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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

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Independents win majority of seats in Jordanian elections

Preliminary results of the legislative elections announced by the Jordanian ministry of the interior yesterday evening showed that independents close to the authority have won the majority of seats at the new Jordanian parliament.

LTTE wants SLMM stop new army camps in Jaffna

The LTTE on Tuesday asked the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission to take immediate steps to stop the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) from establishing new camps in the peninsula and disrupting the normal life of the people in the name of strengthening security, TamilNet reported on Wednesday

SLMM prevents search of LTTE office by security forces

The Jaffna based SLMM delegation on Monday (16) prevented the security forces searching a so-called LTTE political office at Chullipuram in the Jaffna peninsula, TamilNet reported. Armed troops surrounded the office in the morning to search the office but withdrew subsequent to the SLMM intervention.

Maha Sangha of Burma urged to control the atrocities of the junta.

The Maha Sangha of Burma has been requested to tone down the atrocities inflicted by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), a Burma’s army Generals’ outfit in the guise of government machinery, to enforce dictatorial arrogant rule in the country. This request was made ‘out of concern for the future welfare and happiness of the citizens of Burma.

Thailand slashes tour prices in bid to meet 1-m target for Chinese tourists

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak yesterday urged China to meet its agreement to encourage one million Chinese nationals to travel to Thailand this year, while promising special tour packages for Chinese tourists to ensure that the target would be met.

Another birthday in isolation for Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi spent her 58th birthday on Thursday oblivious to the diplomatic ruckus her detention by the country's military rulers has sparked.

US Congress for strong action against Iran, Myanmar, Cambodia

The US Congress supports strong action against Iran, Myanmar and Cambodia if they continue to suppress political dissent, a top senator has said.

Protect those opposed to LTTE, say Tamil activists

Some 200 Sri Lankan Tamils around the world have condemned the killing of a Tamil leader and urged the international community to protect those opposed to Tamil Tiger guerrillas.

Raise the Burma issue in the UN Security Council – Norwegian Burma Council

An article written by The Norwegian Burma Council appeared in the today’s issue of the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet. The article focused on the latest atrocious events that unfolded in Burma and also of the ending of its “Postcard Campaign.”

Arab-American nominated to replace US Central Command commander

US President George W. Bush nominated an Arab-American general to replace General Tommy Franks as commander of US forces in Iraq and elsewhere in a region that stretches from Egypt to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Buddhist monk honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

For the first time in the British History a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk was awarded the rare honour of the "Member of the British Empire" (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom in Her Majesty’s Birth Day Honours for the year 2003. The recipient of this most respected honour is Venerable Galayaye Piyadassi Thera, head of a very popular Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple in North London the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kinsbury.

Opposition wants special statement on M’tivu incident

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse Tuesday called on the government to make a special statement in parliament on the recent incident off Mullaitivu coast where an LTTE ship was sunk and other violations of the ceasefire agreement by the LTTE.

U.K. Dodges Refugee Responsibilities:World Refugee Day Marred by U.K. Proposal

Governments attending the European Council meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece, should reject the United Kingdom's so-called "new vision" proposal to send asylum seekers to processing centers abroad, Human Rights Watch said in a 20-page briefing paper released today.

MDMK opposed to sending troops to Iraq

MDMK, a constituent of the BJP-led NDA at the centre, today said it was totally opposed to any move by the centre to send Indian troops to Iraq for peace keeping.

Red Cross denied access to Suu Kyi

Myanmar's military government has denied a request by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to see detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, an official from the agency says.

JI Crackdown: Police have a list of members

National Police Chief General Sant Sarutanond said yesterday he had a list of "active" members of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in Thailand.

New Zealander appointed to head Oxford University

New Zealand's Auckland University Vice-Chancellor John Hood has been appointed head of Oxford University, the first outsider to lead the prestigious university in 900 years, New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) reported here Thursday.

Asean: Best we can do for now

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Asean officials said yesterday the group could not assert any more pressure on member-nation Burma, despite urgings by Western countries to do more over the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Saddam Hussein's presidential secretary arrested by US forces

US occupation forces have captured Abd al Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti, Saddam Hussein's presidential secretary and No. 4 on the U.S. most-wanted list of Iraqi leaders, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

US Troops Shoot Into Iraqi Crowd

By Naseer Al-Nahr & Asharq Al-Awsat

A US soldier fired into a crowd of Iraqi protesters outside the headquarters of the US-led administration in Baghdad yesterday, killing two people, amid signs of increasing Iraqi opposition to the US occupation.