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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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A Slight rise in Pakistan’s Inflation – presently at 9.29pc in July-August 2004

During July-August 2004 Consumer Price Index inflation showed a year-on-year
increase of 9.29pc, as compared to July-August 2003, when the year-on-year increase in the CPI inflation was only 1.58 per cent. In August 2003 CPI inflation had risen by 1.76 per cent.

Terrorism in Kashmir akin to 9/11 attacks: US

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

The United States believes militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is akin in spirit and form to the Al Qaeda attacks of 9/11.

Sri Lanka Government to Commemorate International Day of Peace

Government of Sri Lanka has decided to observe 21 September as International Peace day according to the resolution adopted by the the United Nations General Assembly, announced Sri Lanka Government Peace Secretariat.

Our arms are for peace: Pakistani President Musharraf

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf inaugurated IDEAS-2004 Defence
Exhibition at Karachi Expo Centre on Monday. While addressing the
inauguration ceremony, President Musharraf said that Pakistan has no
offensive designs against any country and only wanted to safeguard its
honour and integrity.

Sonia makes Manmohan job easy

By M. Rama Rao - Asian Tribune

The Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is coming under pressure as it is in the process of settling down after completing its first one hundred days in office.

Anandasangaree on a campaign to stop LTTE's atrocities in Canada.

V. Anandasangaree leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front has brought to the notice of the Canadian authorities, atrocities inflicted by the members and supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Canada against the Sri Lankan Tamil Diasporas living in Canada, and also of the proposed Pongu Thmail rally - Awakening Tamil Consciousness, alleged to be organized to drum up support for a new military campaign against the Government of Sri Lanka and also to collect funds for the purchase of military hardware.

Hunger Alert urges for food measures to tribals in India's UP

A group of tribal people in India's Uttar Pradesh, living on roots and leaves, will starve to death if the authorities do not provide them with immediate food relief and other measures for survival, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said in the first urgent appeal of its newly launched campaign, Hunger Alert, on Monday.

Vaiko Ends 42-Day Tour on Foot in High Drama of Arrest and Release

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

With a keen sense of the dramatics, the MDMK leader Vaiko, formerly V. Gopalasamy, chose to end his 42-day padayatra (Tour on Foot) on the birth anniversary of C N Annadurai, popularly known as Anna (Elder Brother) in Chennai only to hog grater limelight as he was arrested on entering the city for violation of prohibitory orders.

Drought relief aid from Norway

Norway has announced a grant of US $ 145.000 for drought relief work in Anaradhapura, Puttalam and Kurunegala districts in Sri Lanka.

Nepal: Closed industries will open from Wednesday

Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

After a long negotiation and call from different sections of the society, the Maoist-affiliated trade union, All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF) has agreed to withdraw its call for closure of industries from last night after the government agreed to withdraw terrorist tag from them within a month.

Bangladesh: At least eight journalists attacked in Dhaka campus unrest

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the violent attacks by pro-government activists on at least eight journalists covering demonstrations on the Dhaka University campus in the capital, Dhaka, last Saturday, September 11.

Huge cache of terrorist equipment seized in South Waziristan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

In their hunt for terrorists on Tuesday, Pakistani security forces in a
sensational search operation on a house in South Waziristan, swooped down and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, detonators, detonating cords, laptop, computers, binoculars and other equipment which was being used for various terrorists’ activities has been recovered.

Erik Solhein to visit Jaffna

Norwegian Special Peace Envoy Eric Solheim who arrived Sri Lanka on Monday night on a five days visit to review the progress in the peace fronts, opened up discussion with the political party leaders, civil society representatives and the business community in Colombo.

Dhaka Still under Water

Ahmede Hussain Reporting from Dhaka

Bangladeshi capital Dhaka is still under knee-deep water. An unbroken
spell of rain has been continuing to lash the country for the fourth
straight day. Tornadoes, meanwhile, hit the coastal areas of the
country; 650 mud-houses were flattened and 50 people were hurt in
Banshkhali and Sitakunda yesterday.

Meet to focus on malnutrition of women and children in Asia

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

A three-day Asian continental conference beginning here later today, Wednesday, will closely examine the malnutrition crisis facing women and children in Asia.

Chandrika’s Choices

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The Sri Lankan Constitution is in need of change, but President Kumaratunga seeks to remove precisely that feature which needs reform rather than replacement. A strong Presidency is the most suited for decision–making in the conflict and crisis ridden times that we live in.

Reconstruction Plan for Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

Khin Nyunt's sham National Convention is like the advertisement he took out in the newspapers, legally dis-owning his son for marrying a Chinese stewardess from Singapore. Now after his one day State Visit to Singapore, he is visiting with his daughter-in-law's family for the next four days in Singapore.