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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Bangladesh Plans to Set Up Bangladesh-China Commercial Town

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh has planned to set up a Bangladesh-China Commercial Town on the outskirt of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Around 500 Chinese companies will have shops in the wholesale market on 14 acres plot of land. The town is expected to start functioning from April next year, a commerce ministry source told the “Asian Tribune”.

Palace Coup in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

General Shwe Mann is his speech stated that Senior General Than Shwe told Prime Minister Khin Nyunt that he would be relieved of his post as Director of Military Intelligence to enable him to concentrate on his prime ministerial duties. Than Shwe had no intention of arresting Khin Nyunt or disbanding Military Intelligence.

India mourns Arafat death, Sonia Gandhi likely to attend funeral

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

Cutting across party-lines, Indian leaders have deeply mourned the death of Yasser Arafat. Indian electronic media broke the news on Thursday morning, cutting into their normal programmes. The ruling coalition of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cancelled an important meeting with the Left parties and the leaders visited the Palestinian embassy to sign the condolences book.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister to participate in obsequies for Yasser Arafat

Mahinda Rajapakse, Sri Lanka Prime Minister left Colombo yesterday to participate in obsequies for Yasser Arafat in Cairo.Arafat's funeral will be held in Cairo today.

Arafat to get funeral in Egypt, burial in West Bank

Yasser Arafat will get a military funeral in Egypt on Friday before burial in the smashed West Bank compound where he spent his final years encircled by the Israeli army without realising his dream of a Palestinian state.

Pakistan, Hurriyat welcome troop reduction in Kashmir, but incident of militants attack also reported

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

Pakistan, Hurriyat and several separatist leaders have hailed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to reduce troops deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kanchi Seer in judicial custody in Vellore Jail, Hindu groups call for nationwide protest

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

A highly respected Hindu Seer, Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati (60) stands as prime accused in the murder of one of his former employees.

Azad Kashmir Prime Minister welcomed statement by India Prime Minister and demanded Kashmir be declared de-militarized zone

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Sikander Hayat Khan has welcomed the statement of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said things are moving in right direction. He was commenting in a telephonic interview to Asian Tribune on Friday.

India mourns the death of Arafat

By M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

India is observing a three-day national mourning as a mark of respect to Yasser Arafat. National flag is flowing half-mast throughout the country.

Congress wants to rub it in

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

After having snatched power from BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the centre and trounced the saffron party in Maharashtra, Congress is preparing to rub it in Jharkhand and Haryana, the states that go to polls in February next year along with Bihar.

Sri Lanka: No sensational breakthrough - Jan Petersen left one more time with empty hands.

There was nothing substantial in the message conveyed to the President of Sri Lanka by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam through the Norwegians to be of any high value in nature to cause any breakthrough of the existing stalemate, thus which could tend to help in restarting the stalled peace process in the immediate feature.

BNP (Mengal) demands more economic concessions to the most backward Balochistan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The Central Leadership of the Balochistan National Party (BNP Mengal) has once again demanded for the immediate halting of development work in the natural port town of Gawadar and its newly announced Gawadar Mega project.

Paswan flirting with Congress and Janata Dal (U)

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Ram Vilas Paswan, head of fledgling Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Union Minister for Steel and Fertilizers is on the crossroads. He wants to have his cake as well as eat it.

Egypt to host military funeral for Arafat

Egypt, where Yasser Arafat began his political life and where biographers say he was born, on Thursday prepared a funeral for the Palestinian president, who was declared dead in Paris in the early morning.

Sri Lankan President saddened by death of President Arafat

In a message of condolence Sri Lankan President has expressed her grief and regret over the sudden demise of the Palestinian President Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Sheikh Hasina Expresses Shock at Arafat's Demise

Ahmede Hussain- Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament
Sheikh Hasina has expressed her deep shock at the death of Palestine
President Yasser Arafat.

India announces troop reduction in Jammu and Kashmir

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

In a surprise announcement, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has ordered troop reduction in Jammu and Kashmir this winter saying “there is a visible improvement in the ground situation."

Chances of Osama bin Ladin living in Pakistan is very remote

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

One more time Pakistan has strongly denied od the presence of Osama bin Ladin in Pakistan. Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said that he was sure that Al Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Ladin is not in Pakistan.

Bangladeshi President to attend Arafat's Funeral

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

President Prof. Dr Iajuddin Ahmed left yesterday to Cairo to attend the
funeral ceremony of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

Arafat buried in West Bank compound in chaotic scene

Yasser Arafat was buried at his West Bank compound on Friday after Palestinian security men, firing in the air, managed to move his body through