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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2492

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Burmese Sports journalist arrested.

Five Burmese journalists attached to different sports magazines and journals were arrested for reasons still unknown.

Tamil Nadu to lure holidaymakers from Sri Lanka, Maldives

By Papri Sri Raman, Indo-Asian News Service

Tamil Nadu, with its temples and beaches, is seeking to tap the growing international tourist traffic to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Thailand urges Suu Kyi release, downplays expulsion talk

By Trirat Puttajanyawong

Thailand urged Myanmar's military rulers on Monday to release detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but said talk of expelling Yangon from a Southeast Asian political grouping was premature.

Turmoil in Lok Sabha over CBI dropping charge in Ayodhya case

Lok Sabha was plunged into turmoil over the dropping of conspiracy charge by CBI against Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and some other BJP leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case on the opening day of the monsoon session of Parliament.

Govt offer of N-E provisional administration

The government’s latest proposals on the setting up a North-East Provincial Administrative Council No role for Tamil parties and JVP (PAC) for a limited period envisage the inclusion of the PA and the SLMC in it and placing the council under LTTE control. The government wants to review the arrangement every six months once it comes into operation.

No demos in presidential HSZ

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Protests and public meetings are prohibited within the newly established high security zone covering Janadhipathi Mandiraya.

'Friendly' approach to continue - Surakiart

by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Thailand plans to continue its "friendly efforts" to solve Burma's political deadlock and push towards democracy and national reconciliation as international pressure mounts on Rangoon.

Drug Overdose: Police hunt dealers of lethal -ice.

Alleged Burmese trafficker arrested as second Taiwan drug victim dies.

Burmese Politics: Young officers in push for power

by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Political uncertainty is rife in Rangoon, as a group of young soldiers and intelligence chief General Khin Nyunt step up efforts to force indecisive leader General Than Shwe to end a political deadlock following the detention of opposition leaders since May 30.

Foreign minister to meet Rangoon counterpart to discuss Suu Kyi

Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai today reiterated Thailand’s committment to pursuing national reconciliation in Myanmar, announcing that on 31 July he would meet his Myanmar counterpart to discuss Myanmar’s internal situation and the continuing detention of Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar might have to be expelled from ASEAN: Mahathir

Myanmar might have to be expelled from the ASEAN grouping if its military rulers continue defying world pressure to release democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned in an interview.

Bremer: Saddam alive and in Iraq

The top U.S. official in Iraq said he believed Saddam Hussein is still alive and remains in Iraq, but is not orchestrating daily attacks on US forces.

BBC confirms Kelly was the source for the dossier report

Two days after weapons expert David Kelly was found dead, the BBC today disclosed that he was the source for its controversial report claiming British government had "sexed up" a dossier claiming Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, which was used to justify the US-led war on Iraq.

Sonia's origin will be poll issue: BJP

The war over Congress President Sonia Gandhi hotted up today with BJP declaring that her foreign origin and leadership qualities vis-a-vis Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be an issue in Lok Sabha polls even as it unveiled a "Mission 2004 Action Plan" to reach out minorities.

DMK disapproves of debate in BJP on legislation for Ayodhya

The DMK, a key constituent of NDA, today virtually disapproved of the debate in alliance leader BJP on a legislation for temple construction in Ayodhya saying it was not necessary to flex muscles on the issue.

SC lauds Jaya Govt's action but asks it to take back staff

After giving a severe tongue lashing to Tamil Nadu government employees for going on strike and holding the state to ransom, the Supreme Court on a compassionate ground today suggested to the Jayalalithaa Government to take back those employees who had not resorted to violence.