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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

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Indonesia’s neighbors seek “neighborly safety measures” with new President ‘SBY’

By Nina Amerasinghe - Asian Tribune

Australia is keen to maintain close relations with its “Big Friendly Giant” neighbor Indonesia, following the pro-western president elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyon’s (known in Indonesia by his initials ‘SBY’) recent victory.

Japan to Establish an Electronic Industry in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Japan has decided to establish an electronic industry in Chittagong
Export Processing Zone, investing US$8.2 million in the project. An
agreement to this effect was signed between the Bangladesh Export
Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) and the M/s Op-Seed Device Co. (BD) Ltd. in Dhaka today.

Work Together to Restore Asia Its Rightful Place In Global Economy, India Tells ASEAN

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Pushing ahead with New Delhi’s 'Look East' Policy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India would work with ASEAN for the creation of Regional Trade and Investment area to take the bilateral trade to 30 billion dollar by 2007.

Myanmar PM removed, under house arrest -Thai government

Khin Nyunt has been sacked as prime minister of military-ruled Myanmar amid allegations of corruption and placed under house arrest, according to Reuters news agency quoting a Thai government spokesman.

Prime Minister John Howard on Australia’s relationship with Indonesian

By Nina Amersinghe – Asian Tribune

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said that he is looking forward to have a good relationship with the newly elected President of Indonesia. He added that he had a good relationship with the outgoing President: “We were able to handle issues that might have challenged the relationship in quite an effective way.”

Sri Lanka President Secretariat on the released home guards.

A belated press release by the President’s secretariat stated that on the request of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, her Secretary Mr. W.J.S. Karunaratne, Minister Maithripala Sirisena and Law and Order Ministry Secretary Tilak Ranaviraja were at Sampur in Eastern Sri Lanka to receive the captives.

Police kill Forest Brigand Veerappan

According to agency reports reaching Chennai, Veerappan, the forest brigand wanted for numerous crimes was shot dead on Monday midnight in shootout with the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force, in a village located Tamil Nadu border in Southern India.

Officials of India and Sri Lanka to give finishing touches to the Defence Cooperation Agreement

By Asian Tribune’s Sri Lanka Correspondent

Officials from the Government of Sri Lanka and India are scheduled to
have a discussion to finalize India Sri Lanka Defence Cooperation Agreement on Tuesday and Wednesday in Colombo, a higher level Defence Ministry official in Sri Lanka told the “Asian Tribune.”

World Bank to Conduct a Post-MFA Study in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The World Bank will conduct a study to formulate a post- Multi-Fibre Arrangement (MFA) strategy for the export sector of Bangladesh.

In defence of Karuna

By Dayan Jayatilleka

I was surprised to read an anonymous critique of Karuna’s recent political platform and statements in the “Asia Tribune” (October 18). To my mind, Karuna’s recent statements contain at their core, a powerfully penetrating message: Prabhakaran can secure neither Tamil Eelam nor peace.

Pakistan: Oppositions pledged to continue with their protest

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The Opposition political parties have said that they are protesting and will continue to protest against the bill passed on Friday, allowing the President to hold on ro both the posts.

Germany supports Poverty Research Symposium in Colombo

The 5th Annual Symposium on Poverty Research in Sri Lanka will be held in Colombo from 19 to 21 October, 2004 at the BMICH, supported by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ), through the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Konrad-Adenauer Foundation.

Fernandes Pours Scorn on Junta as Meet on Burma Demands Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Fernandes, India's well-known Socialist and former
Defence Minister, and a personal friend of Aung San
Suu Kyi, has poured scorn on the military Junta in
Burma, taunting them that the mighty military is
"afraid of one individual, Nobel laureate Suu Kyi.

US Assistant Secretary arrives on Monday to study Refugee Situation

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, Arthur E. "Gene" Dewey is arriving on Katmandu to take stock of the situation of Bhutanese refugees, and ask the governments of Nepal and Bhutan to move toward a solution.

BSF Pushes Nine Indian Nationals into Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

ndian border security force (BSF) has pushed nine Indian nationals
into Bangladesh through the Amarkhana-Jotehasna border on Monday, a
Bangladesh Rifles, source told "The Asian Tribune".

L.K.Advani, Former Deputy Premier - New BJP Chief: To Enthuse Party Cadre

From R C Rajamani, - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Lal Kishen Advani, representing the result-oriented face of India’s Hindu-dominated Bharatiya Janata Party took over Tuesday as the party’s new chief, a move intended to galvanise the party and enthuse its cadres, somewhat depressed by the recent poll reverses in Maharashtra and elsewhere across the country in the latest round of balloting.