A publication of

Association for Communal Harmony in Asia (ACHA)

 www.asiapeace.org  &  www.indiapakistanpeace.org


Editor:  Pritam K. Rohila, PhD       pritam@open.org


Subscription is free.

To SUBSCRIBE, email a request to ACHAPeaceBulletin-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

To UNSUBSCRIBE, email the request to ACHAPeaceBulletin-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com 



Volume X, No. 8, August 15, 2006; Next Issue, September 15, 2006




*Independence from Violence, War & Want, Pritam K. Rohila, Ph.D.



*September 2, Lahore, Pakistan: VISA-FREE & PEACEFUL SOUTH ASIA

*September 21: PEACE ONE DAY

*September 23. Manchester, U.K.: TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ

*October 02-06, Chandigarh, India:  CHILDREN FOR PEACE




Independence from Violence, War & Want

Pritam K. Rohila, Ph.D.


As we celebrate Independence of India and Pakistan from slavery of the British, we continue to be slaves to threats of war, secessionist movements, terrorist acts, and communal violence. It does not take much to move us from the edge of peace to the brink of war, from celebrations of harmony to declaration of hostility.


This state of affairs continues to divert resources away from the real problems of our peoples, like the poor state of educational and health facilities, continued abuse of women and children, and massive poverty.


It is time we face reality. Whatever role the Western imperialists, international conspirators, our own political leaders, bureaucrats, military establishments, vested interests, and terrorists  are playing, just blaming them is not productive.


Let’s be truthful and admit that the real culprits include us. We the peace activists of and from the region have not done enough to change the status quo. For the money and other resources consumed, we do not have much to show for. If we were employees of a private corporation, we would have been fired a long time ago.


Doing just something is not enough. We need to do more than occasional protests, petitions, conventions, marches and vigils. It is not sufficient to measure success in the number of posters put up, hand bills distributed, emails sent, events held, or resolutions passed.


Whatever we do, it must be effective. It must make measurable progress towards our goal of durable peace between India and Pakistan, and harmony among our various religious, ethnic, and regional communities.


What we need is an organized, coordinated, and sustained mass movement. We need to enlist active support of people who stand to benefit from peace and harmony - families divided by borders; businessmen who are forced to trade through third countries; artists, writers and sportsmen who are humiliated by visa and registration formalities. We need to convince men and women on our streets and in our neighborhoods, why peace and harmony are in their interest.


We need to mobilize people. We need to get them out on every street and in every public square demanding peace and harmony from our government, political, religious and social leaders.


We cannot afford to wait for someone else to do something, sometime, somehow, somewhere. Each one of us must be willing to commit everything one has to help achieve our goal.


What are you going to do about it? When will you be ready?



*A Muslim woman joins a Hindu in prayer for those killed in the Mumbai blasts (PTI Photo, Via India West, July 28, 2006, p. A4) 

*Muslim girls busy purchasing colourful 'Rakhis' for their brothers at a shop in Patna on Sunday., South  Asia Media www.southasianmedia.net, August 7, 2006

*A Bangladeshi tribal girl smiles during 'World Indigenous Day' celebration in Dhaka, August 10, 2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/


*First Virtual India-Pakistan Dialog



Jointly organized by People’s Development Foundation and South Asia Partnership in Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan and Vidya Ashram in Sarnath, Varanasi, U.P., India, The First Virtual India-Pakistan Dailogue was held on August 3, 2006. Many prominent poets, writers, journalists, political workers and social and peace activists from both countries shared their experiences with each other over the telephone.

*Pak journalists join candlelight vigil The Tribune |Monday, August 14,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=317352&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

AMRITSAR: Talking to the mediapersons here on Saturday, Mr Satnam Manak, state convener of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), said the delegation of 13 Pakistanis (including 10 parliamentarians of different parties) would start their march from Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore, with placards seeking a permanent thaw in the region. They will arrive at Wagah for a candlelight vigil on the intervening night of August 14 and 15, on the invitation of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar. 

