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"Play it again Bush and Blair"

By Sam Bahour and Michael Dahan - Guest Columnists (Israel)

President Yasir Arafat's coffin had barely touched the ground of his temporary tomb in Ramallah when United States President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair jointly made yet another statement on Middle East Peace.

Heil Surya Thevan II

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Vellupillai Pirapaharan is half the God he used to be; but he aims to become the God he once was, and more, with a little help from his allies and a lot of help from his opponents.

P. Rajaratnam – ENDLF General Secretary missing in Colombo since last Monday

P. Rajaratnam (50), General Secretary of the Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front and the coordinator of TamilEela Ikkiya Viduthalai Munnani is missing in Colombo, and it is alleged that he has been abducted by the Tamil rebel out fit, Liberation Tigers of Tamill Eelam and held in some secret hideout, to smuggle him to Killinochchi for interrogation, before deciding on his fate.

A ‘tainted’ politician back in Indian cabinet, a ‘jobless’ minister gets a portfolio

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

On the eve of his departure for Laos to attend a summit with ASEAN leaders, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a minor reshuffle in his ministerial team – offered a portfolio to a minister who was without a job for the past six months and inducted a ‘tainted’ politician with an eye on vote bank politics.

I supported UPA, as I wanted the fascist government - BJP-led NDA government to go: Deve Gowda

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

H D Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister of India, head of fledgling Janata Dal (Secular) and self-claimed humble farmer is disconcerted with Congress-led Union Government over continuing suicides by farmers in the country. Gowda who takes pride in championing the cause of farming community, says the government has not done anything to alleviate the suffering the farmers.

Osama bin Laden is definitely not in Pakistan, may be hiding in Afghanistan - Interior Minister Sherpao

By Iqbal Khan Yousafza – Asian Tribune

Pakistan Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao told “Asian Tribune” that terror mastermind and AL-Qaida chief Bin Laden was not hiding in the Pakistani tribal belt, but he may be hiding some where in Afghanistan. Al-Qaida militants took refuge in Pakistan's borderlands after U.S.-led forces captured the Tora Bora Mountains in eastern Afghanistan in late 2001.

Interpreters to bridge the North-South divide in Manmohan cabinet.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of India has appointed four interpreters to bridge communication gap between its Hindi and English speaking ministers during its cabinet mertings.

Bangladesh: GDP Growth Decreases, Export only Face Saver

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

While this year's devastating floods and international oil price hike
is likely to reduce the country's GDP growth by 0.25 percent to 0.50
percent from its target, Bangladesh's brilliant export performance
will save the day, says a Bangladesh Bank (BB) annual report 2003-04.

Election returns of political parties referred to taxmen for scrutiny.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In a major decision that may expose the underhand funding of election campaign by political parties Election Commission of India (ECI) has sent the accounts (election returns) submitted by all National Parties of the country except Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for scrutiny to Income Tax (IT) department.

Foreign Students in U.S. Drops: America’s World Clout Threatened

Daya Gamage – Reporting from USA to Asia Tribune

“It is not exaggeration to say that the United States has been built by the international scientists and engineers who have come here in the past 50 years,” says Dan Mote, president of Maryland University.

Political gleanings from the LTTE Leader's Martyrs Day address

Whether the Sinhala regime is going to resort to war or to resolve the Tamil national problem or recommence negotiations, will be known within the next few weeks - states the report published in the lead news story of the Liberation Tigers - the official organ of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in its November 2004 issue.