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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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One Flew over Falu’s Nest

By Ahmede Hussain - Asian Tribune

Rampant corruption and unprecedented rigging in the Dhaka-10 by-poll are reminiscent of the elections held in the forlorn days of military rule. People have been denied their right to vote again; this time by a government that enjoys absolute majority in the parliament.

Germany’s Deputy Chancellor Fischer expected in Lanka

Germany’s Deputy Chancellor Joschka Fischer is expected in Sri Lanka on the 17th of this month on a two day visit.

Young Sri Lankans Represent their Country at Global HIV/AIDS Conference

The world’s largest HIV/AIDS conference begins this week in Bangkok with a youth forum featuring three young Sri Lankans.

The LTTE woman suicide bomber had stayed as a servant at the Colombo residence of a UNP activist.

The LTTE woman suicide bomber who blew herself at the Kollupitiya Police station last week had stayed as a servant for more than a year at the Colombo residence of a UNP activist.

Hindus brave threats, cold to seek salvation in Kashmir

Four years ago, a bullet grazed Sucha Singh's jaw when Muslim militants attacked Hindu pilgrims headed for a cave shrine deep in the Himalayas in Indian Kashmir.

Tamil Tigers are ready to brace another war if thrust upon them

Sri Lanka is facing the prospect of another military campaign shortly, as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE) the Sri Lankan Tamil rebel outfit gradually begins to loose patience and their rhetorical flourishes amounts to drumming up a renewed hostility campaign, for scores to be settled in a battlefield instead of at a negotiating table, any further.

Anger at US ban on Aids scientists

Bangkok conference forced to cancel meetings and retract papers after authors stopped from attending.

AIDS may hit economic development

AIDS may kill as many as 48 million workers by 2010 and the toll could rise to 74 million by 2015, inflicting a body blow to national economies, the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) has warned.

India reiterates stance on agriculture at pre-WTO meet

India has maintained its tough stance on not sacrificing the livelihood of its 600 million farmers at discussions here to kick-start negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Prabakaran is interested in a final assault against Sri Lankan forces and not in the peace talks – Colonel Karuna Amman

Venayagamoorthy alias Colonel Karuna Amman disclosed that when he went to Bangkok for the first time to participate in the peace negotiation with the Government of Sri Lanka, Velupillai Prabakaran leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam personally gave him a lethal weapon shopping list to be personally hand over to his arms broker K.Pathmanathan who lives in Bangkok.

Manitham – a Tamil Nadu based human rights organization to explore the effects on humanity by the proposed Sethusamudran Ship Canal Project.

Manitham - Humanism, a Tamil Nadu regional based human rights organization, has taken up the issue of Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project to explore and ascertain the impact it might have on humanity and on Sri Lanka, once the construction – actually cutting of the canal starts in the Gulf Mannar Sea.

UN appreciates Thailand’s role model in anti-AIDS drive

The United Nations’ Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appreciated Thailand’s role model in battling against AIDS, but conceded the deadly disease-related problems would not be completely solved within 2005 as many intended.
Delivering a keynote speech at the 15th International AIDS Conference being held here, he said Thailand’s efforts in an anti-AIDS campaign were praiseworthy. It showcased the nation’s model fight against the communicable disease.

The Burmese Democracy Road-Map

By Myint Thein: Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Burmese democracy movement needs a viable, realistic and effective plan to get rid of the Narco-Dictatorship of Myanmar. The events of the past year have provided clear evidence that a negotiated political settlement is no longer a viable option.

Australia will not lift the ban on LTTE – Alexander Downer

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer told the federal parliament that the Australian government would continue to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE ) as a terrorist organization in that country.

Buddhist Monk refused to surrender Lord Buddha's Eye Tooth Relics to Burmese Generals

Late in May, Shans' most revered monk Krubar Boonzoom Nyanasamvaro Bikkhu left the Monghpong temple in Tachilek where he had made his home since 1977, following an order by Burmese authorities to suspend his rambling missionary work to confine himself at his monastery.