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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Cong. storms back to power in Delhi <br>

Congress today stormed back to power in Delhi, securing absolute majority bagging 47 seats in the 70-member Assembly out of the all the 70 seat results declared.

\"No evidence of Al Queda and ISI presence in Bangladesh\" - American Consul General <br>

By Oken Jeet Sandham

"We don't have any clear evidence that Al Queda and ISI operating from Bangladesh." This was disclosed by an American Consul General in India

Commonwealth leaders summit - CHOGM opens in Nigeria<br>

By Sally Sara -in Abuja and AFP

The Queen has formally opened the Commonwealth leaders summit (CHOGM) in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Russian train blast kills 35 <br>

At least 35 people died and 75 were injured when a blast blamed on terrorists ripped through a Russian commuter train near the war-torn republic of Chechnya on Friday, two days before a national parliamentary election.

Call America to Ascertain LTTE’s Claim <br>

This is a lone regal voice of one of the approximately 20 million owners of the country called Sri Lanka in Pali and either Eelam or Ilankai in Tamil. The voice demands to bring in US to conduct a referendum in the North and east to ascertain the popularity of the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Royal Message: King wants drug toll explained <br>

Monarch endorses anti-narcotics campaign but asks govt to clarify causes of the 2,500 deaths.

PM says junta ready for Burma 'road map' talks <br>

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday: The Burmese junta is ready to listen to suggestions from "like-minded" countries when its representatives attend an international forum in Bangkok this month to discuss a "road map" to democracy.

PM confident of Myanmar roadmap success <br>

As Thailand prepares to host the first meeting on a roadmap to national reconciliation in Myanmar, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is confident that the international event will help pave the way for peace.

'Avoid Provocation' - Indian Warning to LTTE <br>

by Bandula Jayasekara

Former Indian Foreign Secretary M. K. Rasgotra yesterday issued a warning to the LTTE and its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran to avoid provocation and to stop capturing Indian Fishermen in Sri Lankan waters.

LTTE continuing to procure weapons – Geneva survey<br>

The Small Arms Survey published by the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva titled ‘In the Shadow of a Ceasefire- Impacts Small Arms, Availability and Misuse in Sri Lanka’ says similar to the current situation in Northern Ireland; there are indications that splits are emerging amongst the LTTE cadres.

<u>Myanmar road map:</u><br> <b><font size =3>Thailand to host 10-nation meeting</font></b><br>

Thailand will host a 10-nation meeting to discuss Myanmar’s proposed “road map” towards democratic reform in Bangkok this month.

What's your defence for your crime?<br>I was asleep, Your Honour <br>

By Chang Ai-Lien

As awareness of sleep disorders grows, more are using this as a defence in court. But it's tough to fake, warns an expert .

Tamil Nadu to provide documents on Vaiko to POTA panel <br>

A panel reviewing detentions under a tough anti-terror law asked the Tamil Nadu government to provide in one week documents on the arrest of MDMK leader Vaiko and nine others, including a newspaper editor.

Winners and losers<br>

By monobina gupta

The winners and losers of this grand semi-final to the Lok Sabha polls next year wore their hearts on their sleeve through the day as results poured in, punching the Congress in the face and blessing the BJP with huge electoral gains.

Travel ban on a human rightsdefender in Pakistan lifted<br>

Pakistani human rights defender, Shahbaz Bhatti, has been removed from the Exit Control List following high level lobbying by CSW in Europe, the US and Pakistan

Court Rules On Aiding Terrorist Groups<br> <font size = 3>Knowledge of Activity Must Be Proved For Conviction </font><br>

By Charles Lane - Washington Post Staff Writer

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the government cannot convict groups or individuals of violating a federal law against "material support" for terrorist organizations unless it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that they knew the organizations were involved in terrorist activity.

Ajit Jogi trounced in Chhattisgarh

Riding the anti-incumbency factor and overcoming the Judeo tape episode, the BJP was on course in Chhattisgarh today.

Myanmar junta frees 16 political prisoners<br>

Myanmar military rulers have freed 16 political prisoners arrested after clashes in May between opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's supporters and government backers, military and opposition.