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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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Pakistani PM guarantees consistent economic policies

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Monday that the government would continue with its consistent economic policies to ensure favorable environment for the investors.

Pakistan oppositions protest to Musharraf’s offer on Kashmir

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

A day after President told the media that Pakistan and India must
consider changing their positions on Kashmir, the Opposition Tuesday
rejected the formula for solving the lingering issue of Kashmir,
emphasizing that they will never allow him to change the status of Kashmir against the wishes of its people.

Swiss National Killed: Allegedly failure to pay taxes to Tamil rebel outfit.

From Asian Tribune’s Sri Lanka Correspondent

Hans Ulrich (61) a Swiss national residing in Jayanthipura in the eastern town of Batticaloa was killed in a grenade attack, allegedly by unidentified men suspected to be from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on Tuesday, night around 7.30 pm local time military sources said.

ADB to help Pakistan formulate national transport policy

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Asian Development Bank has approved a technical assistance (TA) grant of US$290,000 to assist the Pakistani Government to formulate a comprehensive national transport policy that represents the interests of all stakeholders. The grant is financed by the Government of Japan.

S.M.J. Senaratne new Secretary General of Sri Lanka’s Peace Advisory Committee

Sri Lanka President has appointed S.M.J.Senaratne, a retired Sri Lanka Administrative Service Officer and the former Secretary of the Presidential Truth Commission on Ethnic Violence (1981 – 1984), as the new Secretary General of the National Advisory Committee for Peace and Reconciliation.

Jayantha Dhnapala – Missing in action?

Rumors are afloat about the resignation of Jayantha Dhanapala from his position as the Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat, for undisclosed reasons and as rumors persistently emerges, especially from outside Sri Lanka, details remains more and more sketchy.

Myanmar Seeks India’s help In Its Gradual Return to Democracy

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Myanmar’s Military Junta has asked India to “understand the difficulties” involved in Yangon’s “transition to democracy” and sought the support of the world’s largest democracy in its gradual return to democracy.

Sri Lanka: Peace Process on the Roll - Shuttle diplomacy at it’s best.

The international community closely monitoring the peace process in Sri Lanka in the coming weeks is set to have a thorough review on the progress achieved by the two parties - Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, towards resuming peace talks.

Bangladesh: US Withholds $300 Million due for Millennium Development Goal

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Finance and Planning M Saifur Rahman today blamed media reports for
Bangladesh's position as the most corrupt country in Transparency
International's (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) that compelled
the US to withhold a planned $300 million Millennium Development Goal
(MDG) fund

Tamil Nationalism: Results and Prospects

-By Dayan Jayatilleka

It is time Tamil nationalism does some stocktaking. The LTTE is at an impasse, able to go to war but unable to be sure of the external repercussions, not least from India and especially with Karuna in the running. It is unwilling to settle for a federal peace.

India-Myanmar Trade Can Double in Two Years - Reveals Joint Task Force Report

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Bilateral trade between India and Myanmar could double within two years, according to the India-Myanmar Joint Task Force Report.

"We are not against the 16-Point Agreement but the way it was signed": Rio

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said they were not against the 16-Point Agreement but only concerned with the way it was signed. He said the 16-Point Agreement was signed without consulting not only the underground groups that were fighting for Naga sovereignty but also the Naga public.

Two Powerful Bombs Recovered in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Two powerful bombs, each weighing two kilograms, were recovered on Monday from an arum-field in the northernmost town of Bagerhat. The city borders India and a stronghold of several leftist militant groups that
have waged a "class struggle" to overthrow the government.

84 confirmed dead in Thailand’s worst ever violence in it’s deep southern province

Death toll in the unrest in the Tak Bai Police station in Thailand’s southern most province of Narathiwat has risen to 84 according to official sources. Out of those died the 78 of those who had died suffered from insufficient oxygen, while the other six died in a clash with local police and military forces at the Tak Bai Police Station.