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Islamabad grants oil exploration license to US-Pak joint venture

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The government Thursday granted a petroleum exploration license to a joint US-Pakistani venture.

Hindu Seer completes one month in Jail with no relief in sight

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

Jayendra Saraswati (71), the Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt (Monastery) in South India, has just completed one month as a under trial prisoners in a murder case.

US envoy terms Pak-India peace overtures encouraging

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The US Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker in Pakistan has described the on-going peace overtures between Pakistan and India as encouraging.

U.S. Defence Secretary calls on Prime Minister

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The United States Secretary of Defence, Donald H. Rumsfeld, called on the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, here on Thursday. They discussed bilateral issues and the situation in South Asia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan truck drivers kidnapped in Iraq 'released'

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Bangladeshi truck driver Abul Kashem Faruk, 44, and his Sri Lankan colleague Dharmendra Rajaratnam (37) who were captured and held hostage in Iraq by the Islamic Army of Iraq (IAI) on October 28, were released by Iraqi resistant fighters yesterday, according to diplomatic sources.

In Sri Lanka, tens of thousands of children have been displaced from their homes as a result of the conflict - UNICEF report.

In Sri Lanka, tens of thousands of children have been displaced from their homes as a result of the conflict, and many others have been left orphaned, said Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka. He added: “To make matter worse, 1 in 5 people injured by landmines in Sri Lanka are children.”

Sri Lanka: Ministers under bribery probe

By Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Bribery or Corruption Commission has recorded 34 complaints against Ministers and MPs in 2004, but only in 13 cases have investigations been completed.

Election commission taking special measures for free polls in Bihar.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

As the assembly elections in three states in the country are approaching near, Election Commission of India has become hyper active. The three-member commission, headed by Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy, is visiting the states, issuing instructions to the State governments to check criminals, transfer tainted officials and keeping a watch on unfair practices to create a level playing field.

Sri Lanka: Buddhist Monks to stage fast

By Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Buddhist monks have decided to stage a fast in protest against the holding of the Bollywood musical extravaganza in Colombo on Saturday, 11 December.

Dhaka to ban chemical weapon productions: Bill seeking ban is expected soon

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh as a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is going to enact a law imposing a permanent ban on development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons in its military defence system.

AFSPA Review Committee to Visit Manipur

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Committee to Review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 would be visiting Manipur from the 27th of this month to elicit views and public opinion on the Act.

Sri Lankan President urges to Cherish noble qualities of humanity, on human rights day.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her message to mark International Human Rights Day urged the countryman to be united in their resolve to emerge triumphant in the efforts to create a society that would cherish the noble qualities of humanity.


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