, taking the total child soldiers enlisted in the rebel group to 1300. Revealing these shocking statistics, UNICEF, the UN agency stated that the children were ?forcibly recruited, sometimes violently, particularly in the east?.

Explosion in Jakarta, at least three dead - witnesses

An explosion rocked central Jakarta on Thursday, damaging the Australian embassy and killing at least three people, witnesses said.

Sri Lankan President lambastes operation of Pyramid Schemes and endorses Central Banks action to halt such operations in the future

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga lambaste Pyramid operators and lament over the drain in foreign exchange and has come forward to endorse and approve legislative actions initiated by the Central Banks and Customs authorities of the country to bring to a halt the pyramid schemes in the future.

Nepal’s PM Deuba in India, to Seek Delhi’s Help in Fighting Maoist Violence

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The Nepalese Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba, is now in India on five-day official visit and will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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Appeal for the issuance of Citizenship Certificates to 30,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees at present in Tamail Nadu.

In a letter written by S.C. Chandrahasan, Head of the Organization for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) has pointed out that nearly 30,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in several refugee camps in Tamil Nadu are persons who would suffer tremendous disadvantages unless they are in possession of the Certificate of Citizenship issued under Sec. 4(2) of the Grant of Citizenship to Persons of Indian Origin Act No. 35 of 2003 confirming their Ceylon Citizenship .

What is the cost of crime control and torture prevention in Sri Lanka?

The Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission has one more time raised the issue of the cost of crime control and prevention of terrorism in Sri Lanka.

Bangladeshi FM Blasts India

From Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Indo-Bangla relationship hit an all-time low yesterday. Bangladeshi
foreign minister M Morshed Khan, speaking as the chief guest at the
inaugural session of an "India-Bangladesh Dialogue of Young
Journalist", blasted India for restricting imports of Bangladeshi
goods into India.

Pakistan control carry-forward financing

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) announced over the weekend its plan to introduce margin financing in place of carry-forward financing (badla) to curb growing speculation in local stock markets.

LTTE was urged to lay down arms, renounce terrorism and join the democratic process

LTTE
will remain on that list of terrorist organizations as
long as they do not negotiate in good faith in word
and in deed, US Ambassador at Large, State Department Coordinator for Counter Terrorism J. Cofer Black said yesterday in Colombo.

Simla Pact Does Not Exclude Kashmir’s “International Character”, Pak Foreign Minister Kasuri

Ever reluctant to settle the vexed issue of Kashmir bilaterally as favoured by India, Pakistan has given clear notice to New Delhi that Islamabad will continue to view it as an “international issue”, warranting third party involvement.

Pak-India talks were ‘completely unsuccessful and disappointing’ – MJC Chief Syed Salauddin

From Lubna Jerar Naqvi reporting from Pakistan

Regarding the Pakistan-India Foreign Ministers meetings held in New Delhi, Chairman Muthahida Jehad Council (MJC) Syed Salahuddian opined that these talks were ‘completely unsuccessful and disappointing’.

“ Karuna is as much a terrorist as Prabakaran. I don’t believe in any form of Terrorism” – Sri Lanka President.

When Colombo based foreign journalist asked Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga What is wrong in helping Karuna…, she asked What is right in it? She emphasized Karuna is as much a terrorist as Prabhakaran. I don’t believe in any form of terrorism. I believe that all problems can be resolved through negotiations, democratically, and in a humane fashion. I don’t believe in killing, I don’t believe in child conscription. Both these people have been entirely culpable of all these activities.

Natwar Kasuri Talks : The Ball Kept in Flight

By M. Rama Rao - Asian Tribune

India’s External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh and his Pakistan counterpart, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri have managed to keep ‘the ball in flight’ at the end of their two-day talks in New Delhi. It is no mean feat given the fact that several Pak commentators had been comparing their dialogue to Sardar Swaran Singh- Zulfikar Ali Bhutto talks in 1962-63. The focus then, as also now, was on Kashmir, though much has changed in the past four decades in South Asia and beyond.

Brunei's Crown Prince weds commoner

The future king of the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei married a 17-year-old half-Swiss commoner on Thursday in Asia's wedding of the year, attended by royalty and dignitaries from around the world.


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