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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2701

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Bill for honor-killing passed in National Assembly

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

After a lot of deliberation, the National Assembly has finally passed the
Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2004 providing severe punishments for those involved in Karo-Kari or honour killings (a practice human rights activists say claims hundreds of victims a year, mostly women).

Jayantha Dhanapala - Back in action – SCOPP

Secretariat involved with the Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) in Sri Lanka, in a letter written to the “Asian Tribune” confirms that Jayantha Dhanapala, a veteran UN diplomat, “- continues to function as Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) as well as Senior Advisor to Her Excellency the President of Sri Lanka.”

Sonia Congress to have its way in the government formation in Maharashtra

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

Eleven days after the electorate delivered a fractured verdict in Maharashtra, a key state in Western India, Sonia Gandhi’s Congress has managed to brow beat its local ally and clinched the right to form the provincial government.

Caretaker Government in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Caretaker Government will govern Burma for a period of three years. The fifteen member Executive Council will establish policy and the day to day operations of the various government departments will be managed by the most able civil servant in that department.

Danish media alleged: A mole of a terrorist outfit spied on two Danish Tamils

Denmark State Radio and Metroxpres a Danish language daily news paper have screamed in their headline news of a Tamil association in Denmark - a mole of the Sri Lankan terrorist group, of passing on information concerning Tamils living in Denmark to Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Navy put on high alerts to stop Indian fishermen crossing into Sri Lanka’s territorial waters.

From Asian Tribune’s Sri Lanka Correspondent

Sri Lanka Navy has intensified its patrolling in the sea off Mannar in view of the planned protest by Indian fishermen from Rameswaran against Sri Lanka Navy today - on October 28.

Bangladesh Rifles Put on High Alert along Bangladesh-India Border

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) have been put on alert to ward off any Indian
effort to push-in its nationals along the 2,250 kilometers of border
that Bangladesh shares with Indian state of West Bengal.

‘Prithvi-III’ test-fired successful: India rides new high

BY Hemanta Kumar Rout - Reporting from Orissa, India

India has bridged a key gap in its defence profile with the test firing of the naval version of ‘Prithvi-III’ missile on Wednesday. This missile was test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, 15 km from Balasore off the Orissa coast, on Wednesday at about 11.30 a.m.

Bangladesh Oppositions Protest Government Move to Grant immunity to the World Bank.

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Different political parties and non-governmental organizations hold a
joint rally in Dhaka today urging the government not to pass any law
in the parliament that would give immunity to the World Bank.

Pakistan finally embarking onto a path to global outsourcing

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan has finally stepped into global outsourcing phenomenon towards also cashing in with call centers and other low-cost IT services and this industry promises to expand rapidly.

Credibility of US Presidential Election a Big Issue

By Daya Gamage, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

For decades the United States overseas diplomats used public diplomacy and public affairs programs to reiterate the value of representative governments through a popular electoral process to emphasize the importance of free, fair and democratic elections in encouraging the Third World developing countries to allow the citizens to freely express their wishes in electing their own governments.

Bangladesh: “Tell which country’s dictate Awami League follows?”— Chowdhury

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Awami League chairperson Sheikh Hasina’s political secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury has extended a challenged to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s son and the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker Tareq Rahman to disclose publicly which country’s dictates Awami League follows.

India’s opposition BJP ready to confront Manmohan Government with agitational politics

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from India

There is going to be no dull moment in the Indian political scene from now on with the main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday resolving to confront the Manmohan Singh government with agitational politics.

Ranil and his coterie transformed the UNP as a tool of LTTE.

By A.A.M.Nizam –Matara

At a time when the obnoxious Internal Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal of the Wanni Tigers are being rejected by the intellectuals and politicians belonging to the Tamil community itself, UNP’s insistence to commence the so-called peace negotiations urgently on the ISGA proposal is very strange, and amazing.

Pakistani court delays hearing of Daniel Pearl’s murder case

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

As the key defense lawyer failed to show up , once again a Pakistani court adjourned an appeal hearing on Thursday for four Islamic militants convicted of the abduction and murder of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl 38, who was researching a story on Islamic fundamentalism when he was kidnapped in Karachi in January 2002 and later beheaded.