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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2396

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New Wave of Nationalism Spells Trouble in Sri Lanka

By Champika Liyanaarachchi,

Last week's protest rally in the Central province coupled with a violent clash at a festival to promote Tamil-Sinhala unity in the capital, Colombo, indicate right-wing parties are staging a comeback in Sri Lanka: a recipe for future conflict.

PM prepares for four-nation meeting in Myanmar

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra expressed confidence that four-nation talks to be held in Myanmar later this month would lead to an increase in Thai economic assistance to neighbouring countries, and a resultant decrease in problems associated with disparities in the sub-regional economy.

Sri Lanka's president sacks three ministers

By Scott McDonald

President Chandrika Kumaratunga fired Sri Lanka's defence, interior and media ministers on Tuesday, throwing the island into a constitutional crisis as the government seeks to end a 20-year ethnic war.

Sri Lanka deploys troops after ministers sacked

The Sri Lankan military deployed troops in Colombo, hours after the island's president sacked the defence, interior and media ministers.

India, Myanmar agree that no cause justifies terrorism

By Madhukar Upadhyay

Agreeing that no cause justifies terrorism, India and Myanmar have committed themselves to strengthening bilateral mechanisms and to consider additional ways to intensify efforts to prevent, counter and suppress the activities of terrorist groups.

Norway Refutes "Warning" Sri Lankan President, but fail to demand apology.

Though Norway refutes that Foreign Minister has never used any words to “Warn” Chandrika Bandaranaike, but failed to come up with an explanation as to why they failed to demand correction and apology from the Norwegian newspaper, which alleged to have distorted the Foreign Minister’s statement, but ingeniously try to lurk behind the word “opinion” for non-action, whereas it was a blatant distortion, which would tend to bring about irritation in the goodwill relationship of Sri Lanka and Norway.

LTTE’s Proposals - Not a means to an end, also not an end itself.

The Proposals of the LTTE must have been not for a state, not for a self-governing territory, but for an interim administration of the region of the merged two provinces, within Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, the LTTE’s proposals either are not a means to an end or not the end itself.

Bt1.9-bn aid deal to be offered to Burma

Thailand will offer Burma Bt1.9 billion in the form of aid and a low-interest loan to support the construction of a transportation link between the two countries, Deputy Prime Minister Korn Dabbaransi said.

Anti-Saddam Probe Judge Murdered

By Naseer Al-Nahr& Asharq Al-Awsat

Iraqi insurgents yesterday kept up the pressure on occupying forces and their perceived collaborators, killing the judge behind the creation of a judicial commission to probe officials of Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime.

Abdullah vows to tackle graft, abuse of power

By Brendan Pereira

New Malaysian Prime Minister's maiden speech highlights the need to deal with corruption and crime

Afghan Draft Constitution Unveiled

Afghanistan has unveiled its much-delayed draft constitution, outlining a strongly Islamic basis for the nation's future government and paving the way for elections in 2004

Linda Tripp gets $595,000 from U.S. in privacy suit

The U.S. government will pay Linda Tripp, a central figure in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, $595,000 as part of a settlement of lawsuits in which she accused U.S. officials of violating her privacy.

India seeks doubling of trade turnover with Myanmar

By Madhukar Upadhyay

Asserting that Myanmar has a "special place" in its 'Look East' policy, India today sought doubling of the trade turnover between them to one billion US dollars in the next three years and said joint projects in areas of information technology, telecom, hydrocarbons, engineering goods and pharmaceuticals held promise.

Sri Lankan president sacks three ministers

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday sacked ministers of defense, interior and mass communication, the president's office said.


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