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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Myanmar To Convene Constitutional Convention Next Year <br>

Military-ruled Myanmar has promised to embark on a "road map to democracy" by convening a constitutional convention next year to which all political parties, including Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, would be invited.

Army chief praises Thailand’s stance on Myanmar <br>

Thailand gave itself another pat on the back today for the success of Monday’s Myanmar roadmap meeting when Army Commander in Chief Chaiyasit Shinawatra said that Thailand had done the best that it was able to bring about national reconciliation in its troubled neighbour.

Presidential Task Force on free media <br>

Presidential Task Force on free media has been appointed by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to formulate a national free media policy. The Task Force has been asked to examine current media practices and recommend procedures and guidelines to ensure inter alia the quality and diversity of media programs, the carrying out of public and social obligations by the media and the legality, decency and truthfulness of content in media programs.

<font size = 2> <u> Mother and Daughter - Two Burmese Political Prisoners:</u></font><br> Want to meet with AI representatives.<br>

Two Burmese female political Prisoners, a mother and a daughter who were sentenced to imprisonment 21 years and 42 years respectively had sought the meeting with the visiting Amnesty international delegation in the Myaungmya Prison, situated in Irrawaddy, where they are held at present.

BOT seizes $25m from ex-BBC exec <br>

The Bank of Thailand has seized US$25 million (Bt990 million) from the Swiss bank account of a former executive of the failed Bangkok Bank of Commerce following an investigation by the Anti-Money Laundering Office.

Myanmar thanks Thailand for bringing about reconciliation <br>

Rangoon has expressed gratitude to Thailand for its role in helping bring national reconciliation to Myanmar, with Myanmar Foreign Minister U Win Aung offering personal thanks to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Indonesian Muslims outlaw suicide bombings <br>

Indonesia's leading Islamic authority has passed a religious decree against suicide bombing.

Lok Sabha passes bill to amend terror law <br>

A bill to amend a controversial anti-terror law was Tuesday cleared by the lower house of parliament but the entire opposition walked out in protest.

Supreme Court endorses POTA <br>

The Indian government got a shot in the arm with the Supreme Court upholding the constitutional validity of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), often flayed by rights activists for its draconian measures.

Opposition Congress demands DAN Government on the status of political dialogue<br>

By Oken Jeet Sandham

The Opposition Congress today demanded the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government to inform the House of the "status" of the ongoing political parleys between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM).

Former minister recalls 'sincere and serious' Saddam <br>

Former Indian minister Ajit Panja, who found Saddam
Hussein "sincere and serious" when they met in 2000,
has warned that the US might have to pay for its

Vajpayee, Musharraf may come face-to-face during SAARC summit <br>

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and President Pervez Musharraf may have face-to-face encounters at least twice during the three-day SAARC summit here from January four to six, according to the programme being worked out by Pakistani officials in consultations with member countries of the grouping.