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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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Nepal: Bhutanese Refugee Screening Seriously Flawed: International NGOs Declare Process Invalid

The screening of Bhutanese refugees by the governments of Bhutan and Nepal is fundamentally flawed.

Prabhakaran at Sencholai felicitates ‘horse-riders’

by Saman Indrajith

LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran had visited a special Tiger orphanage called ‘Sencholai’, for Tamil children in the Vanni last week. It had been a felicitation ceremony for the Tiger cadres who had passed the university entrance through impersonation.

Finger-printing of Sri Lankan applicants for British visa: Court wants to assure Sri Lankans are not discriminated

by Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court advised the Additional Solicitor General, Mr. Saleem Marsoof PC to obtain instructions from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, whether he had given his consent or approval for the British High Commission in Colombo, to record the finger-prints of the Sri Lankan citizens, who wished to obtain a visa to enter Great Britain.

Monitors denied access to Wan-Ela camp

By Ranil Wijayapala

The LTTE, despite their assurance to the Nordic truce monitors on free access to the controversial Wan-Ela camp, denied access to the camp when truce monitors visited the camp on a routine patrol.

Lunar mission within five years: ISRO chief

The country's first lunar mission would be accomplished within five years, ISRO's new acting chairman G Madhavan Nair said.

UN rights expert asks Myanmar to release Suu Kyi

Voicing "deep concern" over reports that democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is on hunger strike, the United Nations human rights expert on Myanmar has called on Yangon to release her "immediately and unconditionally."

Need AK rifles? Welcome to Pakistan...

By Prasun Sonwalkar: Indo-Asian News Service

Want cheap Kalashnikovs? A shop in Pakistan sells just that, and everything a diehard guerrilla might need: ammunition, sleeping bags and even water bottles.

India to acquire British 'Hawk' AJTs

India today cleared a multi-billion US dollar deal to acquire British Aerospace 'Hawk' Advance Jet Trainers for its Air Force.

British Embassy in Teheran closes after shots fired

The British embassy in the Iranian capital Teheran was temporarily closed after shots were fired at the building.

No documents shredded, says MoD chief

Matthew Tempest: political correspondent

· Reports of missing paperwork denied

· Police believe Kelly took own life

· 1993 photograph 'was not Gilligan'

Colombo -Tuticorin ferry service under clouds

The Indian government hopes to forge ahead with the Colombo-Tuticorin ferry service project when the security situation is appropriate, Indian High Commissioner Nirupam Sen said.

Rice shampoo 'stops hair loss'

A Thai scientist believes he may have found the answer to premature balding and grey locks.

Chandrababu Naidu to write letters to 25 million families

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who completed a record eights years in office, is focusing his attention on getting re-elected for another five-year term.

Senior Judge’s Resignation: A Warning Of Deteriorating Judicial Independence And Rule of Law In Sri Lanka.

In a statement issued by the Asian Human Rights Commission based in Hong Kong warned that the resignation of Justice Mark Fernando, a senior judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, two and half years earlier before his stipulated date of retirement, indicates a dangerous phenomena beginning to emerge, which is a sure sign of the erosion of independent judiciary and the Rule of Law in the country.

Anything happens to Aung San Suu Kyi: May Cause Utter-devastation in Burma

Seven leading Burmese pro-democracy organizations have written an open letter to Kofi Anan, the Secretary General of the United Nation pointing out to him in very clear terms of their concern for the welfare and health of Aung San Suu Kyi, who has said to have launched a fast in the prison closet, where she is incarcerated.

Thai PM urges on Myanmar to speed up democracy roadmap

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called on Myanmar to speed up its newly announced democracy "roadmap" and urged the international community to support the isolated regime’s efforts.

POTA review committee should be given more powers: MDMK

MDMK, a constituent of the NDA, today demanded more powers to the committee set up by the Centre to review POTA.

Border trade with Burma halts due to strike by traders.

The bustling border trade between Bangladesh and Burma came to a halt, as traders at the frontier, went on an indefinite strike
to protest against the harassment let loose by the law enforcing officers while transporting goods through the Teknaf (border Town) highway.

Al-Jazeera Launches English Web Site

By Sarah El Deeb: Associated Press Writer

The Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera launched an English-language Web site, five months after hackers brought down a temporary site at the height of the Iraq war.

Thais are fifth highest alcohol drinkers in world

Thais are the fifth highest consumers of alcohol in the world, bucking the idea of high alcohol consumption being limited to cold northern climates, according to a new report published by the World Health Organization.