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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

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By Dayan Jayatilleka

Have we neither shame nor sense? Why do we confuse cowardice with security and self-preservation? When is a terrorist attack on a parliamentary party not an attack on the democratic polity as a whole? How could a campaign of terror - including an abortive suicide bombing - against a constituent party of a coalition govt, not be regarded as against the govt as a whole?

Army convoy attacked

From Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

An army convoy was ambushed at the point of Sarokai,
while travelling on the route from Wana to DI Khan,
according to local sources.

EPDP once again left the casket of slain Singham opposite to Norway Embassy and subsequently removed for cremation on an appeal by Norway Ambassador

By Asian Tribune Correspondet in Sri Lanka

The Eelam People's Democratic Party once again did it
in Colombo to express their anger towards Norwegian
facilitators for not taking effective measures against
the killings continued by the Liberation Tigers.

India to allow Pak journos to visit Kashmir as a new CBM, Moderate Hurriyat seeks OIC recognition

M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Reflecting the new thaw in bilateral relations as also a sense of confidence, India has decided to open up Kashmir to Pakistan journalists and issued visas to 18 scribes to visit Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag, and ski centre, Gulmarg.

Karachi on high alert after Amjad Farooqui killed in an encounter

From Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The kingpin of Al-Qaeda, Amjad Farooqui, who is a
terror suspect and mastermind behind the assassination
attempts on President Musharraf, was killed in
Nawabshah, Sindh after paramilitary troops fought a
five-hour gunbattle with suspected terrorists holed up
in a house and arrested at least two men.

Businessman cum politician stabbed to death in Chittagong

From Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muggers, allegedly belonging to the ruling party, had stabbed
businessman Ekram Kabir to death in Chittagong. The thirty-year-old
businessman was a leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Awami

India, Pak plan a series of top level interactions

M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

As a quick follow up to the ‘successful’ Musharraf-Manmohan summit, India and Pakistan are planning a series of regular top-level interactions both as bilateral exchanges and meetings on the sidelines of multilateral fora.

Huge cache and Al-Qaeda kingpin apprehended

From Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistani authorities seemed to achieve a major break
through against alleged militants both militarily and
politically when the newly elected Prime Minster Mr
Shaukat Aziz managed to reach an understanding of
surrender of foreign/local fighters in the tribal belt
of the country.

Indrajatra Festival being observed

By Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

The Indrajatra festival is being observed today on Bhadra Shukla Chaturdasi (14th day of the waxing moon of the Nepali month of Bhadra) by performing worship of lord Indra, the God of rain and productivity.

India tightens vigil on border with Nepal to check Maoist links

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

This past week Shivraj Patil, a former Speaker of Indian Parliament for five years, and a ‘surprise choice’ for the hot seat of Interior Minister of India, has had meetings with the chief ministers and top police and civil officials of nine states which are facing the brunt of naxalite violence.

Sri Lanka: 17 more Italian Bound Bangladeshis arrested

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Just two days after the arrest 61 Bangladeshis, would
be illegal immigrants to Italy, Sri Lanka Police
arrested another group of 17 Bangladeshis believed to
be connected to the earlier group at a lodge in
Colombo city suburb on Sunday.

Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Dire Straits

From Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Inadequate logistics, coupled with mismanagement and corruption, have
put the government-run Dhaka Medical College (DMCH) in dire straits.
Zaman (not his real name), a class three employee, blames it on the
politicisation of the DMCH administration. "If you do not support the
ruling party you will not be able to work in DMCH," he says

Kerala: RSS Attack on Sisters of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity

From Mukundan C. Menon - Reporting from Kerala, India

Conspiratorial attacks on Christian missionaries by RSS and other Hindutva outfits are not an altogether new phenomenon in Kerala. However, the brutal attack they carried out at Kozhicode on September 25 was the first of such incident in which a total of nine persons, including Sisters and Brothers, were injured. Even according to State DGP, Hormis Tharakan, unlike the past isolated incidents in which one or two persons were the victims, this is the first time that groups of Sisters and Brothers on Missionary work were attacked.

Bangladesh: Government Arrests More Opposition Activists

By Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

In a countrywide crackdown, the police arrested 1300 more opposition
activists Saturday. Most of them belonged to the main opposition
Bangladesh Awami League (AL), which has launched a movement to topple the government by the end of this year.

People's Caravan enters in Nepal

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

Two teams of the People Caravan 2004 for Food Sovereignty comprising farmers and trade union leaders of 13 South Asian, South East Asian and European countries entered Nepal from far-western and eastern borders on Sunday morning.

Thailand, Nepal seek Tamil Nadu’s help in developing ICT sector

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Governments of Thailand and Nepal have sought the cooperation of Indian entrepreneurs in developing the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in their respective countries.

Indian President wants to be under the purview of an Ombudsman to uphold probity in public life

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

India’s scientist – President APJ Kalam has startled the political establishment by saying his office too could be brought under the purview of an Ombudsman, the country has been contemplating for a while.