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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Burma: Ethnic parties unhappy with ceasefire groups <br>

Khun Toon Oo, leader of Shan Nationalities League for Democracy and spokesperson for the 9-ethnic party coalition - United Nationalities Alliance, publicly tried to play down the surprise acceptance of the Rangoon's invitation to the upcoming resumption of the National Convention by the ceasefire groups.

Burma: Arakan Alliance Signed Deed of Commitment Under Geneva Call <br>

Recently the Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) and the National United Party of Arakan (NUPA), the two component organizations of the Arakan Independence Alliance (AIA), had separately signed the Geneva Call Deed of Commitment for Adherence to a Total Ban on Anti-personnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine Action.

Mugabe: I'll quit Commonwealth <br>

Gaby Hinsliff :chief political correspondent

The Commonwealth was plunged into disarray last night after President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe threatened to withdraw his country from the organisation.

Choke off flow of funds to terrorists: Vajpayee <br>

By P. Jayaram - Indo-Asian News Service

India Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has called for effective multilateral measures to choke off the flow of funds to terrorist outfits.

Mae Hong Son to revive WWII airfields as tourist numbers soar <br>

Pprovincial governor Suphot Laowansiri announced:
Mae Hong Son is considering re-opening three World War II-era airfields to cope with growing numbers of tourists.

LTTE clueless as to whom to talk with <br>

by Ananth Palakidnar

LTTE political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan has stated that the doors of his organisation are open for negotiations and continuation of the peace process but claimed they were clueless as to whom they should negotiate or talk with.

TULF top rung clash over meeting <br>

TULF president V. Anandasangaree, MP, has written to the party’s secretary, R. Sampanthan asking him to refrain from convening a meeting of the Central Committee on December 14 as he (Anandasangaree) has not authorised it.

Goodwill Mission Burma - Why I got Involved? <br>

By Assistant Professor Jaran Dita Apichai

What was the motivation for me to participate in the Mission? What made me to decide and join the international delegation to Burma? Why I took the risk of being arrested by the military junta in Rangoon? These were the questions often posed to me by people, friends, and media after my return to Thailand. Assistant Professor Jaran Dita Apichai explains the reasons behind his decision to go to Burma.

Ireland's Rosanna Davison crowned Miss World <br>

Ireland's Rosanna Davison was Saturday crowned Miss World in this scenic beach city in China's southernmost Hainan province.

Banished from party at stroke of midnight <br>

By K. Subrahmanya

The tremors from Raipur rocked Delhi as the Congress high command banished its discredited "caretaker chief minister" in Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi, soon after BJP allegations that he had tried to buy off its legislators.

Kachin group pledges support for Burma 'road map’'<br>

A second group of ethnic militia allied with the ruling junta has expressed its support for the government’s "road map" to democracy, state-owned newspapers reported.

<font size = 2> <u>Assembly Election Analysis: </u></font><br> BJP wins but challenges remain <br>

By Sanjay Kumar Kaushik

In the end, the score was 3-1 in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party, and with a year to go before the general election, this was exactly the result that the party was looking for. It wrested three major states from the Congress -- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarhan – a political achievement.

<font size = 3> <u>Monitoring Process Against LTTE Intensified:</U></font><br> Net Cast around a Prize Catch

America and India have suddenly intensified their monitoring process of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), alleged to be a ruthless Sri Lankan Tamil rebel outfit, while continuing without any change with the proscription, which is already in place.