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

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Mehsud tribe takes responsibility of negotiations with kidnappers

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The Mehsud Tribe has announced that they will negotiate with those alleged to have kidnapped the Chinese and the Pakistani security guards for their release. The tribe elders said that it was against their tradition to allow any other forces to act in their area.

INDIA: Release illegally detained human rights defenders at once

Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has demanded the immediate release from police detention of a group of human rights defenders in Tamil Nadu, India, who have been detained without charge since this morning.

Chinese hostages could be beheaded

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Despite the intervention by the Mehsud tribe to negotiate with the
kidnappers of the Chinese engineers, a tribal leader linked to Al-Qaeda
threatened to execute one of two Chinese hostages if the captors were
allowed to flee their besieged base near the Afghan border.

Sri Lanka: Four new Deputy Ministers sworn in today.

Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga today appointed four new Deputy Ministers under Article 46 (1) of the Constitution.

Bangladeshi Police Arrest Leader of a Terrorist Organisation

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Shahidul Islam, a professional killer and a leader of a terrorist
group, was arrested by members of the elite Rapid Action Battalion
(RAB) in Dhaka today.

Sonia Gandhi party to form government in north-east Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress has won 33 of the 60-seats at stake in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly elections, it was announced at the end of two-day counting process today.

Sinhala Psyche Must Change To Solve Tamil Problem - Says Journalist Victor Ivan

C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The biggest obstacle in overcoming the current impasse in solving the Tamil ethnic problem in Sri Lanka is “the dogmatism prevailing among the Sinhalese on this issue,” says noted Sinhala journalist Victor Ivan.

Two Karuna’s associate killed and six injured due to a grenade attack

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Two cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
belonging to the breakaway leader Karuna alias V Muralitharan,
were killed and another six were injured
in a grenande attack in the Tiger held area in
Welikanda in the Eastern part of Sri Lanka, early this

UNP chief Ranil visits Delhi for interaction with Indian leadership

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

Sri Lanka’s main opposition, the United National Party (UNP) chief Ranil Wickremesinghe begins a two-day visit here on what observers see as a ‘probing’ mission.

UN Security Council Resolution on Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The US Senate and the US House of Representatives has unanimously approved a Resolution calling on the UN Security Council to take action on Burma.

“Quiet Diplomacy’ – new buzz word in India, Pakistan diplomatic landscape.

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

The new buzzword in India and Pakistan is ‘Quiet Diplomacy.’ Also known as ‘backdoor talks’ or ‘back channel negotiations,’ the effort is to conduct the bilateral dialogue away from the media glare.

Indian vessel with explosives arrested in Sri Lankan waters.

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Navy on Sunday apprehended a suspected
Indian vessel with ten crew members on board carrying
some explosives, while in the Sri Lankan territorial
waters in the sea off North of Mannar, Navy sources
said here in Colombo.

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party ‘returns’ in northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh

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

Pending a formal announcement, which is expected only today, Sonia Gandhi’s Congress has begun celebrations of its victory in the north-east Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Terrorism defeated in Australia - Howard returned for the record fourth time.

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

John Howard’s right-wing party in Australia swept the polls defeating the Labour Party, the main opposition, for the fourth time in a row, signaling that Australia is set to swing decisively to the extreme end of market forces bent on further deregulation of the economy.

Sri Lanka President pledged to bring about electoral reforms.

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

President Chandrika Kumaratunga vowed to bring
electoral reforms soon to change the proportional
representation system in the Parliament without
making injustice for small parties and minority
parties of the country.

Creating a neighbourhood of peace and stability is a high priority of the Government of India – Dr.Manmohan Singh

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

Indian Prime Minister has spoken of his government’s resolve to promote peace and stability in South Asia. In a messagereleaded on Sunday, he wants the media to play an activist role in removing past prejudices and perceptions.

Pakistan: 4 p.m. (7 a.m. EDT) deadline of Chinese hostages past

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

"There is no change in the situation," said a senior security official as
the 4 p.m. (7 a.m. EDT) deadline passed. "Tribal elders are in contact with the militants." The deadline was extended from noon to four.