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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2899

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10,000 workers present 9-point petition to govt

Over 10,000 workers gathered in Bangkok today for celebrations to mark National Labour Day, presenting a nine-point petition to the government, while polls showed that the government was perceived as attaching too little importance to labour-related problems.

Myanmar releases three prominent political prisoners

Myanmar's military government said Friday it has released three prominent political prisoners who spent 14 years in jail.

India decides to appoint High Commissioner to Pakistan

Carrying forward the peace initiative, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today announced in the Lok Sabha that India has decided to appoint a High Commissioner to Pakistan and restore civil aviation links on a reciprocal basis.

Bush: US prevailed against Saddam

US President Bush, aboard an aircraft carrier homebound from war, said Thursday night "the United States and our allies have prevailed" against Saddam Hussein's Iraq and will confront any other threatening nation suspected of terrorist ties.

Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing to pay State visit to Laos - LPDR

At the invitation of the President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Mr Khamtay Siphandone and wife Madame Thongvan, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing will pay a State visit to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in the near future

US report says LTTE has not renounced terrorism

The United States State Department report on Global Terrorism released by the office of the Coordinator for Counter Terrorism on Wednesday states that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka has not renounced terrorism and continues to smuggle in weaponry and continues forcible recruitment, including the recruitment of children into its ranks though the LTTE has publicly accepted the concept of internal autonomy within a federal Sri Lankan state, conceding its longstanding demand for a separate Tamil Eelam state.

CBK wants report from Ranil within two weeks: Curb high handed act of govt. politicos

President Chandrika Kumaratunga wants Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to submit her a report within two weeks about action to prevent government party politicians from influencing and threatening police.

Four-pronged pow-wow to break deadlock

by Kesara Abeywardena

Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen and Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi are expected to hold special discussions with the government and the LTTE on Sunday to break the deadlock in the negotiations following the LTTE’s temporary pull-out from peace talks.

Japan ex-PM holds talks with Myanmar leader

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori concluded a three-day visit to Myanmar Thursday during which he held a rare lengthy meeting with military ruler Senior General Than Shwe, officials and diplomatic sources said.

52 killed in S African bus accident

A bus packed with passengers headed to a May Day celebration plunged into a reservoir Thursday, killing at least 52 people on board, police said.

India scouts for exploration projects in Myanmar

India is scouting for more oil and gas exploration prospects in neighbouring Myanmar.

Chinese President calls for "Peoples War" against SARS

President Hu Jintao has called for a "People's War" against SARS and urged local authorities at all levels to be aware of the importance of the need to control the epidemic.

Labour Day Speech of PM: Govt pledge on fund for jobless

Thaksin also vows action on illegal foreign workers; accidents at work of great concern.

Tamil Tigers toughen stance on S.Lanka army camps

By Scott McDonald

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday rejected a government offer to relocate some of its troops in the Tamil heartland of Jaffna, deepening a standoff over stalled peace talks that could threaten an aid conference.

Heroin, opium raids in Burma

Burmese special task force seized a massive 555 kilograms of heroin and raw opium and arrested 48 alleged drug producers and traffickers in a sweep through eastern Shan State, official media said.

Reprieve for India, WHO says country is SARS free

After days of scare over the reported spreading of the dreaded killer virus in the country, India today got a reprieve with the World Health Organisation declaring it SARS free "as on date".

Top adviser to Saddam arrested in Baghdad

A top official from Saddam Hussein's regime, a man said to be a close confidant of the leader himself, was under arrest Friday after being taken into custody in the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said, according to AP.