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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Hebron: The Street

By Am Johal- Asian Tribune

A few months ago walking along Al-Shuhada street in
Hebron on a Saturday morning, it was the Mizrahi Jew
among us who was asked to stand against the wall and
be patted down by security forces. It didn't take
long to be asked for our ID.

Case foisted on me says jailed Kanchi seer

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

Luck did not favour the jailed Kanchi Seer on Thursday and the much expected court orders on his bail plea did not materialize. He may have to wait for a little longer to get relief from the Vellore Jail where he is lodged since his arrest a week days back in a murder case.

Haruhiko Kuroda:New ADB President elected

By Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal

Former Japanese Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Haruhiko Kuroda, has been unanimously elected President of Asian Development Bank (ADB) by its Board of Governors, the bank said in an announcement Today.

South Asian economy to register 6 per cent growth in 2005: World Bank

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Sharing the views of regional economists about a slow down, World Bank has said the GDP growth in south Asia will hover around six per cent in 2005. Adverse weather conditions and a decline in agricultural output due to poor rainfall are the contributory factors, the bank said in its new report, “Global Economic Prospects 2005: Trade, Regionalism and Prosperity”.

Pakistan: Biggest Islamic Congregation Starts today.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

The annual Islamic congregation of Tableeghi Jammat will start today in Raiwind amid tight security with the sermon of Chief of Tableegi Jamaat , Haji Abdul Wahab after Asr prayers this afternoon.

Kashmir no obstacle for India joining Security Council: Manmohan Singh

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

Kashmir issue is not an obstacle to India becoming a permanent member of UN Security Council, claims Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"What is the problem for Tamils been born as Tamils?" Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thero

By Lalith Ganhewa – Asian Tribune

"What is the problem for Tamils been born as Tamils?" This was a question raised Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thero, in an exclusive interview with the “Asian Tribune” in London. The Venerable Prelate added: “If we are briefed of their problems only, we would be in a position to solve the problems our Tamil brethrens are facing today. I think everybody would agree with me.”

Indian Prime Minister promises peace with honour to Kashmiris but rejects Musharraf plan for redrawing borders

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

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has tried to strike a chord with the average Kashmiri on his maiden visit to the militancy infested border state, promising them peace with honour and offering unconditional dialogue with anyone and everyone.

Sri Lanka: A people friendly budget expected today, despite the economic turbulence due to high oil costs

Sri Lankan government is making a brave but desperate attempt to fulfill at least some of its election manifesto promises in its maiden budget on Thursday. Finance Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama has been entrusted with the unenviable task of formulating a people-friendly budget amidst worsening economic problems, nearly 10 percent budget deficit, depleting foreign exchange reserves and pressure from coalition partners to maintain expensive subsidies without raising taxes.

"I will remain a compulsive optimist"—Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank

Ahmede Hussain – Asian Tribune

Grameen Bank, a pioneer in the field of micro-credit, was born by
accident. In 1974, Professor Muhammad Yunus led his students on a
field trip to a poor village in Chittagong. He and her team met a poor
woman, who made bamboo sticks and who had to repay a middleman interest at rates as high as 10% every week.

Kanchi Seer in more trouble, while Jayalalithaa publicly distances, bail remains elusive, but police custody likely.

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

It now appears only providence can bail out Jayendra Saraswati, the jailed Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt (Monastery) in Tamilnadu from the murder the charge he is facing.

Palestinian Authority prefer Sri Lanka Government over LTTE

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Palestine says it has no contact with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ellam (LTTE) and prefers Sri Lankan government to it.

Pakistani Police Kill Alleged Pearl’s Murderer

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Police in Pakistan have shot dead a suspected Islamic militant wanted in connection with the 2002 kidnapping and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl.

Zaheera Sheikh - Key Witness in Best Bakey Case Failed to Turn up for Court Hearing.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Zaheera Sheikh, a key witness in the Best Bakery, a case involving massacre of 14 people in a bakery of Vadodara during one of the worst communal violence in Gujarat state two and half years back, failed to turn up on Wednesday before a court hearing the massacre in Mumbai.

Two Killed, About 30 Hurt, in Pakistan Cinema Blast

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

At least two people were killed and about 30 wounded, three of them seriously, when A bomb exploded early on Wednesday in a cinema in the tourist resort of Swat in northwest Pakistan, police said.

Bangladesh: Pakistani Woman Allegedly Linked with ISI: Arrested with Counterfeit Currency

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested on Wednesday, a female Pakistani citizen and nine others including daughter of a ruling coalition lawmaker from Ramna with counterfeit currency of Bangladesh, Indian, Pakistan and Thailand worth $100000.

Sri Lanka: UNP deserter rewarded with Ministerial portfolio

Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga today appointed Rohitha Bogollagama M.P. as Minister for Advanced Technology and National Enterprise Development.