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Coercion, Vote-Buying Taint Cambodia's Elections: Local Officials Should Cease Intimidation Campaign

The Cambodian government must order
an end to the campaign of threats and intimidation by local
officials in the run-up to national elections on July 27, Human
Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on Cambodian
authorities to swiftly suspend officials who are responsible for
such threats and election law violations.

Mongla – A Burmese Town Crashes as Chinese Leave.

Mongla, for more than ten years a booming town on eastern Shan State's border with China and 240 km north of Mae Sai is fast becoming "dry" as long-time residents from China are leaving in droves each day,according to sources in Tachilek.

Seminar on Indian Federalism in Colombo.

The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies is organizing a three day seminar on Indian Federalism.

Naga terms for trip

By Bharat Bhushan

Thuingaleng Muivah and Isak Chisi Swu, general secretary and chairman of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), may visit India again by the end of the year. But they have made it clear that the visit will be contingent upon a "tangible" movement forward in the peace process.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Not to Attend Ceremony Honoring Father

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is being held in detention at an unknown location, will not attend a ceremony to mark her father's 1947 assassination Saturday, a family source said.

Shiite Cleric Pours Scorn on US ‘Occupying’ Force

by Naseer Al-Nahr • Asharq Al-Awsat

One US soldier was killed in Iraq yesterday as a leading Shiite cleric poured scorn on the fledgling US-imposed governing council and occupying forces marked 100 days since they entered Baghdad to declare Saddam Hussein’s rule over.

Burma issue raised in the floor of the UN Security Council

Burma’s case, the attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and on the other National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders and members were taken up at the UN Security Council meeting. The ambassadors participated in the discussion criticized the injustices and atrocities committed by the Burmese Army generals.

Sri Lankans will have to face a 'Liberation struggle' soon —Anura

By Rohan Mathes

The international community and Heads of State should be made aware of the methods of repression adopted by the ruling UNP, and a strong international opinion built against it, Anura Bandaranaike PA MP for Gampaha district told the executive committee of the Education Friendship Guild last week.

LTTE rids Sinhala businessman of Rs. 958,000 equipment

by Kalinga Weerakkody

LTTE had stormed an aquarium and removed equipment worth Rs. 958,000 owned by a Sinhala businessman on Wednesday midnight at Kurudivuthivu beach in Kalmunai.

325,000 people already resettled in North/East

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

Around 325,000 people have resettled in their own homes in the North and East since the signing of the ceasefire agreement. Informed sources claimed on Thursday that there were several areas in the North and East which were not "mine prone" where internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees returning from South India could resettle.

Final ruling on disputed Wan Ela camp: LTTE must vacate camp — SLMM

by Franklin R. Satyapalan

Spokesperson for the SLMM Ms. Agnes Bragadottir said yesterday that the mission expected the LTTE to vacate the disputed Wan Ela camp.

Fish to have a happy 'Loi Krathong'

Fish in ponds and rivers across the capital will be celebrating this November, thanks to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) ingenious solution the contentious issue of whether to use baskets (krathong) made out of polystyrene foam, or traditional banana leaves for the Loi Krathong Festival of lights.

Laos' dam plans dim as French pull plug

by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Laos's progress toward becoming the battery that provides much of Southeast Asia's electric power was abruptly unplugged, when major shareholder Electricite de France (EDF) withdrew from the controversial Nam Theun II dam project.

EU jibs at Burma

Burma, Laos and Cambodia are to be proposed as new members of the Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem), but Burma's entry faces resistance with European countries concerned over the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burma extradition

In an unprecedented move, Burma extradited two suspects wanted in Thailand in connection with the murder of Kanchanaburi provincial councillor Supakit Paenkiew, police said.

Indian High Commissioner to Pak to take charge

India's High Commissioner-designate to Pakistan, Shiv Shankar Menon, will present his credentials to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

Myanmar opposition leader absent from martyrs day ceremony .

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK), who has been held in an unknown location by the military government since May 30, was not seen present on Saturdayat a state ceremony here sponsored annually by the government to commemorate the country's nine martyrs who sacrificed their lives for regaining their country's independence from the British colonialists in the late 1940s.

BJP favours law for temple construction but unable to enact it

The BJP said it was not in a position to enact a legislation for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya because the present arithmetic in Parliament was not in favour of it.

Coercion, Vote-Buying Taint Cambodia's Elections: Local Officials Should Cease Intimidation Campaign

The Cambodian government must order
an end to the campaign of threats and intimidation by local
officials in the run-up to national elections on July 27, Human
Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on Cambodian
authorities to swiftly suspend officials who are responsible for
such threats and election law violations.

Sri Lankan stalemate, India may have to step

By J.N.Dixit

A political commentary about the the peace talks by J.N.Dixi


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