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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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India: Protect Gujarat Activists Now

The Indian government must protect three
activists harassed and intimidated for their efforts to protect
witnesses to last year's massacres in Gujarat.

Save Trinco or go: PA tells PM

By Poorna Rodrigo

Charging that the security situation in Trincomalee district was deteriorating with the LTTE setting up as many as thirteen camps in government controlled areas, the main Opposition People's Alliance challenged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to remedy the situation or pack up and go home.

Akashi here next week to revive peace talks

by Rohan Mathes

Japanese peace envoy and Ambassador Yasushi Akashi is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka next week in a fresh bid to revive the stalled peace talks.

High-level committee to take decision on temple construction

VHP International Secretary General Praveen Togadia said a high-level committee comprising religious leaders would be formed to take a final decision on construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

'Intelligence failed to crack messages about Rajiv Gandhi killing'

Indian intelligence agencies intercepted coded radio messages about the Tamil Tiger conspiracy to assassinate former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi but failed to decipher them till he was blown apart by a suicide bomber.

Hong Kong leader backs down on bill

By Jonathan Watts

Hong Kong's unpopular leader, Tung Chee-hwa, has abandoned plans to enact a controversial anti-subversion law this year rather than risk a repeat of July's huge protests that plunged the territory into its worst crisis since the handover from British rule in 1997.

Palestinian PM quits

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, increasingly unpopular and worn out by a power struggle with Yasser Arafat, resigned, dealing a serious blow to a US-backed peace plan.

Parliament approves budget after marathon 4-day debate

The Lower House finally approved the 2004 national budget by an overwhelming majority, after a marathon four days in a chamber notable for the abscence of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, currently on an official visit to Singapore, despite Opposition attempts to derail the debate by bringing up objections to police practices.

Congress rules out tie-up with AIADMK

Congress ruled out any truck with AIADMK and said it was prepared to go it alone in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu.

Blair Blamed for UK's Deteriorating Relations With Iran

Prime Minister Tony Blair is to be blamed for Britain's deteriorating relations with Iran, which were sealed at a private meeting with Israel's Ariel Sharon in July, according to a senior British journalist.

Business cashes in on Suu Kyi's name

By Marisa Chimprabha & Napanisa Kaewmorakot

Aung San Suu Kyi's fight for democracy in Burma has so impressed a former local politician that he has named his noodle and wanton business Suu Kyi Noodles and Wantons.

Controversial Eastweek magazine back in HK market

By Hong Kong Bureau Chief Melissa Heng

The Hong Kong magazine Eastweek, forced to fold last year after it ran a photo of a semi-naked actress on its cover, is back on sale.

Myanmar insists Suu Kyi \"physically well\"

Myanmar's military government said detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is "physically well", but a sceptical US wanted proof for the claim.

Amr Moussa proposes mediation between Lebanon, Libya; as Libya seeks a fresh start from the past

The secretary general of the Arab League Amr Moussa announced, that he had proposed mediation between Lebanon and Libya which closed its embassy in Beirut and evacuated its diplomats from it

India seeks ASEAN participation in medical research

India Friday called upon the ASEAN countries to join hands in the field of medical research to avoid duplication of efforts and expenditure, particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS.

Tigers warn peace bid will collapse on Sri Lanka rejection

Rebel Tamil Tigers threw down the gauntlet saying Sri Lanka's faltering peace process would collapse unless the government gave in to their demands for political power.

Supreme Court urged to review judgment on Tamil Nadu strike

A group from Kerala has urged the Supreme Court to review its judgment holding there was "no fundamental, statutory or equitable right" for government employees to go on strike.

Sharon cancels visit to Taj Mahal

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's planned visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra in a bulletproof vehicle has been cancelled.

Two terror suspects nabbed in South

Police nabbed two of the 15 suspects against whom arrest warrants have been issued for terrorist attacks in the three southern border provinces.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi not on hunger strike - ICRC

The Myanmar government and a Red Cross official said, detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was well and said she had not been on a hunger strike.