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The Role of GOPIO in Global Security

By Nirj Deva - Member of European Parliament

Speech delivered in Brussels at the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin by Nirj Deva MEP, who is the Co-Coordinator of the Development Committee of the European Parliament and Conservative Spokesman on Overseas Development of the European Parliament. GOPIO is a global organisation of people of Indian Origin. The Indian Diaspora is of 24m million people. They remit over 25 billion USD per year back to India.

Law on honor killing to be passed soon – Wasi Zafar

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Minister for Law Wasi Zafar commenting on the increase in crime against women, especially honor killing, said that law on honor killing will be passed soon which will help control the crime.

Deadlock in ministry formation continues in key Indian state of Maharahstra

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Ahmednagar in Western Maharashtra.

Government formation in the key Indian state of Maharahstra is facing hurdles as the Sonia Gandhi Congress and its electoral ally the Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar, a federal minister and local strongman, are locked in a battle of attrition on whose party should get the coveted post chief minister.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Is Very Much The Boss, Snubs External Affairs Ministry

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India’s Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh may be seen to be rather meek, but when it comes to the crunch, the mild-mannered career-economist-turned politician can show in no unequivocal terms who is the boss as an overzealous Foreign Ministry has found to its dismay.

“We expect European Community to learn and sanity to prevail” – S.P.Tamilselvan

“European community as a whole is not on anyone side. We expect them to learn the truth. We want them to understand the ground reality. We believe that the truth would prevail. We expect sanity will prevail. We are fully committed to the peace process. We want everybody to support the peace process, and not the LTTE as somebody tried to project,” said S.Paramu Tamilselvan head of the Political division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Burma Needs A Fresh Start.

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

We share a common concern with General Maung Aye and the Junior Generals relating to the disgusting treatment of the two million Burmese refugees in Thailand. The best way for Thai businessmen to protect their investments in Burma is to provide civilized treatment of the Burmese refugees in Thailand.

TamilEela Ikkiya Viduthalai Munnani Calls Norway to relinquish its role as a facilitator of the Peace process.

TamilEela Ikkiya Viduthalai Munnani, a united formation of Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front and TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, in its first major political step, appealed to Kjell Magne Bondevik, Prime Minister of Norway to give up the facilitation of the Peace Talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as it is observed that Norway has failed to remain impartial and neutral.

Embarrassing Questions Survive End of Veerappan, Say Newspapers

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Editorials in newspapers across India have almost unanimously hailed the killing of forest brigand Veerappan in an encounter with the Special Task Force of the Tamil Nadu/Karnataka Police.

Indonesia’s new president starts his political journey strewn with problems all over.

By Nina Amerasinghe - Asian Tribune

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, newly sworn in president of Indonesia now faces a tough task ahead, as he begins his term as the new leader of the largest Muslim populated nation. There is a list of endless problems he has to fulfill and many of them within the first one hundred days of assuming office as promised by him during the election campaign.

Mob Beats Three Robbers to Death in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Three robbers were killed by a mob in the early hours on Wednesday, while trying to commit dacoity in a night-service motor bus.

Timely declaration of Naga independence saved Naga national identity: Adino Phizo

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Naga National Council (NNC) said had the Naga representatives missed the "historic window time to declare its independence," the fate of the then "Naga Hills" could have been a mere "autonomous district" in Assam. In other words, modern Nagaland and Naga national identity could not possibly become a reality, it stated.

Clean and simple Susilo is today - President of the Populous Indonesia.

By Nina Amerasinghe – Asian Tribune

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the first president of the populous Indonesia, directly elected in the election involving over 110 million voters. Previous presidents were chosen by voting of People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) members.

US blacklists Nine Muslim charities in Asia in a bid to choke funds flow to terrorist groups

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from India.

As a part of its on-going drive against arresting the flow of funds to terrorist organizations, the United States has put 27 Muslim charities, nine of them from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, on its black list and advised Muslims not to make any contribution to these organizations particularly as a part of their charity to mark the ‘Holy Month’ of Ramadan – a period of fasting.