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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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United States should understand the Political reality of Sri Lanka.<br>

A spokesman for the President of Sri Lanka expressed regret that America has taken a partisan approach and a dim view of the political problem of Sri Lanka.

The issue of the life and death of Aung San Suu Kyi revealed. <br>

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

On New Year's day, the Florida Burmese Freedom Fighters invited Aung San Suu Kyi's bodyguard, who is now in America, to give a full and complete account of the May 30th Massacre. Seven Burmese students and Dr. Thaung Htun who head the UN office for the Burmese government-in-exile accompanied him to this meeting in Miami. Similar meetings are planned with the Burmese Resistance community in America.

India calls for South Asian coalition against terrorism <br>

By P. Jayaram - Indo-Asian News Service

India's External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha has called for a South Asian coalition against terrorism and hoped Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's landmark visit to Islamabad would be a step in that direction.

<font size =2> <u>Mothers and Fathers of Jaffna left high and dry:</u></font><br> Douglas Devananda to their rescue.<br>

Nearly 54 mothers and fathers, who are Members of Jaffna Missing Persons Guardian Association (MPGA) and Jaffna Mothers Front (JMF) and three intelligence operatives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) masqueraded as - one father, one mother and one as press reporter, were left high and dry by the Hindu Affairs Minister and Jaffna District Member of Parliament T.Maheswaran.

SB denies secret swearing-in <br>

By Dholani Mawalage

Giving a new twist to the controversy surrounding President Chandrika Kumaratunga's alleged secret swearing-in ceremony about one year after the inauguration that followed her election to office in 1999, Minister S.B.Dissanayake yesterday strongly denied such an event had taken place saying he would have been in the know of it because he was the general secretary of the SLFP at that time.

LTTE suicide cadres in Colombo, warns CBK <br>

By Ranga Sirilal

President Chandrika Kumaratunga told over state radio that LTTE suicide cadres have infiltrated Colombo and the security situation in the Eastern Province too has suffered a setback.

CBK hints at snap polls in New Year <br>

President Chandrika Kumaratunga hinted yesterday that she may call snap parliamentary elections to end a power struggle with the Prime Minister that has set back the peace process.

Washington designates Thailand as major ally <br>

US President George W Bush yesterday designated Thailand a major ally of the United States, opening the door for greater military cooperation between the two countries.

30 in Mae Ai to regain citizenship <br>

Thirty people in Chiang Mai's Mae Ai district who were stripped of their citizenship are to be re-naturalised after DNA tests proved they are Thai.

PM presides over MCOT-supported New Year countdown and celebration at National Stadium <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra presided over a grand countdown event to celebrate the New Year 2004, organized by the Mass Communication Organization of Thailand (MCOT) with the cooperation of government and private agencies at the National Stadium here.

Australia welcomes 2004 <br>

Celebrations are continuing as Australia welcomes the new year.New Years Eve revellers poured into Sydney Harbour and the surrounding areas as the countdown began in earnest for the midnight fireworks.

Five Killed as Suicide Bomber Strikes Baghdad Restaurant <br>

Naseer Al-Nahr - Arab News Staff

A suspected suicide bombing devastated a Baghdad restaurant crowded with New Year revelers yesterday, killing at least five people, Iraqi police said.

Survivors Show Gratitude to Foreign Rescue Workers <br>

The survivors of the devastating earthquake on Wednesday thanked the foreign rescue and relief workers by giving them small bouquets of roses on the eve of New Year.

Conversion row rerun <br>

The spectre of anti-Christian violence has raised its head again in Madhya Pradesh's Jhabua district, notorious for attacks on churches and missionaries.

Sri Lanka business leaders push for political truce <br>

A powerful business lobby in Sri Lanka urged President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday to resolve the country's political crisis, warned that the political confrontation could lead to "utter chaos" in the country.