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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2867

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U.S.: End Bully Tactics against Court - Letter to Colin Powell

With the expiration of its July 1 deadline to cut off military aid to states supporting the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Bush administration should end its ill-conceived campaign to weaken the court, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Aung San Suu Kyi transferred to undisclosed location

Reports from Burma say the detained opposition leader has been transferred from the country's notorious Insein prison.

Work in govt offices in TN comes to a standstill

Work in government offices in Tamil Nadu came to a standstill today with the indefinite strike, called by several employees' organisations to demand restoration of curtailed benefits, evoking a near total response, reports reaching here said.

PA to get security responsibility for Bethlehem

The Israeli army will transfer security responsibility for Bethlehem to the Palestinian Authority at noon Wednesday. Details of the transfer were finalized Tuesday at a meeting between senior security officials from both sides.

100,000 illegal immigrants including 26,000 Indians leave UAE

As many as 26,000 Indians were among 100,000 illegal immigrants who left United Arab Emirates under a six-month general amnesty that ended on June 30, official sources said today.

India plans to launch recoverable spacecraft capsule

India plans to send into space a 500 kg recoverable spacecraft capsule, a major milestone in its space programme, on one of ISRO's forthcoming launches of the PSLV vehicle in 2004-05.

US sanctions threaten 350,000 workers in garment industry in Myanmar

By Myo Lwin

Young women working in the apparel industry will be the main victims of any decision by the United States to ban all imports from Myanmar, a garment factory executive said last week.

Bindunuwewa massacre : Five sentenced to death

by Indeewara Thilakarathne

Five of the accused in the Bidunuwewa case were yesterday sentenced to death by the specially constituted Trial-at-Bar. The accused are M. A. Samy, D. M. S. Dissanayake, R. M. Premananda, S. D. Karunasena and T. R. R. Ratnayaka.

LTTE organises fund-raiser in US with Indian artists

by Bandula Jayasekara in The Hague

An LTTE front Federation of Tamil Sangams in North America (FeTNA) has organised a fund-raiser on 4, 5 and 6, of July at the Patriots’ Theatre at the War Memorial, Trenton in New Jersey using Indian artists. The poster published for the event clearly says that FeTNA has consistently voiced its support for the protection of human rights in Tamil Eelam and the fundraiser and the convention in New Jersey feature programmes by Eelam Tamils.

LTTE snatches fishermen's Rs. 1m. oxygen, diesel

By Norman Palihawadne

A group of fishermen fishing ornamental fish in the seas off Kattankudi, Batticaloa had been chased away by LTTE cadres in boats by shooting in the air.

Underworld gangster with T-56 nabbed

By Norman Palihawadana

A special team of the Mirihane police seized a member of the underworld along with a T-56 gun in his possession.

Israeli Bulldozers Destroy Mosque Foundations in Nazareth

by Majeda El-Batsh • Agence France Presse

Bulldozers destroyed the foundations of a mosque near a Christian holy site in Nazareth, northern Israel, early yesterday, in accordance with a court order banning its construction, Israeli radio reported.

Rangoon envoy flies in to brief Thaksin

by Rungrawee C Pinyorat - Marisa Chimprabha

A senior Burmese representative held talks yesterday with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai about detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burma Refugees: UNHCR says it discloses all exiles

The UN High Commission for Refugees yesterday denied government claims that it has granted refugee status to Burmese exiles on Thai territory without informing the authorities.

Thailand to help Laos build railway link

The cabinet has approved in principle a request from the Lao government to help construct a railway link bewteen Nong Khai in Thailand and Tha Na Laeng in Laos, Government Spokesman Sqn. Ldr. Sita Divari announced yesterday.

Naga CM-Advani discuss ceasefire extension with NSCN(I-M)

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio met Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani here Tuesday and discussed the issue of extending ceasefire between major insurgent outfit NSCN(I-M) and the Centre.

Myanmar blames rebels for explosions

Myanmar's military government has blamed two explosions in a town last week on ethnic Karen rebels, an official newspaper said on Wednesday.