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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Two including one CRPF killed in Manipur

Two persons including one Central Reserve Police Force personnel and one insurgent were killed in an encounter by insurgents at Wangoo on Saturday last night.

Clashes between security forces and militants rage on in Wana, Waziristan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

The ongoing clashes between foreign militants and the security forces in Wana, South Waziristan, Pakistan has left another thirteen people, including five soldiers, dead on Sunday.

Dhaka Plunges into Knee-deep Water

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has plunged into knee-deep water again due
to torrential rain. The river Jamuna has crossed the danger level and
low-lying coastal areas have gone under 20-feet water today.

Batticaloa – Amparai LTTE Commanders are to be reshuffled shortly

Eastern wing military commanders are to be reshuffled after the situation in the East was under microscopic scrutiny by Prabakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eealm. It is learnt that according to a report submitted by the intelligence chief of the LTTE - Pottu Amman, Batticaloa – Amparai districts military formation warrants immediate and urgent changes to suit the growing anti-LTTE situation.

Martyred Bala Nadarajah Iyer remembered in Toronto, Canada despite threats and intimidation

Bala Nadarajah Iyer, popularly known as “Comrade Bala” who was gunned down mercilessly by the gunman belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was fondly remembered in Tronto, Canada, despite threat and intimidation by the members and supporters of LTTE, the rebel outfit.

Erik Solheim in Colombo today for another shuttle diplomacy stint.

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Erik Solheim, Norway’s Special Peace Envoy to Sri Lanka is due here in Colombo on Monday 13 September, (today) to review the progress of the peace process, as President Chandrika Kumaratunga making her full efforts to reach a consensus among the political parties in the South over the resumption of peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

India Asks Nepal to Speed up Extradition Treaty

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India on Sunday assured Nepal of its continuing support to beef up the Himalayan Kingdom’s security forces to tackle Maoist extremist violence, but asked Kathmandu to speed up the process of concluding an extradition treaty between the two neighbours.

Government-backed Goons Attacked Students at Dhaka University

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Forty students were injured when goons belonging to the
government-backed Jatyatabadi Chatra Dal (JCD) attacked a joint
procession of the opposition student organizations on the Dhaka
University Saturday. The JCD cadres, armed with wooden rods and iron
clubs, later raided the Madhu's Canteen and swiped on the members of
different left-leaning student organizations.

Unresolved insurgency problem has eaten vital of economy of region: Dr Lotha

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture Dr TM Lotha said the unresolved insurgency problems of the northeastern region had not only become a "major national problem" but also eaten up the "vitals of all the economy of the region." However, Nagaland, unlike other states in the region, had today enjoyed a "relative peace and developmental activities are being taken up, although at slower pace," informed the Minister while addressing a seminar on "Economic Growth and National Unity" organized by the Friendship Forum of India at national capital recently.

EPDP stalwart succumbed to gunshot injuries.

An Eelam Peoples Democratic Party stalwart (EPDP), who was
a former chairman of the Point Pedro Pradeshiya Sabha - Maiyavan
Chandramohan allias Arundas has been assassinated on Saturday night, in Kayts.

SAHR Expresses Concern over Fanaticism in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a leading human rights organization, yesterday expressed its deep concern over rising religious extremism in Bangladesh.

Pak-India rejects each others’ proposals on Kashmir

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

Pakistan will not give up Kashmir, says President Pervez Musharraf, as Pakistan and India reject each other’s proposals on Kashmir on the conclusion of the Pak-India Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New Delhi.

Japan to grant 264 million U.S. Dollars to Sri Lanka.

Despite roadblocks and propaganda against the Sri Lanka Government to stop loans and aids forthcoming from donor countries, Japan has broken the ice by coming forward to grant a hefty loan. This is described as a major setback to LTTE’s anti-propaganda machinations against the Government of Sri Lanka.

Center's casual and undiplomatic attitude worsens Manipur

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune -

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil's failed Manipur mission is not unexpected. It would have been better for him to cancel the mission, as he was not prepared to understand the gravity of the agitation in Manipur.

No intention to rollback of Pakistani N-plan – President Musharraf

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

Speaking to officers at the Garrison Darbar Quetta, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday said that Pakistan would not rollback its nuclear programme and would instead further improve it.

The Vanunu Epilogue

By Am Johal

When the church bell rings at noon at the Anglican
cathedral of St. George's in East Jerusalem not far
from Damascus Gate in the Old City, chances are it's
Mordechai Vanunu ringing the bell. From that vantage
point, he looks down on the Jerusalem court house
where he was originally sentenced to eighteen years in
prison for divulging Israel's nuclear secrets.

Indian Navy Commander to discuss LTTE’s Shipping escapades in the territorial waters.

Indian Navy chief is also expected to discuss ways and means of curbing LTTE boats and ships entering illegally Indian territorial waters and also international territorial waters with large shipments of military hardware.

India’s main opposition for show down on terrorism

From M Rama Rao - Reporting from, New Delhi, India

India’s main opposition, the right wing Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is getting ready for a show down with the Congress led United Progressive Alliance government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of terrorism. Its talking point to the cadres is the Federal government is not paying enough attention to national security.