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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Cambodia convenes incomplete parliament amid political turmoil

Opposition parties boycotted the inaugural session of Cambodia's Parliament, demanding the prime minister step down and forcing the delay of the start of the legislature.

INSAT-3E launched; boost to telecom, television services

India's advanced communication satellite INSAT-3E was successfully launched by an European rocket from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guyana, giving a boost to telecom and television services.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi recuperates under house arrest

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was recuperating from major surgery under house arrest, as the military government maintained her four-month isolation from friends and supporters.

Suu Kyi’s return home will lead to reconciliation, says foreign minister

Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai expressed hope that the return to her home of Myanmar’s Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a positive step that would speed up the process towards national reconciliation.

Baht is stable, insists PM

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra moved to defend the recent appreciation of the Thai currency, saying that the rise of the baht was a reflection of Thailand’s economic strength and expressing confidence in the central bank’s ability to ensure the baht’s stability.

Khomeini’s grandson urges George Bush to intervene in Iran

A grandson of Iran’s late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Hossein Khomeini, called on US President George W Bush to intervene by force against Iran’s ruling clerics who were installed by his grandfather.

Iran determined to continue with nuclear development plans despite US concerns

Tehran said that it will not give up its nuclear development plans, including uranium enrichment, despite international pressure to prove it is not developing atomic weapons.

Malaysia's Mahathir to retire on Oct 31: report

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad plans to stand down at the end of next month after 22 years in power.

Annan's Lanka visit lands into controversy

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's scheduled visit to Sri lanka has landed in controversy with the government raising objections to his meeting LTTE leaders in the rebel-held territory.

Tigers, Eastern Muslims strike bargain

by P. Krishnaswamy

In a new turn of event, the LTTE and Eastern Muslims civil society organisations have reached agreements on several crucial issues, resulting in restoration of normal life in Batticaloa and Ampara districts.

UN speech : Govt. to look positively at LTTE proposal -PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the 58th UN General Assembly said that like in all negotiations of a peace process, there was a temporary impasse in the talks with the LTTE, but assured that the government would do everything in its power to keep the peace process moving forward to a successful conclusion.

SLMM seeks LTTE clearance for troops

By Chris Kamalendran

Scandinavians monitors are to seek LTTE permission for government security force members in civvies to use the A9 road through the LTTE-controlled areas.

Countdown begins for INSAT-3E launch

Countdown has begun for the launch of India's latest exclusive communication satellite INSAT-3E along with two other spacecraft on board the 162nd flight of Ariane from European spaceport Kourou in French Guyana.

ASEAN leaders urged to ban Myanmar from Bali summit unless Suu Kyi released

A Malaysian opposition party urged ASEAN leaders to ban Myanmar from their summit in Bali unless democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is released unconditionally.

Region Cleaning Up After Friday Quake: Aftershocks rock Hokkaido

Strong aftershocks rocked Hokkaido on Saturday, as residents set about sweeping up broken dishes and collecting water from tanker trucks a day after a major earthquake hit the area.

Fatah approves new Palestinian cabinet

Palestinian President Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement has approved a new cabinet in a step towards easing political turmoil in the heart of the Middle East.

Iraqi Resistance Strikes at Heart of Occupation

By Naseer Al-Nahr & Asharq Al-Awsat

Guerrillas struck a glancing but bold blow at the heart of the US occupation yesterday, firing three rockets or grenades at a Baghdad hotel filled with American soldiers and civilians. To the west, in flashpoint Fallujah, US troops killed at least four Iraqi civilians in yet one more nighttime encounter on the local highway.

Govt sets Jan 1 as 'Injustice Day'

In an ambitious plan to solve the nation's grievances, the government has declared January 1 as the date for people to lodge complaints against injustices so that they can be tackled in an integrated and effective way.

Surayud sees off troops leaving for Iraq mission

Armed forces supreme commander General Surayud Chulanont bade farewell to more than 400 Thai troops heading to Iraq, urging them to maintain their valour and military bearing in the face of adversity.

Rigging row in Norway over Baskaran's election to council

Sri Lankan born Mubarak Ali has been re-elected for the fourth time to the west Norwegian Municipality of Stavanger amidst rising allegations that have rocked the country's Labour Party for fielding a known LTTE activist Yogarajah Balasingham for the Oslo City Council.