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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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Tension Mounts as Bangladesh Rifles put on "Red Alert" along

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Rifles is put on high alert (Code Red) as heavy
deployment by both India and Bangladesh's border guards near the
border continued in Thursday.

Weakened Arafat heads for France, cancer suspected

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, weakened by what doctors think may be leukaemia, flew to France for treatment on Friday from the besieged West Bank headquarters where he had been pinned for over 2-1/2 years.

Pakistan: ADB to strengthen non-formal education and basic literacy in Punjab

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

ADB has approved a technical assistance (TA) grant of US$400,000 to prepare
a project to boost the literacy, skills training, and basic education of
rural girls and women, using non-formal means, in Barani areas of Punjab, Pakistan. The TA is from ADB's Poverty Reduction Cooperation Fund financed by the Government of the United Kingdom.

For a sustainable peace, Karuna calls for a united and joint action to achieve the noble end.

In a statement by V.Muralithran alias Colonel Karuna, the joint President of the TamilEela Ikkya Viduthala Munnai, which was a message sent to the conference organized by the Peoples Liberation Front (JVP), he has called for a united effort and emphasized that a Joint action is the urgent need of the hour for the prevalence of peace and harmony in Sri Lanka – a noble goal longed for by every Sri Lankans and Tamils in this country.

Jayantha Dhanapala has not tendered his rsignation.

From Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat, veteran and a reputed UN diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala has not either tendered his resignation or resigned. There is no shred of truth in the news item that appeared in a Tamil news paper, stated Cabinet Spokesman Mangala Samaraweera.

Sri Lanka: Light at the end of the Tunnel - Samaraweera on an optimistic note regarding peace talks.

From Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Government expects a breakthrough in the peace process in the next month with the arrival of a top Norwegian facilitator in the country early next month. Government Spokesman and Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Thursday.

Musharraf’s formula on Kashmir indicates end of old rhetoric says a former Indian Prime Minister

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

India’s former prime minister Viswanath Pratap Singh sees some merit in the latest Musharraf speak. The Pak president’s formula for a fresh think to break the Kashmir logjam indicates an end of old rhetoric, he said in what observers see as a first positive reaction from an Indian leader to the three-point plan announced by Gen Musharraf on Monday.

Akashi exploring possiblities to jumpstart the Sri Lankan Peace process.

From Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Japanese Special Peace Envoy to Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi commenced discussion with Sri Lankan Government, political parties and donor community representatives here on Colombo on Thursday after arriving Sri Lanka on Wednesday night on a week long visit to revive stalled peace process.

"Sign deal by October or lose $15m loan"-- Spain tells Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Spanish government has threatened to withdraw a soft loan
amounting to $15 million from Bangladesh if Dhaka fails to sign an
agreement this month for using the money.

Jirga men not killed by Army fire

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Last Wednesday, a rocket was fired during the on-going operation in South Waziristan and was misdirected and hit and killed 15 men from the jirga. The point where this rocket was fired can not be determined but the Jirga claims it was from the army post.

Tamil Nadu fishermen lamentably failed with their proposed protest

From Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

The planned protest of the Tamil Nadu fishermen did not materialise on Thursday as Indian Navy and Coast Guards stepped up patrols making an effective blockade preventing them from entering Sri Lankan waters, Spokesman to the Sri Lanka Navy Commodore Jayantha Perera said.

Still she waits for her husband and ex-gratia

By Hemanta kumar Rout - Reporting from Orissa, India

Even as the Nation as well as state observes National Day for Disaster Reduction along with Disaster Preparedness Day and prays for the peace of the souls that departed on 29 October, five years ago, some living souls of Balasore, Kendrapara, Jagatsingpur, Jajpur and Cuttack districts are yet to receive the attention of the authorities.

Pakistan: General Major General Shaukat Sultan hints of the involvement of foreign hands in intensifying irregular warfare in the tribal belt of the country

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan.

Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Shaukat
Sultan has clarified that President General Pervez Musharraf had not given any solution and proposal for the settlement of long standing issue of Kashmir, which has emerged as a nuclear flash point between the two nuclear rivals in South Asia.

Naga problem is internal matter of India, and should be discussed within the country - Governor Jamir

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Goa State Governor SC Jamir has welcomed the decision of the NSCN (IM) leadership to visit India this winter saying that it is a decision which should be welcomed by one and all.

Burma: U Ohn Than, a solo protester in front of UN Office and Thet Wai Pauk Sa who assisted were sentenced to 2 years imprisonment

U Ohn Than and U Thet Wai were sentenced under the article-505
(b) for two-years each at the Eastern High Court in Rangoon by the
magistrate U Soe Tint.

Cambodia's new king

Norodom Sihamoni was crowned Friday as Cambodia's first new king in nearly half a century in ornate ceremonies that formally ended the reign of one of Asia's longest-serving and best-known rulers.