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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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Norway in fresh bid to revive Sri Lanka peace bid

Peace broker Norway is set for a fresh attempt to revive Sri Lanka's faltering peace process after a string of setbacks threatened to return the island to war, officials and diplomats said.

TULF to decide on Anandasangari

The central committee of the TULF is due to meet on July 6 in Colombo to take a decision regarding the leadership of T. Anandasangari.

30 Sinhala undergrads in Jaffna University

Thirty Sinhala undergraduates are studying at the University of Jaffna after the MOU was signed,the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof.Mohandas said on Friday.

LTTE recruitment drive: Parents tear wall posters

By Sunil Jayasiri

The LTTE has launched a campaign to enlist new recruits for their force. Military sources said that the LTTE had put up posters in several places including the government-controlled areas requesting early response to the call.

Factional fighting within the Burmese Army in Arakan State.

Kaladan Press Network from the Arakan State in Burma, reports of a factional encounter occured at Sittwe, the capital of Arakan in the midst of the soldiers of battalion No: 232 on June 12, due to the May 30 incident, where Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the leaders of the National League for Democracy were involved.

Thailand signs economic alliance pact with S. Africa

Thailand is joining hands with South Africa in signig an economic alliance pact, aimed at developing both countries into gateways for trade in their respective regions, Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik announced yesterday.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s health and life is in absolute danger

Nwe Aung, Chairman, Burma Bureau Germany in an open letter expressed his fear and anxiety about safety and survival of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the notorious and infamous Insein prison. He writes that the People of Burma are acting courageously but the respond from the international community is inadequate.

China pledges $500 mn for development

China on Monday pledged an investment of $500 million for infrastructure development and resource building in India and agreed to a plan of action for economic cooperation between the two countries.

Dalai Lama in Kargil, to address public meetings

The Dalai Lama is now in Kargil as part of his three-week visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Report: American forces strike convoy carrying Saddam

American troops last week hit a convoy said by US military sources to have been carrying ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his eldest son Uday, a British newspaper reported on Sunday.

Suspected Tamil Tiger kills Sri Lankan policeman

A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel walked into a police station in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday and shot dead an intelligence officer in the latest attack since a ceasefire was signed 16 months ago, a military official said.

Trishul successfully test fired

India's most sophisticated short range missile Trishul was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, about 15 km from here today.

Solution to Ayodhya issue by July 6: Shankaracharya

Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi today said a solution to the vexed Ayodhya issue would be definitely found by July six when the All India Muslim Personal Law Board meets to discuss and take a decision on his proposals.

Gas Pipeline: Show your faces, PM tells critics

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday challenged opponents of the Thai-Malaysia gas pipeline to stand up and be counted.

Greece finds 680 tonnes of explosives on ship

Greek special forces have found 680 tonnes of explosives on board a Comoros flagged ship owned by a Marshall Islands registered company named Alpha Shipping.

‘I’m Being Persecuted, Not Prosecuted’

By Patrick David & Sara Abuljadeyel

A retired Saudia pilot who says he was falsely labeled a “terrorist” by Philippine immigration officials and has been unable to leave Manila for six months because of an airport hold order yesterday vowed to fight his case in court and clear his name and reputation.

Asian experts look at ways to improve plight of migrants

Researchers from five Asian countries opened talks on Sunday on ways to improve the lives of migrants, whose remittances provide key sources of national income.

Tamil violence on London streets

By Jason Bennetto, Crime Correspondent

Late on a warm Saturday night earlier this month, Partheepan Balasingham was drinking with friends outside a popular Sri Lankan restaurant in north-west London when he met with a savage death.

Vajpayee extends hand of friendship to China

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today extended a hand of friendship to China to develop bilateral relationship that embodies peace, friendship, goodwill and cooperation between the two Asian giants.

Suspected rebel double agent kills Sri Lankan cop

By Scott McDonald

A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel double agent walked into a Sri Lanka police station on Monday and shot dead an intelligence officer in the latest attack since a ceasefire was signed 16 months ago, a police officer said.