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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invites moderate Kashmir separatists for talks

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

A day after announcing their visit to Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the interior minister Shivraj Patil have invited the moderate Kashmiri separatist leaders for talks. Indications are that the talks would be at the official level to begin with though Patil’s participation is not ruled out right from the very outset.

Burmese Perspective on : Situation in Burma and Regional Security (Part I)

By Prof. B T Win

his paper was read by Prof. B T Win, at the 2nd International Conference for the Restoration of Democracy in Burma held in New Delhi, 15ht-17th October, sponsored by former Defense Minister George Fernandez. This is a two part series and the first part appears today and the final version will conclude tomorrow.

Sri Lankan union betrays Bata jobs struggle

The Commerce and Industrial Workers Union (CIWU) in Sri Lanka has betrayed the bitter three-month struggle of Bata shoe factory employees, allowing the Canadian-based multinational to retrench 146 workers and impose harsher working conditions.

Pakistan: 08 Security Forces Personal Killed and 13 others injured in two separate landmine explosion incidents.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Eight security forces personnel were killed while ten others got injured
when one of the security forces vehicles moving in convoy struck improvised explosive device planted by the terrorists in Salwakhi area, South Waziristan this afternoon.

Chandrika in Delhi holds talks with Manmohan Singh on bilateral issues

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

Chandrika Kumartunga, President Sri Lanka, now on a four-day working visit to India, held wide ranging discussions with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his external affairs minister, Natwar Singh. Delegations from both sides joined talks held over lunch hosted by Manmohan Singh at his official residence 7 Race Course Road here.

Shaikh Khalifa named UAE president

The United Arab Emirates has named a new president in a smooth handover of power following the death of President Shaikh Zayid bin Sultan al-Nuhayyan.

New Trouble for Jayalalithaa, Speculation ripe about early TN assembly elections

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

Political circles here and in Chennai are abuzz that Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamilnadu, is in trouble. Her indiscretion during the recent spat with Federal Interior Minister Shivraj Patil, disenchantment of her party cadres (with her rule) and a virtual bankrupt state treasury are cited in this connection.

Norway On A Sudden Tiger Taming Mission To Sri Lanka

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen is rushing to Sri Lanka once again as Tamil militants issued a warning to the international community that they could not dictate terms on liberation goals of the LTTE.

Bush Expected To Pursue Other Terror Groups – LTTE No Exception

By Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

President George Bush promised the American people that he will be tough on terrorism. Now that he is back for a second term will he carry out his zealous "war on terror" and against the so-called rogue states?

Bangladesh to Export Halal Meat

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Bangladesh

The government has a plan to export "black Bengal goat" and "halal" (kosher) beef, Bangladeshi Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury told the Parliament.

Will Shivaraj Patil Explore All Party Committee Agenda during his visit to Srinagar

Narendra Kaushik Reporting from New Delhi

While Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil is scheduled to go to Srinagar on Saturday on a three-day visit to do the spadework for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s forthcoming visit to the border state, the separatist leaders camping in Delhi, has demanded formation of an all-party committee, headed by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, to break the logjam in talks between them and New Delhi.

Karzai win gives chance to cleanse Afghan government

Incumbent Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of last month's Afghan presidential election on Wednesday and now faces the task of forming a government minus the warlords and drug runners who tainted his last cabinet.

Madan Lal Khurana – All dressed up, nowhere to go - Down and Out?

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

All dressed up and nowhere to go, is how one can describe about the former Delhi State Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana, who recently slinked away from Rajasthan governor’s post to return to Delhi to hold the reins of his party. Unfortunately, he has been denied Delhi state BJP president ship, kept out of party by chief L K Advani’s new team and left to cool heels at his native place in West Delhi.

Kerry concedes, Bush wins re-election

Democratic Sen. John Kerry conceded the White House race to President George W. Bush in a phone call on Wednesday, ending the drama of ballot counting in Ohio and cementing Bush's re-election to a second four-year term.

Specter of Osama bin Ladin and the presence of foreign militants haunts Pakistan.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Talking to media on Federal Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Shepao said that Osama is still alive than he might be taking shelter in Afghanistan. He added that the probe regarding Osama’s latest videotape is underway.

‘Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas’ 2005 will be ‘business like’ and not a ‘tamasha’ : Jagdish Tytler

By Neeraj Nanda

India’s first Minister for Overseas Indians, Jagdish Tytler has said that he was a faclitator for Non Resident Indians (NRIs) spread out in about 61 countries.

"Freeing Uighur Detainees from U.S. Custody May be Impossible"

Drafted by Adam Wolfe

The Pentagon is looking to release more than half of approximately two-dozen Uighur detainees being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but Washington, for strategic and political reasons, will not return the detainees to China.