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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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Australia asks Tamil Tigers to end boycott of peace talks

Australia has asked Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas to end their boycott of Norwegian-backed peace talks and attend a crucial aid donors conference in Japan next month.

Spate of guerilla attacks, accidents kill six US troops in Iraq; Rumsfeld vows not to retreat

Two U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi attackers were killed and nine other American troops were wounded in a firefight Tuesday in the town of Fallujah, some 50 kilometers west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Supreme Command of Shan State Army denies any involvement in the explosions in Tachilek, Burma.

Supreme Command of the Shan State Army in a statement has unequivocally denied of their involvement in the May 21, explosion in the town of Tachilek, in Burma. They have emphasized, "Tachilek, is a town in Shan State and such explosion could only hurt the Shan State people. SSA has never and will never act in such destructive and subversive act to harm the Shan State people, because our duty is to protect them."

Parents to be fined Bt2,000 for smoking at school gates

Parents who smoke while waiting for their children outside schools in the capital could face fines of Bt2,000 as part of a new Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) scheme to stamp out smoking in schools.

Pak nominates Aziz Ahmed Khan as High Commissioner to India

Pakistan has nominated career diplomat Aziz Ahmed Khan, currently the Foreign Office spokesman, as its new High Commissioner to India, setting at rest confusion over who would be appointed to the hot seat in New Delhi.

India to dispatch a multi-disciplinary team to Colombo

As part of its humanitarian assistance to flood-affected areas of Sri Lanka, India has decided to despatch a multi-disciplinary team to Colombo soon with relief supplies, official sources said today.

Myanmar warns of more terror attacks

Myanmar’s military government on Monday warned of further attacks after a series of bombings killed four people on the border with Thailand last week.

Aung San Suu Ky supporters in Myanmar "run for their lives."

Hundreds of supporters of Myanmar democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi were forced to “run for their lives” when members of a pro-junta group tried to run them over with their cars, her party said here Monday.

CWC supports interim admin. serving needs of all

The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) on Sunday had resolved to support the idea of establishing an interim administration to the North-East, a party spokesman said yesterday.

Interim admin. demanded by LTTE is nothing but Eelam — JVP

by Rohan Mathes

The "Interim Administration" mechanism which the LTTE is demanding now, devoid of government officials and inclusive of LTTE administrators only with all powers, is nothing but ‘Tamil Eelam’, claimed the General Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Tilvin Silva yesterday at a press briefing at Nippon Hotel.

CBK accuses Govt., says total breakdown of law, order

President Chandrika Kumaratunga had accused the government of being unable to maintain law and order in the country in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe following the murder of Provincial Minister M. K. Ranjith.

Thirteenth Anniversary of the Multi-Party Parliamentary General Elections last Held in Burma.

The Central Committee of the National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) in Burma has issued a statement in remembrance of the thirteen year anniversary of the multi-party parliamentary general elections held in Burma, on 27 May 1990. It was the first and last time such an election was held with the view to restore democracy and rule of law in Burma - officially now called Myanmar.

Police "not involved" in Tak killings

A senior police officer yesterday dismissed the notion that policemen were involved in the murders of six illegal immigrants from Burma whose charred bodies were found in Tak last week.

Rajiv case thorn in DMK ties

By K. Subrahmanya

Amid reports that the Congress is secretly exploring a tie-up with the DMK for next year's Lok Sabha election, the party leadership has revived an old demand that could nix the alliance.

Centre decides to extend term of Rajiv murder probe panel

The Centre has decided to extend the term of Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) appointed to probe the conspiracy aspect of Rajiv Gandhi assassination as recommended by the Jain Commission.

S.Lanka starts last effort on rebels, aid meeting

By Scott McDonald

Sri Lanka and Norway launched on Monday what is expected to be the last effort to persuade Tamil Tiger rebels to attend a donor conference to raise aid to rebuild the island after two decades of civil war.

Myanmar pro-democracy activists sentenced to prison, Suu Kyi party reports harassment

A Myanmar court sentenced 10 democracy activists to prison terms ranging from two years to life, and a pro-junta group threatened supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and hurled a brick at her car, her party said Monday.

Burmese Junta Yet to Honor the Results of the 1990 Parliamentary General Elections

Members of Parliament Union (MPU – Burma) urged the Army generals to honor the results of the 1990 Parliamentary General elections held in Burma. They also unreservedly insisted, ddishonoring the election results is an insult to the people of Burma, who had voted in favor of democratic government and People’s Parliament.