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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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Congressmen ask Vajpayee to protect Kashmiri Pandits

Two U.S. Congressmen have written to Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee urging him to ensure the safety of Kashmiri Pandits and see that they are not sidelined in possible peace talks with Pakistan.

Solar eclipse was visible in many parts of Northern India

The century's first solar eclipse occured this morning and was visible in many parts of Northern India where devotees thronged to take a holy dip in various sacred rivers.

Hu, Vajpayee call for better ties ahead of China visit

By M.R. Narayan Swmay, Indo-Asian News Service

President Hu Jintao called for improved relations between China and India during a warm 30-minute meeting with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the sidelines of this Russian city's birthday celebrations.

Myanmar state-run press criticises Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's state-run press was openly critical of democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in a departure from its usual practice.

Myanmar Junta Seals NLD Party Headquarters of Suu Kyi

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar security officials sealed the headquarters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party in the capital on Saturday amid mounting criticism of the pro-democracy icon by the country's ruling military.

Myanmar Junta Says Suu Kyi in "Protective Custody."

Myanmar's ruling military said on Saturday it had taken opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 17 top members of her party into "protective custody" after clashes between her supporters and opponents in the north of the country.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi put under arrest after violent clash

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been put under temporary arrest in the country's north after a violent clash between her supporters and a pro-junta group which left four dead.

Myanmar Opposition Leader in Custody

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 19 members of her party were taken into "protective custody" following a fight between her supporters and opponents in northern Myanmar, an official said Saturday.

NLD led by Daw Suu Kyi commits acts counter to democracy

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her followers of the National League for Democracy including U Tin Oo, numbering more than 100, travelled to Monywa from Mandalay on 29 May morning in a convoy of seven cars and 20 motorcycles. When they reached Sagaing, more NLD members joined them. From Sagaing, they continued their journey in 14 cars and 20 motorcycles and arrived at ChaungU.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of NLD and party did carry out undemocratic activities in the past

Political parties are required to carry out organization work with understanding towards the people at the time of transition to democracy.

Sri Lanka mulls Tiger demands to revive peace bid

Sri Lanka's beleaguered cohabitation government was mulling how to respond to Tamil Tiger guerrillas who rejected the latest offer to revive stalled peace talks, officials said.

Tigers grab two PCs

Armed Tigers on Thursday abducted two police constables, attached to the Serunuwara police station, who were on patrol duty on bicycles around 2.00pm near the Ariyamankerny village.

PA welcomes Ranils stand on LTTE demand

By Rohan Mathes

The PA opposition yesterday welcomed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s stand on the LTTE demand for an interim administration and condemned the reported statement of Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Bondevik made in Tokyo that the Sri Lankan Presidentposition was not important and that the Sri Lankan government was not flexible enough in dealing with the LTTE.

Report on food and law in Asia released

A new report released by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) examines the link between food insecurity and the “un-rule of law” in Asia.

Iraqi Suspect in Mass Killings Released: U.S. Fails to Address Past Crimes Systematically

The mistaken release of Sheikh
Mohammad Jawad al-Naifus from custody in Iraq is a major setback
in the effort to bring mass murderers to justice, Human Rights
Watch said today.

Burmese Rohingya in Bangladesh Face an Uncertain Future

By June 30, 2003 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is planning a dramatic change in its responsibilities towards the remaining 21,000 Rohingya refugees from Burma residing in two camps in Cox's Bazaar district of Bangladesh.

Lack of Protection Plagues Burma Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

The Muslim Rohingya people of Burma's Arakan state are in an impossible situation. They are wanted neither in Burma nor in neighboring Bangladesh.

Nepal Endangers Tibetans with Efforts to Force Return to China

Nepali officials should immediately release
a group of imprisoned Tibetans to the protection of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Human Rights Watch said today.

Hindi likely to be accorded status of official language at UN

Hindi is likely to be accorded the status of an official language at the United Nations within a span of four to five months, Minister of State for External Affairs Digvijay Singh said today.

The Political Party of the Sri Lanka President Mounts Major Attack on Norway

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party today called for the review of Norway's role in the island and criticised the peace broker as a "nation of salmon eaters who have become international busy bodies."