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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Syria did not take part in the UN voting because of time limit

The assistant for Syria's representative at the UN Security Council Faisal Miqdad said yesterday that his country did not take part in the voting session on the US resolution concerning the post war on Iraq because of the short time available to study it.

Rangoon seeks clarification for death of six Myanmar workers

Myanmar has urged the Thai government to quickly investigate the cause of the death of six Myanmar workers in Tak province this week, and has sought for a clarification on how the incident took place, according to a news report of an international news agency.

Kumaratunga rejects Tigers demand; slams Norway, Japan

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has rejected LTTE rebels' demand for an interim council in embattled regions of the island and criticised the role of peacemaker Norway and financial backer Japan for overstepping their brief in their attempt to revive the stalled peace bid.

Bribery case not to affect MDMK-NDA relationship

MDMK leader Gingee Ramachandran today said his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers over the alleged involvement of his personal assistant in a bribery case would in no way affect his party's relationship with the NDA.

Trinamool Congress opposes induction of Sudip Bandyopadhyay, sends letter to PM

Opposing proposed induction of its leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay into the Union Cabinet, Trinamool Congress today faxed a letter to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee terming as "incorrect" the decision to include a party MP without consulting its chief Mamata Banerjee and asked him to intervene in the matter.

Interim Administration: Opposition vehemently opposes Tiger demand

by Rohan Mathes

The People's Alliance (PA) the main opposition party led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga vehemently opposes the LTTE demand for a "Internal administration outside the constitutional framework of Sri Lanka," as a prerequisite for their participation in the ‘donor conference’ at Tokyo in June to break the impasse in the peace talks.

28 Indian nationals taken into custody

by Kalinga Weerakkody

Kochchikade police on Thursday night took into custody 28 Indian nationals staying at a guest house at Palangathurai without visa and were due to be sent to Italy by a Sri Lankan human trafficker. The detection was made by the OIC, Kochchikade, Mahinda Pathirana, under the directions of SSP, Negombo, Jagath Keenavinna.

TNA wants US to pressure Sri Lanka on Interim Administration

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wants the US to put pressure on Sri Lanka to set up an interim administration with adequate authority and legal status to pave the way for the Tigers to attend the forthcoming two-day Tokyo Donor Conference, a party official said yesterday.

Thai Admiral donates Buddha statues

By Sunil Jayasiri

The visiting Royal Thai Navy Commander said the Thai Navy has tightened the security of his country's high seas to prevent illegal weapons smuggling.

Maheswaran wants two MPs DCB funds

In view of the Government's failure to meet the Jaffna peoples needs, the Hindu Cultural Minister Thiagarajah Maheswaran yesterday requested the entire allocation of the decentralized budget funds of Minister K.N Choksy and MP Lakshman Kadirgamar to develop and rehabilitate the Jaffna district.

Myanmar, Bangladesh Agree to Set Free Each Others Prisoners

Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh have agreed to step up measures for the release of prisoners held in each other's countries for illegally crossing the common frontier, Interior Ministry sources said Friday.

Gulf Press Says UN Move Legitimizes US Occupation

Gulf newspapers charged yesterday that the newly-adopted UN resolution on Iraq legitimized US “occupation” of the country and authorized Washington to take control of Baghdad’s oil riches.

Mae Sot Horror: Six men burned to death

Victims said to be missing Burmese last seen a week ago being beaten by 'uniformed Thais'

Annan names U.N. rights chief as his envoy on Iraq

By Irwin Arieff

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named U.N. human rights chief Sergio Vieira de Mello on Friday as his special representative for Iraq, clearing the way for the world body to begin fleshing out its role in Iraqi reconstruction, U.N. sources said on Friday.

Perumalsamy remanded to CBI custody, more arrestes likely

Amidst claims by CBI that more Finance Ministry officials are involved in the cash for posting "racket", a Special Court today remanded all the three accused including R Perumalsamy, Personal Assistant to Union Minister of State for Finance Gingee Ramachandran, arrested Thursday, to police custody.

Ajit, Gingee resign, stage set for the expansion of the Cabinet on Saturday

Agriculture Minister Ajit Singh and Minister of State for Finance Gingee Ramachandran resigned tonight setting the stage for Saturday's Cabinet expansion and reshuffle that will bring back Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee and may see the return of Rajnath Singh along with some new faces.

10 pro-democracy activists jailed in Burma

Burmese military authorities have sentenced 10 members of the pro-democracy movement to stiff jail terms for organising public protests.


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