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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Gunmen kill two Afghan health workers

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Two Afghan health workers ferrying vital medicine to remote southern areas affected by the worst winter for a decade were shot in the head by unidentified gunmen, the health minister said on Wednesday.

Karuna challenges LTTE leadership

Gamini Weerakoon – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Leader of the splinter group of the LTTE, Colonel Karuna Amman has challenged the LTTE leadership for a showdown at Thoppilgala in the Eastern Province.

JVP threatens to stall resumption of peace talks

Gamini Weerakoon – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

A JVP cabinet minister, Chandrasena Wijesinghe was quoted in “The Island” today saying that his party will stand firm against the government holding peace talks with LTTE on the basis of the LTTE's proposed Interim Self Governing Authority.

US sale of Patriot Missile to India to spark new arm race: warns Pakistan

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Pakistan has cautioned that the possible sale of US Patriot missile system to India would be counter-productive, erode deterrence in the region, fuel arms race and induce higher risk-taking.

Sri Lankan Soldier killed

Gamini Weerakoon Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan army soldier was shot dead and another injured by the LTTE on Wednesday evening at the Muhamalai camp in Jaffna.

LTTE told to take time-bound action plan to end child abuses

At last UN Security Council has come forward to take action against those parties involved in child abuses and Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has been told very strictly to embark immediately on tangible actions, leading to a time-bound action plan to end, once and for all, the practice of child abuse.

Iran worried over scale of devastation by tremor

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari Wednesday expressed concern over the scale of devastation by a strong earthquake that hit several villages around the city of Zarand, in the southeastern province of Kerman.

Canada's Lloyd Axworthy urges strong action against LTTE

Former Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy has urged the Canadian Government to take a strong stand against the Sri Lankan rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on the issue of continued recruitment of child soldiers.

Iran considering joining SAARC: Kharrazi

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Iran`s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said that Tehran was weighing for some time the option of joining the South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation .

NGO demands abolition of Development Funds to Parliamentarians.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

A non-government organization (NGO) here in the Indian capital has demanded abolition of MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development) scheme under which Indian Parliamentarians are allocated a fixed amount of funds by the Union government every year for carrying out developmental works in their constituencies.

Pakistan will not let foreigner question A.Q. Khan

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said Wednesday that Pakistan will not let any foreigner question Abdul Qadir Khan and Islamabad didn't have any information on possible nuclear proliferation to more countries than earlier believed.

Geelani demands transfer of his case to the CBI.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The police in New Delhi, the Indian capital, and S A R Geelani, a Delhi University professor and accused of attack on Indian Parliament in December 2001, continue to throw mud at each other even as the former have failed to make any headway in their investigations on murderous attack on the latter about a fortnight back.

15 Islamists Held in Southern Bangladesh

By Ahemede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fifteen militants were arrested in three northern districts as police
mounted a hunt for Islamist fundamentalists.

Musharraf unlikely to give up power by 2005: US Cong report

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

The Pak President Musharraf, who is also his country’s military chief, is unlikely to give up power by 2005, according to an assessment given to the US Congress.

Lack of Birth Records Leaves Children Open to Predators

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When rebel leaders who recruit child soldiers are confronted by U.N. officials or human rights activists, they try to evade responsibility mostly by overstating the ages of rifle-toting children pressed into battle.

A New World Through Quantum Mechanics

By Nalin de Silva

Quantum Mechanics is gradually forcing the westerners, at least a few of the Quantum Physicists to change their way of thinking. The principle of superposition which was familiar to Classical Physicists as well, has taken an entirely different meaning with respect to Quantum Mechanics.

Glimmer of hope after the end of Acheh talks.

The second round of peace talks ended in Helsinki with a promise to meet again which has indicated hope of ending the 30 year old conflict in Acheh located in the North of Sumatra island, to come hopefully to a sustained peace settlement in the very near future.