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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Burma: Rangoon plays up Wa drug threat

Amid mounting global pressure for political reform, Burma's ruling military junta may be looking to divert international attention by putting the spotlight on the Wa army, one of the largest armed ethnic groups to enter into a cease-fire agreement with Rangoon.

Kargil military purchases rock Parliament, both houses adjourn

Familiar chaos dominated the Indian Parliament as the Lok Sabha was forced to adjourn without transacting much business amid opposition demands for the sacking of Defence Minister George Fernandes.

Shan Opt for a Federated Union of Burma with eight States.

Shan opt for a Burmese federation union with eight states. In a conference held to ascertain the views of the Shan and their aspirations, the participants were unanimous with their decision of a future federated union of Burma with eight states enjoying equality within the union.

Thailand set to determine global rice prices

The official opening of Thailand’s Agricultural Futures Exchange in October is likely to see the emergence of Thailand as a reference market for global rice prices.

A Case Study: A Peculiar Sentencing by a Burmese Court

A peculiar case in one of Burmese Court, where a minor, aged 16 years old, a student, was sentenced, alleging that he was one of those who threw and pelted stones with catapults, on My 30, on the very day pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested.

U.S. Should Take Saddam Hussein Alive

The U.S. government should take Saddam Hussein into custody if at all possible and make him stand

Liberian rebels reject new president

Liberia's main rebel group said, it wanted to lead the interim government, following the resignation and departure of former president Charles Taylor.

Rs 166 crore damage suit filed against Guinness Book

City-based adventurer Saloo Choudhury, who created a record by circumnavigating the world in a car, has filed a Rs 166 crore damage suit against the Guinness Book of World Records for its alleged failure to organise a promised world competition in his honour and also to properly acknowledge his achievement.

Liberia's Taylor begins comfortable exile in Nigeria

By Ani Akpan

Liberia's Charles Taylor began exile in luxurious surroundings in the southeastern Nigerian city of Calabar, a day after giving up power and quitting his shattered nation.

DVAC raids DMK leaders

Vigilance police in Tamil Nadu raided the residences of four DMK leaders, including three former ministers, in connection with alleged accumulation of disproportinoate assets.

SPDC Conscript Villagers For Short-term Military Training

The local State Peace and Development Council authorities in Arakan State are conscripting villagers for short-term military training in Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships.

Norway-SLMM focus on wan Ela LTTE camp

by Rani Wijayapala and Ranga Jayasuriya

Norwegian Special Peace Envoy Erik Solheim who arrived in Colombo held talks with Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) acting chief Hagrup Haukland on sorting out the on-going dispute over the LTTE's unauthorised camp built in Wan Ela in the Government controlled area.

Basra Airport to Reopen Soon

Iraq’s Governing Council said it has authorized six international airlines to operate flights from Basra airport when it becomes the first Iraqi airport to reopen to commercial traffic at the end of August or early September.

Musharraf proposes Kashmir ‘ceasefire’

By Shaukat Piracha and Shahzad Raza

* Says war should be unthinkable for India, Pakistan
* Both countries should forget bitterness of the past
* Delay in talks can strengthen extremists

Basra Airport to Reopen Soon

Iraq’s Governing Council said it has authorized six international airlines to operate flights from Basra airport when it becomes the first Iraqi airport to reopen to commercial traffic at the end of August or early September.

Day of mourning in Batticaloa

Muslims in several areas of Batticaloa observed a day of mourning to remember 120 people who were killed in an August 1990 massacre by the LTTE.

Jaffna Kachcheri protest reports: Nonsense, says Interior Minister

By Kurulu Kariyakarawana

Refuting media reports regarding a protest campaign in Jaffna against his visit, Interior Minister John Amaratunga asked whether such bogus writings would enhance their circulation.

Solheim confirms LTTE's Paris meeting on IA next week

By Sunimalee Dias

Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim who arrived in Sri Lanka on a trouble shooting mission confirmed that LTTE legal and constitutional experts would be meeting in Paris next week to work out their response to the Interim Administration proposal and he was optimistic of progress towards the resumption peace talks.

LTTEgoes one step forward: Expands Manirasakulam camp

Latest reports from Kinniya stated that LTTE was expanding the Manirasakulam camp by erecting bunkers in the forward lines. Security sources said that these bunkers had been erected three days ago.

Arthur C. Clarke appears in three dimension, via satellite

Celebrated science fiction writer and futurist Sir Arthur C. Clarke had joined a discussion forum in Telluride USA via satellite from Sri Lanka, but had appeared in virtual three dimension form using the latest technology.