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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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Christina Rocca meets Musharraf

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The Pakistan President met Christina Rocca, US assistant secretary of state for South Asia to discuss continued cooperation in the ongoing war against terrorism.

Cambodia's newly chosen monarch returns home to take the throne

Cambodia's newly selected king returned from China on Wednesday to take up the throne after his father, outgoing monarch Norodom Sihanouk, abdicated earlier this month because of poor health.

Resumption of Naga Peace Talks in Bangkok

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Peace Talks on Nagaland are believed to have resumed in Bangok Wednesday, according to federal government sources in New Delhi.

Pakistan Army helicopters pound terrorists’ hideouts

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan Army helicopter gunships attacked a suspected hideout of terrorist Abdullah Mehsud, a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, who masterminded the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers this month on Wednesday, said sources.

Official declaration of change of Prime Minister and State Secretary 1 in Myanmar.

Myanmar’s ruling State Peace and Development council by its three declarations No2 to 04, dated 19th October 2004, has regularized the dismissal of Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt, appointment of Lt-Gen Soe Win as Prime Minister and the assignment of duties to Lt-Gen Thein Sein, as Secretary-1.

Sri Lanka: Expenses incurred for ferrying militants by Air Force helicopters entered as “Flying Training Cost” - alleged as a serious misdemeanor

Sri Lanka Air Force has so far used its helicopters to ferry, cadres belonging to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and their sponsors for more than 1270 hours since February.

Pakistan: Six Army Personnel so far killed in an ambush by terrorists.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad Pakistan

At least 6 army personnel have been killed and a number of them injured, as militants loyal to Abdullah Mehsud ambushed an army patrol in Spin Raghazai area, near Jandola early morning.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sworn in as Indonesia’s new President

By Nina Amerasinghe – Asian Tribune

Indonesia’s 6th President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Vice President Jusuf Kalla were sworn in today at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) as the nation watched on. Indonesia’s very first directly elected president pledged his oath of office this morning.

Norway is alleged with a documented charge sheet for violating UN Resolution on Terrorism

Australian-based Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights (SPUR) has forwarded to the UN Committee for Counter Terrorism a documented charge sheet against Norway for violations of the UN Resolution 1373 which deals with terrorism. This was lodged jointly by the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) and SPUR, urging the Committee for Counter Terrorism to investigate the charges against Norway.

Kofi Annan expressed his concern over the unfolding events in Myanmar and called for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General has expressed his serious concern about the events that have unfolded in Yangon overnight, including the report that Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt has been dismissed and put under house arrest.

Colonel Karuna and his TIVM salutes the death of Kingsley Rasanayagam

Kingsley Rasanayagam had been brutally murdered today by Tigers at Batticaloa district and TamilEela Ikkiya Viduthalai Munnani pays homage to Kingsley Rasanayagam. Kingsley Rasanayagam is the next victim in the chain murder of LTTE. He contested in the last election and won, and later resigned due to the threat from LTTE. He had been murdered even after adhering to LTTE.

Many political secrets may have died with Veerappan

By R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Forest brigand Veerappan is dead. His death is certainly a relief to society. But, politically, especially in the fight against terrorism, a Veerappan captured alive would have been a consummation devoutly to be wished for.

LTTE’s Sea Commander Soosai to Singapore for medical treatment

By Asian Tribune’s Sri Lanka Correspondent

Sea Tiger leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Special Commander Thillayampalan Sivaneshan alias ’Colonel’ Soosai flew to Singapore via Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo for urgently needed overseas medical treatment, officials here in Colombo said on Tuesday.

Hard-line General Soe Win - the new Prime Minister of Myanmar.

State radio and television of military-ruled Myanmar announced Tuesday that that Lt.-Gen. Soe Win, 56, a former air defence chief, as the new Prime Minister of the country. It was further announced that Lt. General Khin Nyunt was "permitted to retire for health reasons.”

World Bank Praises Investment Climate in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

A World Bank team commended the investment climate in Bangladesh as India's corporate giant Tata group found it suitable for establishing large-scale industrial plants.

Tamil Tigers Killing Machine on: Kingsley Rajanayagam shot and killed allegedly by LTTE

By Asian Tribune’s Sri Lanka Correspondent

Kingsley Rajanayagam, former Member of Parliament from the Batticaloa district was shot dead by suspected Liberation Tigers Wanni faction cadres in Kiraidiyapuram in the Eastern town of Batticaloa around 6.15 local time on Tuesday evening, Eastern Province Deputy Inspector General of Police Neville Wijesinghe told the “Asian Tribune”.

Opposition parties ask government to withdraw TADA

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

Opposition Political leaders and human rights activists have condemned in strong words the government's move to re-promulgate Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Control and Punishment) Act (TADA) with what they call `harsher provisions.

Bangladesh: Death Sentences Given to Three Military Officers for Killing Four Politicians

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

A court in Dhaka sentenced three former junior military officers to
death today, all of whom are on the run, for killing four aides of
assassinated president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a prison in 1975.