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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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LDP bloc weathers DPJ onslaught: Koizumi's party loses simple majority but his alliance stands

The Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition lost seats but managed to retain a solid majority in the House of Representatives in the general election Sunday, while the Democratic Party of Japan captured the most seats ever for an opposition force

Sacking the Ministers exposed vulnerability of Ranil and UNF Government

The United National Front Government led by Ranil Wickremasinghe has been exposed of it’s vulnerability and it’s inability to continue with the much publicized Peace Talks with the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE), once the Sri Lankan President suddenly took over the ministries of defence and interior, which was rightly and constitutionally belongs to her.

Advani leaves for the Maldives

Indian Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani Monday left for Male to attend the inauguration of Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's new five-year term in office Tuesday.

SC stays arrest of 'The Hindu' journalists

The Supreme Court today stayed the arrest of the Editor of The Hindu N Ravi, its Executive-Editor Malini Parthasarathy, Printer and Publisher S Rangarajan, Chief of Bureau Tamil Nadu, V Jayanth, and Special Correspondent Radha Venkatesan, who were sentenced to undergo 15 days simple imprisonment for breach of privilege of the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

Premier Hun Sen leaves for four-country summit in Myanmar

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen left here Monday morning to attend the summit meeting of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand on economic cooperation strategy on Nov. 11-12 in Bagan, Myanmar.

New cabinet members to be sworn in today

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will lead cabinet members in the new reshuffle officially announced on Saturday to be sworn-in before His Majesty the King at the Klaikangvol Palace in the upper-southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan this evening.

Ceasefire groups will attend Burma junta's convention

After weeks of backstage politicking and haggling following the surprise
announcement of their 5 preconditions on 15 October, the ceasefire groups in Shan State finally agreed last week to send representatives to the Rangoon sponsored National Convention, according to sources from the border.

'Systematic LTTE terror campaign in Kinniya'

by Shamindra Ferdinando

A government delegation, on a recent inspection tour of Kinniya was told of a systematic LTTE ‘terror’ campaign aimed at weakening the Muslims in the area.

No risk to peace process, President tells BBC

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has denied that the peace process with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is at risk due to her takeover of three key government portfolios, in an interview broadcast yesterday by the BBC.

10TH LD: Japan coalition wins, but LDP sees setback, DPJ gains

By Kakumi Kobayashi

Japan's ruling coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) retained control of the House of Representatives in Sunday's general election with a stable majority while the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) notched hefty gains, according to final returns of most constituencies.

Direct talks with rebels postponed as Norwegian brokers set to arrive

According to agency news report, face to face Talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels have been indefinitely postponed. This announcement was made by Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris, came hours before Norwegian peace envoys were expected to arrive in Colombo amid a power struggle between Sri Lanka‘s President and Prime Minister.