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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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First Afghan Parliament in decades sworn in

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Afghanistan's parliament met for the first time on Monday in more than 30 years and the new members of the house were also sworn in amid tight security.

MEA intervenes with Dhaka on the arrest of Meghalaya forester and forest guards

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Reporting for Asian Tribune

Indian External Affairs ministry has taken steps to secure the release of the three Meghalaya state forest officials - forester Moses Lyngdoh and forest guards – Woldis Swer and Ram Pohlong, who are languishing in Sylhet district jail of Bangladesh.

Army unaware of an Army-LTTE talk ban

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

Following a recent statement made by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake that the Army should not have direct dialogue with the LTTE, army sources have denied any knowledge of such a regulation.

Arakan Watch questions Yangon's development claims; Junta under IPU scanner

By M Rama Rao - in New Delhi

While the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the ruling junta claims that Myanmar has witnessed all round development, its critics at home and abroad disputes the contention. Dhaka based Arakan Watch has come up with a case study to buttress its argument.

Pak needs no lessons on democracy

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan needs no lessons or lectures on democracy and will consider it as interference in its internal affairs if any country tried to do so, a foreign office spokesperson said.

JVP calls for flexibility in peace approach and new mediators

By M Rama Rao Reporting from New Delhi

Vijitha Herath, JVP ideologue, favors flexibility on the part of all concerned for a lasting solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic problem. He wants international pressure to be brought upon LTTE to be flexible and to freeze its arms supply sources.