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Chandrika makes spirited appeal for Security Council seat for India, Japan

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Taking a spirited, combative stand, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Ranatunga has passionately pleaded Asia’s cause in the U.N. and backed India and Japan for permanent membership in the Security Council.

New Delhi gives free hand to states hit by Left wing extremism

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

In a break with the past, India’s Minister for the Interior Shiv Raj Patil has offered a free hand to the provinces hit by Leftwing extremism. “You take initiatives on your own”, he told them pointing out that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had already gone ahead by opening a dialogue with naxalites as the extremists who believe in Mao’s dictum of power through the barrel of a gun are known.

Bangladeshi Underground Chief Found Dead in India

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thakur Das, alias Mrinal, chief of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (New Revolutionary Communist Party Bangladesh; NRCPB), was found dead on Tuesday in the Indian district of Nadia .

JHU to urge the Sri Lankan President to strip diplomatic representation with Norway

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Jathika Hela Urumaya (National Heritage Party) is to
launch an ambitious campaign against the Norwegians
facilitating the peace process in Sri Lanka
by collecting one million signatures to urge President
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to cease diplomatic
relationship with Norway.

Musharraf’s uniform to brace discomfiture at the forthcoming Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting

By Neville de Silva, Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's decision not to step down from the post of army chief on December 31 has caused embarrassment to the London-based Commonwealth that restored Pakistan's membership in the organization last May.

Sri Lanka not ready to relent on the release of 08 LTTE cadres.

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Government is not ready to release eight LTTE cadres
to meet the LTTE demand for the release of two
Home Guards abducted and detained by them in
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka's Acting Defence Minister
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake told the parliament on
Wednesday.

Asian Development Bank’s economic forecast for Asia looks gloomier

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

The outlook for Asian economy is bright in the next fiscal year with exports, investments and consumption boosting aggregate growth rate but India and Bangladesh will buck the trend because of oil prices and unfavourable weather, says the Asian Development Bank.

Karuna's eldest brother Colonel Reggie killed in an attack on the LTTE's sentry.

Sivanesathurai alias Colonel Reggie (40 yrs), father of three children and the eldest brother of Colonel Karuna alias V. Muralitharan has been killed in the small hours of Thursday whilst on a spirited attack on the forward sentry point of the Madhuru Oya camp of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which is a jungle hideout location linked with Vadamunai nearly 10 kilometers away from Mannampittya in the Batticaloa district.

LTTE comes under unexpected Danish fire

In the heels of anti LTTE wave in Canada, the militant organisation is faced with an unexpected onslaught in Denmark. Four political parties in Denmark including one party in the ruling coalition urged the government to ban the LTTE.

Pak Federal Interior Minister says 50 to 100 foreign terrorists hiding in Pakistan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from, Islamabad, Pakistan

While speaking to the national television on
Wednesday, Pakistani Federal Interior Minister Aftab
Ahmad Khan Sherpao said that 50 to 100 foreign
terrorists are hiding in the tribal areas. The
government's offer of amnesty to foreigners who got
them registered is still standing said the
Minister.

Suspected LTTE pistol man takes another EPDPers life in Colombo

According to Sri Lanka Army’s official website, A suspected LTTE pistol man shot and killed Singham Somasundaram (39yrs) attached to the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader & the Minister Douglas Devananda’s security division, while the victim was with his wife was at their residence in Wellawatte Colombo 06 this afternoon (23 September 2004) at about 2.30 p.m.

If a war breaks out “Sinhala Country would be worst affected.” – V.Balakumar

If the Peace process is reneged and war breaks out Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s Government would be held responsible for the war. He further added that if there would be an outbreak of war the “Sinhala country would be worst affected.”

Pakistan's ex-army chief chosen as ambassador to US

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistani ex-army chief, General Jehangir Karamat has
been chosen as the new ambassador to United States.
Washington has approved his appointment, foreign
ministry spokesman Masood Khan said on Thursday.

President Kumaratunga meets world leaders

President Chandrika Kumaratunga held a reception on Wednesday for the world leaders attending the 59th UN General Assembly in New York.

TATA Delays Investment in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Indian multi-national Tata group has decided to delay their $2 billion
investment project in Bangladesh. A few days ago, the Indian company
informed the Bangladeshi Board of Investment (BOI) that they would
start the investment process by the end of this year.

Sri Lanka asked to probe into alleged kidnapping, attack by police sergeant

Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has yesterday called on the Sri Lankan authorities to investigate and take action against a police sergeant in Negombo for allegedly kidnapping a 27-year-old man and keeping him for two days and forced him to withdraw his torture complaints by assaulting and threatening to kill him.

Presence of LTTE’s Military representatives is a must to discuss Security situation in the East – urged Government delegation

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Security Forces Chiefs in Batticaloa yesterday
expressed their dissatisfaction over the absence of
LTTE military wing leaders for Batticaloa Ampara
district at the meeting held between the two parties
under the facilitation of the Sri Lanka Monitoring
Mission in the Eastern district of Batticaloa.

High Level Nagaland official team visits Merapani CRPF shoot out site

By Oken Jeet sandham – Asian Tribune

The justification of 61 CRPF 'D' Sector at Merapani that they fired upon Mhonbemo Kikon (26) and Lilamo Yanthan (27) at about 1.30 p.m. in front of their check gate when they tried to flee was completely a twisted version and trying to cover up their (61 CRPF) illegal activities.

Presence of LTTE’s Military representatives is a must to discuss Security situation in the East – urged Government delegation

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Security Forces Chiefs in Batticaloa yesterday
expressed their dissatisfaction over the absence of
LTTE military wing leaders for Batticaloa Ampara
district at the meeting held between the two parties
under the facilitation of the Sri Lanka Monitoring
Mission in the Eastern district of Batticaloa.

Sri Lanka asked to probe into alleged kidnapping, attack by police sergeant

Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has yesterday called on the Sri Lankan authorities to investigate and take action against a police sergeant in Negombo for allegedly kidnapping a 27-year-old man and keeping him for two days and forced him to withdraw his torture complaints by assaulting and threatening to kill him.


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