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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

Monthly archive

Bill on "Musharraf's Uniform" likely to be approved by the Pakistan Senate

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan.

The bill passed in the lower house of Pakistani Parliament providing the required legal authorization to President General Pervez Musharraf to hold two offices, with the view to continue the fight against terrorism and safeguard Pakistan's territorial integrity is likely to be tabled in the Senate.

Fratricidal war at it peak in Batticaloa - 2 LTTE'rs killed and two injured

By Asian Tribune’s Sri Lanka Correspondent

At least two Wanni faction cadres were killed and two cadres were injured in the factional fighting in the Eastern district of Batticaloa, at two different incident took place Thursday night, sources in Baticaloa told the 'Asian Tribune.'

Launching of a United Tamil Front to work for the aspirations of the Tamils

In a bizarre turn of events, launching of a new political formation, “Tamileela Iykkiya Viduthalai Munnani” (TIVM) – Tamileela United Liberation Front has been openly declared today, with the view to consolidate the reserve forces to function together with the noble concept of safeguarding the interests and wellbeing of the Tamils and to take united efforts to achieve the cherished rights and the reasonable aspirations of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

"I want to tell you this will have no effect on our relations." - China's Ambassador.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

China's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue while commenting over the death of the Chinese Engineer, said, "The Chinese government strongly condemns this terrorist act of kidnapping Chinese citizens." She also expressed Government’s condolence message to the bereaved family.

India denies visa to Sein Win, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader

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

India has denied a visa to Sein Win, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader for coming here to attend an international conference on restoration of democracy in Myanmar.

Smuggled Indian Goods Seized in Bangladesh; A 100-kg statue of Vishnu retrieved

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles today seized smuggled Indian goods in
14 separate raids in the border areas of Joypurhat district.

Nepal: 10 Maoists killed in fresh security action

By Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

At least 10 Maoists were killed in skirmishes with the security forces in Okhaldhunga and Syangja districts in the last twenty-four hours.

Pakistan to nab Al-Qaeda linked mastermind

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

After the release of the Chinese engineers on Thursday by the Pakistani forces, the Pakistani forces stepped up their hunt for an Al-Qaeda linked former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who masterminded the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers, security officials said.

India begins talks with Left Wing Extremists to end 30-year cycle of violence

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

India today began a quest for peace with left wing extremists and to bring them to normal life. With encouragement and support of the federal government, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy embarked on the ‘peace’ deal by inviting a group of leaders of the left wing extremists active in the state to come for the talks in Hyderabad with the promise to address their concerns on issues like land reforms in particular.

“Do's and Don’ts” to the LTTE Leader Prabakaran: In an open letter addressed by V.Anandasangaree – Veteran Tamil leader.

In an open letter addressed to V.Prabakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, V.Anandasangaree, Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front has pointed out the lapses inherent in the Internal Self Governing Authority proposal put forward by the Tamil rebel outfit and has told him in the most kindest and politest manner to man’s wit, to accommodate pragmatic and practical approaches that could be acceptable to all the ethnic groups in the country.

Denmark Permanently out Of LTTE’s Orbit?

At last it is almost confirmed that Denmark is hereafter out of the orbit of the Sri Lankan Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, despite ministerial and personal level pressure applied by Norway’s Special Peace Envoy to find ways and means to get the Danish Foreign Ministry to officially receive in Copenhagen, the visiting Tamil Tiger delegation for talks.

India’s Foreign Minister Natwar Singh Leaves For Vietnam

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India’s Foreign Minister K Natwar Singh left Thursday night for Vietnam to co-chair the Indo-Vietnam Joint Commission Meeting along with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Dy Nien.

Security forces exchanged fire with insurgents at Bishnupur in Manipur

A combined force of Indian Reserve Battalion, Bishnupur Police commandos and Grewal Rifles exchanged fire with suspected insurgents at Ngangkha Lawai in Bishnupur district early morning yesterday.

Breaking Sharon's 'Iron Wall' - Death of the Roadmap to Peace

By Am Johal – Asian Tribune

On Wednesday, September 14th, Occupation forces began
in earnest the process of building a new settlement
on Izbat Salman and Izbat Jalud lands,
near Qalqiliya district in the West Bank.

Nagas should never give up their fight till Naga integration is achieved: Nagaland CM

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said the integration of Naga homeland was a "matter of claiming one's birthright" and also a "matter of faith, touching our innermost sentiments and emotions." "Therefore, we shall never give it up and shall continue to strive for it till it is achieved," he said while delivering his keynote address at the seminar on "Integration of Naga Homeland" here at Zonal Council Hall on Thursday.

Norway's King Olav's ancestry questioned

In his new book ‘Folket’, Norwegian author Tor Bomann-Larsen casts doubt on King Olav V's ancestry. He states that Royal physician Sir Francis Laking, Queen Maud’s personal physician, was King Olav's biological father, rather than King Haakon.

India’s Nuclear Command Authority Reviews N-capabilities

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India’s Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Thursday reviewed all aspects of India's nuclear capabilities. It took stock of the command and control structures in place, it was officially stated.

Sri Lanka: Austria for mediation of the ethnic conflict?

Austria could play a role in the Peace Process in Sri Lanka "as a Member of the European Union", says the peace activist and Catholic priest Oswald B. Firth in Vienna. He added “As Austria does not represent a threat; it would be welcomed in Sri Lanka as a mediator.”

India - Pak border forces reach pact on transborder crimes - bus link to two Kashmirs no deal yet

M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Despite differences on what name they should give to the boundary in Jammu and Kashmir, India and Pakistan have reached a pact on better cooperation between their border forces to check trans-border crimes.

Sri Lanka Government ready with counter proposals regarding Interim Self Governing Authority – Media Minister

By Asian Tribune’s Sri Lanka Correspondent

Cabinet S Mangala Samaraweera said on Thursday that Sri Lankan Government was ready with the counter proposals to the Interim Self Governing Authority Proposals of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil to be forwarded as the basis for the resumption of the peace talks between two parties.