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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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Senator McConnell Condemns Burma for Use of Child Soldiers & gross abuse of human rights by Rangoon

Senator Mitch McConnell (Republican of Kentucky), the second most powerful Republican in the Senate, condemned Burma's military junta for using child soldiers to commit atrocities against ethnic minorities.

Christian leader says Myanmar junta sympathetic to complaints of discrimination

By Uamdao Noikorn, Associated Press Writer
The head of the World Council of Churches said Thursday that Myanmar's military government has agreed to investigate complaints of discrimination and abuse against Christians.

Don’t rock peace boat by allowing encroachments on N-E state lands — Defence Secy.

by Shamindra Ferdinando
Defence Secretary Austin Fernando wants Lands Ministry to take immediate action to prevent encroachments on state lands in the North-East as it would jeopardise the Norwegian-led peace process.

PA to back govt. decision to resume executions

by Shamindra Ferdinando
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday extended his support to a disputed government decision to resume executions.

Since MoU no arrests under PTA: Over 1000 terrorist suspects released

Under a ceasefire agreement reached in February last year, the government has released over 1000 terrorist suspects, an authoritative source said yesterday, adding that the government was in the process of reviewing the remaining cases. During the same period no arrests have been made under the controversial Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) Act, he said.

Tiger radio dispute switched to court

By Susitha R. Fernando
The controversy over the import of modern equipment for the LTTE radio station hit a new pitch yesterday when the Court of Appeal issued notice on the Norwegian Ambassador and the Minister of Mass Communication among others in a writ application asking for an order to quash the licence issued to the LTTE.

Anura vows to oust govt.

By Shakuntala Perera
The joint opposition yesterday threatened to put the government out of office, if it failed to halt the peace process which the opposition sees as dangerous.

Marapana instructs Navy to arrest all suspicious vessels

By Sunil Jayasiri
Defence Minister Tilak Marapana had instructed the Navy to arrest all suspicious vessels carrying weapons in the North and East seas.

Border trade closure: Cambodia blames economic inequality with Thailand

Cambodia has closed its border with Thailand to protest the unequal relationship between the neighbours, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday, also threatening to develop trade ties with other nations. "Due to economic inequality Cambodians have a right to go into Thailand to buy their products, but Thais have no right to sell their products in Cambodia," the prime minister told villagers during a strongly nationalistic speech at the opening of a hospital in northwestern Siem Reap province.

"Man in the room of the Myanmar Foreign Minister was unfortunate"

Foreign Secretary Shamser Mobin Chowdhury yesterday described 'the presence of a man' in the room of the Myanmar foreign minister at the state guesthouse Padma as unfortunate. "It's really unfortunate. More unfortunate are the similar incidents that took place in the past, but those were hushed up," said Chowdhury at a weekly briefing at the foreign office.

Myanmar ethnic leader asks U.S. to inspect anti-drug efforts

An ethnic leader in northern Myanmar has declared the Lauk-kai region, known for opium poppy cultivation, free of the drug-producing crop and invited United States anti-narcotics officials to visit.

Myanmar coup plotters headed for dustbin of history

By Aye Aye Win - Associated Press Writer
A year ago, the news that relatives of former dictator Ne Win had been arrested for treason hit Myanmar like a thunderbolt

State Department Fails to Designate Partners as Violators of Religious Freedom

The U.S. State Department’s designation today of countries that deny religious freedom once again failed to single out some of the world’s most egregious violators, Human Rights Watch said today. Burma, China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Sudan are named by the State Department to its list of “Countries of Particular Concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act.

"Open" house for Myanmar

George Fernandes has finally answered the question that has been bothering many of his supporters for years. He has said there is no contradiction in championing the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar and engaging with its junta.

Former IB Addl Director, three family members held

A top former Intelligence Bureau official, his journalist son and two other family members have been arrested on charges of harassing and assaulting his daughter-in-law for dowry.

Conflicting Report: 21 more TN fishermen land in Sri Lankan custody

In yet another incident of Indian fishermen landing in troubled waters, 21 fishermen from Nagapattinam district were taken into custody at mid-sea by Sri Lankan Navy today even as 93 others arrested earlier this week were set free by a court in the Island nation - Conflicting Report.

Sri Lanka new opposition alliance seeks to oust government

Accusing the Sri Lankan government of giving too many concessions to Tamil Tiger rebels and failing to control prices, the country's new opposition alliance will launch a campaign to unseat the regime, a lawmaker said Thursday.

Ruling party threatens to remove human rights commission

The simmering tension between the government and the National Human Rights Commission on the government’s handling of drug suppression measures exploded yesterday, with members of the ruling Thai Rak Thai Party threatening to remove the commission for failing to toe the government line.

Thailand to push for exports of halal food to Middle East

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has scaled back plans to publicize Thailand’s halal food standard in the Middle East, but will, nonetheless, forge ahead with pushing for greater exports to a limited number of Middle Eastern nations.

Bumrungrad inks Burma deal

Bumrungrad Hospital International (BHI) last week signed an agreement to manage Burma's first privately licensed hospital, a statement released yesterday said.