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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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Down Turn in India-Bangladesh Relations

By M Rama Rao – Asian Tribune

India and Bangladesh are locked in a wordy duel; both are reacting and over reacting to events in each others’ territory. Who is peeved at whose tirade is unclear; the down turn in the relations between the two neighbours, who share a 4,905-km long border, appears irrevocable at the moment.

Rise of Buddhist-Extremism in Sri Lanka

By Roman P. Storzer

The rise of theocratic extremism in the Middle East is known and deplored by most everyone around the globe. Fewer, though, are aware of a similar rise in South Asia. Anti-conversion and anti-blasphemy legislation has already become law in India, Pakistan, and Indonesia. Sri Lanka may be next—further threatening the stability of this island nation.

ECO has full potential to meet challenges – Pakistani Foreign Minister

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

The Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, while addressing the 14th meeting of the ECO Council of Ministers in Dushanbe on Sunday said that the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) has full potential to meet the challenges of the future. The ECO has the capability to harness the region's huge human and material resources.

JVP urged the IMF to accepte loan repayments in Sri Lankan Rupee.

Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna leaders who met the International Monetary Fund delegation yesterday urged the acceptance of the repayment of loans in Sri Lankan Rupees instead of in US Dollars. They pointed out that they have to pay more in dollars due to the continuous decline of the value of the Sri Lankan rupee.

India’s Interior Ministry Readying for Talks with Bangladesh

From M. Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi, India.

Indian Interior Ministry officials have finalized the ‘wish list’ for discussions with their Bangladesh counter parts on September 16 and 17.

Section of Tamil Diaspora highly concerned

A substantial section of the Tamil Diaspora in Europe have expressed their serious concerns over the autocratic ways of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) while dealing with Tamil civilians. There is resentment over dictatorial policies of the LTTE among the Tamils in Europe in general and among an influential segment of Tamils hailing from Gurunagar and Kolombuthurai in Jaffna in particular.

India to Raise Crude Oil Preimum Charge at OPEC Meet

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Battered by a bludgeoning inflation, largely fueled by its fat oil import bill, India has vowed to raise the issue of OPEC countries charging a premium on crude oil it sells to developing countries at the oil cartel's ministerial meeting in Vienna this week, Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said Monday.

Indian Navy Chief on the poaching in the territorial waters of Lanka

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The visiting Indian Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash expressed confidence of solving the problem related to the fishermen poaching the territorial waters of the two countries can be solved through the 'good will' existing between India and Sri Lanka.

Erik Solheim in one more visit to Colombo

Erik Solheim, Norwegian Special Peace Envoy arrived in Colombo yesterday evening with the view to attempt one more time to revive the stalled peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, while there was a mounting opposition to the peace facilitation by Norway not only in Sri Lanka but also in Norway too.