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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

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Suu Kyi marks 59th birthday in detention

Hundreds of Myanmar pro-democracy supporters
gathered to mark detained opposition leader
Aung San Suu Kyi’s 59th birthday, as Washington led
renewed calls for her to be freed “immediately and

U.S. to Give 'Legal' Custody of Saddam to Iraqis

The United States plans to turn over legal, but not physical, custody of Saddam Hussein and some other prisoners to the Iraqi interim government soon after it takes over on June 30.

MDMK rules out joining Cong-led UPA govt

MDMK general secretary Vaiko today ruled out his party joining the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government "under any circumstances", but asserted that MDMK continue to support it from outside.

Sri Lanka Defence Secretary demands concrete evidences from LTTE.

Cyril Herath, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence has challenged the allegations made by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to come up with any substantial and factual evidence to prove that Sri Lankan Army is harboring the renegade leader Colonel Karuna Amman alias V.Muralitharan.

Rebels strike near Russia's Chechnya, 46 dead

Heavily-armed rebels seized an interior ministry building near Russia's troubled Chechnya region early on Tuesday and attacked other key points in lightning attacks which left at least 46 people dead.

Thailand may suspend sending workers to Israel

The government is considering to suspend sending Thai labourers to Israel after a Thai worker died from a clash yesterday between Israeli forces and their armed rivals, believed to be members of the radical Hamas Islamic resistance group.

Thai worker dies in bomb attack in Gaza

A Thai worker has died from a recent bomb attack in the Gaza Strip, the Thai News Agency reported Tuesday.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse Assures A Clear Majority - , While Rauff Hakeem Negotiating To Join

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

Amidst new assurances by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to support the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga by joining it Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed that the government would show a clear majority in the parliament on July 20.

Iran seizes navy boats

British diplomats were last night frantically trying to prevent a full-scale diplomatic crisis between London and Tehran after the seizure of three Royal Navy vessels in the disputed waterway between southern Iraq and Iran.

"Never crossed my mind that I could take up the matter with LTTE Leader" - Cegu Issadeen.

"It never crossed my mind that there was a possibility of bringing to the notice of Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam against the TNA Member of Parliament N.Raviraj, who organized the protest against my official visit to Jaffna on last 25 May," said M.S.Cegu Issadeen, Deputy Minister of Media from the United People’s Freedom Alliance Government.

The Burma Army will break ranks.

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Narco-Dictatorship of Myanmar has closed the door to a negotiated political settlement in Burma. If sufficient pressure is applied, the Burma Army will break ranks and the third-tier officers will cut a deal with us to "Save Burma".

UNICEF and Cricket in South Asia unite to further Girl’s Education in the region

UNICEF and the Asian Cricket Council have joined hands on one of the biggest development challenges facing South Asia. With 46 million children out of school in the region, the majority of them girls, the two bodies have agreed to highlight the massive loss this represents for children, society and the progress of countries in the region.

Ads in Buddhist temple cause uproar

A Thai Buddhist monk agreed to strip corporate sponsorship logos from his famous Bangkok temple today after the brash advertisements caused an uproar in the deeply religious kingdom.

Sri Lanka Muslim party willing to support government

Sri Lanka's main Muslim party said it was willing to support the minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, despite a smear campaign against its leader in the state-owned media.

Jaswant, Anbumani, Heptullah among those elected to Rajya Sabha

Health Minister R. Anbumani, former central ministers Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha and former Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson Najma Heptullah were among at least 17 candidates elected unopposed to the upper house of parliament Monday.

Rohingya Refugees whilst on Hunger Strike, observed World Refugee Day 2004.

What an awful story of the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh! Yesterday, thousands of Rohingya refugees who were on a hunger strike in Kutupalong camp of Bangladesh, observed World Refugee Day-2004 to find a durable solution of the refugee crisis, said a refugee from the camp

New Maha Nayaka of Malwatte Appointed Unanimously

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

The Karaka Sangha Sabha, the supreme executive council of Buddhist monks, of Sri Lanka’s foremost Buddhist Sect, the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya unanimously appointed the Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Siddhartha Sri Sumangala (60 yrs.) as the 26th Maha Nayaka of the Malwatte chapter.

Sri Lankan court acquits policeman convicted of killing child soldiers

Sri Lanka's highest court on Tuesday acquitted a police officer who had been sentenced to death on charges of allowing the massacre of 27 former child soldiers at a rehabilitation center.