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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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"War was thrust on the Thamils –" - Thangavelu respond to Vimukthi Jayadeva.

“I was in Vanni this March. I felt proud that vast stretch of lands and seacoast from Omanthai to Muhamalai is under the control of the LTTE. The people are happy. They breathe the air of freedom though economically poor,” writes V. Thangavelu in response to the appeal made by Vimukthi Jayadeva.

India to help the development of Myanmar’s Railway.

India and Myanmar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)or the development of Myanmar Railways here today. The MoU was signed in the presence of the Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu, and the Minister for Rail Transportation, Union of Myanmar, and the leader of the nine-member visiting delegation, Major General Aung Min at a special function.

Sri Lanka Government officially condemns the killing of 8 people without identifying the killers.

Government of Sri Lanka in its reaction to the killing of 8 persons at Kottawa had expressed its official condemnation for the brutal murders.

Democrats open convention with call to arms

Former President Bill Clinton, opening the Democratic Party's national convention, praised John Kerry's leadership on Monday and vowed to be a "foot soldier in the fight" to drive President George W. Bush from the White House.

Arafat, Quraya to 'bury differences'

Palestinian legislators say they expect President Yasir Arafat to soon bury differences with Prime Minister Ahmad Quraya.

One 'Thabo' to claim responsiblity for slaying of Karuna’s men at a press conference planned to be held today.

“Quisling (betrayer) Thabo” - as described to “Asian Tribune,” drugged the eight slain Karuna’s cadres in the night before they were being killed by a special six member LTTE’s hit squad, said one of Karuna’s field commanders speaking from the jungle area in the Amparai district , located in the Eastern region of Sri Lanka.

Indian Minister’s Appeal In Arabic May Sway Hostage takers.

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune.

Indian minister of state for external affairs E. Ahmed’s appeal in Arabic language to hostage takers in Iraq appears to have had a positive impact.

I have nothing Report about this meeting – Norway Deputy FM.

Visiting Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister told the media personnel in Kilinochchi that he has nothing to report about the meeting he just had with the leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

China: Hong Kong newspaper offices raided

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) yesterday, condemned an anti-corruption agency's weekend raids against at least six newspapers, calling the tactic "unnecessary and heavy-handed."

Explosion on the wayside injures those carrying soldier’s remains

Three soldiers and two civilians sustained injuries when a bomb exploded in the road near the Sandasiri Florists in Polonnaruwa while soldiers were transporting the remains of a soldier Private R. M. Ariyasena (38) who died due to kidney failure.

Decks cleared for resumption of oil exploration in Champang: Dr Lotha

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Decks are now clear for resumption of oil exploration in Champang area of Nagaland's Wokha district as the State Government has agreed to clear the backlog which the Lotha people (land owners) had been demanding since the commencement of crude oil exploration from the area (Champang) by the India's oil giant Oil and Natural Gas Corporation .

US State Department Official to Visit Sri Lanka

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Donald A. Camp will visit Sri Lanka this week.

India to help Myanmar extend refinery

India will help Myanmar extend a crude oil refinery in southern Yangon's Thanlyin region.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Burmese Chin Refugees in India

Burmese Chin refugees in Mizoram state of India face the danger of being arrested, detained, and in some cases expelled back to Burma. Unlike refugees from Sri Lanka and Tibet, whom the Indian government does protect as refugees, or refugees from Afghanistan and Burma living in New Delhi, who are able to access the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Chin in Mizoram have the misfortune of coming under the jurisdiction of India’s Foreigners Act of 1946, which makes no distinction between illegal immigrants and refugees.

Palestinian prime minister agrees to stay

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Quraya has withdrawn his resignation after President Yasir Arafat granted him some powers to carry out reforms.