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Thailand: Media activist and editors sued; millions sought

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the civil libel suit filed this week by the telecommunications giant Shin Corporation against media activist Supinya Klangnarong. The lawsuit seeks damages of Bt400 million (US$10 million).

Arakan Insurgent Group abducted Tribal UP Member

Members of the Democratic Party of Arakan (DPA), an Arakan insurgent group, has abducted recently a member of the tribal Union Parishad (UP) of Bangladesh, from his house recently, according to our correspondent at Cox’s Bazar.

War is not the chosen option of the Government of Sri Lanka.

War is certainly not a chosen option of the Sri Lanka Government. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam should understand that the Government is exercising restraint and patient for the sake of Peace. Government so far has remained independent without any commitment to any groups that opposes the Tamil rebel out fit - announced Cabinet Spokesman of the Sri Lanka Government.

Sri Lanka President’s appeal received positive response for drought relief

United Nations relief agencies and international donor agencies have responded positively to a recent drought relief appeal made by the Sri Lanka President and have come forward to provide aid and assistance to drought hit regions in the country.

In Oslo - Secret Powwow: Milinda Moragoda had with Helgesen & Eric Solheim .

A leading member of Sri Lanka's main opposition has held secret discussions with Norwegian Government representatives earlier this week.

Al-Sadr, al-Sistani near Najaf agreement

A spokesman for Shia authority Ayat Allah Ali al-Sistani tells reporters a peaceful resolution to the two-week standoff is within reach, but the political future of the al-Mahdi Army remains in doubt.

Thailand recovers millions of baht by selling assets of fugitive former BBC bankers

An asset management body of a Thai bank that collapsed after a massive fraud scheme in 1996 claimed Thursday it recovered nearly one billion baht by selling seized assets in Switzerland of fugitive bankers behind the bank's fall.

No Debate, No Opposition, Indian Parliament PassesFederal Budget in Extraordinary Fashion

By R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

In an extraordinary and unprecedented move, Indian
Parliament Thursday approved the 2004-05 Federal
Budget with not a word spoken on it as the Lok Sabha
(Lower House) and Rajya Sabha (Upper House) passed and
returned the Finance Bill 2004 without any discussion.