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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Annan concerned by increased Kashmir violence

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed concern at an increase in violence in Jammu and Kashmir and urged India and Pakistan to continue efforts to resolve their differences peacefully.

Charges framed against MDMK chief and others in the POTA case

A POTA court framed charges against MDMK chief Vaiko and eight others, who have been charged under the anti-terrorism law for allegedly speaking in favour of the banned LTTE at various public meetings, including at Tirumangalam in Madurai district June 29, 2002.

GL acknowledges copies to President and LTTE on govt. proposals not same

By Rohan Mathes

Cabinet spokesman, Minister G.L. Peiris yesterday acknowledged that although the contents and substance remained the same, the copy of the new Government proposals on the establishment of an LTTE-dominated Provisional Interim Administration (PAC) in the north-east handed over to President Chandrika Kumaratunga was not a carbon copy of the document handed over to the LTTE political wing leader Thamilselvan at Killinochchi via the Norwegian facilitators.

Sans donor help Lanka would take 25 years to be cleared of mines

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in the US Devinda R. Subasinghe has told a high level meeting in Washington DC that with (Sri Lanka’s) current landmine removal capabilities it would take 25-30 years to make a clean sweep of landmines in the affected areas of the North and East of the island

Ranil moots PA-Govt. informal talks on N-E interim administration

by Kesara Abeywardena and Saman Indrajith

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has conveyed to President Chandrika Kumaratunga that the government and the PA should have informal discussions on the proposed LTTE-run interim administration in the North-East.

Rangoon keen on road map

by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Burmese Foreign Minister Win Aung has responded positively to a Thai proposal to hold a "Burma forum" to draw up a road map towards national conciliation and political reform.

Burma: Thailand siding with hated regime

US senator says PM should be trying to get Suu Kyi freed, warns aid may be cut.

PM discusses reconciliation roadmap with Myanmar leader

The international community held out increasing hopes that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) could bring about the release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra submitted a Thai reconciliation roadmap to his counterpart Gen. Than Shwe.

Calls mount for Suu Kyi's immediate release

Foreign ministers from 10 Asian and 15 European countries reached a consensus Thursday on crucial issues affecting both regions at the end of their one-day meeting on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, including urging Myanmar's military junta to immediately release detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Thailand offers to mediate with Burma

Thailand has offered to mediate between Burma's military rulers and the international community angered by the detention of pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

US releases images of Saddam dead sons

The U.S. military released pictures Thursday showing the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein, the sons of Saddam Hussein, two days after they were killed in a fierce firefight in a villa in the northern city of Mosul.

Top on list for Korean twins: separate prams

By Sharmilpal Kaur

Parents are glad the girls can lead normal lives; they should be able to consume food via their mouths over the weekend.

Bridge to Lanka runs into Jaya wall

The Tamil Nadu chief minister wrote to the Prime Minister to oppose a proposed land bridge connecting India with Sri Lanka.

Govt rules out permanent US military base in India

Government today categorically ruled out any move to allow United States to set up a permanent military base in India.

Rumsfeld happy with the release of Uday and Qusay images; France rejects US request to send troops to Iraq

The Pentagon defended its release of grim photographs showing corpses belonging to Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, saying the images were proof the father's dictatorship in Iraq was over.