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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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China Gives Duty-free Access to 84 Bangladeshi Products

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

China has granted duty-free access to 84 Bangladeshi commodities,
Bangladeshi commerce minister Air Vice- Marshal Altaf Hossain
Chowdhury (Retd.) said Tuesday while addressing a discussion meeting
organized by Bangladesh-China Cultural, Economic and Mass
Communication Center in Dhaka.

Negotiations fail for the release of Chinese hostages

Lubna Jerar Naqvi, - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The ongoing negotiations between the tribal elders and the al-Qaeda-linked militant chief responsible for kidnapping two Chinese engineers in a lawless region near the Afghanistan border have failed to secure the release, tribal leaders said.

Nepal: DPM says Govt. preparing to declare unilateral ceasefire

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari said that the government is making preparations to declare a unilateral ceasefire in an effort to move ahead with the peace process.

Voting is in progress in India’s key state of Maharashtra for 288-member assembly

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Voting is taking place today in the politically crucial state of Maharashtra in Western India for a 288-member provincial assembly.

Britain finally drops WMD charge

By Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

British foreign secretary Jack Straw admitted Tuesday the government was wrong when it claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction that could be deployed in 45 minutes. Though this intelligence faux pas has only now been officially admitted, at the time it was a crucial disclosure that eventually convinced parliament to support the war on Iraq.

Imtiyaz, Ph. D – ideological brother-in-law of Prabhakaran

By H.L.D. Mahindapala

Having read Mr. Dayan Jayatilleka’s intervention in responses to Mr. A. R. M. Imtiyaz’s contention that the LTTE has his strong support because it is the only organized force to protect and win rights for “(we) the minorities from the oppressive Sinhala-Buddhist state”, I could not resist the inclination to step into their debate not only because the clash of opinions has raised some relevant issues that needs to be examined more closely but also because the debate is run by two academic. - H.L.D. Mahindapala

Bangladeshi FM's Visit to Delhi Remains Uncertain

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi foreign minister Manjur Morshed Khan's one-day visit to India has remained uncertain.

India, Bhutan Hold Talks on Security-Related Issues and Border Management

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India and Bhutan held wide-ranging talks Tuesday on security-related issues and border management as well as areas of bilateral cooperation.

Norwegian Prime Minister’s Fancy Footwork

By Mahinda Weerasinghe

Mr Kjell Magne Bondevik’s inimitable leadership style is beyond comparison. There aren’t many Prime Ministers in the world that can effortlessly deal with terrorists and survive politically in a democratic society. So when that notorious terrorist Mr. V. Balakumar was entertained by his Foreign office, the world at large held its breath.

NCUB welcomes EU Foreign Ministers decision to strengthen sanctions against the Government by Army Generals.

The National Council of the Union of Burma welcomes the decision by the EU Foreign Ministers made recently in Luxembourg to strengthen sanctions due to the lack of progress in democracy and human rights in Burma.

Attempt to sabotage Pak-China relations

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Kidnapping of Chinese engineers is an attempt to sabotage Pak-China
relations, read a statement from Interservices Public Relations Department (ISPR) of the Pakistan Army.

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wins Left support for his Kashmir, Northeast policies

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

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has ‘won’ the support of his crucial allies for his Kashmir and Northeast policies.