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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

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Plight of the Rohingya people in the relocated New Town in Arakan

The people about 20,000 who were forcibly relocated in late1990 by State Peace Development Council (SPDC) - Burma’s military government, to new plots of land outside Akyab, the capital of Arkan, in the name of reconstruction and modernization of the city, now are undergoing untold inhumane suffering and they are living without supply of electricity and running water.

LTTE’s Special Commander Colonel T. Ramesh on the firing Line.

Rumors are rife in Batticalao and Amparai region about the possible recall of Colonel Thambirasa Ramesh - Batticaloa – Amparai Special Commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It is added that Colonel Ramesh who hails from Kokkaddicholai, is unable to satisfy the Vanni leadership despite the rising opposition to the LTTE in the east.

PM disappointed over Myanmar's constitution meeting without NLD

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday that he was disappointed with Myanmar's decision to start the constitutional convention without the opposition party led by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Rebel pro-government monk assaulted and abducted prior to the election of Deputy Speaker.

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

Police reports from Colombo said that a Buddhist monk parliamentarian who supports the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government has been abducted, probably to prevent him from voting for the government candidates at the elections of the Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Committees in the parliament.

Sri Lanka: Parliamentary officials elected unopposed.

Elections for Sri Lankan Parliamentary official positions were held today without any opposition. Both the positions - Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Chairmans of the Committees were elected unopposed. Deputy Speaker was unanimously elected from the ruling party while the Deputy Chairman of the Committees went to an upcountry Tamil belonging to the Ceylon Workers Congress.

Sonia Gandhi meets Indian President, but did not stake claim immediately to form the Government.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today discussed government formation with President A P J Abdul Kalam but did not formally stake claim to form the new Government, but it is expected that she will meet him again tomorrow with letters of support from all coalition partners.

\"It's now 60% sure Thailand will get Liverpool's stake\", says PM

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said here this morning that it was now about 60% certain that Thailand would secure its bid for a 30% stake of the Liverpool Football Club.

\"Donor assistance, YES!, but Govt and LTTE should demonstrate genuine interest in the peace process - Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi

In the second leg of his visit to Sri Lanka this time, Mr. Yasushi Akashi, the special Japanese envoy visited Kilinochchi today 18th May 2004 and had a meeting with Mr. S. P. Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE Political Wing at the LTTE Peace Secretariat.

Sonia says no to being PM; bizarre twist to post-election politics

By Tarun Basu - Indo-Asian News Service

In a development that has left political circles stunned, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday declined to become prime minister of India saying that she did not want the issue of her foreign origin to divide the nation.

Jayalalithaa withdraws cases against Karunanidhi

Less than a week of AIADMK's rout in the Lok Sabha polls, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced withdrawal of several decisions, which led to public uproar and was exploited by her political rivals in the polls, including the controversial anti conversion law.

Palestinians flee Gaza homes, Qurie appeals to U.S.

Panicked Palestinians fled their homes on Monday as Israeli forces surrounded a Gaza refugee camp after threatening to carry out a mass demolition in a militant hotbed despite an international outcry.

Chechen warlord says he killed pro-Moscow leader

Russia's most wanted man, Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, claimed responsibility on Monday for assassinating the region's Moscow-backed leader and threatened to kill more officials, including the Russian prime minister.

Armies brace for contingencies: As Convention opens

All army units along the border, whether Wa or Shan, Thai or Burmese, have been put on the highest alert for any eventuality that might take place, just as the military-organized National Convention, that has been suspended for 8 years, resumes today ( 17 May), according to border security sources.

NSCN (K) cautions New Delhi against continuance of Gen Kulkarni as CFSB Chairman

By Oken Jeet Sandham –Asian Tribune

The NSCN (K) has today expressed its deep resentment on the activities of the Chairman of the Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB), Lt Gen (Retd.) RV Kulkarni, who it alleged, didn't perform his assigned duties as Chairman of the Board (CFSB), thereby peace process was heading toward jeopardy.

Japanese Government Express Serious Concern over Myanmar Holding Convention Without the Leaders of NLD.

Japanese Government has expressed serious concern about holding the National Convention by the Government of Myanmar without the participation of the parties led by Aung San Su Kyi and the leaders of the National League for Democracy.

Tiger Cadre Eeswaran involved in the killing of Subramanian Santhiralalith is still at large.

The body of the person found lying with gun shot injuries, on 15 May, in the Racca Road, located near the Jaffna Kachcheri - Nallur road was identified.

Constitutional Talks In Myanmar Not Credible Without Full Participation - Annan

Constitutional talks in Myanmar would not be credible without the full participation of democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's party and other political groups, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today.

Sri Lankan police confirmed to have tortured child - Asian Human Rights Commission

An independent inquiry ordered by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka has found that the Ankumbura Police illegally arrested detained and tortured 17-year-old Chamila Bandara during July 2003.

A Rohingya National Convention concluded and Formed Working Committee

A three-day Rohingya National Convention (RNC) concluded in a Burma–Bangladesh border area yesterday. It formed a “Working Committee” with the participants for building consensus and drafting Arakan State Constitution, in a manner consistent to democracy and federalism, according to Chairperson of the convention named AFK Jilani.

Sonia to meet Prez tomorrow to discuss govt formation

Congress President Sonia Gandhi will meet President APJ Abdul Kalam tomorrow to discuss govenment formation following his invitation to her after he found that she heads the single largest political formation in the Lok Sabha.