The delegation would visit Jallianwala Bagh at Amritsar to pay their homage to the martyrs of 1919. A seminar would also be organised on the subject of Indo-Pak peace.

*Stop shooting, start talking: UNP (Sri Lanka) Daily Mirror |Monday, August 14,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=317264&category=Frontend&Country=SRI%20LANKA

COLOMBO: The UNP Sunday expressed its grave concern over the events of the last few days, which has seen the total collapse of the cease-fire between the Government and the LTTE. “We call upon the Government, as well as the LTTE, as a mater of the greatest urgency, to take all steps to observe the cease-fire and to return to negotiations, as the only means of achieving a just and durable solution to the ethnic conflict.

*SAARC plans multi-modal transport system NEW AGE |Sunday, August 13,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=317178&category=frontend&Country=main&pro=0

DHAKA: A regional study has identified 10 regional road corridors, five regional rail corridors, two inland waterways corridors, 10 maritime gateways and 16 aviation gateways for establishing a SAARC regional multi-modal transport system. The South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation Multimodal Transport Study also identified the problems of the corridors and suggested specific measures to address them.


Multimodal transport means transportation of goods, by at least two modes of transport, such as by rails and by sea.

*Hizb asks pundits to return to Kashmir DAILY TIMES |Sunday, August 13,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=317063&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

NEW DELHI: Hizbul Muajhideen, the frontline militant outfit in Jammu and Kashmir, has asked Kashmiri pundits (Hindus) to return to the valley. He said that the militant outfit would not allow the sale or illegal occupation of temples.

*Pen, books replace guns THE KATHMANDU POST Thursday, August 10,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=316400&category=Frontend&Country=NEPAL

TEHRATHUM: Yogmaya Kattuwal, 17, spent two-and-a-half years with Maoists and then was in army custody for eleven months. She no longer carries a gun and bullets. Instead, she is seen carrying pens and books these days.


*India: Child Labor in Homes, Hospitality Industries Banned, India West, August 11, 2006


NEW DELHI (AP): The Indian government has banned the employment of children under age 14 as domestic servants or in hotels, restaurants or small teashops in a bid to protect the rights of poor children.

*Pak, India shrug off doomsday projections DAWN |Friday, August 11,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=316691&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri on Thursday sounded cautiously optimistic about the future of the Pakistan-India peace process and shrugged off the doomsday scenario being projected in the media. Mr Kasuri emphasised that there was a large peace constituency in both the countries and the peace process enjoyed bipartisan political support on both sides. While conceding that the peace process was not easy, he underlined that it required patience and steadfastness.

When contacted by Dawn, Indian High Commissioner Shiv Shankar Menon saw no reason for the sudden panic over the Indo-Pakistan peace process and maintained that things had been blown out of proportion.

“We both have leadership that sincerely wants the peace process to succeed,” he noted, dispelling the impression that there was a breakdown in the dialogue.

*Pact signed on arms in Nepal Thursday, August 10,2006  http://www.indianexpress.com/story/10253.html

KATHMANDU: The government and the Maoists today reached a five-point agreement to seek the assistance of the United Nations in the entire peace process and create a free and fair atmosphere for the election to a Constituent Assembly. Chief government negotiator and Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula and leader of the Maoist talks team Krishna Bahadur Mahara said the five-point agreement was a “historic” event for Nepal in the path to finding a peaceful solution to the decade-old conflict.

*SAARC media heads meet in Colombo today DAILY NEWS.LK | August 10,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=316338&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

COLOMBO: The fourth meeting of the Heads of National TV, Radio and News Agencies of SAARC countries will meet for two days from today at the Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo to work-out a regulatory framework to balance functioning between the private channels and public service broadcasters in the SAARC region.

