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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Cambodia: Protect North Korean Asylum Seekers

Cambodia must not repatriate seven North Korean asylum seekers to North Korea, where they face detention, torture and even execution, Human Rights Watch said today.

Bangladeshi Police Arrest 1,000 Opposition Activists in Dhaka

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The police and paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles have launched a countrywide mass-arrest drive on mainstream political parties. The government has ordered a crackdown on the grassroots-level organizers of mainstream opposition parties to foil the opposition parties'
”Oust-Government” programme.

Fuel price hike put the private bus operators in a dilemma

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

The soaring fuel prices in the world market pushed Sri Lanka’s transport sector for another crisis, with the private bus operators who fulfill more than 60 per cent of the commuter needs in the country threatening to withdraw their service amidst announcement of another fuel price hike by the Government.

Manmohan conveys ‘unambiguously’ concern on cross-border terrorism to Musharraf

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

Though the joint statement issued following Manmohan Singh-Musharraf summit made little mention of India's concerns relating to cross-border terrorism, the Prime Minister did raise the issue forcefully with the Pakistani leader, it is reported here.

All Party Conference – A non-starter?

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

President Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga’s effort to have all party conference to obtain views from political parties representing the parliament, to push forward the stalled peace talks between the Government and the Liberation Tigers seems to become an ineffective event with the main Opposition United National Party announcing their non-participation at the conference.

Opposition to unite against Musharraf under MMA

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Maulana Fazlur Rehman of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA)
while speaking to a gathering at a religious seminary
said that the MMA is set to review all constitutional
amendments made since the Bhutto era to pave the way
for the opposition parties to launch a combined
struggle against President Pervez Musharraf.

Aziz reiterate support for Kashmir cause

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Pakistan
would continue to provide moral, political and
diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause and help the
Kashmiri people achieve the right to
self-determination. He was talking to Prime Minister
of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Sikandar Hayat
Khan in Islamabad

Right wing Hindu flag march across India ends in a blaze of ‘intra-party skirmishes’

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

The controversial flag march across India sponsored by the rightwing Hindu Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) is coming to an end today.

Anti-Musharraf drive to be led by Imran Khan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Former Pakistani cricketer and now leader of
Tehrik-i-Insaaf Imran Khan on Friday announced that on
Sept 26 his party would start a campaign against the
General Pervez Musharraf and rejected the intentions
of the President to retain offices of both the
president and the chief of the army staff.

Manmohan-Musharraf summit heralds a new chapter in bilateral ties

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

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President General Pervez Musharraf held an hour long meeting on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session and opened a new chapter in bilateral ties. Both decided to explore possible options on Kashmir issue but gave precedence to talks on a gas pipe line over Kashmir.

Dr. Ramanna, Outstanding Scientist Loved and Respected By Peers

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

In a scientific world, not free from combative rivalry and all the ills that go with it, Dr. Raja Ramanna was a rare personality, loved and respected by his peers for his qualities of heart and mind.

President Kumaratunga holds talks with Pakistani President and Russian

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday met Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in New York and had bilateral discussions on issues of mutual and regional interests.

Madonna, Mr. Big and Richard Gere

Am Johal – Asian Tribune

The Israeli Tourism Authority, thinking of creative
ways to lure visitors back to the Holy Land, has taken
to organizing the high profile visits of Hollywood
stars and pop divas to mixed reaction.

Sri Lanka's Bar told to defend profession by backing rule of law

Asian Human Rights Commission, a human rights watchdog group based in Hong Kong has expressed its dissatisfaction that legal professional bodies in Sri Lanka did not pay adequate attention to the failing law enforcement agencies.

Pak Army acquires new tank

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan army's new locally-made tank, Al-Khalid MBT
2000 tank has been developed with Chinese
assistance. According to the Washington-based Federation of
American Scientists (FAS), Pakistan and China agreed
to develop the new tank in 1990

Maoist rejects government offer for talks

by Arjun Dhakal Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

Within hours of the government's formal call and a day after the high-level peace committee invited them for negotiations, the CPN (Maoist) has rejected the government's offer outright.

Issue the LTTE abducted two home-guards release taken a new turn.

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

The issue relating to the abduction of the two home-guards has taken a new political turn when the Sri Lanka Lankan Government on Friday appointed a committee headed by Acting Defence, Ratnasiri Wickremanayke to look into the situation in the
Trincomalee district to explore ways and means to arrange their release.

61 Bangladeshis bound for Italy arrested and detained

Sri Lankan Police Friday arrested 61 Bangladeshis for overstaying their visas amid suspicion they were planning to leave the island illegally and travel to Italy in search new pastures, police said.

2 Home-guards’ release SLMM to pressure LTTE

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission is to take the issue of the two
Home-guards abducted by the LTTE with the LTTE Political Wing leader S.Paramu. Tamilselvan in Kilinochchi, SLMM Deputy Chief Hagrup Haukland said on Friday.

No Security personnel killed in Ladha due to miscreant’s firing

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Interservice Public Relations Directoarate in a press release has contradicted a news item appearing in a section of press regarding killing of three security forces personnel in Ladha area of South Wazirastan Agency due to miscreant’s firing on Thursday.