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PTA- Lakshya test-flown successful

By Hemanta Kumar Rout - Reporting from Orissa, India

India on Monday successfully test flown its indigenously developed Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) - Lakshya from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 14 km from Balasore off the Orissa coast. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was test-flown at about 11.53 a.m. from the launching complex no.2.

Russia Keen to Invest in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Russia is keen to invest in Bangladesh's thriving power sector. The
country's ambassador to Bangladesh Oleg S Malginov showed his
country's interest while visiting first 210-MW unit power plant in
Shiddirganj today.

Ranil Resumes Talks With Indian Leaders on Peace Process

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The visiting Sri Lankan leader Ranil Wickremesinghe continued his efforts Tuesday to press India to take a more pro-active role in the Sri Lankan Peace Process that is aimed at finding an early, amicable settlement of the two-decade old Tamil ethnic embrologio.

India’s interior ministry favours fencing more stretches of border with Bangladesh

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

India’s Interior Ministry is getting ready to erect a fence along more stretches of the porous border with Bangladesh. “Fence is the best form of defence”, in its view since the considered opinion of security establishment here is that terror in northeast India comes via Bangladesh. The move may spark of another bout of acrimony between the two neighbours.

Non-Resident Nepalese (NRNs) association demands: NRN Act and peace crucial for investment

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

The Non-Resident Nepalese (NRNs) living around the globe have stressed the need for immediate enactment of NRN Act and restoration of peace to attract investments from Nepalese living abroad in the country.

Pakistan successfully tests Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Hatf V (Ghauri)

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

On Tuesday morning at 8:30 am, Pakistan carried out another successful test of the indigenously produced Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Hatf V (Ghauri) as part of a series of tests planned for the Ghauri Missile System.

India set to resume deadlocked talks with Naga ultras

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

Apparently in a bid to highlight its commitment to dialogue for solutions, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government has decided to resume the stalled peace talks with the Naga ultras in north east India.

Launching of Colonel Karuna’s TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal – the new political Party.

A new political Party – TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal – TamilEela Peoples Liberation Tigers, has been organized under the leadership of V.Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna and an application for the registration as a registered and recognized political party in Sri Lanka, has been handed over to the Department of Elections, this morning in Colombo.

Colonel Karuna Talks to Tamil People - on the Tamil Peoples’ Mandate for the TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal – His New Political Formation

V. Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna, this morning here in Colombo, openly claimed the formation of “TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP)” – TamilEela Peoples Liberation Tigers his new political party, heralding a new chapter in the contemporary history of the country, thus confirming to the Tamils and the country his earlier pledge to return to the democratic political mainstream in Sri lanka.

Wickremesinghe Apprises I K Gujral of Stalled Peace Process in Sri Lanka

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The visiting Sri Lankan leader Ranil Wickremesinghe met former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral at his 5, Janpath, residence Monday and had discussions with him on the latest situation in the peace process in Sri Lanka.

Nepal: Former PM Koirala appears in Supreme Court

Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Kathmandu of Nepal

Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress (NC) President, Girija Prasad Koirala, filed his written response at the Supreme Court in Kathmandu, Monday afternoon.

Eighteen Indian Nationals Arrested with Ammunitions in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Eighteen Indian nationals with two single-barrel guns, six rounds of
ammunition and Indian military uniforms were arrested on Monday.

Osama bin Laden alive - Musharraf

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said he believed Al-Qaeda leader Osama
bin Laden was alive but that he was unsure where he was hiding.
The on going military operations in South Waziristan against foreign
militants to expel them out of that region has been going on since January, has arrested some 600 Al-Qaeda linked militants, most of them handed over to the US custody.

Wickremesinghe Had Lunch With Natwar Singh Amid Speculation

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Amidst speculation about Colombo’s overtures to New Delhi to play a pro-active role in the current peace process, Ranil Wickremesinghe, former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, had a luncheon meeting with Indian Foreign Minister K Natwar Singh on Monday.

India Donates 100 crore Rupees in Grant to Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

India donated food worth 100 crore rupees in grant assistance for the
flood-affected people of Bangladesh, an official announcement said.

Another mosque attacked in Pakistan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

A bomb exploded in a mosque late Sunday evening just before prayers, while
frisking a man, the two security personal stopped a man with a brief case. A bomb in the briefcase exploded after a scuffle, during which one of the guards opened fire.

Pakistan still working for Chinese engineers’ release

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Tribesmen of Mehsud tribes gathered at a village about 10 miles north of the area of the remote South Waziristan tribal region where the Chinese engineers were being held.


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