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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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Kalam sets a new tradition for Independence Day

On the eve of India's Independence Day Friday (Today), Indian
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam paid tributes to the soldiers
who sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation,
setting a new tradition in the nationwide commemorations

Thai Prime Minister says : No terrorist groups will be permitted on its soil

Visiting Thai Prime Minister Dr. Thakshin Shinawatra declared that his country would not condone any terrorist groups on its soil."We will not permit our land to be used as a sanctuary for global terrorism."

France meeting from Aug 21 to 27 : LTTE counter proposals by mid-September

by Manjula Fernando

The LTTE is expected to convey their counter proposals to the proposed interim administrative structure, three weeks after their crucial Paris meeting.

Solheim meets truce monitors in Batticaloa

by Ranga Jayasuriya

Norwegian Special Peace Envoy Erik Solheim discussed developments regarding the ceasefire with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) as another non-LTTE political activist was gunned down in the town allegedly by the Tigers.

India to send mission to moon before 2008 - Vajpayee

India will send an unmanned mission to the moon by 2008, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said, in what is seen as an effort to showcase the country's scientific capabilities.

Text of Vajpayee's address to the nation

Following is the English translation of the address to the nation in Hindi on Friday by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of India's Independence Day.

Walk with India on road to peace: PM tells Pak

Inviting Pakistan to walk with India on the road to peace, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee made it clear that New Delhi's frequent peace initiatives were not a sign of weakness and the test of Islamabad's sincerity lies in whether it is prepared to stop cross-border terrorism totally.

Sri Lankan media pay attention to PM's visit

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's ongoing official visit to Sri Lanka is on the focus of local media which have followed and published the Thai leader's activities in the country and his discussions with the Sri Lankan government. .

Hambali handed over to U.S. after Thai arrest

By Nopporn Wong-Anan

Hambali, al Qaeda's top man in Asia and hunted since the Bali bombings, he is believed to have planned, has been captured in Thailand, handed over to the Americans and flown out of the country.

Death sentences on Myanmar ex-dictator's kin upheld

Myanmar's Supreme Court has confirmed death sentences on four relatives of late dictator Ne Win for plotting to topple the military government. Ne Win's son-in-law and three grandsons were sentenced to death by hanging in September 2002 for high treason, four decades after the military strongman first took power.

Thailand to give Bt30 million to help reconstruct Sri Lanka

The Thai government pledged to provide Bt30 million to Sri Lanka over the next two years to help in the reconstruction of the country, following progress on peace talks, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai revealed.

Thailand approves Bt200 million loan to help Sri Lankan fisheries

Thailand announced a raft of measures to boost economic cooperation and trade with Sri Lanka, including a Bt200 million loan to help Sri Lanka’s private sector fishing industry, in a bid to boost bilateral trade to USD1 billion within the next five years.

Cambodia's FUNCINPEC ministers absent from cabinet meeting

The cabinet ministers of the royalist FUNCINPEC party, the junior partner of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) in the current government, have not showed up at Friday's Council of Ministers meeting, the first one held since the July 27 national election.

Thai PM defends anti-terrorism decrees

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had defended two controversial decrees issued by his government to arrest terrorist activities issued this week before his departure for an official visit to Sri Lanka.

Indo-Lanka economic partnership agreement soon

by Shamindra Ferdinando

A comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with India is in the offing.

Four Rohingya Refugees Drowned As Trawler Sank

Four Rohingya refugees drowned as their fishing trawler sank in the Naf River.

Unity crumbles in the spotlight - but will the corporation recover?

By Owen Gibson

Will The BBC Survive? For weeks the BBC has maintained an edifice of unity, with unstinting support for Andrew Gilligan from the highest level. But the first three days of the Hutton Inquiry have laid bare the corporation's internal fault lines.

Thai PM begins Sri Lanka visit eyeing billion dollar trade

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra opened talks with Sri Lankan leaders here at the start of a two-day visit aimed at boosting bilateral trade to a billion dollars.

Cong tables no-confidence motion against NDA govt

Surprising the Government, Congress tabled a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led coalition in the midst of a week-long stalemate over Government's refusal to part with a CVC report to Public Accounts Committee seeking to probe defence purchases during the Kargil conflict.

Peace confidence eroding amid Tiger killing spree: Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan government admitted that public confidence in the peace process was eroding after killings blamed on Tamil Tigers and its refusal to abide by rulings of ceasefire monitors.