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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

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Media can promote peace, harmony in South Asia: Musharraf

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune -

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has said media in South Asia can serve as a catalyst in promoting peace and harmony for the collective well-being of one-fifth of humanity living in the region.

Two-day SAARC Information Ministers’ Conference begins in Islamabad

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The two-day Information Ministers’ conference of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) began in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Wednesday.

Long march for SB

Janaka Perera Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The UNP's long march from Hanguranketha to Colombo to secure S.B. Dissanayake's release began today, with religious ceremonies.

Human Rights Watch Meeting Disrupted in Toronto.

A former Ontario Premier, Bob Rae recently expressed his frustration and disgust publicly, that in his 25 years of public life he had never been prevented from speaking at a meeting. A visibly agitated former Ontario Premier said that it was a shame that a public meeting could not be held in a democratic manner in Canada.

Congress to go with Lalu Yadav in Bihar

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

After weeks of dithering, Congress, a National party heading the ruling Union Progressive Alliance (UPA) here at the centre, seems to have decided to align with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and keep off Ramvilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in the forthcoming state assembly polls in Bihar. The RJD and the LJP are regional parties from Bihar and are considered to have more influence than the Congress in the state.

Ravi Karunanayake to sue Wimal Weerawansa for SL.Rs.1000 million

Janaka Perera Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

One of the senior leaders of the United National Party (UNP) Ravi Karunanayake said that he will sue Parliamentarian and the Propganada Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP), Wimal Weerawansa for Sri Lankan Rs. 1000 million for falsely accusing Karunanayake of instigating the bomb blast at the Bollywood Musical show – “Temptation 2004.”

Sri Lanka: Solheim to meet top Tigers today

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Norwegian Special Envoy, Eric Solheim, who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday night, is expected to meet today LTTE Political Section Leader S.Paramu. Thamilselvan and other top Tigers in Kilinochichi.

First round of Pak-India talks on Sir Creek, nuclear CBMs concluded

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan and India completed first round of the two-day talks on Tuesday in Rawalpindi aimed at agreeing on measures to build confidence about nuclear and conventional arms programmes and the Sir Creek issue.

Burmese regime carrying out genocide claims new report

A joint delegation from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) has returned from a visit to ethnic groups on the Thai-Burmese border with evidence of a campaign of genocide perpetrated by the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).

CBI ready to take over the probe in sex racket involving politicians in Kerala.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

For Kerala, the southern most state fighting to cope with the flood of sex rackets patronized and frequented by the state politicians, more sleaze is in store as Central Bureau of Investigation, a central investigative agency in India, has more or less decided to take up the case of Saari S Nair, a minor girl from Kottayam who was exploited by a sex racket in her quest for television acting.

Isak, Muivah call Nagas to unite and work together for final solution

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The collective leaderships of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN (IM)---Isak Chishi Swu and Th Muivah---have been given a brief but warm and impressive public reception at Nagaland's Dimapur Airport as soon as they touched down their soil at 12.42 hours here Tuesday after a gap of about three decades.

Sri Lanka: Army deserters court martialled

Janaka Perera Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

All army deserters who failed to respond to obtain legal discharge from the military are to be court martialled. Thirty six deserters who missed the opportunity given them to surrender have already been imprisoned.