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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2961

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India says time is not ripe right now to sign NPT

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India, one of the three Nuclear Powers, along with China and Pakistan in Asia, has made it clear once again that time is “not ripe right now” for it to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that imposes stricter conditions on nascent nuclear nations than on the established powers.

Security increased all over the country

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The Sialkot and Multan attacks may be a reaction to the Al Qaeda operation by the Pakistani security forces and the Government has step-up security in the area to prevent any recurrence of violence.

Will President Jacques Chirac Speaks for France or Total?

Dr. Professor Dr.Kanbawza Win

The news that the French President Jacques Chirac will not attend a ceremony welcoming delegates of Burma’s military Junta, to an Asia-EU summit in Vietnam on 07 October was welcome by the world.

Bill to retain President Musharraf in uniform

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

As the clock is ticking on a vow made to the Nation by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to quit the army on or before 31 December this year, the ruling party is introducing a bill in parliament to allow President to be relieved of his constitutional pledge to quit the army by year's end.Information Minister Sheikh Rashid, "We are moving a bill in the national assembly (lower house) today (Friday) asking the president to retain both offices."

Nepal: PM Deuba consults former peace negotiators

By Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

In a bid to build a new strategy for holding peace talks with the Maoists,
the High-Level Peace Committee (HLPC) on Friday Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba who also heads the High Level Peace Committee (HLPC), met with the former peace negotiators of the then government led by Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand.

Indian police detained two Kashmiri hardliners; Moderates blame Pak for split in the Hurriyat ranks

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

Authorities in Indian Kashmir have detained two fire-brand leaders ‘apprehending breach of peace’. Ali Shah Geelani, who heads the hard-line faction of the Hurriyat, a separatist conglomerate, and Shabir Ahmad Shah of the Democratic Freedom Party, are opposed to voting in the two by-elections to the state legislature on 13 October.

Pakistan: Friday declared a day of Mourning by Sunni leaders, while the Army is put on high alert.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Friday was declared as a day of mourning by Sunni leaders after the bomb blast in Multan, Pakistan which occurred around 4:30 am, killing 41 people and injuring more than 100 people.

India’s poll body raps government for election code violation; polling in Arunachal Pradesh records 60 per cent turn out?

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

India’s independent poll body has rapped the Manmohan Singh government on the knuckles. It has found fault with the government for its decision to set up a commission to look into reservation for minorities saying it is not the done thing when two key states are having elections for their assemblies.

Biman - Bangladesh Averted Major Accident: 10 Injured when the aircraft slipped from the runway in Sylhet

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The pilots of the aircraft of Bangladesh's flagship carrier Biman managed to save it from a major accident in the morning at Osmani International Airport in northern most town of Sylhet, when the aircraft slipped from the runway.

Danish political parties spearhead a move to ban LTTE in Denmark, as well as in the EU

Majority of the Danish political parties are all out to prevent the delegation of the Sri Lanka Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam led by S.Paramu Tamilselvan entering the country and also to get the outfit banned in the European Union by including it as one of the proscribed organizations, similar to the ‘Terrorist List’ maintained by the United States of America.

Sri Lankan Parliament pass law to make National Identity Card compulsory in the future elections.

By Asian Tribune correspondent in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka on Thursday adopted new law to make
identification documents compulsory for the citizen to
cast their vote in future elections after minority
parties proposing amendments to the new law to
safeguard their voting rights.

Release of the Joint Report on Women Political Prisoners in Burma

Two organizations, based on the Thai-Burma border, have
released an English version of a report on women political
prisoners in Burma.

Sri Lanka: Rauff Hakeem takes to task the government for its failure to safeguard the Muslims

by Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

The Leader of the Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem told
the parliament on Thursday that Muslims has given the
authority only for the Government to maintain law and
order of the country and not for anybody else.

"United effort needed to change the fate of Muslims"—Khaleda Zia

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in her address has said the Muslims should get
united to fight poverty and indignity across the world. She added: “Muslims can change their fate only by learning modern science and technology.

The LTTE and Liberation: A rejoinder to Dr. Imtiyaz

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr Imtiyaz takes pains at the bottom of his articles to mention that he is a “visiting scholar in the department of Politics at the University of Pennsylvania”. Well, that’s one university’s Political science department to avoid, because Dr Imtiyaz obviously does not know what he is talking about.

UNP ready to support the President – Prof. G.L.Peiris

By Asian Tribune correspondent in Sri Lanka

United National Party Spokesman, former Minister
Prof.G.L Peiris told a press conference here in Colombo on
Thursday that that the UNP endorse the view that peace
talks with the Liberation Tigers should be started
within the framework of the Oslo declaration as
expressed by President Kumaratunga on Monday.

Coffins are speaking in Sri Lanka

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Whoever said that the graves are silent is dead wrong. Coffins speak, perhaps, louder than some of our dumb politicians. The proof: the silent coffins placed at the doorstep of the Norwegian Embassy have forced the Norwegians, at last, to open their mouth and condemn the LTTE killings.