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Former Political Prisoner arrested for protesting against the Burmese Government

U Ohn Than - a former political prisoner was arrested for protesting alone in
front of the United Nations office in Rangoon against the Burmese Government.

Indian Prime Minister Sought cooperation to fight Terror, poverty and disease

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, in his maiden address at the UN General Assembly on Thursday said that world which had emerged from the ashes of the global war could no longer be a peaceful world unless the underlying forces of conflict were addressed effectively by the entire community of nations as a collectivity.

Sheikh Hasina Flies off to Singapore

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Amidst tight security, Bangladeshi leader of the opposition Sheikh
Hasina flew off to Singapore last night for better treatment. Hasina
had hearing problem as blood inside the right ear clotted due to the
high-sounding blasts in the grenade attacks on her rally on August 21.
She is now suffering from low hearing and occasional echo in her right

India for ‘unambiguous unity of purpose’ in the fight against terrorism

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

India has called for an ‘unambiguous unity of purpose’ in the fight against terrorism. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his maiden address to the UN General Assembly criticised what he called selective approaches and political expediency in combating terrorism.

Manmohan Singh to meet Musharraf in New York for ‘an essay in mutual comprehension’

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

India-Pak summit is taking place on Friday at an unusual place, the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh walks in to meet President Pervez Musharraf in the General’s suit.

Hasian didn't accuse the Army of Grenade Attacks: Awami League

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi main opposition Awami League (AL) has said in a statement that it does not believe the army had a hand in the August 21
assassination attempt on its leader Sheikh Hasina.

India renews ban on LTTE, TNLA and TNRT

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

Indian government has renewed the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Tamilnadu Liberation Army (TNLA) and Tamil National Retrieval Troops (TNRT) besides Al Qaeda and all naxalite groups. In all the 32 outfits remain proscribed across India.

Kofi Annan assures UN's fullest support to Sri Lanka's Peace efforts

Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga briefed Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General on the present status of the Ceasefire Agreement and the peace process. The Secretary General expressed his fullest support to the efforts being undertaken by the Sri Lankan Government towards a lasting peace and said the UN stood ready to extend whatever support her Government may require for the process.

Security tightened along Nepal-India border

By Arjun Dhakal Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

In a bid to stem growing activities of Nepali Maoists in the bordering areas, Nepalese and Indian security officials have agreed to toughen security along the Uttranchal borders to control cross-border activities of Nepali Maoists.

Asylum Laws should not be allowed to be exploited by Terrorists – Jack Straw.

Jack Straw, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, while addressing the 59th session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, while referring about the asylum laws said with added emphasis, “We cannot let terrorists exploit a protection designed for the persecuted, not the persecutors.”

After Gujarat Riots, Witnesses Face Intimidation, Human Rights Watch

From R C Rajamani, - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

As the courts hear cases of anti-Muslim riots of March 2002, the authorities in Gujarat are intimidating rather than protecting witnesses who seek to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice, Human Rights Watch says in a report released Friday.

LTTE should stop the killings of those who held different political views – Sri Lanka President

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga met yesterday with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Peterson to review the Sri Lanka Peace process, emphatically stressed the need for the LTTE to reiterate their commitment to the Oslo principles agreed upon in December 2002 and to stop the killings of those who held different political views from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

What is to be done?

By Dayan Jayatilleka

While the death in combat of Reggie, Karuna’s brother and de-facto commander of he Karuna forces in the East, is a major victory for Prabhakaran and a stunning blow to the anti-fascist armed resistance, it is not a death blow, a decapitation.

Culture and Dissent

By Am Johal – Asian Tribune

About a fifteen minute walk from the street vendors
and businesses of the downtown Palestinian cultural
capital of Ramallah, is a dangerous subversive place
according to the Israeli authorities.

Manipur Government described ban on Hindi as illegal

Manipur Government described the ban on teaching Hindi by three major students organization as illegal. The district magistrates of all nine districts today appealed to the educational institutions in the state to continue teaching Hindi, according to official sources.

India’s exports may touch $ 75 billion this fiscal: Kamal Nath

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India’s merchandise exports may touch a level of US $ 75 billion during the current financial year 2004-05, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath said Thursday.

Nepal's economic growth: ADB lowers projected growth

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected Nepal's economy growth to be around 3.7% during fiscal year 2004-05 (FY2005, ending 15 July 2005), essentially unchanged from that of the previous year, but downgrading it from its earlier projection of five percent.

President Kumaratunga appeal for UNICEF help to address the issue of traumatized war affected families, orphans and widows in the North and East.

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga when she met Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the UNICEF explained that the country needed UNICEF support to set apart a comprehensive mechanism to address the issue of psychological trauma in war affected families, orphans and widows in the North and East as well as in the southern parts of the country.

167th Member of the EPDP was killed yesterday by the LTTE

By Asian Tribune correspondent in Sri Lanka

In the wake of LTTE assassinating its 167th member yesterday in
Colombo, Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP)
urges Sri Lankan Government and the international
community to take immediate steps to put an end to the
killings of their members by the Liberation Tigers.

We will look into environment aspect of Sethu Project - India’s Commerce Minister Kamal Nath

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath has said the Rs.2000-Crore-Sethu Samudrum ship Canal Project (approximately USD 1.09 billion) will be environmentally evaluated before the final clearance.