*Sri Lanka invites Tigers for talks The Hindu Tuesday, August 08,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=315902&category=Frontend&Country=sri%20lanka

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka asked LTTE rebels to return to peace talks Monday and expressed its commitment to find a negotiated settlement to all issues even as fighting between Tamil tigers and Government forces escalated in the country's north-east region. A day after peace broker Norway began decisive efforts to find a breakthrough, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said his country was committed to honour the ceasefire despite numerous attacks against Government forces by the rebels. "We still believe that we must get back to the table. We feel LTTE is also feeling the same because of international pressure," he told reporters after a meeting with senior leaders of the Indian Communist Party (CPI) A. B. Bardhan and D Raja at the party headquarters in New Delhi.


*India PM apologises to Asma Jehangir THE HINDU |Friday, August 04,2006


*New lease of life in India for Pak toddler, Rediff.com, August 02, 2006 http://in.rediff.com/news/2006/aug/02look1.htm



Foreign Secretaries of the SAARC countries pose on August 1, 2006, for a group photograph during a meeting in Dhaka.


*Pak, India bus running packed THE HINDU |Sunday, August 06,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=315510&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

ISLAMABAD: The four times-a-week bus service is running packed. The surcharged atmosphere after the Mumbai blasts and the subsequent postponement of talks between the two countries do not seem to have affected the enthusiasm of people wanting to travel to India.

*Study on linking BD, India power grids ZEE NEWS |Sunday, August 06,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=315525&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

DHAKA: As Bangladesh struggles to tackle frequent blackouts, a feasibility study on connecting the country's power network with India's Northeast Power Grid to import electricity has begun, officials here said Saturday.

*Maldives for India food processing help THE HINDUSTAN TIMES |Sunday, August 06,2006  http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=315541&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

COLOMBO: The Maldives, the Indian Ocean island nation known for its picturesque beaches and idyllic resorts, has sought India's expertise in food processing and packaging technologies to boost its tourism-oriented economy.

*Feel of Wagah at Indo-Bangla border HINDUSTAN TIMES |Saturday, August 05,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=315324&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

KOLKATA: Tourists may soon get to see a retreat ceremony of border guards in the state on the lines of the colourful one at Wagah. The Union ministry of home affairs plans to introduce such a ceremony at the land port of Petrapole in North 24-Parganas district.

*Pak wants safety for non-nuclear states THE NEWS |Saturday, August 05,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=315086&category=Frontend&Country=PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has called on the 65-member Conference on Disarmament to start negotiations for a universal, unconditional and legally-binding instrument to guarantee that nuclear weapon states would not use or threaten the use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states that have formally renounced them. The ambassadors of China, Nigeria, Russia, India, Morocco, Kenya, Germany, Algeria, Senegal and Switzerland also called for an early action on negative security assurances for non-nuclear states.

*Breakthrough in Indo-Lanka crisis talks LBO |Friday, August 04,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=314933&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka and India made a breakthrough in crisis talks held this week to resume duty free exports of vanaspati oil to India.

*Indo-Pak pledge to promote peace THE HINDU |Thursday, August 03,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=314627&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

DHAKA: Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said there was common understanding between India and Pakistan that the peace process is very important and the two countries should try and take it forward.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said the peace process was in the interest of both the countries and neither India nor Pakistan does a favour by talking to each other. "It is in the interest of both the countries."

*IndianOil gets entry into Pakistan INDIA E NEWS |Tuesday, August 01,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=314169&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

NEW DELHI: ‘While lube and diesel remain on the negative (trade) list, Pakistan has placed an order for import of lube oil. The first cargo of 4,886 tonnes was shipped out from Haldia on July 6 and the second of around the same quantity is being negotiated and is expected to be shipped in August,’ IndianOil Chairman and Managing Director Sarthak Behuria told the media here Monday.

*Plans afoot for South Asian 'power pool' ASIAN TRIBUNE | August 01,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=314041&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

COLOMBO: Under the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy (SARI/Energy) Energ Markets Partnership funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), 15 executives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka met with executives from the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP).

