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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Bangladesh Coastal Guards Seizes of Cargo ships with smuggled Fertilizer on its way to Burma

Bangladesh Coastal Guard seized a cargo ship loaded with fertilizer in the Bay of Bengal near Saint Martin Island while on its way to Burma.

Under peace cover, LTTE boosts its strength

Taking advantage of an 18-month-old truce, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have quietly boosted the strength of its fighting cadres by nearly three-fold.

Bangladeshis reject smelly currency

Bangladesh's currency notes have become so dirty that even fishmongers believe they stink too much to use.

'Peace process puts country in grave danger'- A separate state imminent: Kadirgamar

by Rohan Mathes

Former Foreign Minister and Senior Presidential Advisor Lakshman Kadirgamar slammed the "Ceasefire" and "Peace Process" claiming it has plunged the country to grave and imminent danger to the degree of legitimising a separate state and offering a quasi-legislative recognition to the LTTE.

LTTE guns down another intelligence man

by Norman Palihawadana

A former police sergeant involved in intelligence gathering was shot dead by the LTTE.

Fluroscent bulbs irritate Jaswant

Finance Minister Jaswant Singh today sought Rajya Sabha Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's intervention to change the "blinding" fluroscent bulbs in the House which, he said, could damage eyes.

Laloo approaches SC for release of passport to visit Pakistan

RJD supremo and former Chief Minister of Bihar Laloo Prasad Yadav, who intends to visit Pakistan, moved the Supreme Court for release of his passport, which was deposited in the trial court as part of condition for grant of bail to him in certain fodder scam cases.

Tamil Nadu government asked to reinstate employees

The Supreme Court asked the Tamil Nadu government to take back all its employees, except 3,323 who had been arrested or had police complaints filed against them.

Myanmar refugees in Mizoram face eviction

By Syed Zarir Hussain: Indo-Asian News Service

Bowing to protests, Mizoram Home Minister R. Tlanghmingthanga threatened a campaign to evict thousands of refugees from Myanmar settled in the northeastern state.

Dinesh to chair controversial Electoral Reforms Committee

By Shakuntala Perera

The People's Alliance Central Committee agreed to appoint MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena to chair the Electoral Reforms Committee.

Sangha Council flays proposal for interim body

The National Sangha Council (NSC) accused the UNF government of continuing the process of handing over the North and Eastern provinces to the LTTE to form the Eelam State, through the interim administrative unit in an indirect way, despite the growing massive protests in the south as well as in the North and the East.

The Current Devastation of Jaffna Wrung my Heart

I heard that the city of Jaffna used to enjoy its prosperity as the center of the Tamil culture, but its current devastation wrung my heart said Tetsuro Yano, Senior Vice-Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the occasion of his last visit to Jaffna.

Palestinians criticize Israel proposed list of prisoners as Abu Mazen plans to meet factions leaders

Leaders from both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad viewed the Israeli proposal to release Palestinian prisoners as nothing more than a ‘publicity stunt’ which the Sharon government has begun. They called for more steps to guarantee the release of the more-than 8,000 Palestinian prisoners currently detained in Israeli prisons.


Sri Lanka Tiger leader ends regional tour

A senior Tamil Tiger figure has wrapped up a series of meetings in eastern Sri Lanka amid hopes stalled peace talks will restart.

Prisoner List Disappoints Palestinians

By Nazir Majally • Asharq Al-Awsat

Israel published a list of 342 Palestinian prisoners it plans to free, but Palestinians cried foul. Palestinian officials noted that 31 of the men were to have completed their sentences this month anyway, and that Israeli officials said earlier 540 would be freed. Palestinians want a general release of all 6,000 of their brethren in Israeli jails.

Earth set for close encounter with Mars

Mars will make its closest approach to Earth for almost 60,000 years at the end of August.

Mahathir calls again for East Asian bloc

By Reme Ahmad

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad urges governments to openly support East Asian Economic Grouping and an Asian Monetary Fund.

Thai Help For Afghans: Buddhas to be rebuilt

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

Thailand will take part in the restoration of the giant Buddha statues at Bamiyan in Central Afghanistan that were blown up by the former extremist Taleban regime.

UN envoy Razali to meet FM

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

UN special envoy to Burma Razali Ismail is to meet Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai next week to discuss Thailand’s proposal to organise a forum for a road map towards peace and national reconciliation in Burma.

Thailand has no policy to give shelter to refugees, says PM

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra reiterated Thailand had no policy to give refugees a shelter unless they could prove they sought it for political reasons.