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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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Nepal' PM Deuba says elections by year-end if rebels do not agree for talks

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the government will initiate the process for general elections by the end of this year (2061 B. S., 15 April 2005), if the Maoists do not turn up for peace talks.

ADB supports Poor and Women in Nepal's Agriculture Sector

Arjun Dhakal Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced to assist Nepal to make service delivery in the agriculture and livestock sectors more responsive to poor and disadvantaged groups, including women, through a technical assistance (TA) grant of US$200,000.

Military confirms five security forces injured

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Military officials have confirmed that the early morning on Monday exchange of fire between alleged terrorists and security forces in Kanigram, Ladha and Asman Manza areas of South Waziristan has left five security forces personnel injured.

Ten more rebels arrested in Patna, India

By Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal

ndian police of Bihar state have arrested at least ten Maoist rebels
including two Nepalis in Patna in the past two days.

India’s Interior Minister Patil express readiness for talks with northeast militant groups - ‘attacks’ continue for the third day - death toll 63

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

As mayhem continued for the third day in Assam in India’s turbulent northeast, New Delhi has got in touch with Yangon for a possible coordinated action against Bodo tribal militants on either side of the border.

Anti-dumping Measures Left Bangladeshi Exporters at Bay

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Antidumping measures taken by India, USA and Brazil have handed
Bangladesh exporters losses to the tune of US$50 million till June
this year. These countries have Imposed Trade Remedial Measures (TRMs) on different Bangladesh to restrict their exports by applying WTO rules, according to Bangladesh Tariff Commission assessment.

Due to militant fire 09 Pakistan Army personnel injured in South Waziristan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan.

At least nine army personnel were wounded when miscreants resorted to unprovoked firing from heavy calibre weapons and mortars on Army camp in Kanigram area of South Waziristan early morning today.<

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Talks with LTTE would not confine to ISGA alone, but to a wider agenda – Chandrika Kumaratunga

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

President Chandrika Kumaratunga while expressing her
disappointment over Opposition Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe's decision not to participate at the
National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation
(NACPR) on Sunday urged him to reconsider his

170,000 dollar headmoney on mosque bombers

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Provincial Law Minister Muhammad Bisharat Raja announced a 10 million rupee (170,000 dollar) reward for information about the culprits.

Sri Lanka : Chandrika writes to Ranil Expressing her disappointment.

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in a letter addressed to Ranil Wickremasinghe, Leader of the Opposition said that through the NACPR she was not seeking a consensus as a precondition to either begin talks with the LTTE or to make the NACPR responsible for
decisions regarding the commencement and continuation
of talks with the LTTE.

Seven more blasts rocked Assam in India’s northeast, death toll cross 60, Interior Minister promises ‘bold steps’

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Seven more blasts and a landmine explosion rocked Assam yesterday (Sunday) as the Federal Minister for the Interior Shivraj Patil visited the state and adjoining Nagaland in Northeast India. He promised to take bold and strong steps to deal with the situation but did not elaborate.

The National Advisory Council on Peace will hold its first meeting today.

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

The National Advisory Council on Peace and
Reconciliation convened by President Chandrika
Kumaratunga in a bid to reach consensus among
political parties over the resumption of peace talks
with Liberation Tigers and on a final solution to the
ethnic problem is ready to have its first meeting
today in Colombo.

Sheikh Hasina Makes Her First Public Appearance after Grenade Attacks

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Awami League (AL) chief and Bangladeshi leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina addressed in a public rally held on Sunday, here in Dhaka.

Pakistan: Major Reshuffle in Top Army Brass

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Seven Major Generals in Pakistan Army have been have been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Generals.

Empire America and Bush's 'New Deal'''

By Am Johal - Guest Columnist (Israel)

Empire America in an election year is a bundle of paradoxes. Wearing the emblems of war like the Abu Ghraib affair, the 1,000 dead soldiers in Iraq and the thousands of dead civilians, accepting the implications of the Patriot Act, Middle America still seems unfazed by the direction the Bush Administration has taken them in since September 11th. In fact, many of them view George W. Bush as a great leader during a trying and difficult time in the nation's history.

"We will buy new ships for the navy"—Khaleda Zia

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia today (Sunday) said her government was actively considering the procurement of new ships to replace older fleets of Bangladesh Navy.

Four militants killed in an exchange of fire with security forces’ - Major General Shaukat Sultan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistani troops have killed four foreign militants believed linked to Al-Qaeda after skirmishes near the Afghan border, the military said.