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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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I beg to differ, old age is no disease. I am also old: Vajpayee

Describing himself as an old man, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today contested the observations made by his cabinet colleague and Health Minister Sushma Swaraj that old age is a curse.

Sri Lanka rebels mourn for 12 killed in sea clash

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers held a day of mourning for 12 rebels killed in a clash with the navy, causing a meeting with truce monitors to be postponed.

Indian decision against sending troops won't affect ties: US

Despite India rejecting its request for sending troops to Iraq, New Delhi would remain an "important" strategic partner of US, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher has said.

BJP national executive to consider law for temple construction

With an eye on the coming assembly elections, the BJP, in a move not to further annoy a restive VHP, is likely to consider a legislation for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Burmese Army Generals’ unending foolish acts - must regret

U Soe Win, a Member of Parliament from Pa-go Constituency No.1 and also a Committee Member of Committee Representing the People’s Parliament (CRPP) was arrested by State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) authorities and subsequently released after 24 torturous days of detention survived the ruthless ordeal but was hospitalized by his family members as he could not barley speak or walk

We support Tamils reaching goal at no cost to Muslim aspirations — SLMC

by Franklin R. Satyapalan

We would never stand in the way of the Tamil community achieving their aspirations but at the same time it cannot be at the cost of the Muslim community’s aspirations.

Tilvin to be Gen. Secy. of SLFP-JVP Alliance?

by Kesara Abeywardena

The general secretary post of a future SLFP-JVP alliance is most likely to be given to the JVP while Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa is tipped to become the national organiser of the new alliance.

Demo demands SLMM leaves Lanka

W. M. Wickramasinghe - 'Divaina' Kantale Correspondent

A massive demonstration was held demanding that the Sri Lanka monitoring mission should leave this island if it could not carry out the duties entrusted to it impartially.

SLMM to survey disputed Trincomalee area

By Sunimalee Dias

The SLMM will commence a survey of the area to verify the LTTE claim that areas south west of Mutur and Kinniya came under its control, as the LTTE has disregarded the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission's rulings on the Wan-ella camp in Kinniya.

LTTE complain of searches in Trinco

The LTTE complained to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission that the cordon and search operation conducted by the Army and the Police in Trincomalee and Batticaloa violated the ceasefire agreement.

Canada to ban LTTE?

The Canadian Government which has been taking serious note of the violence perpetuated by the LTTE and the continued violation of human rights would impose a ban on the LTTE within the next six months if it fails to stop its activities, diplomatic sources said. The Canadian delegation which attended the Tokyo aid conference had informed the Sri Lankan delegation that Canada would ban the LTTE if it persists in violence.

Xenophobia has no place in Thailand

by Pravit Rojanaphruk

Ill treatment of Burmese refugees and workers will come back to haunt us.

Army informers slain in- South

Two army informers were shot dead in separate incidents in this southernmost province.

Thailand to work with three neighbours to draw up economic development strategies

The permanent secretary for foreign affairs visited the border province of Nong Khai to collect information on problems relating to immigration and customs issues, in preparation for a meeting of senior officials from four nations to draw up regional economic development strategies.

Sihanouk returns home, urges peaceful general election

Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk returned home Monday after four months of medical treatment in China, and urged political party leaders to strive to ensure peace, stability and protection of human rights as the July 27 general election approaches.

US House to vote on Myanmar import ban

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday edged toward approval of a three-year ban on imports from Myanmar, where pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been held by the government since May 30.

US House to vote on Burma import ban

America's House of Representatives is poised to approve a three-year ban on imports from Burma, where pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been held by the government for more than six weeks.

Palestinian leadership crisis is over after Arafat, Abbas meeting

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas reached an agreement Monday evening to end the recent tensions between them.

UNIFEM Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer Meets Interned Women in The Bangkok Detention Centre

Women detainees in the Bangkok Detention Centre speaks with UNIFEM Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer about their dashed hopes and frustration, when Heyzer and UNIFEM staff met with a dozen women to hear the difficult stories of how they ended up in detention.