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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Junta may not release "Prisoners of Conscience"

By Zin Linn

The November 18 announcement was as cryptic as any the Burmese military junta has made till date. Nevertheless, the decree as broadcast over the state run radio that 3,937 prisoners would be set free is welcome news.

Pakistan Supreme Court grants bail to Bhutto’s Spouse

By - Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The Supreme Court of Pakistan Monday granted bail to Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Peoples Party leader and spouse of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in BMW reference, paving the way for his release.

Human Rights Watch to highlight recruitment of Tamil Children by LTTE

A meeting has been arranged in London to address the serious implications and injustices inflicted on the Sri Lankan Tamil kids and to highlight the atrocities inflicted on the them by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam by conscripting them as young as 12 years into their war machineries, where children end up as cannon fodders.

Manmohan extends open invitation for talks to all NE Ultras

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

Carrying forward his mission Peace to Assam, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who arrived in Guwahati on Sunday, extended an open invitation for talks to the main insurgent group of the Brahmaputra valley, the United Liberation Front of Asom, ULFA..

Torture victim in criminal case against Sri Lanka police shot, critically injured

A Torture victim in a criminal case against the police who refused to withdraw his complaint against the police was shot and injured while riding a bus.

Congress to keep mum on Hindu Seer Shankaracharya

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delho

Congress has asked its leaders to keep quiet on the Hindi Seer Shankaracharya issue and restrict themselves to criticizing its rival Hindutva Bharatiya Janata Party.

Huge Cache of Arms Recovered by Pakistan Security Forces.

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

According to a press note issued by the government of Pakistan, Security
forces have recovered a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives along with accessories during the on going search operation, which commenced on 8th November and is still in progress after achieving the initial objectives, from different areas of South Waziristan Agency.

One post, many aspirants: Not easy for Congress to replace Tewari

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Although the Congress is yet to decide the fate of Uttranchal Chief Minister Narain Dutt Tewari who has been unable to run the state due to his ill health, the contenders for his throne are lobbying hard here in the Indian capital to get into his shoes. They are camping in Delhi to convince party high command about their popularity in the Congress MLAs and competence to run the hill state.

‘My guru is innocent” says Junior Pontiff amidst more protests against the arrest

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

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies in the right wing Hindu movement have continued with their nation-wide public demonstrations of sit in strikes and hunger strikes, police probing the role of arrested Kanchi Seer in a murder, carried out several searches in Kanchi.

Need of swift resolution of Kashmir issue : Voices of Concern

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Chairman of Muthahida Jihad Council, and chief of outlawed Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has termed the action of Indian government of pulling troops from Indian held Kashmir as an “mock exercise,” and will have no positive implications on ground he said.

India-Pak in a mood to lower rhetoric, Aziz to meet Manmohan Singh in New Delhi

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

Amidst a flurry of new rhetoric between the two neighbours, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is arriving here on Monday on a two-day visit.

GTZ, BMZ & SIDA to support to NE microfinance sector

Lalith Ganhewa, Germany

A new study found that micro enterprises in Sri Lanka’s war-battered north and east continue to lack access to meaningful credit and savings services nearly three years after the guns fell silent.

Senior Seer may abdicate in favour of the Junior, as nation-wide strike evokes mixed response

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

Even as a nation-wide general strike in support of the arrested Hindu Seer evoked a mixed response, it is increasingly appears near certain that Jayendra Saraswati will have to make way for his junior Pontiff, Vijayendra Saraswati as the Sankaracharya of the Kanchipuram (Kanchi for short) Mutt (monastery) in South India.