*Hudood draft: Rape under criminal law in Pakistan DAILY TIMES |August 1,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=313974&category=Frontend&Country=PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD: The proposed amendments to the Hudood Ordinances include removing the offence of zina bil jabr, or rape, from the ordinances and adding it to the Pakistan Penal Code. The bill explicitly states that it is designed to “provide relief and protection to women against misuse and abuse of law”.

*The Maldives: Majlis votes for independent SC MINIVAN | August 01,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=314208&category=Frontend&Country=MALDIVES

 MALE: The Maldives could have a Supreme Court as early as 2007, following a landmark vote in the Special Majlis.MPs from across the political spectrum voted overwhelmingly in favour of creating a Supreme Court, which will be the final authority on legal matters and will be independent from the executive. Under the current constitution, drafted by President Gayoom in the 1990s, the president is the head of the judiciary with the power to overturn court rulings, appoint the Chief Justice and appoint members of the Judicial Services Commission.

*Naga ceasefire extended by another year, Rediff.com July 31, 2006 20:42 IST

Giving a fresh impetus to the ongoing peace process, the Government and National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Issac-Muivah) on Monday agreed to extend the ceasefire in Nagaland by another year and promised to move 'expeditiously' discussing all 'substantive' issues for a lasting solution to the country's oldest insurgency problem.


*India, Bhutan sign trade, transit deal AFP | Saturday, July 29,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=313281&category=frontend&Counry=main&pro=0


NEW DELHI: India and Bhutan have signed a new 10-year accord on trade and transit that gives the landlocked Himalayan kingdom more entry and exit points for commerce, simplifies procedures for import and export between the two neighbours, and allows India to import a minimum of 5,000 megawatts from hydel power-rich Bhutan by 2020, India's commerce ministry said on Friday.

*Pakistan, BD to sign free trade pact THE NEWS | Saturday, July 29,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=313318&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN


KARACHI: Bangladesh and Pakistan are likely to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in next three to four months, said Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh MD Abdul Hannan here on Friday during an interactive session with SITE industrialists.


*Nepal Maoists extend truce, Rediff.com, July 27, 2006 16:20 IST


Maoist rebels in
Nepal have extended their three-month ceasefire, which was due to expire today for an indefinite period to facilitate the ongoing peace talks with the government.

*Maldives Govt frees more political prisoners MINIVAN NEWS | July 26,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=312702&category=Frontend&Country=MALDIVES&pro=0


MALE: The government has released dozens of political prisoners in recent weeks after arresting hundreds of democracy activists earlier this year during a series of anti-government protests.

over 65,000 lives.

*Pak hands over prisoners to Afghanistan DAILY TIMES |Monday, July 24,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=312002&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN


QUETTA: Pakistan handed over 58 prisoners to the Afghan authorities on Sunday. “The Afghan authorities will investigate the prisoners before releasing them to see if they include any Taliban,” said Inspector Munsif Khan, of the Balochistan police. Early last week, police arrested 250 Afghans, including Taliban and members of a madrassa, on grounds that they lacked proper documents.

*ANP, MMA endorse Charter of Democracy in Pakistan THE NEWS | Sunday, July 23,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=311704&category=Frontend&Country=PAKISTAN

PESHAWAR: Despite voicing certain reservations, leaders of the JUI-F, Jamaat-i-Islami and ANP in principle endorsed the ARD's Charter of Democracy here on Saturday at a seminar organised by the PPPP. They all agreed that the military's role in politics must be brought to an end to make Pakistan a truly democratic country.

*Lanka to cut tax on Bollywood content COLOMBOPAGE |Sunday, July 23,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=311783&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

COLOMBO: The President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to provide tax concessions to the local TV stations.


*Pakistan: Waziristan militants extend ceasefire THE NEWS |Sunday, July 23,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=311706&category=Frontend&Country=PAKISTAN


PESHAWAR: Tribal militants in North Waziristan extended by another month their unilateral ceasefire on Saturday to allow more time to the Loya Jirga (grand council) to mediate between them and the government for peacefully ending the bloody conflict in the area.

