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Six Nepal Parties form United Front, Ask India to Stop Military Aid to the King

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

Thirteen days after the ‘palace coup’, political leaders and parties of Nepal have begun to put together their act to checkmate the monarch and bring back democracy to the Himalayan Kingdom.

Sri Lanka Government want expatriate’s monthly remittance, but keeps them purposely in the dark.

Majority of the Sri Lankans living outside Sri Lanka due to the 1983 holocaust were completely taken by surprise at a press release by the President Secretariat about extending the date of receiving applications for compensation by victims of ethnic violence (1981 – 1983).

Geelani accuses Delhi Police for attack on him.

Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The Police in Indian capital faces an awkward situation as an accused of attack on Indian Parliament professor S A R Geelani, who was shot last week here and whose case is being probed by it, accused them of being behind the attack here on Monday.

Bata Atha Leather Complex Project not initiated by Norway.

Norwegian Government has not initiated the Bata Atha Leather Complex project located in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. This was disclosed in a press release by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sri Lanka.

Appalling Health Situation of the Burmese Political Prisoners

Although the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)
produced many statements, declaring that they had released
around 20,000 prisoners, from November 2004 to January 2005 in
three different stages, in fact only 86 political prisoners were
included on the lists of those prisoners so far said to be released according to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners –Burma (AAPP) – a watch dog Burmese group that monitors information and welfare about the Burmese political prisoners.

Tough times ahead to Manmohan Singh government

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

It will be another fortnight before the results in the bitterly fought assembly elections in Bihar would be known but the possibility of a realignment of political forces as a consequence of the result is being discussed in political circles since the Congress campaign in a way pushed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) - its local ally and partner at the Manmohan Singh government – to a corner.

Straw optimistic about Pak-India talks

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

British foreign Secretary Jack Straw Monday said that policies of Pakistan and India have created bright prospects of the success of the dialogue over Kashmir between the two countries.

Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran says India is an opportunity, not a threat to its neighbours

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

Facing flak from its neighbours particularly Pakistan and Bangladesh for getting the Dhaka summit of SAARC heads put off, India on Monday has come up with its own critique of the regional body and bluntly said the blame for SAARC failure lies elsewhere and not certainly at New Delhi’s door step.

Britain assures Pak of support in trade with EU

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Britain has assured Pakistan of its continuing support in getting its due share in trade with European Union.

India rules out intervention in Nepal to impose democracy

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

India Monday asked Nepal King that it would be desirable to take immediate steps towards the release of political leaders, journalists and human rights activists arrested after the dismissal of Deuba ministry.

Straw holds talks with Musharraf on key issues

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Monday met Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf after arrival in Islamabad on a three-day visit to the country.

Supreme Court overrules Congress-led UPA on prosecution of Mayawati.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In a major embarrassment to ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) here in Delhi, Supreme Court of India on Monday asked Central Bureau of Investigation, a premier central investigative agency in the country, not to close the 1.75 billion Taj corridor case against Mayawati, a former Uttar Pradesh state chief minister and chief of Bahujan Samaj Party.

Bangladeshi Editors Denounce Politically Motivated Killing

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The editors of 23 national dailies for the first time issued a joint statement expressing deep concerns "at the killing of and attack on journalists in Khulna and the country's southwestern region."

TN police question journalists in the Seers' case

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

In what observers see as police virtually going berserk in the Seer’s case, the police have extended their interrogation to cover a respected activist –journalist and a publisher of a multi-edition leading English daily.

Burmese Junta in ‘trade off’ talks with KNLF for control of Karenni province on Thai border

By Suthep Chaviwan and Ye Kyaw Tu - Reporting for Asian Tribune

The Burmese Junta is desperately seeking a trade off with Karenni National Liberation Front and other splinter groups in the Karenni province bordering Thailand, reports say.

Jayalalithaa tells party men ready for snapl election

M Rama Rao and D P Kamat - Reporting from New Delhi

Jayalithaa Jayaram, the maverick supremo of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Tuesday startled her party faithful and the entire political spectrum alike with her prediction of a snap Lok Sabha election.