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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

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LTTE's Proposal - A Historical Event - LTTE Peace Secretariat

The handing over the Interim Administrative proposal took place at the LTTE Peace Secretariat in Kilinochchi in the morning of 31st October.

Pressure On Burma: EU persists with 'carrot and stick'

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

The European Union yesterday reiterated its "carrot and stick" approach to get Burma to improve its political and human rights situation, saying humanitarian issues and politics should remain separate.

Thai-Laotian officials meet to solve border security

Provincial governors from provinces straddling the Thai and Laotian borders are meeting in the Laotian capital Vientiane to engage in talks on border security.

From Burqa to Bikini

By Moodhy Al-Khalaf

A Reuters report on the first Afghan woman to participate in a beauty pageant in 30 years splashed the following title: “Afghan Beauty Trades Burqa for Bikini.”

US bounty for Bin Ladin aide

The United States has announced a reward of up to $5 million for clues leading to the arrest of suspected Usama bin Ladin-aide Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Sri Lanka to call for talks with Tamil rebels

Sri Lanka wants Norwegian peace brokers to arrange direct talks with Tamil Tiger rebels over a proposal that would give ethnic Tamils greater autonomy in areas they control.

Tearless parting at Umno

By Reme Ahmad

In a two-hour meeting without tears, Umno leaders yesterday granted the wish of their party president by allowing Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to retire gracefully from the top post.

Jaya defies Delhi, flags off new complex

Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa defied the Centre again today by going ahead with the bhoomi puja for the new secretariat complex, despite a notification by the Union environment ministry.

China peeved by Dalai Lama's visit

China pressured a former Diet member to drop a plan to invite the Dalai Lama to Japan, sources said Thursday. Tibet's exiled spiritual leader will arrive in Japan on Friday.

Solar Ejection Hurtles to Earth

A huge gaseous cloud of charged particles, known as a coronal mass
ejection, hits Earth's magnetic field. Space scientists expect its
greatest impacts -- an amazing aurora and some communication problems -- will be felt in Alaska and the Far East.

Thai Troops In Iraq: Spirits remain high

By Sithichai Nakornvilai

Despite the recent spate of deadly bomb attacks in Iraq, Thai troops stationed in the city of Karbala remain in high spirits and the city is 90 per cent safe, according to battalion chief Colonel Boonchu Kerdchoke.

Govt response to LTTE's IA counter proposals tomorrow

by Manjula Fernando and Nadira Gunatilleke

The Government will issue a response to the LTTE's counter proposals for the proposed North and East Interim Council by early Saturday.

SU accuses govt. of exploiting 'Pongu Thamil' clash

by Shamindra Ferdinando and Norman Palihawadana

Sihala Urumaya leader Tilak Karunaratne accused the government of taking advantage of Wednesday’s clashes at the New Town Hall, the scene of an LTTE propaganda meeting, to target its political opponents, critical of the so-called peace process.

International Gonference Against Genocide,

Stockholm international Forum has anounced the proposed launch of the International Conference on Genocide - a first of its kind, next year.

After Retirement: Mahathir conferred Malaysia's highest title

Asia's longest-serving leader Mahathir Mohamad was conferred Malaysia's highest award upon his retirement Friday as prime minister after 22 years in office.

Malaysia's Anwar blasts Mahathir legacy from jail

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's jailed former deputy prime minister, fired a parting shot at his ex-boss Mahathir Mohamad, accusing him of wrecking public governance and racking up debts on mega projects.

Tigers release historic power-sharing plan to end Sri Lanka bloodshed

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have given peacebroker Norway their first ever blueprint for power-sharing aimed at ending three decades of ethnic bloodshed.

Sri Lankan Tamil rebels hand over peace proposals to Norwegian facilitators

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday handed over their counter proposals on an interim administration to be set up in the country's war-battered north and east to the Norwegian peace facilitators.

Praise and silence follow Mahathir into retirement

By Jalil Hamid

Glowing praise and diplomatic silence marked the retirement on Friday of Malaysia's veteran Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad after an international controversy over his comments about Jews.

Abdullah sworn in as Malaysia's PM

Datuk Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, 63, was on Friday sworn in as Malaysia's fifth Prime Minister.