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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2904

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Myanmar junta to talk with Suu Kyi - Thai minister

Myanmar's military government will start political talks with pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi within weeks, the foreign minister of neighbouring Thailand said on Tuesday.

Rescue efforts pick up as Sri Lanka flood toll rises

By Scott McDonald

Sri Lankan rescue workers searched through devastated villages on Wednesday looking for survivors from the island's worst flooding in half a century that killed more than 250 people.

"Arrest of Azhagiri is politically-motivated" - says DMK Chief Karunanithy.

DMK President M Karunanidhi today described as "politically-motivated" the arrest of his son M K Azhagiri in connection with the murder of senior party leader and former Minister T Kiruttinan and demanded action against the real culprits.

M K Azhagiri, son of Karunanidhi arrsted for the murder of Kiruttinan.

Tamil Nadu police arrested M K Azhagiri, son of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, in the wee hours today, charging him with the involvement in the murder of senior party leader and former Minister T Kiruttinan.

"Tuk-Tuk diplomacy" set to win over APEC delegates .

With only hours to go before the opening of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Khon Kaen, local government workers in this north-eastern city are rushing to ensure that delegates are met with a warm – and uniquely Thai – reception.

Bangladesh-Myanmar border : Safe haven for smugglers

By Abdullah Al Mahmud

Smuggling through Bangladesh-Myanmar border at Ukhiya and Teknaf in Cox's Bazar continues unabated.

Myanmar Rohingya refugee repatriation starts again: 123 depart for home; 150 more will go today

Repatriation of Rohingya refugees resumed Monday after over a couple of years with the return of 123 refugees from 20 families to their homeland Myanmar.

US, Britain, Germany Close Embassies

By M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan : Arab News Staff

The United States, Britain and Germany are closing their embassies in the Kingdom today. The three Western countries cited security concerns in the wake of suicide bombings in Riyadh last week as reasons for their decision.

Speed Pills from Burma defies Thai curb

In the face of fierce Thai crackdown on drug trafficking, methamphetamines and heroin continued to be catered to addicts in the Kkingdom through the porous borders between the two countries, according to a reliable source.

Trade Ministers and Senior Officials to Discuss Doha Development Agenda and WTO Ministerial Meeting

During two weeks between May 21 and June 3, the second round of meetings for the 2003 APEC Year will take place in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

Two weeks after govt. endorsement: North-East reconstruction still on hold

by Namini Wijedasa

The World Bank representative in Colombo is still waiting for LTTE response to the draft North East Reconstruction Fund (NERF), almost two weeks after it was endorsed by the government.

JVP wants govt. to bring to light so-called promises to LTTE not met

By Rohan Mathes

The government should show transparency and divulge to parliament and the people of this country the promises which the LTTE claims to have not been accomplished yet by the government, to enable their participation in the peace talks in Tokyo June, charged the Peoples Liberation Front (JVP) propaganda secretary Wimal Weerawansa at a press briefing on Monday at the Nippon.

LTTE goons gun for Tamil journalist, destroys his car

Goon squads of the LTTE operating in Canada have resumed attacks on Tamils opposed to terrorism. As part of their terror campaign, these goons in Toronto smashed up a car belonging to a Tamil lawyer cum journalist Kanga Manoharan, who has been critical of the LTTE. However, Manoharan had left the car moments before the assailants arrived and was unhurt.

Thaksin to UN envoy: NGOs not harassed

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday told visiting UN human rights official Hina Jilani that the government had no policy of curtailing the activities of non-governmental organisations.

Swamy wants LTTE chief extradited

Dr.Subramaniam Swamy, president of Janata Party, met Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani Tuesday and requested him to take steps to extradite LTTE chief Prabhakaran who was involved in murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

India, Thailand to co-operate on vital issues

India and Thailand today agreed to cooperate on a wide array of vital security issues including exchanging information on terrorism, insurgency and cyber crime.

Sri Lanka Seeks Aid After Deadly Floods

By Krishan Francis : Associated Press Writer

Sri Lanka needs international assistance in the aftermath of its worst flooding in five decades, which has killed at least 300 people and left an estimated 150,000 people homeless, the government said Tuesday.

Series of bombs in Myanmar border town leave four dead

Four bombs exploded in a Myanmar town on the border with Thailand Wednesday, killing four people, a Myanmar government spokesman said.