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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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Aziz vows to attain uplift goals for prosperity

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Friday renewed his
government's firm commitment to remain on track in
attaining the millennium development goals aimed at
bringing prosperity and eliminating poverty from the

JVP won't go

Gamini Weerakoon – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Despite the JVP clashing headlong with the SLFP faction in the UPFA (United People Front Alliance) it is unlikely that they will walk out of the coalition and government.

Sack The “Corrupt Guy” In The Cricket Board – Arjuna

In his characteristic style, firing at point blank range, Arjuna Ranatunga, “Captain Cool” who won the World Cup for Sri Lanka and now the now Deputy Minister for Tourism, has blasted the “corrupt guy” in the Cricket Board who is in charge of handling Cricket Aid. He is insisting that he must be removed by the government. He did not once mention the name of the “corrupt guy” he was referring to in the exclusive interview with the Asian Tribune.

Asian Immigrants to U.S. Better Educated, National Census Reports

Daya Gamage – USA Reports to Asian Tribune

At a time the when the United States immigration is at a record high, one eighth of the 290 million population were born in another country, the U.S. Census Bureau says that tracking the success of immigrants and their children have become foremost important to assess the economic impact.

US embassy denies report on FBI opening Dhaka office

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The US embassy in Dhaka yesterday denied a Press Trust of India report
that the governments of the United States and Bangladesh have reached
an agreement to open an office of the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) in Bangladesh.

Two CWC Ministers Resigned, Withdrawal of Support to Chandrika’s Government yet to be Decided

By our Correspondent in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's coalition UPFA government received another jolt yesterday when two members of the Ceylon Workers Congess (CWC), resigned their ministerial portfolios.

Kashmiris principle party to Kashmir issue: Pak UN envoy

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan permanent representative to the United Nations Ambassador Munir Akram has said that the Kashmiris are the principal party to the Kashmir issue and any solution would have to be acceptable to them.

ULFA Leader Anup Chetia Might not be Freed

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Founder of the United Liberation Front of Assam, Anup Chetia, is not
likely to be released soon although his term of imprisonment expired

Pak ready to take chance on peace with India: Shaukat

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Minister Shaukat Aziz has emphasized that all parties
to the Kashmir conflict should demonstrate the will to
address the issue sincerely with a view to seeking
honourable solution based on mutual respect and
accommodation. <

Expansion of Security Council a must: India

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

India has renewed its call for inclusion of major developing countries as permanent members in the Security Council saying this is the only way to make the global body take a balanced control of international economic agenda, promote reform in world economic institutions and protect weak states.

Karuna issues warning against LTTE: Muslims asked to be on the alert.

In a note of caution to the Tamil-speaking communities, Col Karuna, former LTTE Commander of the Eastern Wing, has advised the Tamil-speaking Muslim community in the east not to be duped by the latest LTTE maneuvers of S. Paramu Tamilselvam to get them back into the Tiger fold.

Afghanistan keen to join SAARC: Karzai

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

which straddles South and Central Asia, will be
"honoured" to join the seven-nation South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), said
President Hamid Karzai.

Burma's Military Government Commits Diplomatic Suicide

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Burmese Ambassadors to the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the UN's Geneva Office were asked to return to Rangoon last month for "consultations". After dallying for about a month, they were told they did not need to return to their respective posts. They were each given an official car and told to come to the Foreign Office every morning to give diplomatic training to new Ambassadors.

Dhaka asks Yangon to take back Rohingyas

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh at an official meeting with Myanmar once again stressed immediate repatriation of the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. Nearly 20,000 Rohingyas are still languishing in refugee camps in
Bangladesh's Teknaf and Cox's Bazar areas.

Nine Bangladeshi Troops Killed in an Ambush in Congo

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nine UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh were killed and 11 others wounded yesterday when two UN patrols were ambushed in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the UN mission in the country said.