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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

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India –Pakistan forces traded small arms fire in the border after a long lapse

Lubna Jerar Naqvi Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

India and Pakistan have traded small arms fire last night in Uri sector of Line of Control, a defacto border which divides Kashmir.

Indo-Sri Lanka Defence Agreement: All hiccups cleared, signing soon - Chandrika Kumaratunga

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

For the first time since her arrival here on a ‘working visit’, President Chandrika Kumaratunga has spoken about the defence pact with India that has been in the works for a while.

Bush and the Terrorists

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The general belief is that a Bush victory is better for Sri Lanka because of Mr. Bush commitment to the war against terror. I too subscribe to this point of view – up to a point. George Bush’s opposition to terrorism is beyond doubt, though it could be said that his definition of ‘terrorists’ bears a disturbing resemblance to the way the ‘enemy’ was defined during the Crusades.

Asian Tribune is carrying Colonel Karuna on its shoulders," - Douglas Devananda

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

Kathiravelu Nithyananda Douglas Devananda, an ally of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, is on a mission these days. And it is to position his Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) as the right party to do business in Northern Sri Lanka.

Release of Rajaratnam and Abul Kasem has so far drawn blank.

So far Sri Lanka and Bangladesh diplomatic missions located in the Middle Eastern countries - Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar and United Arab Emirates has failed to locate the whereabouts of the two lorry drivers, Abul Kashem Faruk of Bangladesh and Dinesh Dharmendra Rajaratnam of Sri Lanka. All diplomatic efforts undertaken by the two countries’ diplomats have so far have drawn blank.

Only a Noticeable Move Toward Serious Discussion Can Attract US Attention” - Teresita C. Schaffer, a former US Ambassador

By Daya Gamage, - Reporting from USA

Former United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Teresita C. Schaffer told Asian Tribune that she “continues to believe that the main factor deciding whether the U.S. will stay involved in Sri Lankan peacemaking is the judgment about its likelihood of success.” She however said “LTTE’s determined effort to ‘create facts’ that will make a solution in line with Oslo Principles harder and harder to achieve."

Conference on how stalled peace process between LTTE and Government could be revived - Major General (retired) Ashok K Mehta

By Narendra Kaushik – Asian Tribune

Major General (retired) Ashok K Mehta who commanded IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) South in Sri Lanka from 1988 to 90 is today a man for conferences. Mehta has convened two conferences on vexed Sri Lankan issue (one last month), is organizing one on India-Nepal and helping a German agency to organize still one more.

Appeal to release of Abul Kashem Faruk, Bangladeshi kidnapped in Iraq

We earnestly appeal to all Iraqi groups for the release of our compatriot, Mr. Abul Kashem Faruk On behalf of the Bangladeshi people and ourselves, we urge and plead for the release of Mr. Faruk in the name of our common humanity and brotherly compassion.

Arafat's condition critical, leaders urge unity

Yasser Arafat lay in a critical condition in a French hospital on Saturday and Hamas militants in Gaza said there was an urgent need for unity among Palestinian leaders.

Arafat not improving, Israel plans Gaza burial

Yasser Arafat lay critically ill with liver failure on Sunday and his condition was not improving, a Palestinian official said, as Israel finalised plans to bury the Palestinian president in the Gaza Strip.