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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Pakistan gov't slammed over political interference in rights case

In a statement released by the Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission, it has appealed to the Pakistan President General Pervez Musharaff to inquire into the allegation that a cabinet minister was trying to undermine a case connected with the killings of two girls.

India will respond to calls for strengthening democratic pluralism – A diplomatic parlance for a likely interference in the future.

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

The question whether India will like to have a ‘helpful, positive’ role in the Lanka peace process, “opportunities to strengthen the institutions of democratic pluralism whenever we are called upon to do so’ was answered in a manner of speaking by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Arafat not dead but in coma - Palestinian envoy

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is not brain dead but is in a coma and in a critical state between life and death, said Palestinian envoy to Paris Leila Shahid on Friday.

India-Sri Lanka defense pact agreed in principle, India offers $ 250 million credit.

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

India and Sri Lanka have reached an agreement in principle on a defence cooperation pact. The details are still wrapped in official secrecy. In fact, the date for signing the agreement is even withheld though it has been stated by both sides that the recent developments in the peace process had figured in the wide-ranging talks Indian leaders had with her.

Aide: Arafat alive but in grave condition

A gravely ill Yasir Arafat is clinging to life, French doctors said, refuting reports that Arafat has died.

Conflicting reports about Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear scientist’s health conditions

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Health of Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan’s health is reportedly deteriorating and is on the lowest ebb said a supporter of the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb and have demanded he should be produced in a court to determine his condition.

Pakistan Prime Minister in Bangladesh - urges expansion of trade in the region

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Pakistan is keen to enter into a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Bangladesh to foster bilateral trade and economic cooperation, visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said here in Dhaka.

Arafat reported clinically dead; PM denies

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was determined to be clinically dead on Thursday in a French hospital, Israel's Channel Two television said citing French sources.

Republican America! Republican Forever!

Am Johal - Asian Tribune

To be fair, John Kerry's greatest moments were at the
debates where he manhandled George W. Bush, beating
him on every point, on erudition, style and
experience, at will. It was embarrassing to watch the
stupefied and awkward President attempting to parry
the blows. Kerry was like
the ski-jumper from Wide World of Sports who falls on
the runway and lands on his head in his Moment of

BJP to rid the Bangladeshi infiltrators out of India.

Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to raise the issue of Bangladeshi infiltrators with renewed vigour and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s recent decision to retain IMDT (Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983, will be part of its armoury in the exercise.

Rauf Hakeem: Go ahead with your challenges

By A.M.Nizam - Matara

The vituperative politics of Mr. Hakeem who is nowadays notorious
among the Sri Lankan Muslims as “Romeo Hakeem” is severely damaging the reputation built for the community by the patriotic Muslim
politicians of the past who were regarded by all communities as
National leaders.

Norwegian Facilitators to attempt one more time to reconvene the stalled peace process.

Asian Tribune’s Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Norwegian Special Peace Envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim is due to arrive in Sri Lanka in another extended effort to get the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam back to the negotiation table to end decades long ethnic conflict in the country.

India test fires ‘BrahMos’ missile

By Hemanta Kumar Rout - Reporting from Orissa, India

India has successfully test fired the supersonic cruise missile ‘Brahmos’ from the Bay of Bengal off the Orissa coast on Wednesday. The naval version of the missile was flight tested from the Indian navy's destroyer 'INS Rajput', which was kept in the deep sea, about 90 k.m from Chandipur Integrated Test Range (ITR), at 11.18 a.m., defense sources said.

Unfairly sentenced Burmese Political Prisoner died in the hospital

Zaw Myo Htet (a) Zaw Zaw, a Burmese political dissident, who was unfairly was unfairly sentenced in July 2003 to lifetime imprisonment in the Central Insein Prison, passed away on the 19th October due to an Amoebic Hepatitis disease.

Indian MuayThai team reaches Bangkok for World Championship

Indian MuayThai Team led by President of the MuayThai Federation of India, Oken Jeet Sandham reached arrived in Bangkok to attend one of the biggest MuayThai events on earth beginning today at MCC Hall here till November 13.

Pakistan Military camp in Wana under militants attack.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi -Islamabad, Pakistan

Security forces in Pakistan are being on the attack at a sickening regularity. Of late militants have targeted a scout’s camp in Wana today injuring a man, official sources said.