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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

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Burma: A Grave Concern of British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw today called for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK) and other senior members of her party who are being detained by the Burmese regime. He urged the Burmese authorities to allow UN Special Envoy Razali access to ASSK when he visits Burma from tomorrow.

Attack on democracy party in Burma demands uncompromising international response - AHRC

The Hong Kong based, most vociferous and well respected Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urged that the situation in Burma demands urgent intervention by the Security Council. It added that simply the visit by the UN Special Representative and mere international outcry is by no means enough, instead a Security Council team must be sent sent immediately to investigate this most recent incident and ensure the security of all persons who were subject to the attack.

India signs USD 300 million deal for Sukhoi production

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Russia's 'Stankoimport' have signed a USD 300 million deal for supply of equipment to produce the advanced Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter jets at HAL's Nasik plant.

U.N. envoy arrives in Myanmar to try to see Suu Kyi

U.N. special envoy to Myanmar Razali Ismail flew into the capital on Friday hopeful he could see detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a mission to persuade the junta to free her.

Tiger absence to overshadow Sri Lanka aid meeting

By Chamath Ariyadasa

A Tamil Tiger rebel boycott of a donor meeting on Monday in Tokyo to raise money to rebuild Sri Lanka could mean more conditions are attached to the aid, officials said.

Doctors demand evaluation of fish medicine for asthma

The Andhra Pradesh government is ready to scientifically examine claims that the controversial fish medicine administered by a family in Hyderabad indeed cures asthma, a senior state government official has said.

NCUB Statement on the Tenth trip to Burma by UN Special Envoy Razali Ismail

The National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) in a statement urges Razali Ismail the Special envoy of the UN Secretary General to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo in order to know clearly of the Dee-Pe-Yin massacre of May 30th and what really has happened to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Govt prepares to negotiate with India on agricultural exports

The Office of Agricultural Economics is preparing topics to raise during discussions with India on opening up free trade in agricultural produce, under the imminent Free Trade Area deal between the two nations, the office’s acting director said today.

Myanmar: Authorities must stop crackdown on political activists

Amnesty International called on Myanmar authorities today to halt the detentions of political activists and to free those arrested in a recent crackdown on political opponents.

UN envoy arrives in Myanmar to see Suu Kyi as US criticism grows

UN envoy Razali Ismail arrived in Myanmar to try to meet detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, hours after Washington said she had been the victim of a "premeditated ambush" by a mob linked to the ruling military junta

If LTTE agrees to meet : Ways to solve dispute over interim admin. can be found —PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is convinced that the government and the LTTE would be able to find ways to get around the dispute over their demand for an interim administration in the North-East if the LTTE agrees to meet.

CBK sends AG’s letter on DLB to Ranil

President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Wednesday forwarded Attorney General K. C. Kamalasabaysan’s letter dealing with the take-over of the Development Lotteries Board to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Prime Minister requested the President to send him a copy of the AG’s letter dated May 11.

Cabinet backs Vajpayee; BJP denies rift between PM and Advani

Seeking to put a lid on the leadership controversy, the Union Cabinet today threw its

China suggests resolving border issue by mutual adjustment

Ahead of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit, China has suggested that the vexed Sino- Indian border issue can be resolved through consultations on equal footing, mutual understanding, accomodation and mutual adjustment.

Delhi mute on Suu Kyi detention

With India's ties with Myanmar's junta improving over the past few years, a cautious Delhi today chose to describe pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's detention as an "internal problem".

Chennai temple to have tallest Hanuman statue

The Board of Trustees of Panchamukha Sri Jayamurthi Seva Trust have announced the creation of the tallest Anjaneya (Hanuman) statue in India, currently sculpted in Kelambakkam near Chennai. The statue will be installed in a temple being constructed at Panchavatee on the Tindivanam-Pondicherry National Highway.

Abdullah - "Nearly Pulled Out of Summit Over Ties With Israel."

Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, nearly withdrew from the summit with US President George W. Bush in Egypt because of US pressure to speed up Arab normalization with Israel, it was reported yesterday.

Roadshows in Africa lead to surge in orders for Thai rice

The Ministry of Commerce yesterday hailed recent roadshows in Africa as a success, saying that Thailand had managed to sell 225,000 tonnes of rice worth over Bt1.6 billion, and would now conduct a heavy marketing campaign to better penetrate African markets.

512,000 kids "HIV-affected"

By Supinda Na Mahachai & Jessada Paisalpijitsodsai

Teachers and principals should send their own children to study with HIV-positive classmates, Social Development and Human Security Minister Anurak Jureemas said yesterday.

Crackdown In Burma: EU, UN set to turn up heat on junta

By Kavi Chongkittavorn

International agencies, including the United Nations, the European Union and Friends of Burma, have agreed unanimously that they need to coordinate and step up pressure on the Burmese military junta, according to diplomatic sources.