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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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The Two Bs

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

The re-elected President Bush reveals nothing on foreign policy not to mention Burma. In the long-term game of geopolitical chess that was played on this part of South and Southeast Asian board, rising stars China and India may well gain the upper hand if the new US president fails to take a longer view beyond terrorism.

Militants greet Patil’s arrival in Kashmir with attack on police

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Militants greeted Shivraj Patil, India’s Interior Minister’s arrival with a plane load of journalists to Kashmir today with an attack on the police and an abortive bid to storm a para military camp.

Arafat stable amid puzzle over burial and successor

Yasser Arafat remained in a critical condition as uncertainty mounted over who might succeed him and where he might be buried should he die.

LTTE pettifogging Oslo Declaration, reflects unsettled stand on Peace by negotiation.

On the eve of Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen’s visit to Sri Lanka, diplomatic circles in Colombo expressed total disgust with the continuous intransigency and belligerence of Tamil militant leadership. They also criticized the Sinhala chauvinist elements for war mongering at a time President Chadrika Kumaratunga’s government doing everything possible to resume peace talks.

Chandrika sees hope in the peace process, promises extremely flexible approach

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

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has voiced optimism that the on-going peace process would help resolve the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka. Speaking at the Second “Hindustan Times Leadership Summit” here on Friday, she said her government would be ‘extremely flexible’ on its part to find a lasting solution to the vexed question. “Recent developments give us a little more hope”.

Prakash Jha’s <i>Lok Nayak </i> - Congress-led government showing no intention of telecasting the film

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from DNew Delhi

The controversy regarding biographical film on anti-emergency revolutionary late Jai Parkash Narain Lok Nayak, made by filmmaker Prakash Jha for telecast by Doordarshan, India’s national television network, on October 11, is getting curioser with the Congress-led government showing no intention of telecasting the film despite it having been cleared by the Censor Board.

Indian business leaders meet Chandrika; discuss investment proposals

M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Some 18 Captains of Indian Industry and trade met President Chandrika Kumaratunga here on the sidelines of the Hindustan Times Leadership summit and disused with her the opportunities for new investment opportunities.

The Burmese Resistance

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

During my thirteen year involvement with the Burmese Resistance, I had contact with several interesting individuals. A refugee who was re-settled in America told me that he read my letters in “ASIAWEEK” at the news-stand in Bangkok, because he could not afford to buy the magazine. Later I found out that we matriculated the same year in Burma.

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister inaugurates World MuayThai event - calls to fight together against drugs world wide.

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Over seven hundred participants from seventy countries attended in the opening ceremony of the biggest MuayThai event on earth here at Mall Convention Center Hall on Friday. One of the most striking features of today's opening was each female fighter of every country was allowed to wear their countries' traditional attires.

Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Petersen visits Sri Lanka

The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jan Petersen, will visit Sri Lanka from 10 to 12 November.This announced in a press release of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo.

Arafat in coma, row brews over burial site

Yasser Arafat lay in a coma "between life and death" on Friday as a row brewed between Israelis and Palestinians over a likely burial site.

Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Reserve Reaches Record High

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

A continuous growth of remittance inflow pushed up the foreign exchange reserve level to a new record high of $3.37 billion.

Chandrika’s clarion call for Unity in Diversity - Keeping South Asia Together.

Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Bandaranaike, Kumaratunga in her address in New Delhi made a clarion call for the unity and friendly ties amongst the countries and people in the South Asian Nation and emphasised on unity in diversity. She added that people to people relationship should form the bedrock of unity in the South Asia.

Pakistan President on a flying visit to Afghanistan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf left on a flying visit to Kabul for talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and to congratulate him on his election victory this afternoon.