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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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De-recognition of private universities jeopardizes future of tens of thousands students in India.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The quashing of a state’s private sector Universities Act here by Indian Supreme Court under which over 100 private and deemed universities got recognition has left in jeopardy the future of tens of thousands of students enrolled in these universities.

Global Buddhist Conference :On "Buddhist Relief Work in a Post-Tsunami Context"

Though LTTE death squads had once ruthlessly hacked to death young Buddhist monks in the Buddhist temple in Arantalawa, located in the remote corner of the Eastern province, the same temple has opened wider its doors to those affected by tsunami and the majority of them now housed in the Temple are Tamils.

Free Aceh Movement denies accepting special autonomy offer by Indonesia.

Gerakan Acheh Merdeka – GAM, or in other words Free Aceh Movement fighting for the Independence of Aceh since 04 December 1976 said that they are not accepting special autonomy offer as reported by the Indonesian Government.

India, Pakistan return to dialogue mode, Natwar Singh visiting Islamabad on Tuesday

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Notwithstanding the pin pricks in their troubled relations, India and Pakistan are set to return to the dialogue mode. Indian Minister for foreign relations Natwar Singh will be in Islamabad on Tuesday on what is the first ever bilateral visit by Indian foreign minister to Pakistan in 17-years. P V Narasimha Rao as foreign minister to Rajiv Gandhi visited Pakistan then ruled by Benazir Bhutto in 1988.

Urgent international action required to prevent LTTE child conscription under the cover of tsunami relief

Pressure keep on mounting daily on the Sri Lanka Tamil separatist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for their recalcitrant and appalling highhanded act of continued child conscription as cannon fodders of their armed formations, unmindful of repeated condemnation and appeal to desist by the international community and human rights organizations.

CIA says Pakistan will be a failed state by 2015

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

America’s Central Intelligence Agency, which knows Pakistan better than its own backyard, has come up with a prognosis of the country, which will not please President Musharraf who is smarting under the snub administered by the State Department and the Commonwealth over his uniform issue.

Pakistan admits Khan sold nuclear secrets to Iran

Iqbal Hussain - Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has conceded for the first time that Dr Abdul Qadir Khan, “Father of the atomic Bomb” who is under house arrest in Islamabad, passed secrets and equipment to Iranian officials and is now considered the "brain" behind the programme that has put Teheran on the brink of acquiring nuclear weapons.

RJD denies distributing CDs on Gujarat riots

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Union Minister for Railway Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal, a regional group, constituent of ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the centre and seeking return to power in Bihar state, on Sunday denied that it had any link with the distribution of CDs and posters in Bihar on Gujarat riots that left thousands of Muslims dead and displaced in Gujarat state in the first quarter of 2002.

No official word yet on Manmohan visit to Lanka

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Given its preoccupation with three crucial assembly elections in North India and with the developments in Nepal, Sri Lanka figures merely as a blip on the radar screen of South Block, the red brick colonial style building which is the home to Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Office on the imposing Raisina Hills here.

Straw due in Pakistan today

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will be visiting Pakistan for three days from today to hold bilateral consultations with foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.

Musharraf rules out early polls

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islmabad.

Ruling out early elections, President Gen Pervez Musharraf has once again made it clear that these will be held in 2007 and that the meetings between Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto will not affect the government as well as political process.