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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2786

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Millions of young people futures jeopardized by war, hatred and exile – Kofi Annan on World Refugees Day

Today – June 20 is World Refugees day. In a message United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan states: “This third World Refugee Day is dedicated to the millions of young people whose futures have been jeopardized by war, hatred and exile.”

MFA: ACD meeting to demonstrate Thailand’s ‘terrorism-free’ status

Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai today expresesd hope that Thailand’s security preparations for the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) summit in Chiang Mai would demonstrate to the international community that Thailand is free from terrorism.

Myanmar admits shooting Thai troops

Myanmar today admitted that its soldiers had shot at Thai troops recently, saying that the Thai forces had been mistaken for Kayah rebels.

China develops painkiller effective for four months

China has developed a painkiller that is capable of suppressing cancer-related pain for upto four months after administering of just one dose, a report said today.

Suu Kyi's being held in 'notorious' jail: Britain

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is being held in the "notorious" Insein Jail on the outskirts of Rangoon, Britain said on Thursday.

War Crimes Suits Filed Against Bush, Blair

US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have been accused of war crimes in Iraq under a fiercely contested Belgian law, the government here said yesterday.

SL ambassador, navy commander — US Pacific command top brass pow-wow

Sri Lanka Ambassador in the US, Devinda R. Subasinghe and Navy Commander Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri recently held a series of talks with the US Pacific Command top brass in Hawaii, Sri Lankan embassy in Washington said in a press release issued on Wednesday. The talks focused on current and future mutual co-operation and training with US armed forces and covered related issues," the embassy said. The following is the text of the statement:

PM tells nation govt.'s intention to set up: NE interim admin. council protecting rights of all

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that the government intends to establish a North-East interim administration council that would protect the rights of all communities. It would be set up with the consent of the LTTE, the premier said yesterday in a televised address to the nation.

Burmese Censure: Asean suffers a hangover

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Singapore is writhing somewhat uncomfortably as news reports highlight its pressuring of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to take a firm stance on Burma.

Gamma rays to improve Thai crops

By Pennapa Hongthong

Thai farmers could soon be using gamma rays to produce better plant breeds, a nuclear scientist said yesterday as she accepted a coveted national award.

India urged to put pressure on Myanmar junta to free Suu Kyi

Myanmarese nationals and social activists in New Delhi on Thursday organised a protest march demanding the immediate release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Lahore bus ready to roll

India and Pakistan today said they were "operationally" and "technically" ready to re-launch the Delhi-Lahore bus service.

India welcomes Myanmar assurance to move towards democracy

Welcoming Myanmar's assurance of moving towards democracy, India has hoped that pro-democracy leader Aung San Su Kyi would be released by the Myanmar regime "as soon as possible".

Tigers reject Sri Lanka overtures to end talks deadlock

Tamil Tiger rebels rejected Sri Lanka's latest offer to save the faltering Norwegian-backed peace negotiations and said they were seeking a "radical overhaul" of the entire process.

Sri Lanka makes fresh offer to end talks deadlock

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has offered an "interim administrative council" to Tiger rebels conceding their key demand to revive stalled Norwegian-backed peace talks.

Hawks strengthened as Sri Lanka peace bid suffers fresh blow

Tamil Tiger calls for a "radical overhaul" of the Norwegian-backed peace bid and rejection of the Sri Lankan government's latest overtures is seen as strengthening hawks on both sides of the ethnic divide.