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Supporters of Political parties flogged by gunmen in Manipur

Unidentified armed persons flogged supporters of two major political parties at Konthoujam last night.

Prayers for Permanent Peace In Kathmandu

By Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmanduites lit candles Mandala Circle in Maitighar Monday evening in the first ever congregation participated in by nearly one thousand citizens to denounce violence and pray for the eternal peace on nearly 10,000 Nepalese, who lost their lives d in the nine-year-old conflict.

India’s Opposition turns to history to corner the Government

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Fifty-seven years after India won independence from the British, the country’s opposition party leaders have descended in large numbers on a tiny island off the mainland to score a debating point with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Congress party.

Saudis Show Interest in Bangladeshi Medicine

Ahmede Hussain Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladseh

health minister Dr Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Manea showed his country's interest to import Banglades manufactured medicines.

Tamil and Muslim Political Parties thwarted attempt by Sri Lankan Government to legalize National Identity Card mandatory for voting

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

The minority Tamil and Muslim parties expressed their
fears over the deprivation of voting right for
majority of their community yesterday amidst the
effort by the ruling UPFA Government to pass laws in
the parliament to make the produce of identity cards
mandatory for future elections, as an emergency

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Sri Lankan President while urging permanent membership for India and Japan in UN Security Council, lamented over LTTE’s refusal for talks.

In her address in the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga pointed out that Asia, the most populous continent that is home to expanding economic powerhouses is grossly under-represented in the present UN Security Council and urged that India and Japan should be included As members of the Security Council.

Foreign Minister Major-General Nyan Win

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

When General Maung Aye was the Eastern Regional Commander in the Shan States, his battalion commander in Kengtung is the present Lt. General Kyaw Win who is Chief of Armed Forces Training. His Deputy Major-General Nyan Win is now the Foreign Minister. He can be considered part of the Maung Aye faction.

Set back to Sonia Congress, court strikes reservations for Muslims

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party has suffered a set back in its efforts to win over the minority Muslims. The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has stuck down the Congress government's decision to provide five per cent reservation in jobs to Muslims in the state.

Sri Lankan troops to leave for peace-keeping in Haiti

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

The first ever Sri Lankan contingent designated for
United Nations Peace keeping Operations from the Sri
Lanka Army are scheduled to leave for Haiti on UN
Chartered flight from Katunayake Bandaranaike
International Airport on September 25.

Sri Lanka: Connecting The Unconnected: World Bank To Support E-Sri Lanka

The World Bank yesterday approved US$53 million credit for its first integrated e-development project, the e-Sri Lanka project.

Well Done, Chandrika!

By Dayan Jayatilleka

President Kumaratunga has just proved in New York why the country is luckier to have her than Ranil Wickremesinghe as its leader, and why she is the best leader that Sri Lanka could have given the available choices at this moment in history. Her address to the UN General Assembly was the best by a Sri Lankan head of state or government, barring – and bettered only by - her father’s brilliant peroration in 1956 on the twin crises, Suez and Hungary.

India must brief Sri Lanka on Sethu Project

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India’s daily newspaper, The Hindu, mainly published from Chennai, has strongly suggested that the Indian government brief Colombo on the Rs.2000-crore (approximately USD 1.09 billion) Sethusamudram ship Canal Project to rule out any future bilateral problem, among other things.

India scraps POTA - Human Rights Watch wants end to all POTA cases too

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

India's President A P J Abdul Kalam accepted the recommendation of the Congress led UPA government’s recommendation and promulgated on Tuesday night an ordinance to scrap the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA).

Sri Lanka President expressed her disagreement with George Bush and LTTE.

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga expressed her disagreement with President George Bush of the United States of America, who had argued that the main strategy of meeting terrorism in the world is through force, and also with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam over the issue of Interim Self –Governing authority and wondered that She did not know what else the Government could do short of handing over the country to the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Pakistan fastened border prior Afghani elections

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

With presidential elections looming in Afghanistan,
Pakistan has secured the border dividing both
countries by deploying more troops to beef up security
in border areas of Chaman and Zhob.

Nepal's Peace Process: Call for UN's Involvement

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

Politicians and human right activists said today that involvement of United Nations was essential to established peace in Nepal. A talk programme organized by a human right organization HURPEF in the occasion of 50th International Peace Day.

Musharraf also gets thumbs-up on uniform issue from

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The ruling coalition of the Sindh Assembly has voted
on Wednesday in favour of Musharraf holding both the
presidency and the post of army chief in the interest
of "national security". Sindh is the second, out of
the four Pakistani provinces to back Musharraf.

Supporters of Political parties flogged by gunmen in Manipur

Unidentified armed persons flogged supporters of two major political parties at Konthoujam last night.

LTTE – Sri Lankan Military met in Batticaloa

After canceling the meeting with the Sri Lanka armed forces more than twice since June this year, accusing the military of offering safe-haven for their renegade eastern commander Colonel Karuna Amman alias V.Muralitharan, representatives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Amparai – Batticaloa districts met today morning with the officials of the Sri Lankan security forces in the East, at the Vavunathivu Divisional Secretary's office, which is located 5 kilometers southwest of Batticaloa town, said to be in the no man's land.