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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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U.S. Deepens Scrutiny of Immigrants and Visitors

Daya Gamage - Reports from USA

The United States has taken series and serious measures in scrutinizing all short-term visitors and immigrants as another step to prevent terrorists or persons connected with any terrorist movement that pose a threat to the nation.

Sri Lanka Government declares readiness to talk with LTTE, ‘even within this month.’

The Government of Sri Lanka is prepared to resume direct negotiations with a the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam at any time , emphasized President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

Perils of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees facing deportation, community silent?

Living in an alien land and without proper residency papers is nothing but a nightmare. It is even worse when there is a chance of deportation to your home country where conditions remain hostile to you. This is the scenario which a nearly five hundred Sri Lankan refugees or asylum seekers in Australia face. Even nothing much heard in the community about them. One of them talked to me and it turned out to be a long story of agony and human suffering.

Indian Prime Minister on ‘Mission Kashmir’, general strike and increased militant activity to greet him

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

Indian Prime Minster Manmohan Singh is making his maiden visit to Kashmir on Wednesday on what is described officially as a mission of peace and goodwill. The visit comes shortly after he has taken a calculated risk and announced the reduction of troops deployed on peace duty in the militancy ridden border state.

Money transferred abroad by Arafat not personal - says Palestinian authorities

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

For all those who are intrigued by reports on late Yasser Arafat’s secret booty, Palestinian authorities say that the dollars transferred to foreign countries by the former Palestinian president belong to Palestine Liberation Organization and not Arafat’s wife Suha. Though they have refused to give out the exact amount of money sent out of the country by the former PLO chairman during his tenure, they claim it is in millions.

Pakistani Police Arrest Five Suspects on Terrorism Charges

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Police in Pakistani eastern Punjab province Tuesday arrested five suspects for allegedly supplying arms and ammunition to a banned religious Organization, official said.

No immediate relief in sight for Kanchi seer, High court moved against bail

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

Immediate relief to the jailed Kanchi Seer appears unlikely though his bail plea is to come up in the Madras High Court on Wednesday and a Judicial Magistrate in Kancheepuram has called for his production in his court on Thursday.

Pakistan is not imposing any solution on Kashmiris

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The Government has not presented any solution to the Kashmir problem but invited a public debate in Pakistan, said Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri.

Deputy Secretary of State Armitage quits - official

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has resigned as expected a day after his boss and close friend, Colin Powell, announced he was stepping down, a State Department official said on Tuesday.

UPFA Government must declare its unified agenda on the peace process – Demands LTTE leader

Velupillai Prabakran , Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam had conveyed in a message to the President of Sri Lanka, that to move the peace process forward without any hiccups then the United People’s Freedom Alliance Government should come up with a public statement about it's stand on the agenda regarding the peace talks.

Country on right track - PM Shaukat Aziz

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz would address the nation on Friday, according to national TV. The Prime Minister announced this during an address to people belonging to different spheres of life at the Governor House in Lahore. He also said that the country has been put on the right track towards prosperity and economic boom, and Pakistan will soon emerge as a stable economy in the region.

Bush nominates Rice to be secretary of state

President George W. Bush on Tuesday nominated a trusted confidant, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state in Bush's second term.

A major insurgent group in India’s northeast sends peace overtures

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

In a surprise development, a major insurgent group in India’s turbulent northeast has sent ‘peace overtures’ to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Nepal: HPC alerts security agencies

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Following the fresh Maoist attacks on security forces in different parts of the country, the High-level Peace Committee (HPC) held a meeting on Wednesday and alerted the security forces.


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