*Nepal: Drafts of truce, rights pacts finalised THE HIMALAYAN TIMES. July 22  http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=311433&category=Frontend&Country=NEPAL

KATHMANDU: The Peace Committee comprising representatives of the parliamentary parties today finalised the drafts of the Ceasefire Agreement and the Treaty on Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws to be adhered to by the Government of Nepal and the CPN-Maoist during the period of mutual ceasefire.


*Pak for Increasing Thar Train Service, PTI, India West, July 21, 2006


JODHPUR, Rajasthan: Islamabad has proposed that the frequency of the Thar Express train between Munabao in India and Khokhrapar in Pakistan be increased to twice a week in view of large public response to it, railway sources said here.


* Ahmadiyyas relieved as peace restored THE DAILY STAR | Thursday, July 20,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=310983&category=Frontend&Country=BANGLADESH


DHAKA: Local administration's initiative restored peace in Sharishabari yesterday five days after bigots launched a hate campaign on the Ahmadiyyas of the upazila.

*India, Pakistan hold border talks ZEE NEWS | Thursday, July 20,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=310969&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN


LAHORE: Despite a bad patch in relations between the governments of the two countries since last week's bomb blasts in Mumbai, Indian and Pakistani officials met on Wednesday to discuss ways to beef up border security and combat smuggling. The talks between the border security officials at the Wagah border check post came days after India postponed a meeting of foreign secretaries due this week in New Delhi to review progress in a peace process begun over 2 years ago.



Pakistani security guards receive fruits from their Indian counterparts before their routine talks at Wagha.  









Border Security Force officials greet their counterparts in the Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah border on July 19.



* At Wagah, it's all smiles, Rediff.com, July 19, 2006



Border Security Force officials greet their counterparts in the Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah border on July 19.

Deputy Director General of Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Brig Muhammad Qaiser Khan Tareen received the Indian delegation led by BSF Deputy Inspector General A Jain at the Wagah border crossing.

Indian team expressed concern over illegal border crossings.

The meeting of Pakistani and Indian border forces officials holds importance in the wake of postponement of the secretary level talks following the Mumbai blasts on July 11.

 Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images


*280 lay down arms in Dera Bugti, Pakistan DAILY TIMES | Wednesday, July 19,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=310766&category=Frontend&Country=PAKISTAN


QUETTA: Two of Nawab Akbar Bugti’s commanders and some 280 of their supporters surrendered to the government on Tuesday and promised to aid government efforts to develop the province


*Shaken Mumbai stands still... almost DNA | Wednesday, July 19,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=310742&category=Frontend&Country=INDIA


MUMBAI: It was as if a teacher had entered a rowdy classroom. An unusual hush settled over Churchgate station as the glowing red digits on the hanging clocks announced it was 6:25pm. One could even hear the scrawny old fans overhead, or the next person breathing…/ Suburban trains stopped completely. Cable operators stopped services, cinemas halted screenings, hospitals stopped everything except surgeries, and aircraft did not take off or land for those two minutes… At Mahim station, President APJ Abdul Kalam led the country in observing a two-minute silence. Accompanied by ChiefMinister

A girl writes a message on a banner during a peace march organized to express solidarity with bomb blast victims.








Vilasrao Deshmukh, Kalam laid a wreath at a memorial at the station, one of seven places hit by the blasts… Outside Vidhan Bhavan, all vehicles, including private cars, were stopped. Even traffic signals went off. The silence was observed at Mani Bhavan as well.


Meanwhile, the All-India Christian Council and the Harmony Foundation held a multi-religious prayer meeting and observed silence at all the railway stations where blasts took place. It was supported by organisations such as the Jamait Ulema, Raza Academy, and Catholic Secular Forum. Pooja Bhatt and Rakhi Sawant attended, along with religious leaders like Maulana Mustaquim, Joseph Dias, Abraham Mathai and Bishop Prakash Patole.



