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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2898

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Bhutan/Nepal: Talks Should Include Refugee Rights

Upcoming talks between Bhutan and
Nepal may break a decade-long impasse on the return of
Bhutanese refugees, but refugees' rights are still at risk,
Human Rights Watch said today.

We Will Fight Terror: Abdullah

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour: Arab News Staff

The Saudi government and people will not be deterred by Monday’s terror attacks in Riyadh, said Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, yesterday. “We will fight terrorism together,” he added.

Mixed refugee response follows the Chennai visit of CBK

by Saman Indrajith, reporting from Chennai

Media reports following President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s recent visit to Chennai indicating an early repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, have created mixed responses among thousands of refugees scattered in Southern India.

CBK, PM consultation needed to solve lottery crisis, opines AG

by Prasad Gunewardene

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has told a special cabinet meeting chaired by him on Monday night that the Attorney General in his opinion had indicated that there should be consultation between the President and the Prime Minister on issues relating to subjects that come under ministries, informed sources said.

Three LTTEers given copter lift to Wanni

by Norman Palihawadane

On a request by the SLMM the Sri Lanka Air force had airlifted three provincial LTTE leaders in the east in a helicopter to Wanni last Monday (12), imformed sources in the North said.

US warns Sri Lanka parties not to derail peace bid

A top US envoy today warned Sri Lanka's divided cohabitation government not to let the current political crisis jeopardise the island's fragile peace bid with Tamil Tigers.

Belgian lawyer files war crimes suit vs General Tommy Franks

By Yann Tessier

A Belgian lawyer filed a suit on Wednesday against General Tommy Franks, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, under Belgium's controversial law that allows its courts to try foreigners for war crimes.

Is politically stronger Jayalalitha losing her appeal?

Two years after she led her AIADMK party to a spectacular victory in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha has emerged as a much stronger politician but appears to be losing the public relations battle.

Opposition lodges no confidence motion againt certain ministers

The opposition today lodged a no confidence motion against five ministers to the Parliament President Uthai Pimchaichon, who said that the censor debate was likely to take place late this month, according to a T.V. news report.

Riyadh bombing attacks: More than 90 killed, al Qaeda claims responsibility

Hours before a visit by the US secretary of state, attackers shot their way into three gated compounds housing Westerners and others and set off car bombs in Saudi Arabia's capital city. At least 91 people were killed and 194 were injured, hospital and security officials said.

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan passes away

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, a former head of the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and UN humanitarian envoy to Afghanistan, has died at age 70, his office said on Tuesday.

Cyclone causes PM to cancel Lanka trip

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday decided to cancel an official visit to Sri Lanka because the country has been hard hit by a cyclone, a source said yesterday.

Burmese Junta troops kill monks

Two monks in the southern township of Kunhing were shot dead by a Burmese patrol, said Shan refugees arriving recently in Chiangmai

China: Health of Tibetan Prisoners in Jeopardy

The Chinese government should
immediately release two Tibetan prisoners whose medical
conditions are deteriorating sharply, Human Rights Watch
urged today. The New York-based monitoring organization also
called on the Chinese government to release information
about the men's whereabouts, the charges against them, and
their current medical condition.

A Campaigner Against Disappearances in Sri Lanka Wins Prestigious Kwangju Human Rights Award

This year's prestigious South Korean Kwangju Human Rights award goes to a women Sri Lankan Human rights activists.

Education of Burma worsen though regime claims for improvements

The education situation in Burma is still deteriorating, according to a
report of Foreign Affairs Committee of the All Burma Federation of Student Union (ABFSU). The 2002 education report of ABFSU is now released to international governments, human rights groups, academic society, and various UN agencies including UNESCO and UNDP.

Sri Lanka takes up political crisis with US envoy

Sri Lanka's cohabitation government discussed the tense stand-off between the president and the premier with a top US envoy here to urge both sides to unite for the sake of peace.

Shivshanker Menon new envoy to Pakistan

India today formally announced the appointment of Shivshanker Menon, its Ambassador to China, as the new High Commissioner to Pakistan, nearly 17 months after New Delhi recalled its top envoy from Islamabad soon after terrorist attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001.

Norway FM to push Sri Lanka peace bid

Renewing diplomatic efforts to revive the stalled Oslo-backed peace process, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen will arrive here tomorrow for talks with top rebel leaders and the government.

Police seize arms "bound for Tigers."

Three Sri Lankan men were arrested in Ranong yesterday in possession of weapons believed to be destined for rebels fighting for autonomy in that country.