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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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Cambodia: Journalists forced to sign false confessions

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) strongly condemns the conditions under which two journalists covering Vietnamese asylum-seekers in Cambodia were released without charge from a two-day detention today.

Lok Sabha Standoff - Looking for a Way Out

By Radha Viswanath – Reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

The budget session – by far the most important session of Parliament, as it endorses the annual budget proposed by the government – was a washout from the day it commenced on July 5. The treasury and opposition benches remained locked in a bitter battle of confrontationist politics and hardly any worthwhile business was transacted during the first part of the session.

Sri Lankan President Leave for Thailand to attend BIMSTEC summit Conference

President Chandrika Kumaratunga left for Thailand this morning to attend the BIMST-EC Summit Conference

Iraqi group says it beheaded Pakistanis

In a videotape sent to Aljazeera, a group calling itself the Islamic Army announced that it had executed two Pakistani captives.

People of Sri Lanka must bring peace to their country - Vidar Helgesen

Vidar Helgesen Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway, a worried looking man explained "Norway cannot bring peace to Sri Lanka. It is the people of Sri Lanka who must bring peace to their country."

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Arrives In Bangkok for BIMSTEC

By R.C. Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh begins his first visit abroad after getting the nation’s top executive slot in May. He arrives in a few hours time at Bangkok today (Thursday) to attend a sub-regional summit that seeks to promote better economic cooperation among the seven member countries of the grouping known by acronym BIMSTEC (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand Economic Cooperation)

Thailand – Sri Lanka to bolster economic cooperation – Lakshman Kadirganmar

Sri Lanka will sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Thailand to increase trade between the two countries said the Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The Burmese Democracy Movement

by Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Burmese Resistance was deeply saddened to read the news of the death of Eugene Thaike, son of Burma's first President Sao Shwe Thaike. Eugene died of brain cancer in Canada. Eugene, also known as Chao Tzang Yawnghwe, was a leader of the Shan Resistance.

How many Tamils including Thnagavelu living in foreign countries are willing to go back to live under the “happiness” provided by Prabhakaran? – ask H.L.D. Mahindapala

Either V. Thangavelu does not know his geography or he is floating in cuckoo land writes H.L.D. Mahindapala who intervenes to challenge the statement made by V.Thangavelu that “There is no war in the Sinhala areas and the LTTE is not laying claim even for an inch of land in the south.”

BJP campaign against ‘tainted’ ministers ‘deposing democracy’

By Neeraj Nanda – Asian Tribune

The BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has been aggressively raising the issue of ‘tainted’ ministers in the ruling UPA government in New Delhi. Both inside and out side the Parliament the NDA has been raking up the issue with unprecedented vigor and noise. The protest has taken the form of stalling the working of Parliament and asking President Kalam to intervene in the matter.

Human Rights Watch challenges the LTTE to show its effectiveness in maintaining human rights.

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles.

The New York based Human rights Watch said, In the midst of an upsurge in violence, that killed many in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled areas the rebel group recently organized the North East Secretariat on Human Rights (NESHOR), a body intended to promote respect for human rights and it was essential that they quickly demonstrated their effectiveness in protecting human rights.

Govt unveils BIMST-EC summit details

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will deliver a keynote speech at the First BIMST-EC Summit, to be hosted by Thailand on 30-31 July.