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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi is important and central to the success of any roadmap

The release of Nobel Laureate and the pro-democracy leader of Mynamar, Aung San Suu Kyi is important and central to the success of any roadmap to any democracy in Myanmar emphasises the ASEAN parliamentarians on the Myanmar issue during a workshop held in Kuala Lumpur.

Second World Buddhist sets all preparation

By Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Lumbini, Nepal

All preparations for the 2nd World Buddhist Summit, which is to kick off from Tuesday at Lumbini, has almost completed.

Enacts law allowing Musharraf to hold two offices

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan's acting President Muhammadmian Soomro Tuesday enacted a controversial law allowing President Pervez Musharraf to hold the dual offices of president and chief of the army staff.

Mystery woman Usha in Seer case appears before police: Hindu groups plan India-wide protests

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

The mystery woman Usha in the Hindu Seer’s case appeared at Kanchi to claim she is innocent and that the police effort to link her with the Seer was mischievous even as the prosecution continued to oppose the application for bail to the 70-year old monk in the Sankararaman murder case at the High Court in Chennai.

Failed to make progress with Pakistan on Iran gas pipeline, India looks at Mymmar.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Disappointed over absence of any forward movement in proposed gap pipeline from Iran to India via Pakistan, the Indian government is looking at other options including bringing gas from Mymmar via Bangladesh.

Prabakaran has readied himself for the war – Anton Balasingham

Prabakaran has readied himself. He has readied himself for the war. Now it is left in the hands of Madame President Chandrika Kumaratunga to determine whether it is war or peace. This was what Anton Balasingham, the ideologue of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam told a crowd of enthusiastic of Tamil Diasporas.

Parliament faces a winter of discontent

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The gathering political clouds in India point to a winter session of Parliament not free from discord and discontent. By any reckoning, it is poised to be a politically volatile session that gets under way tomorrow, Wednesday.

Two-day SAARC workshop begins in Islamabad

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

A two-day SAARC workshop sponsored by the World Bank began in Islamabad on Monday with enhancing economic development in South Asia high on the agenda.

Congress led UPA meet to discuss Lalu-paswan brawl.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Acutely embarrassed by the continuing war of words and charges and counter charges of corruption between Union Minister for Railways Lalu Prasad Yadav and Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers Ram Vilas Paswan and its reflection on authority of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the centre has decided to discuss the issue in its next meet.

Getting Prabhakaran’s Message

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Velupillai Prabhakaran’s Great Heroes’ day speech this year was probably his most significant. It was a masterly and deadly serious performance in which he reassumed his full dimensions as the single individual who has most influenced, and arguably determined, our collective destiny for at least two decades.

Aziz says Pakistan is economically sovereign

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Monday said that the country has achieved economic sovereignty and was working on a comprehensive plan to transfer these benefits to the common man.

Kanchi Seer confessed his crime, say TN police. Mystery woman linked to Seer

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

The Hindu Seer’s tryst with justice took a curious turn with the prosecution claiming that the 70-year old Monk had confessed on Video camera his involvement in the murder he has been charged with and that a mystery woman, who has been a beneficiary of his largesse, was involved in the crime.

Bangladesh: Russia willing to cooperate in oil, gas and coal sectors

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Russia today expressed its eagerness to extend cooperation in the development of oil, gas and coal sectors in addition to its existing supports for power sector in Bangladesh.

India unveils new strategy for peace in Kashmir

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

India has outlined a new nine-point strategy to achieve peace and development in militancy hit Jammu and Kashmir, a border state. Finalised on the basis of Interior Minister Shivraj Patil’s three day visit few days back to the state for a first hand feel of the ground situation, the plan primarily focuses on dialogue with all political groups active in the state, ‘especially those who eschew the path of violence’.