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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

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100 activists rounded up after twin attacks in Pakistan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

More than 100 activists of an outlawed organizations of both Sunni and Shites groups were arrested by the police .

Bangladesh Paralyzed by Opposition Called General Strike

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh has come to a virtual standstill by a general strike called by the Awami League (AL) and its left-leaning allies.

Prof. Dr. Bishwambher Pyakuryal on Nepal's Conflict Economy, Cost Consequences and Alternatives.

An Exclusive by Arjun Dhakal Kathmandu of Nepal

Prof. Dr. Bishwambher Pyakuryal, well-renowned Professor of Economics, President of Nepal Economic Association (NEA) and has his Ph.D. - Doctoral appellation in Economics from Tribhuvan University. He received M.A. in International Affairs majoring in Development Studies from Ohio University, USA and completed Post-doctoral research in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park, in the USA.

A fatigued LTTE may opt for a compromise, says India’s Tamil MP.

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

He was given just a week’s time in which to decide on his joining politics. The decision was not easy even for a man who had spent nearly four decades of civil administration that involved day-to-day decision-making. Perhaps, his civil service background with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was even a disadvantage as motives could be attributed, bringing his civil service days under a cloud.

Sri Lanka: Ranil’s – Vida Helgesen’s powwow - shrouds in secrecy?

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader , Ranil Wickremesinghe accompanied by MP Milinda Moragodais is schedule to leave for India on Sunday on an invitation extended by Indian Prime Dr. Manmohan Singh.

USAID Expresses Concern over "Bad Governance" in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Visiting administrator of the USAID Andrew Natsios expresses his
concern over poor governance and corruption in Bangladesh. "Further
deterioration in governance, corruption and the rule of law would not
only affect Bangladesh's economy but also threaten the democracy," he
told the journalists after his meeting with the Bangladeshi finance
minister M Saifur Rahman on Saturday evening.

India’s foreign minister asks Pakistan to end cross border terrorism ‘for dialogue process to accelerate’

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

Signalling a rethink in India’s policy towards Pakistan, the External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh asked Pakistan to end cross border terrorism ‘if the dialogue process is to accelerate’.

Chinese engineers have not been released

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Unconfirmed rumors circulates about the release of the Chinese engineers, after being picked up at 8 am Saturday morning while they were on their way to work, but according to official sources they are not been so far released.

I, the President?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The figures are unassailable. Mr. Wickremesinghe cannot win the next Presidential election unless the Tigers can deliver the North East Tamil vote to him in its entirety. In 2001, at the height of its popularity, and with the backing of the CWC and the SLMC, the UNF polled only 45.5% of the vote – not enough for an outright victory at a Presidential election.

"Religious Militancy Putting South Asia at Higher Stakes"—Dietrich Andreas

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

German Ambassador to Bangladesh Dietrich Andreas, at a pre-conference press briefing in Dhaka on Saturday, said that religious fanaticism was putting South Asia’s democratic polity at a higher stake.

Nepal: Maoists release 98 PFN cadres in Western Nepal

By Arjun Dhakal Reporting from Katmandu Nepal

Maoists have freed 98 cadres of the 100 activists and leaders of People'
Front Nepal (PFN) abducted from the western part of Nepal on Friday.

Srimavo a political legend - Remembered

By A.A.A. Nizam – Matara

Asia had seen only a few genuine leaders who were truthful and
dedicated to their country and the people. The late Mrs. Sirimavo
R.D.Bandaranaike reverently called by all Sri Lankans as “Methini” is
one such personality for whom Sri Lanka and its people were more
precious than her own self.

Number of Royal Bengal Tiger in the Sunderbans has Increased

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

A Bangladesh-India joint census report on the Royal Bengal tiger
population in the Sundarbans was revealed here in Dhaka today. Experts have put the total number of tigers at 668, with 419 of them in the Bangladesh part of the world's largest mangrove forest.

Sonia Congress makes early gains in Arunachal - surging ahead.

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party is well poised to form the new government in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, early projections based on counting trends show.