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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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It was love at first sight, says Padma Lakshmi

Describing her lover Salman Rushdie as a "fabulous conversationalist" and a "great friend," model Padma Lakshmi says she fell in love with the controversial Indian-born novelist at first sight.

168,141 Tamils to get Sri Lankan citizenship

The Sri Lankan government is preparing to present a bill in Parliament that will grant citizenship to 168,141 Tamils of Indian origin.

Thailand urges India, China to pressure Myanmar

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said that China and India should get involved in regional efforts to persuade Myanmar to release pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Sri Lanka hopeful of ending talks impasse

Sri Lankan Government said it was hopeful of ending the current impasse in the peace process and said the Tiger rebels were studying its offer of an interim council ahead of a final settlement.

Furore over Arunachal developments

An angry opposition created a furore in Rajya Sabha over political developments in Arunachal Pradesh, forcing its adjournment for 30 minutes with Congress alleging a "sinister game is on" to destabilise the Government in the sensitive border state.

Army to confine troops to 88 ‘locations’ outside the Jaffna HSZs: No reduction in troop strength — Army Chief

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Army Commander Lt. General Lionel Balagalle said that his troops were in the process of building a new base at Potpathi in Vadamaratchchi (east) as part of the ongoing process to re-locate troops based outside Jaffna High Security Zones (HSZs). Troops began work on the new base late last week.

Proposed N-E administrative council

by Rohan Mathes

Senior Advisor to the President on Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar categorically stated that there were substantive discrepancies between the two documents, especially in the two documents relating to the proposed North East Administration with regard to the powers and functions of the Council and refuted what Cabinet spokesman Minister G. L. Peiris told the Cabinet briefing.

PM lays out vision of Thai-Malaysian economic partnership

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra launched his official trip to the Malaysian island of Langkawi on a note of economic confidence, laying out a vision of an economic matrix linking the two nations which would allow them to emerge as partners in a regional economic hub.

Illegal Trading: Ivory facing new demand

By Pennapa Hongthong & Sirinart Sirisunthorn

The popularity of hand-carved Japanese hanko stamps could boost illegal ivory trading in Thailand and spell danger for Asian and African elephants.

Suu Kyi situation 'grave' as junta clamps down on dissidents

Burma's military rulers have launched a new attack on democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her opposition party, accusing them of plotting to seize power.

Burmese minister says no plans to release Suu Kyi

Burma's Foreign Minister says his government has no immediate schedule for the release of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

US troops kill Iraqi civilian as Governing Council calls to give Uday, Qusay bodies to family

Iraq's transitional Governing Council has called for the bodies of Saddam Hussein's two sons Uday and Qusay to be given to their family.

Cambodian PM appeals for calm as vote count starts

By Darren Schuettler

Vote counting begins in Cambodia, with Khmer Rouge fighter-turned-prime minister Hun Sen expected to win a general election marred by a grenade attack and cries of vote fraud.

Myanmar rebuffs pressure to free Suu Kyi quickly

By Muklis Ali and Joanne Collins

Myanmar brushed aside growing pressure for the early release of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, insisting she would not be held indefinitely and saying the ruling military junta was working on her release.