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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Blair: I'll hang on longer than Thatcher

By Fraser Nelson - Political Editor

Tony Blair made clear that he intends to outlast Margaret Thatcher, in a defiant message to the Labour Party conference, and explicitly denied any deal to hand power to Gordon Brown.

Oslo elevated to embassy status

With increased bilateral relations between the Norwegian government and Sri Lanka in the ongoing peace process, the current Sri Lankan Consulate General in Oslo is to be upgraded to the status of an embassy.

Tamils disappointed by lack of normalcy: ACTC

The All Ceylon Tamil Congress - one of the constituent parties in the Tamil National Alliance -said the people of Jaffna were a disappointed lot today even after the signing of the ceasefire agreement between the government and the LTTE.

U.N. envoy arrives in Myanmar to see Suu Kyi

U.N. special envoy Razali Ismail arrived in Myanmar, on a mission to persuade the military government to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and revive reconciliation talks with her.

The rebel with a cause of peace, not guns

By Syed Zarir Hussain: Indo-Asian News Service

From guns to sermons of peace, life for Hagrama Basumatary, chief of the Bodo Liberation Tigers in India's troubled northeastern state of Assam has indeed undergone a dramatic change.

Website reveals 6000 held without trial

By Lawrence Smallman

There are more than 6000 Muslim prisoners who are being held without trial in the West, according to a human rights campaigner.

Stranded sheep could be coming home

Agriculture Minister Warren Truss says if the more than 50,000 sheep stranded aboard a ship in the Middle East are not sold in the next couple of days, they will be returned to Australia.

U.N. envoy seeks to revive crippled Myanmar talks

By Aung Hla Tun

U.N. envoy Razali Ismail met Myanmar's military government on Tuesday in a bid to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and revive crippled democracy talks.

Thai airports are safe:Minister

Thailand's airports are safe, and security measures have been best-prepared for the upcoming summit of leaders of 21 economic areas of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), to be held here next month.

Air France, KLM announce merger to create Europe's airline giant

Air France and the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced that they would sign an agreement that would lead to the creation of Europe's leading airline group through a share exchange offer by Air France for KLM common shares.

March against ‘division’ reaches Nittambuwa

A five-day protest march organised by the Patriotic National Movement from Kandy to Colombo to protest against the ‘division of the country’, reached Nittambuwa. The SLFP, the JVP and the MEP take part in the march.

The govt. has messed up the N-E conflict and shattered the economy – President

By Rohan Mathes

The Samurdhi was the most successful, viable and powerful project of our party, which we developed and sustained while fighting a war. The Samurdhi project per se was integrated to the rest of the development activities of the country. The present Government has drastically curtailed the contributions to the Samurdhi and hampered its progress even without fighting a war in the North-East.

BBC accused of 'hostile' attitude to Catholics

By Claire Cozens

A Catholic archbishop has delivered an excoriating attack on the BBC, accusing it of a "hostile" attitude to the Catholic Church and claiming its reporters harassed a sick and elderly priest.

India makes crucial breakthrough in nuclear agenda

India could soon commence construction of a prototype Advanced Heavy Water Reactor, making it the first country in the world to develop such a reactor as the mainstay of its nuclear power programme.

Edict: No Outside Farm Hands for Poppy Cultivation in Northern Shan State

No more outsiders will be engaged in the poppy cultivation. Farmhands from outside are considered a security risk. A militia leader declared in his edict, not to employ any outsiders for this season’s poppy cultivation.

Pakistanis in Thai jails left in the lurch

By Hameedullah Abid

It is alleged that the Pakistan government has turned a deaf ear to calls for help from over 100 Pakistani youths, who have been languishing in Thailand’s jails on different charges for several years.

Myanmar says world ignores its democracy advances

Myanmar's military junta complained that the international community, which has strongly criticized its detention of human rights activists, has not given it credit for moving toward democracy.

Bilateral Talks: PM, Bush to discuss free trade

A free-trade agreement will be high on the agenda, when Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and US President George W Bush meet during Bush's state visit, in conjunction with the Apec summit.

Nuclear reactor gets govt nod for construction

By Sirinart Sirisunthorn

The controversial nuclear reactor project in Nakhon Nayok has been given the construction go-ahead.

Unicef halfway home to demobilise child soldiers

The UN agency for children said it will open its first transit home in Sri Lanka to demobilise some of the hundreds of underage soldiers recruited by Tamil Tiger rebels.