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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2618

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Kumaratunga meets Pak ministers

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga held a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri and Commerce Minister Humayun Akhtar Khan.

Killings of Kaushaliyan and others condemned

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has condemned the killings of Chandra Nehru Ariayanayagam and Kaushaliyan and other militant LTTE cadres.

International Sanctions on Iran a Possibility: Dick Cheney

Daya Gamage – Reporting to Asian Tribune

“We obviously are seriously pursuing diplomatic resolution” to persuade Iran not to pursue nuclear weapons but “if the diplomatic process breaks down, the probable next step concerning Iran would be to go to the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Dhaka, Yangon okay road link route

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh and Myanmar have finalised the route for establishing
direct road link between Dhaka and Yangon. The technical task forces of both the countries have agreed to develop a 130-kilometre road from Ramu in Cox's Bazar to Kyauktaw in Myanmar.

Season of discontent, rallies, kidnappings, killings in India

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

This is the season of discontent in Delhi. And it is getting reflected in umpteen ways. This is also season of elections and heightened political fever in three states – Haryana close to Delhi in the North and Bihar and Jharkhand in the East.

Kumaratunga lauds Pak assistance for Tsunami victims

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Lankan President Mrs. Chandrika Bandranaike Kumaratunga has appreciated Pakistan’s generous and immediate assistance for Tsunami victims in her country.

Uttranchal on alert for Nepal Maoists.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Uttranchal, a hilly state in India, which shares 250-kilometre long border with Himalayan Kingdom Nepal, has been put on high alert to thwart any attempt of the Maoists from Kathmandu crossing over into the state.

BJP and its allies hit the road against Goa Governor

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

The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies in the virtually defunct National Democratic Alliance, that ruled India for seven years till May last year, Tuesday hit the roads to protest against the dismissal of chief minister Manohar Parrikar and appointment in his place of Congress party’s Pratap Singh Rane in the west coast stats of Goa.

Presidential Commission to Inquire into tsunami

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga hasappointed Retired Judge of the Supreme Court H. S. Yapa is the Chairman of the Tsunami Commission and retired Judge of the Court of Appeal P. H. Kulatilake has been appointed as a member of this Commission.

Hindu Seer to be given chargesheet on Feb 10

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

The Hindu Seer, Jayendra Saraswati, Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt will be formally served the police chargesheet in the Sankararaman murder case on February 10.

The Kaushalyan hit: good tactics, bad thinking

By Dayan Jayatilleka

While Karuna is understandably in a permanent mode of vengeance after the murder of his brother Reggie, and earlier, eight of his cadre (butchered in Kottawa while in a drugged sleep); while he cannot be expected to conduct himself in accordance with the exigencies of a peace process that doesn’t apply to him;while the attack on Kaushalyan was preceded by at least two murders of dissidents by Prabhakaran’s Tigers in recent days, this ambush was strategically counterproductive.

Pakistan - Sri Lanka agree to boost bilateral ties

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have agreed to enhance bilateral ties in all fields, saying the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries will open a new chapter of increased trade to their mutual benefit.

Nagaland BJP criticizes Goa Governor's violation of democratic norms

Oken Jeet Sandham- Asian Tribune

The Nagaland Unit of BJP also joined the nation-wide protest against the dismissal of Manohar Parrikar BJP Government in Goa by Governor SC Jamir.

Neutral experts on Baglihar dam to be named soon

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

The World Bank President James Wolfensohn has assured that the Bank will expedite the process of appointment of neutral expert to resolve the Baglihar Dam issue according to Indus Basin Treaty.

President Kalam discharged from hospital

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

India’s scientist President A P J Abdul Kalam was discharged from the army hospital on Tuesday, a day after he was given a ‘non-surgical corrective’ to set right his fractured shoulder bone.

Pakistan, Sri Lanka vow to boost ties, call for early SAARC summit

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have expressed their determination to further strengthen bilateral ties particularly in economic and trade and called for an early holding of 13th SAARC Summit to move forward the SAARC process.