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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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Nepal: UML spokesman says PM Deuba main obstacle to peace

By Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal

The spokesman Pradeep Nepal of the Communist Party of Nepal United Marxist and Leninist (CPN UML), a major party of the coalition government, has blamed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba for not showing interest in holding peace talks with the Maoist insurgents.

Condoleezza Rice: A Profile

By Daya Gamage, USA – Asian Tribune

President Bush picked Condoleezza Rice, his trusted national security adviser, this week to replace Colin Powell as the next Secretary of State. Rice is viewed as more conservative on foreign policy than Powell, a moderate who had many differences with vice president Dick Cheney and defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Sri Lanka government condemns: Killing of two – an army soldier and civilian

Sri Lanka Government has condemned the killings of the of an Army soldier Cpl. Ajith Dassanayake and Vasanthanayagam Prabhakaran, a Tamil civilian, who were shot by two motorbike-mounted gunmen on a street in Polonnaruwa in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Kanchi Seer- Three day police custody for Kanchi seer ordered: lawyers knock at high court for relief.

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

Dashing the hopes of the jailed Kanchi Seer and his devoted followers, a magistrate in the home town of the Seer today ordered that he be sent to police custody today. This is no small relief nevertheless since the prosecution has been pressing for a five-day police remand even as the fifteen-day judicial custody ordered on November 12 is yet to run its course.

We are not ready to dance to the tune of Prabakaran – Wimal Weerawansa

Wimal Weerawansa, Propaganda Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP) said that the JVP and the Government of Sri Lanka is not prepared to dance according to what Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and it’s Leader wanted. He added that they are not prepared to do so.

Pakistan President on some irritants to the peace process.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islmabad, Pakistan

Pakistan is not encouraged and hopeful for the success of the peace process as the signals coming from India over their joint pledge to try solving their half-century dispute over Kashmir, President Pervez Musharraf told a foreign news agency in an exclusive interview.

100 Wounded as Bangladeshi Police and Rohingyas Traded Fire

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Over a hundred Rohingya refugees and law enforcers were injured in a violent clash at Kutupalong camp in Ukhiya upazila last night.

Kashmir Dispute Needs to be resolved by Pakistan, India: says Kasuri

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri has said that Kashmir was a disputed territory which needs to be resolved by Pakistan and India through dialogue.

High Court judge who sentenced LTTE leader for 200 years shot and killed.

A judge who sentenced Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was shot and killed today in the broad daylight in Colombo.

Foreign donations, in the name of God urged to be taxed

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In what looks like a direct fall out of arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati in a murder case in Tamil Nadu state, a number of ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) have demanded that donations received from abroad by religious groups be taxed.

Colin Powell, American Diplomacy and My Way or High Way

By Daya Gamage, USA – Asian Tribune

“In so many of this administration’s policies and pronouncements, he (Colin Powell) has been the note off key. When the administration said ‘alone’ he said ‘with the world’. When they said ‘preemption is a doctrine,’ he said, ‘it is an option.’ says Karl Inderfurth, a former assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asia (NEA) during Clinton Administration now at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University reacting to the resignation of Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Alleged Mastermind of attack outside US consulate Nabbed in Lahore

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistani authorities have arrested the alleged mastermind of a deadly bomb attack outside the US consulate in Karachi two years ago that left 12 Pakistani killed.

Fresh Trouble for beleaguered Kanchi Seer

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

Fresh trouble is in store for the Kanchi Seer Jayendra Saraswati even as a ruling on the prosecution request for keeping him in police remand is expected on today.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister to Visit Three SAARC Countries

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Foreign Minister M
Morshed Khan left on a visit to three SAARC countries -- Nepal, the Maldives and Pakistan, as special envoy of the Prime Minister to invite their heads of state and governments to attend the 13th SAARC summit in Dhaka next January.

Pakistan Rules Out Change in Kashmir Policy

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan has ruled out any change in its stance on Kashmir, reiterating that no solution to the issue was possible without taking into account the views and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Succession issue plaques Reliance ?

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Reliance, India's largest private company which has presence in Oil refinery, petrochemicals, telecommunication and power is facing a succession war as brothers Mukesh and Anil Armani are having differences over ownership issues.

Indian Prime Minister reaches out to Kashmiri Hindus, Hurriyat climbs down on talks

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

After reaching out to the Muslims on the first day of his visit to Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister won over the Hindu Pandits who are forced to live as refugees in their own country on account of militancy in Valley.

Efforts on to Make Indo-Pak Talks Successful: Pakistan

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan Thursday said that Islamabad and News Delhi were making efforts to bring about a breakthrough and explore new avenues for success of the dialogue process.

A Free and Democratic Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The courts in Chile, South Korea etc has consistently ruled that parents and relatives of the mass murdered have the right to seek justice. No individual or political party can grant immunity from prosecution to those responsible for the mass murder of 5,000 -10,000 Burmese in 1988. This is why a negotiated political settlement was never possible with the Khin Nyunt faction.

Myanmar frees prominent political prisoners

Myanmar's junta freed at least two dozen members of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's political party on Friday during a mass release of 4,000 people detained "inappropriately" by the intelligence machine purged last month.