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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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New contingent of 309 Sri Lankan arrive in Haiti to join UN Peacekeeping force

Troops from Sri Lanka, Spain and Guatemala have arrived in Haiti to join the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) currently working to maintain security and foster a democratic political transition in the strife-torn Caribbean country.

Denmark: Some 1000 Foreigners granted visas by Mistakes since 1999.

Granting of visas to foreigners has becoming a heated topic for discussion in Denmark after the arrival and departure of V. Balakumar, a senior leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a Sri Lankan Tamil separatist rebel organization.

253 Pakistanis arrested on charges of entering Iranian territory illegally

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The Iranian Border Force (IBF) have arrested over 253 Pakistanis on charges of entering the Iranian territory illegally, and handed them over to the Pakistani authorities at the Pakistan-Iran border, a senior Federal Investigation Agency official told media men.

Delhi declaration urged Terrorists should not be allowed to gain legitimacy in Sri Lanka.

Delhi Declaration proclaimed a solution to the current problem of linguistic divide in Sri Lanka should not be so structured as to reward terrorism or permit any terrorist outfit on either side of the divide to gain in legitimacy or in access to authority of the state.

Tiger Jugglery and the Vanishing Oslo

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

So the Tiger did another somersault. Suddenly, according to the LTTE, there is no Oslo Declaration, no agreement on Federalism, no stepping back from Eelam. With the new Tiger volte face we are back, not to square one, but to several squares behind square one.

Congress, DMK demand Jayalalithaa’s scalp - Barnala named as new TN Governor

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

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress and its ally, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) are baying for Tamilnadu chief minister Jayalalithaa’s scalp for making public her conversation with the Federal Interior Minister Shivraj Patil over the change of governor of the south Indian state.

Sri Lanka Should Take Devolution Seriously To Isolate LTTE

By Daya Gamage

Venerable Baddegama Samitha, 52, in appearance, does not portray a firebrand. But he has a long history of being in the forefront of mass agitation movements, escaping death, more than once, in the hands of right wing and ultra-left elements in Sri Lanka long before he entered parliament in early nineties to represent the deep south district of Galle. Former bhikku parliamentarian speaks to "Asian Tribune" in Las Vegas, USA.

Foreign Ministry on the abduction of Sri Lankan national in Iraq

Several media quoting Al Jazeera Television have reported that two drivers, one from Sri Lanka and one from Bangladesh have been abducted in Iraq reportedly by a group named "Ansarul Sunnah" on October 28, the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Don’t let the Tiger off the Oslo hook

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Ever see a tiger wiggling? Well that’s what Anton Balasingham and SP Thamilchelvan are doing. They are trying to wiggle off the Oslo hook, and are being helped by – wait for it - the JVP! The Tigers say that there was no such thing as the Oslo declaration and that it in no way meant that they had abandoned the right to secede. Now the latter part of the statement is true, and frankly no one can divest the tigers or the right of secession.

Bangladesh Appeals to Abductors for its Citizen's Release

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The foreign office has said that the Islamic Army of Iraq (IAI), the
group that have reportedly abducted Bangladeshi lorry driver Abul
Kashem Faruk, has not made any claim or established any contact with
Bangladeshi authorities till last evening.

Ranil sinking in his “Oslo Declaration”

By H.L.D.Mahindapala

The so-called “Oslo Declaration” was presented to the nation and the world as the final word of the two parties agreeing to a federal state. In his book War & Peace, Anton Balasingham has declared categorically that the LTTE did not agree to a federal state, abandoning their claim for a separate state. Does anyone know exactly whether the negotiators (UNP) and the guarantors of peace (the international community and Norway), are coming or going?

Mian Sharif passes away

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Mian Mohammad Sharif, father of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former Punjab chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, died of cardiac arrest at 9pm (11 pm PST) in Jeddah on Friday. He was 85 years old.

Two moderate earthquakes rattled parts of Pakistan.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Two moderate earthquakes rattled a remote northern Himalayan region in of the country today, an official said. No damage to life and property have been reported yet he added.