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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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India and Korea to enhance cooperation in IT sector

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India and South Korea have agreed to step up cooperation in the Information Technology (IT) sector that would be beneficial to both the leading players of IT globally.

10-day truce between Pak security forces and Al Qaeda

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

A 10-day ceasefire has been agreed upon by the Pakistani security forces with Al-Qaeda-linked fighters to allow their tribal allies to try to negotiate a peaceful solution, a local sources said.

South Korea hopeful of peaceful settlement of inter-Korean relations, President Roh

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

South Korea has said that Inter-Korean relations are often ‘’confronted by unexpected contingencies” but hoped that there would be peaceful settlement ‘’before long”.

Balasingham irked by Prabhakaran’s snub

The LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran has sent a strong signal to the Tamil Diaspora that he would not allow them to dictate terms to the hierarchy. He has made trusted political head S Paramu Tamilselvan as the leader of the LTTE Constitutional Affairs Committee over the Dispora-favourite Anton Balasingham.

General strike in India’s northeast, police on high alert; Bodo tribal militants convey readiness for talks

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

Life has been thrown out of gear across the seven states of India’s northeast as a general strike is being observed today at the call given by student organisations to protest against violence. The Police are on a high alert though to their relief and surprise a major militant tribal outfit said ‘it is ready for talks’.

Nepal: Two civilians shot at in Patan by unidentified person

Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

An two anonymous members of an armed group shot and injured two civilians, at Lukuchi in Lalitpur Submetropolis-17 (Second largest city of Kathmandu Valley) the broad daylight Tuesday.

Bangladeshi experts express concern over Indian river-linking project

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Water Development Board's experts have expressed
serious concern over India's proposed river linking project. When
implemented, this so-called mega-project will divert waters from
trans-boundary rivers.

Myanmar’s top leader to visit India on Oct 25; both countries working on plans to step up vigil on border

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Myanmar’s top leader is coming to India later this month on a state visit which may see the two neighbours forge closer relationship particularly in anti-insurgency operations on either side of their 1,600 km border.

Chandrika insisted on a final solution based on Oslo Declaration within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga declared
on Monday that commitment should be required on the
part of the Liberation Tigers that the Interim
Administration as well as the final solution would be
based on the Oslo declaration signed by the Government
of Sri Lanka and the LTTE at the fifth round of peace
talks between the two parties.

Douglas Devananda appeal to Prbakaran to come to the negotiation table if he has a genuine interest in the Tamils.

At the inaugural session of the National Advisory Council For Peace and Reconciliation which was held yesterday, Minister K.N. Douglas Devananda MP and the leader of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party while delivering his address, extended a public appeal to Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to return to the negotiation table for talks in the interest of the Tamil people in this country.

Police Seize Grenades in Dhaka

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized two grenades, a Chinese-made AK 47 rifle and a 9mm revolver from a Slum in Dhaka.

Major peace role for new council in Sri Lanka - President

President Candrika Kumaratunga made it clear that the peace talks could only be commenced after conclusion of the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) meeting. Reiteration her total commitment to peace, she said that her government would do all that is required to persuade the LTTE to return to the negotiating table.

Why the Oppressed Ethno-Political Group Needs Strong Leadership?

A.R.M. Imtiyaz, Ph.D.[i]

There are lots of interesting discussions both in the media and scholastic circle about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)’s claim to be a sole-representative of the Northeast Tamils and its strategy to reach the sole-representative objective. Some of the critiques strongly suggest that the LTTE is an illiberal ethno-political entity; therefore, it needs to be crushed militarily before seek the democratic solution to the Tamil arms resistance, which is an outcome of the Sinhala-Buddhist ethno-centrism.

British Defence Secretary praises Pakistan’s anti-narcotic fight

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

On the first day of his two-day visit to Pakistan, British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon torched 21 tonnes of heroin, hashish, and opium at a ceremony in Islamabad as he praised Pakistan's efforts to tackle drugs.