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LTTE Suicide Bombings: Global Ramifications of a Deadly Ideology

There is an urgent need to prevent the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam from raising funds and conducting business internationally. These are, as systematic elimination of democratic opponents and forced recruitment of children most poignantly indicate, aimed at the destruction of democratic culture in the Tamil community. Without such controls, no peace in Sri Lanka is possible.

Sri Lanka President on a working visit to New Delhi

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka, will be
on a working visit to India from November 3-7, 2004 at the invitation of
President of India, according to a press release by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Indian Americans Bobby Jindal elected to US Congress

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Bobby Jindal, a 33-year-old second generation Indian born and brought up in Louisiana was elected to the House of Representatives by a landslide margin from a conservative majority pocket Cajun state.

Jap envoy Akashi briefs India of his Colombo talks as Lanka President Kumaratunga begins a five-day visit to Delhi

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga begins a five-day visit to India today on the very day the Japanese special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi briefed New Delhi of the outcome of his ‘not so successful’ latest visit to Colombo.

One killed and two injured in Karachchi violence

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

One person was killed while two others got injured when gunmen fired at early morning prayers at a Sunni Muslim mosque in Pakistan's historically turbulent port city Karachi today.

Bush set to declare victory in election

President George W. Bush plans to declare victory in the 2004 election if he wins one of two remaining states, Nevada or New Mexico, and assumes he has already won Ohio, a senior adviser said early on Wednesday.

Bangladesh: Government Still Clueless about Qasem's Fate Abducted Driver

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The government has not received any further information about the
Bangladeshi lorry-driver Abul Qasem who was abducted along with his
Sri Lankan collegue Dinesh Dharmendra Rajaratnam in Iraq. But, the government said it was still trying its best to find out his whereabouts

More trouble for BJP as court revives criminal case against Advani

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

There is more trouble in store for the India’s main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is trying to revive its political fortunes after a series of electoral setbacks.

White House says Bush has won re-election

President George W. Bush is convinced he has won re-election but will hold off a formal victory declaration to give Democrat John Kerry "time to reflect" on the results, White House Chief of Staff Andy Card said on Wednesday

US Presidential Election: Loser Is American Democracy

Daya Gamage, USA

When parliamentary or presidential elections are held in Third World developing countries pressure is mounted by western funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in those countries and western democracies to have those popular elections monitored to ascertain whether the elections were held in free and fair manner and if the final results projected the free wish of the electors.

Release Rajaratnam : An international appeal to his abductors.

Release is a new website opened up to appeal for the release, by the well wishers and sympathizers of Dinesh Dharmendra Rajaratnam, a truck driver from Sri Lanka, who has been kidnapped by the Iraq Islamic Army on 28 October, in Baghdad, Iraq.

Protesting against the transfer of an official by Sri Lankan HRC is a breach of discipline -AHRC

Asian Human Rights Commission, a Hong Kong based human rights organizations declared that striking against the transfer of an official by the Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka in not a statement of human rights, but rather a breach of discipline.

Awami League Demands Special Security for Sheikh Hasina

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Awami League (AL) leadership demanded immediate redeployment
of the Special Security Force (SSF) for security of the opposition leader
Sheikh Hasina.

Mock Operation in the Port City of Karachchi

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Confusing reports emerges as Pakistani security forces, backed by helicopter gunship, raided a residential complex in the southern port city of Karachi on Monday night, and intelligence officials quoted saying that they could be trying to capture an important Al- Qaeda figure.

Congress Party offers voluntary Retirement Scheme to its staff to put on a youth image

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

The Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party has created a first of its kind by offering a voluntary Retirement Scheme to its staff. A circular issued by the party treasurer and former federal minister Motilal Vora, says, all statutory dues would be paid to those who opt for VRS besides 15 days' salary multiplied by the remaining years of service. Vora promised release of the VRS amount within 15-days of the closure of scheme.

Ranil reiterates of Oslo Declaration and Federal format as the agreed basis for political resolution with the LTTE.

At a meeting with Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka, Leader of the Opposition strongly emphasized of a “a clear agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to explore a federal solution as the basis of a political resolution of the ethnic conflict.”

A New Killer – Unexploded shells found in the imported iron and steel scrap loads.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Iron and steel scraps imported from various countries into India are posing serious threats to people working in scrap yards, as well as in the melting plants. Several dozens of innocent civilians so far were causalities to the unexploded shells and personal mines found in the iron and steel scrap loads.

Literary Conference of the Tamils in Exile in Europe.

The annual Literary Meet or Ilakkiya Chanthippu of the Tamil writers in exile in Europe is scheduled to be held on 06 and 07 November at "Berger Church Hall, Karl-Schurz-Str., Stuttgart, Germany.

Bangladesh: No-one Should Have the Audacity to Brand us as “Corrupt"—Finance Minister

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman declared in the floor of the Parliament that no institution should have the audacity to brand a country as “corrupt.”

Divorce to be made stringent: no more <i>talaq</i> either by e-mail or phone in the future

From Narendra Kaushik - Reporting from New Delhi

Concerned with the increasing number of divorces (talaq) through telephone and email, Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (IMPLB), an umbrella body of different Muslim organizations in India, has proposed a new nikahnama (registration of marriage) to make the divorce procedure more stringent.