The Muslim organisation Raza Academy released pigeons and white balloons from Minara mosque in South Mumbai as a sign of peace.


*Indian scholarships for Bhutan students KUENSELONLINE |Tuesday, July 18,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=310618&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN


THIMPHU: About 98 postgraduate scholarships in teaching, survey engineering, geo-technical engineering, public administration, human resource management, and business administration will be offered to Bhutanese under the Government of India assistance this year.

*Nepal scraps 16 draconian laws THE HIMALAYAN TIMES Tuesday, July 18,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=310385&category=Frontend&Country=Nepal


KATHMANDU: The cabinet meeting held today at the Prime Minister’s residence decided to amend 23 laws and scrap 16 laws that contradict the House of Representatives (HoR) declaration of May 18.

*India to moot national govt in Lanka THE NATION | Monday, July 17,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=310206&category=Frontend&Country=MAIN

COLOMBO: The Indian government is attempting to broker a deal between the Sri Lankan government and the main opposition to form a national government to solve the national question expeditiously, diplomatic sources said.


*Grand jirga for peace in Waziristan DAILY TIMES | Monday, July 17,2006 http://www.southasianmedia.net/index_story.cfm?id=310178&category=Frontend&Country=PAKISTAN


PESHAWAR: A grand tribal jirga has been formed to discuss ways to establish peace in North Waziristan Agency and address the problems of the people of the agency. The jirga consists of 45 members representing all the tribal agencies and the Frontier Regions and will begin working from July 20, an official press release said.




TRANSCEND Peace University (TPU) in Cluj, Romania, the world’s first on-line university for peace and development studies announces the following courses On-Line


*Gender, Peacebuilding and Militarism, Gal Harmat, July 15thAugust 30th, 2006
Application deadline: July 8th, 2006

*Peace Zones, Christophe Barbey, September 4th-30th, 2006
Application deadline: August 28th, 2006

*Non-violent Institutions, Christophe Barbey, September 4th-30th, 2006
Application deadline: August 28th, 2006

More info or to apply, at www.transcend.org/tpu , tpu@transcend.org .  +40-724-380511

Fax +40-264-420298




*September 2, Lahore, Pakistan: SECOND VISA-FREE & PEACEFUL SOUTH ASIA CONVENTION. More info from Rajeshwar Ojha at ojha@valleyus.com 


*September 21: PEACE ONE DAY. This year, for the first time in the history, Peace One Day will attempt to manifest commitments for its celebration in all 191 member-states of the United Nations.  Also people are urged to join the global effort to observe a minute of silence for peace at 12-noon on 21 September. More info from www.peaceoneday.org, or Jeremy Gilley Founder, Peace One Day, Block D, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, Tel: +44 (0) 207 456 9180, Fax: +44 (0) 207 375 2007, Email: info@peaceoneday.org


*September 23. Manchester, U.K.: TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ. DON'T ATTACK IRAN, a demonstration timed for the start of the Labour Party annual conference and to coincide with a peace camp in the city organised by Military Families Against the War (http://www.mfaw.org.uk/). The StWC national office will help with resources and advice. Telephone 020 7278 6694 or email office@stopwar.org.uk.


*October 02-06, Chandigarh, India:  CHILDREN FOR PEACE being organized by The

Youth Pakistan, and Yuvsatta, for Indian and Pakistani youth of ages 15-22 years “to

promote peace particularly between Pakistan and India,” at Dev Samaj College

of Education, Sector 36-B. A number of mixed group activities shall take place; no

lengthy and boring lectures would be made. Excursion trips would be arranged, possibly

also to Solan (Hill Station). Register before 31 July 2006. More info, including costs,

from Pramod Sharma  yuvsatta@yahoo.com or in Pakistan from yuvsattapk@yahoo.com