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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Tech Summit to Tackle Net Issues

World leaders from 56 nations will attend the first U.N. confab on
information technology to discuss such questions as who governs the
Internet and free speech guidelines for the global medium. President
Bush is not among them.

Japan may send 1,200 troops, civilians to Iraq

Japan is likely to send a total of about 1,200 troops and civilian staff to Iraq to help rebuild the country.

'Suu Kyi' issue raised in PM's talks with Myanmar leader

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra emerged confident from frank talks today with his Myanmar counterpart Gen. Khin Nyunt on Myanmar’s internal political situation, expressing optimism that progress would be made on the issue of detained Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Sri Lankan President to Meet Ranil and Helgesen Tomorrow

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka would be meeting tomorrow Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Norewgian Peace facilitators – Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen and Erik Solheim, the Special Envoy

Don't cross the line: Vajpayee on Jayalalitha-media row

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Tuesday appeared to sympathise with journalists under attack from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha for publishing critical articles.

Three LTTE suspects sent to jail by Thai court for arms smuggling

Three suspected LTTE rebels arrested with large quantity of arms and ammunition have been sentenced to five years in jail by a Thai court for arms smuggling.

Jaffna Policemen are given lessons in Tamil

Police personals in the Jaffna district have commenced bi-weekly Tamil lessons in a program last week, that aims to improve better understanding between the police and the local community in the northern peninsula.

Myanmar releases eight of 35 political prisoners

Talks going on for the release of the remaining 27 opposition party members, meanwhile Myanmar’s generals have released eight of the 35 political prisoners democracy icon which Aung San Suu Kyi says must be freed before she will accept her own liberty.

His Majesty's Message: Work honestly for common good

His Majesty the King yesterday advised the 12 newly appointed Cabinet members to perform their duties honestly for the prosperity of the country and the happiness of the people.

PM prepares for foreign labour talks with Myanmar

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra confirmed yesterday that migrant labour problems would be one of top items on the agenda during his upcoming talks with Myanmar’s leaders in the former Myanmar capital of Pagan, while conceding that any solution to migrant labour issues had to be predicated on national reconciliation within Myanmar itself.

130 MPs request Speaker to recall Parliament immediately

By Ranga Sirilal

A memorandum signed by some 130 members of parliament - more than an absolute majority - is to be officially handed over to the Speaker before noon today asking him to reconvene the suspended Parliament immediately.

NBF appeals to Mahanayakes to condemn LTTE ISGA proposal

by Saman Indrajith

The National Bhikku Front had made a request to the chief prelates of all three chapters to condemn the LTTE’s proposals on Interim Self Governing Authority for the North and East provinces.

President invites PM for talks

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday invited Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss the current political situation in the country.

Maldivian President Gayoom to be sworn-in

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s inauguration for his sixth term of Office is held today.

Myanmar’s Seven-step Peace Process not Inclusive, Lacks Timeline – Annan

The Government of Myanmar's proposed seven-step road map to democracy does not include the opinions expressed by several parties in the country and has not shown that the process will be participatory and transparent, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a human rights report.

Indian nurses gain from growing demand in U.S.

The first batch of nurses from India will arrive next
month to meet the growing shortage of nurses that has
reached alarming proportions in the United States.

United States: Stop Handing Over Detainees to Torturers

President George W. Bush should end the transfer of detainees to countries that routinely engage in torture, such as Syria, if he is to fulfill his pledge to champion democracy and human rights in the Middle East and honor the United States' international legal obligations.

Three blasts rock Iraq

At least four Iraqis have been killed as three explosions hit Baghdad and Basra, while angry civilians set alight a police station and municipal building northwest of the capital.