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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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Indians entering US not to undergo enhanced security checks <br>

The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) has welcomed the suspension of a provision under the United States' special registration programme, which means Indian citizens entering the US would not be subject to enhanced security checks and identification process.

PM confident roadmap meeting will benefit Myanmar <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today expressed confidence an international meeting on a roadmap for national reconciliation in Myanmar would be a venue for constructive discussions, and would benefit the neighboring country.

SLFP-JVP close to deal :<br> <font size = 2> <b>Marathon round of talks between President and JVP leaders</b></font><br>

By Poorna Rodrigo and Munza Mushtaq

The SLFP-JVP talks presided over by President Chandrika Kumaratunga ended yesterday with the JVP agreeing to two crucial amendments put forward by the SLFP.

<font size = 2><u>Way to Normalize India - LTTE relations: </u></font> Swamy Advises Prabakaran and Pottu Amman to surrender: <br>

Tiger rebel chief Velupillai Prabakaran and Pottu Amman alias Thambiah Sivasankaran, chief of the intelligence wing of the rebel outfit, are advised to surrender at the office of the Indian High Commission, Colombo, to be taken to India, to face legal action in a court of law in India.

Thai troops seek more protection <br>

By Panya Thiewsangwan

A Thai military delegation due to arrive in Iraq today will request extra protection from the US-led coalition forces there for Thai troops deployed on a humanitarian mission in the country.

Burma Roadmap: PM to tread carefully <br>

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat, Waranaree Kosajan

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra gave reassurance yesterday that next Monday's forum on Burma's roadmap to national reconciliation would avoid criticising the military government there.

Democrats have a new 'goddess' <br>

A new statue of Mae Phra Thoranee (the Goddess of the Earth) was delivered to Democrat Party headquarters yesterday ready for prompt installation before "bad luck" is incurred.

Over 53,000 sign up for poverty register <br>

Over 53,000 people in eight pilot provinces have flocked to register themselves as part of the needy poor, under the government’s integrated plans to solve social problems and eliminate poverty, Director-General of the Department of Local Administration revealed.

UN General Assembly Ask for ICJ Opinion on Israel’s Separation Barrier.<br>

The United Nations General Assembly, at the resumption of its long-running tenth emergency special session, adopted a resolution today asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of a separation barrier between itself and the West Bank.

UN Refugees Agency Raises Record Amount in Early Pledges. <br>

More than 30 donor countries today confirmed record pledges of $358 million for the United Nations refugee agency programmes in 2004, more than a third of the total target, but a senior official warned that the agency was still far from "out of the woods."

NCGUB Calls on Japan, ASEAN to Intercede in Burma <br>

Burma’s ruling army generals today are as uncompromising as they were during the previous and now defunct constitution drafting National Convention. With that attitude prevailing among the generals, the "seven-point roadmap" will never bring national reconciliation and democracy to Burma, states National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma.

'Double agent' Khute comes out of hiding to cry::Save me <br>

By Tapas Chakraborty

"I have been on the run for the past three days. They have been hounding me night and day. I fear for myself, my children and family. Mujhe bacha lijiye (Save me…)," the 52-year-old MP wept.

'Talks with Tamil Tigers to begin soon' <br>

Sri Lanka's army chief Monday expressed confidence the political imbroglio in his country would end soon and talks would be held with the Tamil Tigers on restoring peace in the island nation.

Chandrika rules out sharing defence ministry with PM in Lanka <br>

In a turn-around that may jeopardise talks between the two Sri Lankan leaders, President Chandrika Kumaratunga today ruled out sharing defence responsibilities with her rival prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe despite earlier offers to compromise.