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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Bangladesh: Army arrests six from a Buddhist religious festival

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The army arrested six Buddhist devotees from the gate of Arjo Bano Bihara (temple) in Khagrachari. The arrestees came to the temple to participate in an annual religious festival called Kathin Chibor Dan - the literal meaning of which is "Offering of Difficult Monk Robe".

Manmohan refuses to respond to Musharraf’s Kashmir plan, terms it ‘off the cuff remark’.

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

India has formally and officially ‘responded’ to General Musharraf’s week-old plan for Kashmir solution. And it is any thing that will please the Pakistan President.

Musharaf had plan to meet Nawaz Sharif, incase he would have accompanied the body of his late father to Pakistan.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

President Pervez Musharraf earlier planned to visit and meet the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and ex-Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif at their Lahore residence and to condole the death of their father, in case they had traveled to Pakistan along with the remains fo Mian Sharrif father’s body from Saudi Arabia said an official source.”

Buddha Gaya, Anuradhapura to be developed as twin cities for pilgrimage tourism.

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

Sri Lanka is keen to develop Buddha Gaya and Anuradhapura as twin cities for pilgrimage tourism. President Chandrika Kumaratunga who paid a visit to Buddha Gaya on the last leg of her India tour, held a discussion on the subject with her host, President AP J Abdul Kalam and others on the Indian side.

Solheim is to arrive in Colombo today

According to reports from Oslo, Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim has already left for Colombo yesterday and will arrive today, two days ahead of Norway’s Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and his deputy, Vidar Helgesen, scheduled arrival in the Island republic.

Arafat's wife accuses deputies of wanting him dead

Yasser Arafat's wife accused Palestinian leaders hoping to travel to France on Monday to visit her critically ill husband of plotting to "bury him alive"

Tigers put their ISGA proposal under microscope

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is making all possible arrangements to recast the contrariety articles in their Interim-Self Governing Authority proposal and accordingly, constitutional experts living outside Sri Lanka are at present perusing the proposal put forward to the Sri Lankan Government on 31 October 2003.

Pakistani Security force is not against Taliban or Al-Qaeda, rather is against Terrorists.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Director General ISPR Major General Shaukat Sultan has said that no infiltration was taking place into the Indian held Kashmir from Pakistan side and if the dispersed families on both sides of the Line of Control (L0C) meet by crossing theLoC, it is their basic right.

India bridges key gap with 'Dhanush' missile

By Hemanta Kumar Rout - Reporting from India

India bridged a key gap in its defence profile with the successful test fire of ‘Dhanush’ missile on Sunday. The missile was test fired from the ‘INS Subhadra’ ship, which was positioned about 45 k.m away from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Orissa coast at 12.20 p.m. during its final operational configuration, defence sources said.

Richard Armitage will today arrive in Pakistan.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islmabad Pakistan

US Deputy Secretary, of State, Richard Armitage will arrive today on an official visit to Pakistan. Though the visit of Armitage was announced earlier, however this is the first visit of a high level official from the Bush administration to visit an Asian country after the presidential reelection.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister to Visit Sri Lanka

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves for Colombo on November 10 to hand over Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's letter inviting Sri Lankan
President Chandrika Kumaratunga to attend the forthcoming SAARC summit in Dhaka, a foreign ministry source told the "Asian Tribune".

Posters up in Switzerland condemning the killing of the Swiss national in Batticaloa.

General public and human rights defenders in Switzerland has pasted posters and distributed thousands of pamphlets, paying tribute to Hans Ulris Herpos, 61, a Swiss national, who was ruthlessly killed in Batticaloa, the capital city of the Eastern Province in Sri Lanka, on the night of Monday, 25th October, allegedly by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil rebel outfit in Sri Lanka.

Bush A Tyrant? or Messiah?

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Bush after being re-elected into office for
another term of four years , it is anticipated by the
critics that he will pursue his ongoing agenda of
fighting global terrorism.

Bangladesh: World Bank Starts Its Study on Slum-dwellers

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

A team of World Bank (WB) in association with a local NGO has started
a study on slum-dwellers to know how to resolve their housing problem
alongside other basic amenities after identifying the problems.