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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2829

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Ras al-Kheima crown prince in Oman

Well-informed sources said yesterday that the removed crown prince of Ras al-Kheima Khaled Bin Saqer al-Qasimi had left for Oman.

'New York Ramayana' staged in U.S.

A dance drama performance called the "New York Ramayana" was staged here and brought together expatriate artists from three traditions of dance - Indian, Burmese and Filipino - in a beautiful symphony.

Powell urges Suu Kyi release, democracy for Myanmar

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Wednesday Myanmar's military rulers must release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and put the country on a path to democracy.

"Together, we must tell the Burmese leaders to free Aung San Suu Kyi, to free her supporters, and to free the people of Burma by returning democracy to that nation," Powell told a gathering of foreign ministers according to a senior State Department official.

If India takes one step, Islamabad will take two: Musharraf

Welcoming Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani's statement that compromises have to be made by both India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue, President Pervez Musharraf has said if New Delhi takes one step, Islamabad is willing to take two to normalise relations.

World Bank gives 125 million dollars to boost Sri Lanka peace bid

The World Bank (news - web sites) announced it had approved a loan of 125 million dollars to help Sri Lanka reduce poverty and boost its fragile peace bid with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Global Day of action against the Burmese military regime

Tomorrow – June 19, the birthday of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Women of Burma Day - arrangements are made in Bangkok and in different parts of the world, for a Global Day of action against the Burmese military regime’s ongoing crackdown on the pro-democratic forces inside Burma.

Thai delegation to travel to Beijing for SARS meeting

Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan revealed yesterday that she was to lead a Thai delegation to Beijing to take place in a meeting aimed at halting the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

WB allocating US$ 50 m for e-srilanka programme – Moragoda

Economic Reforms, Science and Technology Minister Milinda Moragoda, presenting the Information and Communication Technology Act in Parliament, yesterday said that the World Bank was in the process of allocating US dollars 50 million towards the implementation of projects under the e-srilanka programme.

LTTE running amok in killing spree: EPRLF

The EPRLF in a statement on the killing of its member Thambirajah Subathiran by the LTTE stated that in their attempt to establish a totalitarian regime in the North-East, the LTTE are running amok in a killing spree. All those who are killed by them are those with diverse opinions and policies and who are firm in their belief of democracy, pluralism and human rights, and also those belonging to Tamil political parties not supportive of or not aligned to the LTTE, the EPRLF said.

Businessman complains of LTTE threat to his life

by Kalinga Weerakkody

A businessman who was a candidate of the Puravasi Peramuna, at the last general elections in Orris Hill in Uppuweli has complained to the police that his life was at risk following threats on him by the LTTE over a land dispute with the father of the LTTE political wing leader in Batticaloa ‘Thilak’, police said.

ASEAN presses Myanmar but stops short of action

Southeast Asia’s main political group piled more pressure on member Myanmar on Tuesday to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but failed to translate the words into anything more than a slap on the wrist.

Foreign ministers of China, Japan, S.Korea meet on ASEAN sideline

Foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea had an informal meeting here Tuesday on the sideline of the ASEAN meetings.

Burma front man in spotlight at Asean

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Burmese Foreign Minister Win Aung flashes a big smile to the scores of waiting journalists, desperate to talk with him in the lobby of the Cambodiana Hotel.

Terror Network: Three admit meeting JI chief

Three Thai Muslims arrested for alleged links with the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terror group have admitted meeting suspected Singaporean JI chief Arifin bin Ali in Bangkok.

Bush may visit India \"soon\": Envoy

U.S. President George W. Bush may visit India "soon", American ambassador to India Robert D. Blackwill said Tuesday.

Pak preparing for fourth defeat: PM

Hitting out at Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf over his recent threat of repeating Kargil, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said Islamabad was preparing for a fourth defeat in its proxy war against India.

Indonesian Church Leader Gets three-year Sentence for Illegal Weapons Possession in Politically-Motivated Trial.

Reverend Rinaldy Damanik, an Indonesian Church leader, was sentenced on June 16 to three years' imprisonment for illegal weapons possession in what is believed to be a politically-motivated trial.

ASEAN moving toward all-round integration

After 36 years of coordination and development, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has stepped into a new stage -- to bridge economic gap among the members and continue effective security cooperation for an overall integration.