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Afghanistan: Keep Warlords out of Cabinet

President Hamid Karzai should appoint a warlord-free cabinet after he takes office on December 7, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to the newly elected president.

Naga separatist leaders in Delhi for talks with Indian govt

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

Isak Swu and Muivah, the Naga leaders who have been spearheading a separatist movement in Nagaland in India's northeast under the banner of Nationalist Socialst Council of Nagaland (NSCN), are here on their second visit to India in three decades from their exile in Bangkok and Amesterdam for talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

Pak opposition parties join hands to oust Musharraf

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The Alliance for Restoration of Democracy (ARD) and the the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), an alliance of six mainstream religious parties, have joined hands to launch an effective agitation to oust Gen Pervez Musharraf, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader said.

Troubles compound for Hindu Seer, Jayendra Saraswati

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

Troubles are compounding for the Hindu Seer Jayendra Saraswati, the Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt (monastery). A leading Tamil Writer Anuradha visited the police to record her complaint that he had misbehaved with her when she met him some 12-years ago. She made the sensational allegation last week saying that she did not rush to the police when the incident took place as she faced threats at that time.

Move to telecast live entire Indian Parliament proceedings, will it end disruptions

From M.G. Srinath, - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi.

In a bid to end disruptions by lawmakers, the principal presiding officers of the two houses of parliament have decided to telecast the entire day’s proceedings “live” nationwide.

Anti-Defection law holds up Sangma’s return to Nationalist Congress.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The return of Purno S Sangma, former speaker of Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian Parliament, to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is held up due to anti-defection law that requires an MP, who wants to defect from one party to another, to resign and re-contest for the Lok Sabha.

Prabakaran’s war would compel foreign countries to interfere in an "Operation Afghanistan" in Sri Lanka – Sangaree.

V. Anandasangaree in an appeal to the Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has urged him not to launch a war against the Government of Sri Lanka, a decision based on emotions, not the correct and appropriate one at the this point of time, which might bring about destruction and mayhem in the country and that would lead to hundreds of innocents lives being lost and also may give room for foreign countries to interfere in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka to put an end to the ethnic conflicts conclusively, similar to an “Operation Afghanistan.”

Pak PM considers politics as mean to serve masses

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that that the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and its allied parties consider politics as a mean of service to the people and give precedence to interests of the nation over all other things.

A Sri Lankan Tamil girl’s lone battle for survival in Canada

A teenaged Tamil girl is engaged in a lone battle for her survival in Canada, when she was marked for deportation by the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration department as she has been already notified that her asylum claim has been rejected when it was taken up along with her family members and subsequently her claim is to be taken up separately on compassionate grounds and the proceedings are expected to take place in January 2005, to determine her appeal.

Possible SAARC Union is in the Offing

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka is set to push for more visible action plan at the council of
ministers meeting leading up to the 13th summit next January, as there
have been little progress by South Asian Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC) finance ministries on feasibility studies for a possible SAARC Economic Union.

Nepal: King Gyanendra inaugurates ICIMOD headquarters

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal's King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev inaugurated on Sunday, the newly build headquarters of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Lalitpur, Kathmandu.

Clear Message of the Burmese Junta

By Prof: Kanbawza Win

"We will release the criminals but not the prisoners of conscience lest they will threaten our position," is the clear message given to the people of Burma and to the international community. Besides Min Ko Naing only a handful of lesser-known political prisoners were among those release, but the Junta hopes that it will take some pressure off their heads and will lend some helping hand in legitimizing itself in the international community.

India's CBI slaps case against two opp leaders in arms for bribes case

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

India's premier investigating agency, CBI has registered cases against Bangaru Laxman, a former BJP President and Jaya Jaitley, a former president of the now defunct Samata party in the sensational 'arms for on camera bribes' case unearthed by the Tehelka internet portal in a sting operation during the NDA regime in 2001.


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