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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

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In Face of Ethnic Cleansing

By Prof.Kanbawza Win

As we understand it the word Burmese encompass all the people including the ethnic nationalities residing in Burma, while Burman means only the Myanmar group.

All seven truck drivers released by captors after more than 40 days

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

All the seven truck drivers, including three Indians, held hostage since July 21, have been released.

50 kids escape from seized Russian school

Up to 50 children managed to escapefrom the school seized by a group of gunmen in the North Ossetian town of Beslan on Wednesday and at least three had been killed, Itar-tass news agency said on Wednesday.

Thailand: Democrat MP hit by billion baht lawsuit

A Member of Parliament, star of the opposition Democrat Party is facing a billion baht lawsuit for defamation and damages brought against him by two satellite companies associated with the Shin Corporation.

Armed attackers seize 400 in southern Russia

Armed attackers, who seized a school in southern Russia on Wednesday, are holding up to 400 hostages including 200 schoolchildren.

Indian Experts to Help Bhutan in Dairying and Farm Marketing

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The Indian Government has agreed to send two expert delegations to Bhutan for preparation of draft proposals for extending suitable technical and other assistance in the areas of Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Agricultural Marketing.

Republicans nominate Bush, hail his leadership

Republicans nominated President George W. Bush for a second four-year term in the White House on Tuesday with ringing calls for his re-election from Laura Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said the world was more free and America more safe under his leadership.

We have no confidence in Norway’s facilitation - A Buddhist prelate’s political sermon –

Ven Athuraliye Rathana thero in his exclusive interview to “Asian Tribune” said, “we will continue to sit in the opposition benches. But unlike the normal oppositions, we will be studying the proposals put forward by the Government and would support the Government if those proposals are meant to do good to the people in this country.”

India’s New Foreign Trade Policy Aims at Doubling Its Share in Global Trade in Five Years

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The Indian government Tuesday unveiled a brave, new Foreign Trade Policy 2004-09 that aims to double India’s share in global trade in five years.

Kerala: Oommen Chandy Sworn-in Amidst Early Fissures in Ruling UDF

From Mukundan C. Menon – Reporting from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Amidst fresh crisis already developed in ruling United Democratic Front (UDF), Oommen Chandy (61) was sworn-in on Tuesday, as the 19th Chief Minister of Kerala by Governor R. L. Bhatia at noon Tuesday at the Raj Bhavan here.

LTTE’s Eastern command ends wavering and agreed to meet the Sri Lanka Army.

At last the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission was able to make the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the Batticaloa – Amparai region to agree to meet the Sri Lanka Army’s commanders in the Eastern region.

Social organizations fear manipulation by Indian Army

Fearing manipulation by the Indian Army during the forensic test for Monorama Death Enquiry, the Apunba Lup demanded the testing should be done at respectable institutions like Scotland Yard in the United Kingdom.

A Norway reader's comment on - If a war breaks out Today ……

Jayendran Manoharan from Norway has written to “Asian Tribune” about the news report ”If a war breaks out Today, LTTE would be the biggest looser,” as wishful thinking and reality could be a different story.

Fourth anniversary of the death of Ko Win Bo, defender of Prisoners' Rights

Last 26 th August was the fourth anniversary of Ko Win Bo's death. He
was a political prisoner, who was brutally beaten to death in
Moulmine Prison.

The JVP intensifies its campaign against Sri Lankan peace talks

As part of a campaign heightening communal tensions in Sri Lanka, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is conducting a series of lectures throughout the island entitled “Who are the true enemies of peace?”. While the JVP claims to be in favour of peace, the entire thrust of these lectures, one of which was delivered in Colombo on August 17, is to plunge the country back to war.

China : Editor released from prison

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Cheng Yizhong, editor-in-chief of Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis News), who was freed on August 27 after more than five months in detention. His colleagues, Nanfang Dushi Bao Deputy Editor-in-Chief and General Manager Yu Huafeng and former editor Li Minying, remain imprisoned.

China: Law Bans HIV-Related Discrimination

China's new law banning discrimination against people living with infectious diseases is a much needed step to counter widespread abuses related to HIV status - said Human Rights Watch.

Rebels threaten to kill Russian school children

Russian authorities are negotiating with gunmen who have seized a school and taken hundreds of students and parents hostage in the southern region of north Ossetia.