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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2905

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US ready to assist India, Pakistan in reaching out

Hailing the recent peace initiative by India and Pakistan as "a moment of opportunity", US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said his Deputy's forthcoming trip to the subcontinent will further encourage the two countries to reach out to each other.

Senior Baath Party official in US hands; Saudi Arabia to deal with Iraq transitional government

U.S.-led forces in Iraq have taken a former official of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party into custody, U.S. Central Command announced Wednesday

UN Secretary General Annan welcomes the Peace Offer made by Vajpayee to Pakistan

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has "warmly" welcomed the offer by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to normalize relations with Pakistan and Islamabad's "positive response" to it.

British Minister on Burma wasting one year in vain.

Speaking on the first anniversary of the release from house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien criticized the failure of the Burmese military regime to move towards national reconciliation.

"Appoint new Defence Minister," - Indian Opposition

Defence Minister George Fernandes today faced embarrassment in the Rajya Sabha when a Congress member refused to ask a Question listed in his name.

Burmese Generals "Making Mileage Out of Human Misery" - NCGUB

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) slammed the Burmese army generals for making mileage out of human misery. They alleged that those pro-democracy political activists who are at present languishing in the various Burmese prison facilities - "should never have been in prison in the first case."

On sea operations and HSZ issues: Govt. obtains Indian expert advice, PM says in House

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament yesterday that the government had obtained the services of Vice Admiral P. J. Jacob, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy to advise the government on issues relating to the seas in the north and east.

Suicide boat with explosives netted

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The Wellvettithurai police and army on Monday around 2.00 p.m. recovered a suicide vessel containing a haul of high explosives from Polikandi east situated behind the Wellvettithurai hospital .

Revised marine proposals: No govt.-LTTE agreement yet

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The discussions held between the government and the LTTE initiated by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) last week about the revised proposals for effective naval operations is yet to reach a compromise.

Myanmar Suu Kyi Marks One Year of Freedom

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi marked one year of freedom from house arrest on Tuesday with a trip outside Yangon but still frustrated that her calls for democracy appear to be falling on deaf ears. The military government had raised expectations of talks on political change when it freed the 57-year-old Nobel laureate last year, allowing her to travel freely throughout the country. But the junta has not responded to Suu Kyi's calls for dialogue.

U.S. Says Repression Persists in Myanmar

The State Department expressed regret Tuesday that Myanmar's military government has failed to open a dialogue with the country's democratic opposition despite the hopes generated a year ago by the release of political leader Aung San San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar Opposition Head Marks Anniversary

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi left Yangon for a monthlong trip to northern Myanmar on Tuesday, the first anniversary of her release from house arrest, a party spokesman said.

Sri Lanka PM calls for roadmap on peace

By Scott Macdonald

Sri Lanka's prime minister acknowledged hardships in the island's peace process on Tuesday and called for a ''roadmap'' toward a final settlement of the 20-year war with Tamil Tiger rebels.

U.S. backs Myanmar activists on anniversary

The United States on Tuesday bemoaned slow progress towards political liberalization in Myanmar one year after the release of democracy activist and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

U.S. urges Myanmar junta to promote multiparty democracy

The United States urged Myanmar's military government on Tuesday to restore multiparty democracy, marking the first anniversary of the release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from 19 months of house arrest.

Iraq: Basra: Unprotected Munitions Injure Civilians

Civilians are being wounded by abandoned
ordnance in Basra, Iraq, because British forces have failed to
secure weapons caches, Human Rights Watch said today.

Drug War: US wants killers arrested

The United States expressed serious concern yesterday about the number of murders during Thailand's recently concluded "war against drugs". It urged the government to investigate the cases and bring the killers to justice.

Defining document of Tamil politics found

A political notebook written by DMK founder C.N. Annadurai explaining why the party should give up its demand for a 'separate Dravida Nadu' in the light of a proposed Central law to ban secessionist organisations has come to light.

Australian newspaper claims to have new Saddam audiotape

An Australian newspaper said Wednesday it had been handed an audiotape purported to have been recorded by Saddam Hussein inside Iraq earlier this week.