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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2618

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar brings meditation to Pittsburgh

Many a spiritual and religious leader has come from India to preach in the United States - Swami Vivekananda, Swami Yogananda Paramahansa, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to name a few.

If peace dawns, LTTE to be demobilised - USAID rep.

By Rohan Mathes

Justin Sherman, Country Representative USAID office of Transition Initiatives yesterday said that a demobilisation of LTTE cadres was included on the ‘Small Grants Assistance’ programme if peace was restored in Sri Lanka.

Myanmar to lift controls on rice trade

Myanmar will lift controls on rice trading and people will be free to purchase and sell unhusked rice at prevailing market prices from the coming harvest, according to a new policy published in state-run newspapers Thursday.

Tamilselvan need not beg the Sri Lankan Government while conveying the decision of the LTTE.

The letter written by Tamilselvan, the head of the political wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was termed worded as "desperately begging" the Sri Lankan Government to take action on matters already agreed in the previous meetings.

How to save the 189 Burmese Prisoners dying in the Prisons in Burma?

Asian Tribune has received more than one hundred e-mail letters showing shock, alarm and dismay regarding the Burmese Political Prisoners dying in numerous prisons located all over Burma. Many of those letters are from the relatives and friends of these prisoners, now languishing in the prisons, expressing their desperate situation they are in and their inability to help the relaese of these prisoners.Many of those letters pointed out so far more than one hundred political prisoners are dead unnoticed in the infamous Burmese prisons. They stressed that the world community should not tolerate any more deaths of these prisoners.

Top govt. official rebuffs LTTE claim

A senior government official yesterday rebuffed the LTTE for its allegations that the ceasefire agreement had not brought any tangible benefits to the Tamil people of the North and East.

Mahanayake concerned about LTTE withdrawal from talks

By Shane Seneviratne

"LTTE's temporary withdrawal from the peace talks at a time when the whole world was awaiting the day when a permanent peace dawns on Sri Lanka after ending two decades long war, is a matter of deep concern" Asgiriya Mahanayake, Most Venerable Udugama Siri Buddharakkitha Thera said.

JVP attacks SLMC

By Munza Mushtaq

Calling the recent spate of violent incidents in Muttur and Thoppur as the "LTTE's ethnic cleansing process", the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna levelled allegations against Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem, that he was forced to stay in Muttur by the people, and that he didn't do it willingly.

India wants peace process to continue

India hopes that the peace process between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE will continue, despite the suspension of talks by the latter, The Hindu reported

Another three most-wanted Iraqi fugitives surrender to US troops: Al Arabiya TV

Three wanted Iraqi top officials from the toppled regime of Saddam Hussein surrendered to US forcesin Baghdad Wednesday, Al Arabiya satellite TV reported. Zuhair al-Naquib, former chief of Iraqi military intelligence, No. 21 on the US 55 most-wanted list, surrendered to the US troops in Baghdad on Wednesday night, together with Iraqi former Minister of Trade Mohammad Mehdi Salah, No. 48, and Iraqi Air Defence commander Muzahim Sa'b Hassan al-Tikriti, No.10. Their surrender brought the total number of Iraqi fugitives in US custody to 10.

Thailand hosts 10-country youth Buddhist convention

Culture Minister Uraiwan Thiengthong today opened an international meeting aimed at allowing young Buddhists from across the world to exchange views and experiences.

30 killed, 2000 injured in tornado-like storm in Assam

A high-velocity tropical storm raged through remote villages in Assam's Dhubri district killing 30 people, including 14 women, injuring over 2000 and paralysing road and communication networks.

Asian Legal Resource Centre on Implementation of recommendations of UN Working Groups in Sri Lanka

In 1989, Ajith Luxman disappeared. He was one of over 30,000 Sri Lankan citizens who were kidnapped without a trace during a period of intense repression. Due to domestic and international pressure, the Government of Sri Lanka was forced to act on these cases. It undertook to abide by the recommendations of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances and other international agencies. But it has been pointed out that the Sri Lankan Government has so far failed to fully implement the recommendations.

Suu Kyi doubts the sincerity of the junta

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi cast doubt Wednesday on the junta's expressed intention to achieve national reconciliation, citing lack of progress in relations between it and her National League for Democracy (NLD).

Sri Lanka, LTTE postpone peace talks

The next round peace negotiations between Sri Lanka and Tamil rebels in Thailand has been postponed indefinitely from the earlier scheduled April 29 to May 2.

Dam - A cover-up for the construction of strategic road by Burma to Contain Shan Militants.

The construction of the Dam on the Salween project is only a cover up to build a startegic road of 100miles long to contain the Shan militants in the area.According to an observer's account: "It will be part of the strategy to hem in the Shan State Army, active in the area and eventually force it to submission."

Iraq: U.S. and Allies Must Protect Refugees: Jordan Should Not Block Trapped Refugees

The United States and allied forces, as
occupying powers in Iraq, have an obligation to protect refugees living
inside the country from threats, physical attacks and forced
displacement, Human Rights Watch said.

"LTTE has set up de-facto State" — President Kumaratunga

By Amit Baruah

The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has established a "de facto separate State" in the north of her country and in parts of the east since entering into peace talks with the Ranil Wickremesinghe Government.