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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

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Myanmar crackdown wrecks hopes for aid

By Grant Peck - Associated Press

The crackdown on Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her pro-democracy party in Myanmar has thrown into turmoil months of efforts to cajole the country's ruling generals into political reform and wrecked hopes for economic aid.

Bill before House for fresh north-east LG nominations

by Franklin R. Styapalan

Minister of Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Alick Aluvihare said yesterday that a Bill was before parliament to amend the Elections Act, so that the nominations called for the 54 local bodies in the northeast could be cancelled.

Veerappan associate arrested

An associate of forest brigand Veerappan, Ganapathyappan, wanted in connection with a shootout in 1987 in which one forest officer was killed and two forest rangers were injured, has been arrested, ADGP of the crime branch-CID S Ramani said today.

US deploresforced repatriation of Tibetans to China by Nepal

Terming Nepal's forced repatriation of 18 Tibetan asylum seekers to China as an "outrageous development," the US has urged Nepal to return to its previous long-term practice of allowing Tibetans to seek protection in the country for onward resettlement.

Myanmar says Suu Kyi unhurt as calls for release grow

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar's military government said on Tuesday opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi had not been harmed in clashes between her supporters and pro-government groups last week, rejecting rumours she had been injured.

Today In London - CSW Join Demonstration In Support of Aung San Suu Kyi Outside Burmese Embassy

Christian Solidarity Worldwide is joining the Burma Campaign and the Burmese community in London in a mass demonstration outside the Burmese Embassy located at 19A Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London today to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners, the cessation of further political crackdowns and the start of tripartite dialogue without further delays.

Newspaper editor Mustafa Bakri detained

The Egyptian security forces yesterday arrested the chief editor of the Egyptian weekly al-Osbo' Mustafa Bakri and his brother Mahmoud Bakri, the deputy chief editor in order to implement an imprisonment sentence for one year that was issued against him in 1998 in a case of defaming the chairman of al-Adalah ( justice) party.

Prison Zombies & Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi - Letter to Editor

David Law, one of our readers from America, had expressed his anger, shock, frustration and fear about the arrest and incarceration of the Burmese icon democracy. David Law is said to have lived in Burma for well over a period of 30 years and is familiar with the torturous situation prevailing in the notorious prisons in Burma. He writes his thoughts and feelings to share with our readers.

Senate committee urges govt to review stance on Myanmar

The Senate Foreign Affairs committee today urged the government to reconsider its support for Rangoon’s military regime, saying that last week’s detention of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi showed that Myanmar’s human rights situation lacked clarity, while calling on the United Nations to make a reassessment of human rights conditions in Myanmar.

APEC members agree on action plan to deal with SARS

Member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) affected by the epidemic of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome have agreed to work out for a common action plan to deal with the problem actively and continuously.
Speaking after the meeting of the APEC trade ministers being held in this northeastern province, Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik said the SARS situation was raised for discussion at the forum.

Tigers set to reject Sri Lanka talks compromise

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels were set to reject the government's latest offer of talks to end the deadlock in Norwegian-backed peace negotiations, sources close to the guerrillas said.

Report: CIA believes Saddam Hussein is alive in Iraq

The Central intelligence Agency (CIA) has internal documents that make clear Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is alive and hiding in greater Baghdad, protected by an underground resistance network of tribesmen and former Baath officials, administration officials told United Press International (UPI).

Jeyaraj challenges CBK for debate over "Lakmina" allegations

SLFP strongman from Katana Jeyaraj Fernandopulle on Sunday challenged President Chandrika Kumaratunga or any other top level leader of the party for a public debate on what he called baseless allegations levelled against him in the pro-SLFP newspaper "Lakmina" with blessings of the party leadership.

Ex-TELO member shot dead

Kalirajah Ramanan (35), a former TELO member and a former member of the Batticaloa Municipal Council was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Punochchimunai 7Km north of the Batticaloa town at 8.30 p.m. on Sunday, security sources said.

US president speaks out on Burma

United States President George W Bush says he is "deeply concerned" about the arrest of Burma's democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Japan urges Myanmar to rectify the situation.

Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Protective Custody of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other NLD members by the Myanmar Government

World leaders urge Myanmar to release Suu Kyi

World leaders Monday urged the government of Myanmar to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and condemned the Southeast Asian country's crackdown on dissent.

Anti-Norway Wave Grips Sri Lanka

By Champika Liyanaarachchi

A recent survey reveals only 38 percent of Sri Lankans appreciate the efforts of chief facilitator, Norway in Sri Lanka's ongoing peace process, adding to the anti-Norway political upsurge sweeping the country.

Akash test fired

India today test fired the medium range surface-to-air missile Akash from the integrated test range ITR at Chandipur- on-sea, 15 km from here, according to Defence sources.

Jayalalitha drops three ministers in reshuffle

Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha Monday reshuffled her cabinet to drop three ministers and include five new ones.