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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Australia grants Myanmar free access to its markets.

By Win Kyaw Oo

Government officials said last week that Myanmar would gain little benefit from a decision by Australia to grant the world’s least developed countries free access to its markets.

Peace process gathers fresh momentum

by Ranil Wijayapala

The peace process will gather fresh momentum this week with the LTTE preparing to visit Paris to discuss the Government's Interim Administration (IA) proposals while Norway's Special Envoy Eric Solheim arrives in the island to have decisive talks on the Wan Ela camp issue.

Another informant shot dead

The LTTEkilled a Tamil informant, Shanmuganathan Pillai Vivekanandan Rajan, at Akkaraipattu. He was shot dead by two persons who came on a motorcycle. He is the 21st person involved with intelligence services to die at the hands of the LTTE since the signing of a ceasefire agreement in February 2001 upto May this year

PM urges released prisoners never return to 'evil paths'

The government released a group of over 2,500 selected prisoners to pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her birthday anniversary, which falls on 12 August, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra urged the released prisoners to change his behaviours and never to return to 'evil paths'.

World's largest river island faces extinction

By Syed Zarir Hussain: Indo-Asian News Service

The world's largest river island, in India's northeastern state of Assam, could loose its place from the record books, because the region is shrinking in size due to massive erosion and flooding.

U.N. envoy wants China role in Myanmar crisis

The U.N. envoy to Myanmar said China should take a bigger role in resolving the crisis over the detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, despite Beijing saying the matter is an internal affair.

Iran to try un-extradited Qaeda members

Iran confirmed that it would put on trial those members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network in custody that Tehran has not been able to extradite.

Govt launches crackdown on sex shows

The government launched a three-month ‘war’ on sex shows, warning that stringent action would be taken against entertainment venues that continued to violate legislation.

Taylor's family arrive in Nigeria

The first batch of Liberian President Charles Taylor's family members and his aides have arrived at the Calabar international airport in southeast Nigeria.

Hutton starts inquiry into Kelly death

Lord Hutton has started his inquiry into the death of Government weapons expert Dr David Kelly.

Norway makes fresh bid to revive Sri Lanka peace bid

A top Norwegian envoy is expected to visit Sri Lanka in a bid to revive the island's faltering peace bid and woo Tamil Tiger rebels back to the negotiating table.

John denied entry to Jaffna Kachcheri

By Sunil Jayasiri

Interior Minister John Amaratunga who visited Jaffna on a goodwill tour, had reportedly been obstructed from seeking entry to the Jaffna kachcheri by a pro-LTTE group.

Former Thinakaran editor's funeral held yesterday

The funeral of Veteran Tamil journalist Kalasuri R. Sivagurunathan who served the Tamil daily "Thinakaran" of Lake House as Chief Editor for more than three decades was held yesterday evening at Kanatte cemetery, Borella. Mr Sivugurunathan passed away early morning last morning after a brief illness in Colombo at the age of seventy-two.

Anti-malaria scientists win award

Scientists who designed a new anti-malaria drug have been honoured with a research award from the National Research Council of Thailand.

Jayalalithaa's Government justifies demolition of Seerani Arangam.

Faced with strong condemnation of its midnight demolition of Seerani Arangam, an open air gallery on the sands of Marina, Saturday night, the Tamil Nadu Government today defended the action saying the structure was pulled down as it spoiled the beauty of the famous beach besides becoming a home to anti-social activists.

Kargil coffin scam- slap on Fernande's ministry

The ministry of defence has staunchly refused to part with a report of the Central Vigilance Commission but the most sensitive of issues dogging George Fernandes — the charge that cash was made over the dead of Kargil in a deal to import coffins — has been noted by the Public Accounts Committee.

Sri Lanka says talks with Tamil rebels on track

Sri Lanka has said the peace initiative with the Tamil rebels was on track to ensure "durable peace" in the island nation.

Laloo Yadav brings down the house at India-Pakistan meet

Former Bihar chief minister Laloo Prasad Yadav stole the show at the inaugural session of an India-Pakistan meet here, with the audience in stitches several times during his 20-minute speech.

Taylor Blasts U.S. in Farewell Address

By Glen Mckenzie

President Charles Taylor delivered a farewell address to a nation bloodied by 14 years of war, declaring himself "the sacrificial lamb" to end what he said was a U.S.-backed rebel war against his besieged regime.

Cambodia's king backs Hun Sen as prime minister

Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk has backed Hun Sen to remain as prime minister in the new government.