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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

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Burma: Dr. Than Nyein MP - on hunger strike, is hospitalized with serious health condition

Dr. Than Nyein , one of the elected Members of Parliament of Burma in the election held in 1990, is a political prisoner and according to reports is on serious health condition and transferred to a hospital in Rangoon.

UK decision to grant citizenship to Nepalese Ex-Gurkhas

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

The British government has announced change in the UK's immigration policy that would allow Nepalese Gurkhas serving in the British Army to stay as citizens in Britain, ending three years of legal battle.

Pakistan – Afghanistan border on high security alert

Lubna Jerrar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

In wake of the forthcoming
Presidential elections in Afghanistan, Government of
Pakistan has taken steps to beef up security and
vigilance on its western borders to curb any
infiltration inside Afghanistan or vice versa to
disrupt the election process.

Indian Prime Minister buys ‘peace’ with the Left parties

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has bought peace with the Left parties, his main support base outside the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) over a contentious issue but the way he went about his task has exposed his flanks.

15 killed, dozens injured in a bomb blast in Sialkot, Central Punjab, Pakistan.

Lubna Jerrar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Atleast 15 people are killed and
dozens injured in a huge bomb blast in a mosque
during Friday Jumma prayers in Sialkot, central
Punjab, Pakistan this afternoon.

Pakistan reciprocates Indian gesture of opening Kashmir to its scribes, invites Indian journos to POK

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

As journos from Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) travel to Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday heralding a new era of glasnost in India-Pak relations, Indian scribes will make the return visit next month.

Bangladesh: Policeman Hanged for Raping Teenager

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

A third Bangladeshi policeman, Amrita Lal, was hanged in Rangpur
Prison at one minute past midnight for raping and killing a
14-year-old girl.

Bomb Blast in Punjab: Latest causality figures - 18 dead and 40 injured also riots errupted

Lubna Jerrar Naqvi Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

A strong bomb blast rocked Sialkot, when a bomb went off in a gathering of Shitte Muslims during the sermon of Friday prayers. According to Nazim Sialkot Main Naeem Javed confirmed the death
of 18 persons while 40 others are wounded.

Appreciation: Mr Bernard P Tilakaratna

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Counsellor, Sri Lanka Embassy, Norway

Bernard P Tilakaratna, former Foreign Secretary passed away on the last day of September. He was the first Foreign Service officer to become Foreign Secretary.

Bangladesh: Elite Force Kills Ten Terrorists near Bangladesh-Burma border

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ten terrorists were killed last night in a six-hour long gun battle with the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Raozan, which borders Burma.

Asian Tribune’s tribute to Evergreen Doyen of Sri Lanka’s Cine Entertainment

Gamini Fonseka passed away yesterday leaving behind a living record of his talents and contributions to the Sri Lankan cinematic art. He and the Sinhala film industry grew almost together as twins. It is rather difficult to imagine the industry without him. His entry into the film industry began withRekawa, the first cinematic step taken by the doyen of the Sri Lankan cinema, Lester James Peiris. This pioneering film won plaudits from critics abroad. It launched the career of Lester and along with him that of Gamini Fonseka.

Six Al Qaeda suspects arrested after Farooqui's death moved to undisclosed location.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Already arrested six Al Qaeda suspects after Farooqui's death, were moved to undisclosed location. It is said that it has been done for security reasons as Pakistani security forces are bent on ending the Al Qaeda threat in the country and are hot on the heels of the terror suspects.

Jaffna Police assault Human Rights Commission staff and UN Volunteer

The Asian Human Rights Commission based in Hong Kong has called upon the Government of Sri Lanka to take appropriate action against those policemen attached to the Jaffna police station for assaulting the officer in charge of the National Human Rights Commission in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Bush, Kerry set for crucial first debate

President George W. Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry made final preparations for their nationally televised debate on Thursday, as Kerry praised his foe as "a very clever debater" and Bush made another tour of Florida storm damage.

No more taking of arms – Douglas Devanananda

BY Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

The Leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party, and Hindu Affairs Minister Douglas Devananda said on Thursday as his party entered to the mainstream democratic politics, they never intend to take arms again to defend themselves from the threats of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam .

Bush Team Prepares Net Assault

The Bush campaign is setting up an extensive war room to monitor Thursday's debate with John Kerry. The plan? Pounce on Kerry misstatements or exaggerations and send responses to thousands of partisan websites through a live feed.

On the Sri Lanka President’s UN address

UNP and some media have made infantile attempts at creating confusion over the President’s address at the UNGA states a statement released by the Sri Lanka president’s office regarding President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s speech at the 59th sessions of the UN General Assembly.

Britain's Blair faces heart op but vows to lead on

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he would go into hospital on Friday to correct recurrent heart palpitations, but he vowed to serve a full third term in office if he wins an election expected next year.

Bush, Kerry spar over Iraq in combative debate

President George W. Bush and Democratic rival John Kerry battled over Iraq in a fierce debate on Thursday, with an aggressive Kerry accusing the president of "a colossal error of judgment" and Bush doubting Kerry's ability to lead America in dangerous times.

Nepal: Government releases two Maoists-Student Leaders

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu Nepal

Nepal government has released two leaders of the Maoist-aligned All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R)- Harisharan Acharya and Durga BK on Friday.