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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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Indo-Bangladesh Peace Bus to leave on May 14

Close on the heels of the arrival of a Pakistani parliamentary delegation on goodwill mission, a 40-member all-women team of Indian writers, intellectuals and activists would undertake a peace bus journey to Bangladesh on Wednesday next with an aim to check 'worsening Indo-Bangladesh relations'.

U.S. Envoy in Sri Lanka on Peace Talks

A senior U.S. official arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday for talks on ways to revive a stalled peace process between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lanka seeks elections to settle cohabitation crisis

Sri Lankan ministers have asked President Chandrika Kumaratunga to call snap elections to avoid a deepening crisis in the cohabitation government, political sources said.

Public encouraged to send cards for Visakha Puja

You’ve sent birthday cards, New Year’s cards, wedding cards, congratulations cards, even simple ‘thank you’ cards, but chances are you’ve never even heard of cards to mark a day which in 1999 the United Nations designated a day of world importance – Visakha Puja.

India seeks closure of 155 ISI camps in Bangladesh

Notwithstanding Bangladesh's denials, India has given a list of 155 terrorist training camps operating at various places in that country, many with the help of ISI and Al Qaeda and asked it to shut these.

Astra successfully test fired for second time in 3 days

India today successfully test fired Astra, the indigenously developed air-to-air missile, with a strike range of 25 km to 40 km, for the second time in three days, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, 15 km from here.

U.S., Norway step up efforts on Sri Lanka peace bid

International efforts to restart Sri Lanka's peace process entered a second week on Sunday, with envoys from the United States and peace-broker Norway trying to get negotiations with Tamil Tiger rebels back on track.

Japanese Prime Minister reiterates assistance offer to Myanmar

THE Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Junichiro Koizumi, has reiterated Tokyo’s desire to help Myanmar in its process of political and economic development, a Japanese media source said last week.

Press conference held on KNU, SURA atrocties by Myanmar Generals

Rumours that new K 5,000 notes to be issued and salaries of service personnel to be enhanced totally untrue . Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Khin Maung Win and Brig-Gen Than Tun and Col San Pwint of the Ministry of Defence replied to the queries raised by local and foreign journalists.

Indian security chiefs not reps of India: HC

by Shamindra Ferdinando

India’s former Army Chief-of-Staff, Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar’s and Vice Chief-of-Naval-Staff, Vice Admiral P. J. Jacob’s advice to Sri Lanka on security matters was in their private capacity, an Indian High Commission spokesman said yesterday. "They do not represent the government of India," an Indian diplomat said.

Prabha, Bala keep stiff upper lip

by Namini Wijedasa

LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and chief negotiator Anton Balasingham had conspicuously remained silent when Japanese Envoy Yasushi Akashi asked them last week to tell his government within seven days whether they would participate in the forthcoming Tokyo donor conference.

Gayoom denies ill-treatment of Lankans

Visiting Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom denied allegations that any Sri Lankans were being illegally detained or tortured in Maldivian prisons.

U.S. Wants End to MKO Activity in Iraq

The United States said Friday it wants an end to activity from an Iranian terrorist group, Mujahadeen Khalq Organization (MKO), within Iraq, AFP reported.

Rousing Reception for Hakim

The head of Iraq’s main Shiite movement returned home to a rousing reception yesterday after 23 years of exile in Iran amid US concerns his group may be seeking to push for an Iran-style Islamic regime.

Troubled South: Muslims seek help from Army: Leaders complain about use of overly aggressive tactics

By Pares Lohason

Muslim leaders from three southern provinces held a meeting with Lt-General Songkitti Chakabatr on Friday to complain about what they said were the overly-aggressive tactics used by security agencies in the South.

Cabinet to meet at tourist destinations nationwide to combat fear of SARS

Cabinet meetings are to be held in tourist destinations across the country to boost confidence among tourists that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has not affected the Thai public, while students returning from SARS-affected countries abroad for the start of the school term have been ordered to remain away from school for a 10-day period.

No plan to attack Iran: Armitage

A top American official has said that the US has no plans to attack Iran but said its activities in Iraq will continue as planned.

23 Indian Defence scientists awarded

Country's 23 top defence scientists, including P Venugopalan, leading designer of propulsion system for Prithvi, Agni and Brahmos missiles and G M Cleetus, who developed India man-portable battlefield surveillance system, were decorated by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajapyee today.