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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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India hopeful of retaining exploration block in Iraq

India is hopeful that the new Iraqi regime will allow a state-owned agency to continue with an oil and gas exploration project that the toppled Saddam Hussein government had awarded it despite Baghdad's decision to cancel two contracts with Russia and China.

Balasingham Deprecate the Sri Lankan Government: Talks remain stalled.

Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Tamil militant outfit of Sri Lanka, has rejected the last offer made by the Sri Lankan Government. They rejected a government proposal for restarting a stalled peace process, saying it was not suited to carry out any humanitarian work in the Tamil areas hit by two decades of war.

Tigers reject Sri Lanka offer to end peace deadlock

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels rejected a government offer of greater financial authority in exchange for ending their boycott of peace talks.

Nepali king accepts the resignation of the prime minister.

Nepali King Gyanendra on Friday accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand, according to a statement issued by the Principal Press Secretariat of the Royal Palace.

Govt tightens security at Bangkok embassy

The Federal Government is strengthening security around the Australian Embassy in Bangkok after receiving further reports that terrorists in the region are planning attacks.

US freezes assets of Al-Aqsa citing terror links

US has added Al-Aqsa Foundation, a leading fund raising organisation for the Hamas militant group, to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorist entities.

All targeted ministers pass censure motion

Five cabinet members targeted by the opposition in a two-day censure debate which ended yesterday passed the no-confidence motion with the majority vote of nearly 400, signalling the united collaboration within the government coalition, according to TNA reporter.

LTTE attack on govt. operatives extends to Trinco

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Tigers yesterday afternoon attacked two more army intelligence operatives including an ex-Tiger cadre at Orr’s Hill, Trincomalee, military sources said. The incident took place about a km away from the town near the office of the DIG, the sources said, adding that the attackers came in a vehicle.

CBK ready for direct talks with LTTE — Maheswaran

by T. Chandrasekeran

Hindu Affairs Minister T. Maheswaran said that President Chandrika Kumaratunga was ready to hold direct talks with the LTTE. The President agreed to initiate talks with the group when he made representations in this regard during a recent meeting, he said, adding that he wrote to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran informing him of the President’s stance.

Akash test fire at Chandipur

India today successfully test fired the medium range surface-to-air missile Akash from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, 15 km from here.

Peoples anger, demonstrations in Baghdad, al-Anbar people prepare for martyrdom operations

Tension still overwhelms conditions in the Iraqi al-Anbar province following the killing of four American soldiers as their helicopters was downed in Albu Assaf quarters in the governorate. Eye witnesses said the American forces hurried to transport the ruins of the plane before journalists arrived to the site.

Iraq: Witnesses Link Mass Graves to 1991 Repression:

A survivor who escaped after he was left for dead in a mass grave in March 1991 linked the thousands of victims unearthed earlier this month to systematic mass killings by Iraqi Special Republican Guards and Ba'ath Party officials, Human Rights Watch said today. Farmers living near the sites also witnessed the killings and confirmed the survivor's account.

Rising Inter-Religious Violence and Persecution Documented in CSW Annual Country Reports.

Rising inter-religious violence and persecution are documented in Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s (CSW's) Annual Country Reports for 2002.

Dangerous slide into barbarism: AHRC on the Killing of Six Migrant Burmese Workers in Thailand.

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), slammed Thailand for the death of the six Burmese migrant workers recently at Mea Sot, Thailand. The heart wrenching tragic episode where innocent lives were subjected to extra-judicial killings, was described as: “Dangerous slide into barbarism.”