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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2739

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RSS obsession with ‘Marx-putras’

By Neeraj Nanda

After the historical defeat at the ballot box recently, the RSS-BJP has not been able to overcome the trauma of defeat. In fact, the party has been in turmoil since its defeat at the hands of the Congress led United Progressive Alliance backed by the Left parties.

Three more Non-Cabinet Ministers sworn in as Rehabilitation Ministers responsible for North and Eastern provinces.

Three more non-cabinet ministers were sworn in today to take responsibilities of rehabilitation affairs in Trincomalee, Vanni and Batticalao districts.

Bin Ladin muscles into US election race

Usama bin Ladin has burst into the US election campaign, issuing his first video tape in more than a year to deride President George Bush and warn of possible new September 11-style attacks.

Dhaka concerned at reported abduction of Bangladeshi driver in Iraq

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The foreign office here today said it was trying to confirm the
reported abduction of a Bangladeshi driver by a militant group in Iraq
along with a Sri Lankan colleague.

Conference Should Consider India’s Role, Dr. Subramanian Swamy

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The one-day international conference on “India’s Sri Lanka Policy” got under way here Saturday with a call by Dr. Subramanian Swamy, the chief architect of the global meet, that the conference should focus, among other things, on a possible option for India to intervene at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government.

Wanni LTTE responsible for most political killings: Wimal

By Gagani Weerakoon – Daily Mirror

A forum of political parties and civil organizations against political
killings and abductions was held yesterday at the BMICH with the
participation of Tamil and Sinhala political and civil organizations.

Solution To Tamil Issue Should Not Affect Lanka'sTerritorial Unity, India

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India has made it clear once again that the final solution to
the Sri Lankan Tamil problem should not affect the
territorial unity and constitutional cohesion of the
Sri Lankan polity.

Islamic Army in Iraq abducted one Sri Lankan and a Bangladeshi nationals.

The Islamic Army in Iraq has announced it abducted a driver from Sri Lanka and another from Bangladesh who work for a Kuwaiti company, Al-Jazeera television said Thursday night, showing footage of the pair.

Danish police raided the office of LTTE’s front organization in Denmark

Police in Denmark recently raided the office a front organization of the Sri Lankan Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which is called ”Thamilar Orungu Inaippu Onryam,” an organization to unite the Tamils and removed computers, floppy and CD diskettes, files, account books, and many other sensitive documents.

Jayalalitha in bizarre a show down mood with the Federal Government, as Governor resigns.

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

Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the gusty cinema heroine turned politician at the helm of affairs in the south Indian state of Tamilandu has created a furore, an abnormal record of its kind.

Japanese special envoy Akashi’s search to reconvene the peace talks continues.

From Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga emphasized the importance of resuming peace talks between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as soon as possible, when Japan’s Special Representative to Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi called on her on Friday evening at the President House in Colombo.

A Conference on India’s policy proposal on Sri Lanka’s peace process.

The conference on “India’s Sri Lanka’s policy objectives, priorities and strategy in search for a solution” will be held today in New Delhi, at the Mangolia room, in the Habitat centre. More than 40 academics, political leaders, and speakers are expected to participate in the one day conference.

Sonia Congress names its chief minister for Maharashtra

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

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party today ‘selected’ Vilas Rao Deshmukh as the new chief minister of Maharashtra, a key state that sends 48 lawmakers to Indian Parliament. The Party and its local ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of federal minister for agriculture Sharad Pawar have emerged as the single largest block with 140-seats in 288-member provincial assembly in the elections held on October 13.

India Frees Four Bangladeshi Fishermen

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Four Bangladeshi fishermen who were languishing in Indian jail were for six months were freed from prison returned to their on Friday to their. The release came after a long and bitter diplomatic wrangling between India and Bangladesh.

Osma bin Laden video cassette: Mystery begins to unravel, but culprits very much in Pakistan.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan.

Mystery behind the surfacing of Osma bin Laden’s video cassette with the latest message that was televised in the Al-Jazeera from Doha Qatar begins to unravel a little, but still the loose ends have to be searched and tied together for specific details. Person or persons carried the cassette must have to be in Islamabad. Concerted action is needed to apprehend him to solve the knotty problem.