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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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Criminal Actions of the SPDC: The Abduction of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

The Shan Democratic Union (SDU) condemns the attack and subsequent abduction of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It rejects the claim made by the SPDC Minister at the press conference, that the fight between the NLD (National League for Democracy) people and the USDA in northern Burma was a spontaneous and unfortunate incident, is not at all credible.

Problem can be resolved only by discussion: Majority voice for LTTE in Apex Body — Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his reply to Anton Balasingham on Monday said the LTTE will have a majority voice in the deliberations of the proposed Apex Body for the North-East subject to effective safeguards which are mutually agreed upon for Muslim and Sinhala interests.

Balasingham to respond to PM 2nd letter from London: LTTE still reviewing proposals

by Franklin R. Satyapalan

While speculation was rife that the LTTE had rejected the second letter sent by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday an LTTE Spokesman Kangai Arasan speaking from Kilinochchi told ‘The Island,’ last evening that the LTTE was still in the process of reviewing the proposals in the letter

The NDD Calls For Immediate Intervention To Prevent Another Massacre In Burma.

The Network for Democracy and Development (NDD) in a statement expressed its concern over the anticipated massacre of the innocent Burmese by the Burmese junta and also of the whereabouts and health of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. NDD extended it appeal to the international community to prevent the escalation of the situation in Burma from bad to worse.

PM:Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline project to be pressed ahead

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday dismissed attempts by opponents of the Thai-Malaysia gas pipeline to win the support of the international community to get the project scrapped, vowing thatthe pipeline would go ahead as planned.

IAF plane crashes in Rajasthan, pilot killed

A MIG 21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed this morning shortly after take off from Uttarlai Air Base in Rajasthan killing the pilot.

LTTE to boycott Japanese aid forum

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti - Indo-Asian News Service

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas are sticking to their decision to keep away from a crucial donors' meet in Tokyo next week despite last minute efforts by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to persuade them.

LTTE rebels reject govt bid to restart talks

By Scott McDonald

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday rejected a government request for a meeting to discuss ways to restart stalled peace talks in the latest setback to a drive to end the island's 20-year ethnic war. The Tigers said in a letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe they would consider returning to the negotiating table if he accepted their proposal for an interim administration in the north and east of the country.

US team searching for the remains of Saddam.

A crew of American military engineers began an intensive effort Tuesday to excavate the site of a bombing on April 7 that US military officials still believe may have killed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, according to the New York Times.

Tamil Tigers reject Sri Lanka compromise

Tamil Tiger rebels have formally rejected Sri Lanka's latest offer of talks to end the deadlock in the Norwegian-backed peace process and insisted on political authority ahead of a final settlement.

Pak High Commissioner likely to take up position by mid-June

Pakistan's newly appointed High Commissioner to India, Aziz Ahmed Khan, is likely to take up his assignment by the middle of this month, Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokkar said.

Fears mount for Suu Kyi detained by Myanmar

By Aung Hla Tun

Diplomats and Myanmar dissidents fear that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent a fifth day in custody on Wednesday, could have been injured in a clash between her supporters and a pro-government group last week.

Summit Ends on Positive Note

By Abdullatif Mannawi & Asharq Al-Awsat

US President George W. Bush launched the most ambitious US Middle East peace mission in two years yesterday, meeting Arab leaders to try to win support for an end to Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed.

Man builds cruise missile in garage

A New Zealand home handyman is building a do-it-yourself cruise missile with legal, off-the-shelf equipment and claims he can do it for under $5,000.

APEC - New Report on Globalization Launched

A new report on globalization has highlighted many of the benefits gained from the growing interconnectedness of people and cultures in the global economy.

Coca-Cola to invest $10 M in Tamil Nadu

Coca-Cola has said it will invest $10 million in Tamil Nadu and also open more bottling plants in the state.

Burma: Release Aung San Suu Kyi, Investigate Attacks

"This looks like a deliberate attempt by the government to provoke violence to justify a crackdown. Unless the government gets the message that this is unacceptable, there's clearly the potential for more bloodshed." - Brad Adams, Director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch

UN warns Burma over Suu Kyi detention

Burma's military Government says it will continue to hold pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in what it has termed protective custody.

Indian judges to visit Pakistan on a goodwill mission

In a bid to strengthen the peace initiatives taken by Centre to normalise relations with Pakistan, a high level delegation of sitting and retired judges of Supreme Court and High Courts would undertake a goodwill mission to Pakistan this month.

Lanka Tigers to reject Ranil's offer of talks

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels today rejected the latest peace overtures by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and stuck to their guns, rebel sources said.