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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Goodbye to all that...

By Nicholas Watt and Kevin Maguire: The Guardian

Campbell departs as Downing Street tries to curb culture of spin ...

Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt explains future policies and programmes of the State

The clarifications made by Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt concerning the policies and programmes of the State at the Pyithu Hluttaw.
* Adjourned National Convention to be reconvened

* New Constitution will be drafted in accord with basic principles laid down by NC Constitution

* And will be adopted through referendum.

Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt clarifies future policies and programmes of State

"We believe we must give shape for emergence of democratic State that corresponds with our country and our people. Some big nations are siding with interests of the individual which they desire and believe in one-sided false news, are unjustly pressuring our country, causing all kinds of difficulties to 52 million Myanmar people."

Duty of LTTE to protect Muslims - Karuna

Referring to the aspirations of the Muslims of the East, Karuna Amman said that the LTTE would speak with the Muslim leaders and thereafter take up their issues with the government, or it is the duty of the Tigers to protect the Muslims.

Proposal for Sinhala delegation at peace talks

"The inclusion of a team of Independent Sinhala Representatives at the on-going Peace Talks is an absolute and urgent necessity." - Eksath Sinhale Pakshaya

Interim Administration: Counter proposals finalised : LTTE confident of Govt. approval

by S. Selvakumar and Ananth Palakidnar

The LTTE, which concluded its deliberations on the draft interim administration proposals for the North East, expressed confidence of the government accepting its counter proposals, but also warned of serious consequences should it be rejected.

Tigers likely to make peace proposals in a month

Tamil Tiger rebels are likely to make counter-proposals to the Sri Lanka government within a month to revive the peace talks and will leave for Switzerland shortly for talks with government authorities.

Myanmar blames opposition for democracy delay

Military-ruled Myanmar blamed Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party for frustrating reforms in the country and said U.S. economic sanctions were only aimed at encouraging the emergence of a puppet government.

Thailand welcomes Myanmar’s efforts to kick-start reconciliation process

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra expressed full backing for Myanmar Prime Minister Khin Nyunt’s initiative to press ahead with a roadmap for peace and national reconciliation, urging all parties in Myanmar to work together and expressing hope that the policy shift would bring global benefits.

Tight security in Maharashtra as Ganesh makes earthly sojourn

The elephant God Ganesh today descended on a 10-day sojourn to earth as the festival began in Maharashtra amidst fanfare and revellery with police making elaborate secuirty arrangement in view of the recent twin bomb blasts.

'Down with America' chants crowd as Shia Muslims mourn dead

Packed into buses, pick-up trucks, taxis and cars, an estimated 500,000 mourners descended on the holy city of Najaf for the burial of Iraq's leading Shia cleric who was among at least 80 people killed by a car bomb.

<i>Manirasakulam camp:</i>LTTE rejects monitors compromise

The LTTE has rejected outright a proposal by Scandinavian Chief monitor Tryggve Tellefessen to hand over the controversial Manirasakulam guerrilla camp near Trincomalee to the monitors.

Pongu Thamil: Cultural or political?

The Government has been called to determine on the controversial issue of public servants taking part in organising activities connected with 'Pongu Thamil' celebrations conducted by pro-LTTE groups in military- controlled areas in the north and east.

LTTE denies Jayalath met Tiger official

Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Minister Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena met with the head of the LTTE administrative wing for the Wanni, in Killinochi to review the progress of projects funded by the UNHCR. The meeting was held behind closed doors.

Review flays Rohingya history of acclaimed origin in Arakan, West Burma.

A 289-page scathing report against a book on Rohingyas has raised concern among the exiled dissidents in Thailand. Rohingyas - whose homeland lies between Burma Proper and Bangladesh is an ethnicity, which is still a subject of hot debate continuing in the midst of the Arakanese.

Unlucky 39 helps BSF blow Baba's cover

By Dalip Singh

Perhaps his latest code names 39 and Amir brought bad luck to Gazi Baba and good news to the security forces.

Big cache of explosives seized at Delhi railway station

Police found a huge quantity of explosives at New Delhi's main railway station on Saturday, less than a week after 52 people were killed in bomb blasts in Mumbai.

Martyrdom of Ayatollah Hakim in Line with U.S., Zionist Objectives: Leader

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a condolence message on the martyrdom of Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer Hakim said the tragedy in Najaf and the martyrdom of the grand combatant scholar was undoubtedly carried out in line with the objectives of the U.S. and the Zionists.

Revealed: How Kelly article set out case for war in Iraq

By Kamal Ahmed, political editor, The Observer

· Unpublished analysis supports Government

· Military action only way to disarm country

· 'Modest threat' but WMD on Saddam's agenda

Health and Poverty issues expected to dominate in UNESCAP 59th annual session

Health and Poverty issues are expected to dominate in The second phase of the 59th annual Commission session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The Commission sessions are scheduled to be held from 1 to 4 September in Bangkok.