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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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Human Rights Watch Honors Egyptian Anti-Torture Activist: <br>Doctor Campaigns Against Torture While Healing Victims

On November 12, Human Rights Watch will give its highest recognition to Dr. Aida Seif El Dawla, a psychiatrist and activist whose courageous work is breaking the silence surrounding torture in Egypt. Dr. Seif El Dawla's pioneering work provides torture victims not just solace and care, but also the tools to work for justice.

Bangkok gets new tourism website

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) today launched a trilingual website to offer travel information to tourists.

Cambodia's 3 major parties agree on tripartite Government.

Cambodia's three major political parties have agreed to form a tripartite government with Prime Minister Hun Sen as leader, the premier's adviser Om Yentieng said after the three-party talks concluded on Wednesday.

Plenary Power is reposed in President: Supreme court delivers determination.

Five-judges Division Bench of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka announced "that plenary power, relating the defense of Sri Lanka including the power to make Regulations under the Army, Navy and Air Force Act is reposed in President."

State of Emergency Declared in Sri Lanka

By Dilip Ganguly: Associated Press Writer

Sri Lanka's political crisis deepened Wednesday when the president declared a state of emergency, but officials insisted she wouldn't restart a bloody 20-year civil war and would honor a shaky cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Commerce Ministry sends teams to open new markets

The Ministry of Commerce is sending teams of officials to all eight regions of the world in a bid to open up new markets for Thai products, according to Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik.

Foreign Minister's alleged Warning Looms large in the International arena.

The issue the Norwegian Foreign Minister allegedly warning the Sri Lankan President looms large, as Norway tries to lurk behind the word “opinion” for its failure to demand correction and apology from “Aftenposten” and “Norway Post” newspapers published from Norway, for publishing the controversial news item damaging the prestige, credibility and the integrity of the President of Sri Lanka.

Ministers, Govt. Group decide on major counter-attack

By Ranga Sirilal

The UNF cabinet and Parliamentary group went into marathon emergency meeting yesterday and decided on a counter strategy, including a motion to impeach President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

LTTE proposals go beyond bounds of Oslo, Tokyo declarations — Armitage

By Namini Wijedasa: in Washington

America on Monday welcomed LTTE proposals for an interim administration but emphasized that boundaries set by the Oslo and Tokyo Declarations must be adhered to: namely, federalism, democratic society, respect for human rights and territorial integrity.

Cabinet disregards Presidential decision

The Cabinet of Ministers, at an Emergency Meeting held yesterday afternoon spanning over five hours in the aftermath of the President's decision to remove the portfolios of three Ministers, has decided to disregard the decision.

Deliberate and opportunistic act : I will ensure people's mandate is implemented - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a strong reaction to the step taken by the President to remove three Cabinet Ministers from Office said his Government will not allow this desperate and irresponsible attempt to undermine the peace process and the economic dividend of the people.

Thai Troops In Iraq: 'Bring them home'

By Pliporn Santinikul

group of senators will submit a signed letter to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra demanding the immediate withdrawal of about 400 Thai troops stationed in Iraq.

‘Suu Kyi’ not on agenda of Pagan leadership meeting: FM

The release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not be on the agenda of the upcoming four-nation leadership meeting in the former Myanmar capital of Pagan, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai confirmed.

Bush Is Set to Sign Iraq Funding Bill

By Alan Fram

President Bush will soon sign the $87.5 billion package he requested for Iraq and Afghanistan, but his Democratic critics used its final approval by Congress to highlight what they say are his failed policies in Iraq.

India surprised over Sri Lankan developments

India expressed surprise over Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's action in suspending Parliament and sacking three ministers and hoped it would not provoke a constitutional crisis in the island.

U.S. Worried Sri Lanka Tensions Could Delay Peace

The United States on voiced concern that Sri Lanka's political tensions could harm the peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels and it urged the island's president and prime minister to work together.

Kofi Annan on the latest Political developments in Sri Lanka.

Spokesman for Kofi Annan, issues a statement on the latest political developments in Sri Lanka, on behalf of the UN Secretary General.

The President reiterates her steadfast commitment to peace

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunge Bandaranaike spoke to the nation explaining the compelling reasons behind the sacking of the three cabinet ministers belonging to the United Front Government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Kumaratunga cancels India visit

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who has plunged her country into a constitutional crisis by suspending Parliament and taking all powers in her hands, has cancelled her planned visit to India.