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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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Pak PM leaves for Tehran on 3-day visit to Iran

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Tuesday left Islamabad for Tehran on a three-day official visit to Iran.

Canadian terrorism expert criticise LTTE using tsunami to set stage for the resumption of war.

A Canadian expert on terrorism has said that the Sri Lankan rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is making use of the tsunami tragedy to set the stage for the resumption of war in Sri Lanka.

GAM expected to give up Independence for Self-Government

After the end of the second round of talks, an optimistic political scenario is to emerge, as Free Aceh Movement (GAM) coming up with a change of heart either to give up completely or suspend temporarily their demand for separation and accepting special autonomy – Self- Government for Aceh.

President Kumaratunga Unaware of U.S. Proposal To Benefit Sri Lanka Apparel Exports

Daya Gamage – Reporting to Asian Tribune

When visiting former United States presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush asked how the U.S. Government could be of assistance (to Sri Lanka’s economy), the President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Kumaratunga and her officials said the U.S. is Sri Lanka’s biggest trading partner and trade concessions particularly in the apparel sector for the next two to three years would be most welcome to help the country with its foreign exchange earnings.

Iran’s quake toll climbs to 500

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

The death toll from the early morning quake in the Iranian town of Zarand in Kerman province has climbed to 500 with thousands still buried under the rubble of hundreds of destroyed house, said the provincial Governor General Muhammad-Ali Karimi.

CSW Joins Major Campaign to Boycott Total Oil

Christian Solidarity Worldwide joined forces with Burma Campaign UK in a major worldwide campaign to call on French oil firm TOTAL to withdraw from Burma.

Sri Lanka Government is ready for direct negotiation on the establishment of an interim authority.

The Government of Sri Lanka agrees for talks with the Tamil rebel outfit for the establishment of an interim authority and also have direct negotiation to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of the North and East of the country.

Sri Lanka: President sends condolences to Iran

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga sent a message of condolence to Iran’s President Seyed Mohammed Khatami on behalf of the people of Sri Lanka. Tuesday’s earthquake in the Kerman Province of South Eastern Iran had caused the deaths of hundreds people.

Bangladesh: 12 Islamist Militant held

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Intelligence agencies in Bangladesh have mounted surveillance on militants, and on Monday twelve Islamic extremists were arrested from Dhamrai, Jahangirnagar University (JU) and Joypurhat

Supreme Court queries UPA decision to give reprieve to Lalu.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In a major blow to Lalu Prasad Yadav, Union Railway Minister and president of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a regional outfit presently seeking re-election in Bihar, a state in East India, the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday sought a report on $ 200 million fodder scam in which Yadav stands charge sheeted.

India an unrivalled regional power in 15-years: US think tank

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

India will be the unrivalled regional power with a large military--including naval and nuclear capabilities--and a dynamic and growing economy, in 15-years, says a US think-tank.