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Yudhoyono’s cabinet mirrors conflicts within Indonesia’s ruling elite

Indonesia’s new 34-member cabinet was sworn in on October 21, the day after the inauguration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The announcement of the cabinet’s composition was made by Yudhoyono and his vice-president Jusuf Kalla from Jakarta’s presidential palace just before midnight, some four hours behind schedule. The delay was caused, according to the Indonesian press, by infighting among the country’s political elite over the allocation of the powerful economic portfolios.

Akashi continues with his optimistic note on the stalled peace process in Sri Lanka.

From Asian Tribune’s Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Japan's Special Peace Envoy to Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi expressed optimism here in Colombo that the current moves by the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam would lead towards a 'concrete and visible' process towards resuming peace talks very soon.

A War is not the Option, but a political solution without consensus is also difficult emphasizes Sri Lanka’s President.

Despite Rauf Hakim throwing his challenge and drumming up his opposition and Ranil Wickremasinghe and R.Sampanthan boycotting the inaugural session, the Political Committee of the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) met for its first closed door session Monday 1st November.

No progress in talks with Tamilselvan, Akashi to leave again empty handed

From Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Japanese Special Peace Envoy to Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi on Monday had discussions with the representatives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in his efforts to explore the possibilities of restarting peace talks soon between the Government of Sri Lankan and the Tamil rebel outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Islamabad, Pakistan Any secret arrangement to release Benazir Bhutto’s spouse Asif Zardari?

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Speculations are rife in the federal capital that government may soon release Asif Zardari, the jailed husband of exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Anandasangaree letter to the German Minister – Stop Deporting the Tamils back to Sri Lanka.

In appeal to the Government of Germany, V.Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front has indicated that he was deeply concerned over the proposal of the German authorities to review the applications of some Sri Lankan Tamils and he appealed to the German Government to desist from deporting those Sri Lankan Tamils back to Sri Lanka.

Despite Sri Lankan main opposition parties’ efforts to thwart, National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation was inaugurated

From Asian Tribune's Correspondent in Sri Lanka

The deliberation at the political committee of the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) will not hinder the Governments current discussions with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to restart peace negotiations soon, President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said on Monday.

Bangladesh Amends Penal Code

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Parliament passed the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2004 raising the minimum official age of criminal responsibility of a child from seven to nine years.

Pakistan: Prime Minister left for Kathmandu

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said as the current SAARC Chairman, Pakistan would endeavour to revitalize the grouping.He was talking to reporters at Chaklala Airbase before leaving for Kathmandu.

Indira-Bhutto ‘Agreement’ Should Be Made Formal

By J N Raina

The Shimla Agreement has proved ‘rewarding’ for Pakistan, but ‘unproductive’ for India. It tasted ‘bitter’ for us, but ‘mellow’ for Pakistan.

"The Waning Influence of Neo-Conservative Strategists"

Drafted by Erich Marquardt

Brought to power through the inauguration of the Bush administration, a group of individuals who pursued neo-conservative ideology managed to institute their policy directives during the window of opportunity created after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. The central goal of this neo-conservative faction was, and remains, to sustain the U.S. as the unchallenged superpower in the world, capable of launching military strikes against any states or groups that threaten this status.

Indian Prime Minister to visit Kashmir to push ahead with the peace effort

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Interior Minister Shivraj Patil are visiting Kashmir later this month to give a new impetus to the process of restoring normalcy and development in the border state, it was announced here today.