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India’s military campaign against Manipur rebels in ‘consultation’ with Myanmar

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

11 November ( Indian army mounted a fresh offensive against insurgents in Manipur, the volatile northeast Indian state in coordination with Myanmar. Initial reports said it was a joint operation by Indian and Myanmar armies but Indian army officials have denied the reports.

Uncertainty looms large regarding the reconvening of the Peace Process, as Norway FM concludes talks with LTTE Leader.

Uncertainty and doubts continues to linger on though there were all smiles when Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and his entourage arrived in Kilinochchi to meet the Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Norwegian FM was received by the reclusive V. Prabhakaran and went in for negotiation followed by a sumptuous Jaffna lunch on the occasion of Diwali celebrations.

Top legislator named interim Palestinian president

Parliament speaker Rawhi Fattouh was named interim Palestinian president on Thursday to replace Yasser Arafat who died hours before.

Bangladesh Mourns the Death of Arafat

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Government has announced a three-day national mourning from today to show respect to the departed soul of Palestinian leader Yasser

Obituary - Arafat embodied Palestinian fight for statehood

Yasser Arafat had become the instantly recognisable face of Palestinian nationalism but failed in both war and peace to achieve his dream of an independent Palestinian state.

Bangladesh Goes on Eid Holiday

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

A six-day vacation for the Eid-ul-Fitre begins today. Thousands of
Dhaka city dwellers already left for their village homes to celebrate
the greatest religious festival of the Muslims with their near and
dear ones.

The Norwegian FM to convey the President’s views to LTTE

President Chandrika Kumaratunga received Foreign Minister Jan Petersen of the Royal Norwegian Government at President’s House on Wednesday 10th November 2004.

Arafat, icon of Palestinian cause, dead at 75

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who rose from guerrilla icon to Nobel peace prize-winner but ended up isolated and mired in conflict with Israel, died in a French hospital on Thursday, a spokesman said.

Tamil medias exhorted for encouraging violence and inhuman activities.

At a time when the Tamil speaking people are in a favorable position to regain their political, social, economic and democratic rights, therefore it becomes the duty of the media to report factually, authentically and disclose views, constructive opinions and criticisms, without distortions regarding the developments in the peace process and related events connected with the welfare of the humanity.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen to meet the LTTE leader V.Prabakaran in Kilinochchi, in a bid to salvage the peace process.

Jan Petersen, Norwegian Foreign Minister and his delegation will leave this morning for talks with the Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Killinochchi. This will be the second visit to KIlinochcchi by Petersen to meet Prabakaran. He met the reclusive Tamil rebel leader for the first time this year on 11 May.

Norway critical of LTTE

For the first time since Norway started peace facilitation in Sri Lanka, top Norwegian peace mediator criticised the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for ceasefire violations, negative interpretation of the Oslo declaration and child recruitment. They also said that the LTTE actions have earned angry reprisal from the international community.

Cleric rushes to see Arafat; burial plans proceed

A top Muslim cleric rushed to Yasser Arafat's hospital bedside on Wednesday, insisting the veteran Palestinian leader was still alive even as aides arranged for his burial and prepared for a transfer of power.

Bangladesh's exports surge

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Despite the worst flood in 15 years, Bangladesh's exports have reached
an all time high. The rise in export has come because of the
government's new drive to find new markets in the European Union,
sources in the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

Microcredit: a proven strategy to alleviate poverty

By Somar Wijayadasa - Former Representative of UNAIDS at the United Nations

During the last few decades, many developing countries have, with the auspices of the United Nations, taken steps to eradicate poverty and destitution - a need that has become a development priority.

Pakistan mourns the demise of Yasar Arafat

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

In connection of the tragic event - the death of Palestinian leader Yasar Arafat government of Pakistan declared three days of mourning. President Pervez Musharraf expressed sorrow at the death of the "great leader".