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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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Free Burma Group appeal against the junta’s attrocities the United Nations

”The military dictatorship of the Union of Burma, in defiance of the will of its Peoples, as overwhelmingly expressed in the elections of 1990, has once again bared its true and ugly face to the world, by staging the National Convention without the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and people elected NLD party.”

President still willing to Talk LTTE’s ISGA proposal – no change in Government’s position – Maithripala Srisena

Maithripala Srisena, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and a Government Minister in a statement issued to the press said that the news item that appeared in several print and electronic media about the Executive Committee meeting of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance is totally incorrect and the Government of Sri Lanka has not changed its stance regarding the talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

U.S. oil strikes new record above $44

U.S. oil prices hit fresh record highs above $44 a barrel on Tuesday after the head of the OPEC producers' cartel said there was no extra oil around the corner to dampen red-hot markets.

Saddam's daughter may enter politics

Raghad Saddam Hussein said that as the eldest living child of the former Iraqi leader she must be a politician, because her father and many Iraqis were depending on her.

Ridge defends 'three-year-old' U.S. terror alert

The warning that key U.S. financial centers may be attacked by al Qaeda was based largely on three-year-old information, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Tuesday, but he insisted the threat was still real.

Sri Lanka: Government concedes five customs officers had fled the country due to the fear of their life

For the first time the government of Sri Lanka has acknowledged that, so far, at least five Customs Officers had left the country in fear of life, in connection with revenue fraud investigations they were inquiring, writes N Kodituwakku from London, a former head of the customs revenue fraud investigation unit.

India and Pakistan move forward on cultural ties.

BY R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

In a forward move, on their composite dialogue process, India and Pakistan have exchanged specific proposals on enhancing cultural ties and increasing people-to- people contacts between the two countries.

Philippines: Radio commentator killed

Rogelio "Roger" Mariano, a commentator for Radyo Natin-Aksyon Radyo, was fatally shot by unidentified gunmen on Saturday, 31 July, in Laoag City, the capital of Ilocos Norte Province, Philippines, according to news reports.

What Do The Nagas Want?<br>People Want Peace, Rebels Want Status Quo

Suresh Kr Pramar - Asian Tribune

After blowing hot and cold over the contents of the Common Minimum Programme adopted by the Congress led government at the Centre, the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Issac Muviah) has agreed to an extension of the ceasefire agreement in Nagaland. First announced in 1997 the agreement was to have ended on 31 July 2004.

As Sri Lanka Government and LTTE are at logger heads – what is next to unfold in the political scenario of Sri Lanka?

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are moving their coins in their chessboard diplomatically against the Government of Sri Lanka and minutely preparing towards an undeclared agenda of checkmating the Government for another military campaign, in such a way to cushion off the after effects and the criticism that may follow from the international community.

Doors Not Closed On Talks to Release Hostages

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Iraqi abductors of seven Indian and other truck drivers have Indicated that they had not closed door for talks and said Sheikh Hisham Al-Dulaimi can continue to negotiate on their behalf with the Kuwaiti company KGL, as the hostage drama entered the 14th day on Tuesday.

LTTE conscripted Twelve-year old son, says mother

A twelve-year old kid from Valaichchenai area in the Batticaloa district has been conscripted into the LTTE by two LTTE men while he was near Valaichchenai the Hindu School on 03 August 2004, states a Police complaint made by the mother.