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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2865

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GOSL – LTTE - Talks to be based on the proposals of both sides - <i>Special interview with Jayantha Dhanapala</i>

“We have accepted the status that the government and the Tigers are equal partners in the peace talks; we accord mutual respect. Therefore, there should be no persistence that the talks should be based on the proposals put forward by only one side- " Jayantha Dhanapala, Secretary General, Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process.

War or Peace – Chandrika is ready

Sri Lanka President has announced that she is ready to meet the elusive rebel leader Velupillai Prabakaran and talk peace or in case the Tigers continues to avoid peace talks, then to send troops to settle the issue of peace with definite finality.

The Maldives - Murder in Paradise: MEP Calls for Urgent Release of Former Government Minster

Nirj Deva, Member of the European Parliament for South East England and a member of the influential Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament have today lifted the lid on the true horror of the dictatorship in the Maldives, a nation commonly associated with peace, serenity and relaxation

India to Insist on pluralism and Democracy in the Maldivian Republic.

BY R C Rajamani - Political Editor,

India is likely to send some advice soon to Maldives President Abdul Gayoom who is now fighting anti-government demonstrations in the Indian Ocean island that he is ruling with an iron hand for over a quarter century.

Increased people smuggling and poaching activities observed in the Gulf of Mannar sea region.

Sri Lankan Army’s official website has reported of increased people smuggling and poaching activities in the Gulf of Mannar sea region, the sea area belonging to Sri Lanka.

European Union Outraged Over Killings By Tamil Tigers

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor,

European Union nations have reacted with indignation to the Tamil Tigers killing rivals and recruiting child soliders and appealed to the rebels to make serious attempts to revive peace talks.

Weightlifting: Myanmar competitor tests positive

Myanmar female weightlifter Nan Aye Khine was expelled from the Athens Olympics on Monday, after testing positive for a banned steroid, the International Olympic Committee said.

WTO Accepts India's Demand For Removal Of Subsidies By Developed Countries

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor,

India says the World Trade Organization has accepted its demand for
elimination of all forms of subsidies to the farmers by the developed countries by an end date.

Sri Lanka Government should stop procrastinating on the peace Talks immediately.

ration Tigers of Tamil Eelam has told very loud and clearly that they are only prepared to participate in a peace talk with the Government of Sri Lanka on the basis of the Interim Self-Governing Authority proposal put forward by them on 31 October 2003 and not on any other basis despite international community’s pressure on the Tamil out fit to start the stalled peace talks.

Sacrifice of a student leader intensify agitation in Manipur

Pebam Chittaranjan turned a new chapter in the history of Manipuri people’s struggle for right to life, when he lit himself as a Human Torch denouncing the black laws on 15 August at Bishnupur. He succumbed to burn injuries at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital at Imphal on 16 August.

Response to Prof. Schalks attack on Oslo Peace Conference on Sri Lanka.

World Alliance for Peace (WAPS) in Sri Lanka has lambasted Professor Shalks, Jehan Perera and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the uncalled for remarks on the speakers of the conference as well as on the forthcoming Peace Conference itself.

Foreign goods other than from Burma are prohibited entering Bangladesh via Burma-Bangladesh border:

Bangladesh Customs Department anticipated that tax earning will decreased from Burma-Bangladesh border trade during current fiscal year, if in case action is taken to prohibit the entry of foreign goods entering into Bangladesh through the Burma- Bangladesh border.

Sri Lanka Government condemns murder of EPDP Media Secretary

Sri Lanka Government in a statement posted in its official website yesterday, has strongly condemned the killing of Kandasamy Iyer Balanadarajah, Media Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party , and co-founder of the Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students.

Indo-Bangla Desh Relations on the Downslide

By Suresh Kr Pramar – Journalist Writer

Dhaka’s continued refusal to acknowledge the presence of Indian insurgent groups in Bangla Desh despite conclusive evidence provided by India continues to remain a major irritant in Indo Bangla Desh relations. India has over the past years, on several occasions, provided Bangla Desh lists of rebel camps with their exact locations only to be told that no such camps were evident anywhere in the country.

India to cut duties to rein in Galloping inflation

BY R C Rajamani - Political Editor,

Faced with a politically embarrassing, rapid rise in inflation, India’s new United Progressive Alliance(UPA) government will eat the humble pie and cut excise and customs duty on petrol, diesel, LPG and kerosene. The move is seen as a desperate bid to contain the impact of spurt in international crude oil prices that has touched an all time high of $47 a barrel.