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Bangladesh: Fear of attacks on Ahmadiyyas increase in Eid

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Around 100,000 minority Ahmadiyyas living in Bangladesh will celebrate Eid today amid fear of attacks on their places of worship. A group of zealots under the banner of Hifazate Khatme Nabuat (HKN) has declared the Ahmadiyyas as heretics and has called on the government to officially declare them as non-Muslims.

Junior Kanchi Seer may take over the Peetham reins

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

Junior seer of Kanchi Shankaracharya Peetham (religious order) Sri Vijayendra Saraswati is likely to take over the reins of the order as his senior is in the ‘eye of a storm’ after detention in a murder case.

Abbas escapes injury in Gaza gunbattle

Palestinian militants burst into a mourning tent set up for Yasser Arafat on Sunday and fired shots in protest at the presence of moderate successor Mahmoud Abbas, who was unhurt in a clash in which two security men were killed.

Zaheera to depose before Mumbai court next week

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Zaheera Sheikh, the prime witness of murder of 14 people in Best Bakery in Vadodara (Gujarat) during one of the worst riots in the state in 2002, who recently turned hostile and leveled allegations of coercion, abduction and intimidation against an NGO in Mumbai, is expected to depose in the case before a special court in Mumbai on Wednesday.

India embarks on ambitious project to address rural poverty

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

Marking the birth anniversary of its first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, India on Sunday embarked a new experiment to address rural poverty and to achieve Gandhi’s dream of rural self-reliance.

Rajanikant to forge an alliance with Jayalalithaa?

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In the hullabaloo over arrest of Kanchi Mutt pontiff Jayendra Saraswati in an over two-month old murder case, people have missed a significant development taking place on the political front in Tamil Nadu state.

Sri Lanka President Maneuvering …….?

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has to make her choices as her political future snowballs into a realm of uncertainty. Her immediate goal is to continue as the Executive President till 12 October 2006, but controversy is expected to loom over her extended period in office and expected to heat up after November 2005. Meanwhile, hectic efforts are undertaken to explore the possibility of repealing country’s existing constitution so that she might choose the Prime Ministerial position with executive powers. The last hope she is nursing is said to be her sight set on the position of the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization.

Pakistani leaders ask the nation to pray for riddance of social evils

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz have greeted the nation and the Muslim Ummah on Eid-ul-Fitr, and have asked the nation to pray for a prosperous and peaceful year