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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

Monthly archive

Should EU give in to Burma’s participation in ASEM?

The daunting task of the EU is to stand firm on its democratic principle and apply it evenly, even if this means an economic short-term disadvantage. Giving in to such incentive could amount to losing sight of a bigger picture, which could be translated into turning the back on promotion of democracy, rights of self-determination, universal human rights and equality.

Malaysian court acquits Anwar of sodomy

Malaysia's highest court freed former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim from prison on Thursday and he was expected to quickly travel to Germany for surgery to treat a back injury stemming from a police beating in 1998.

Indian Truck Drivers' Hostage Crisis At Last A Happy Ending

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The trauma and torture that lasted 42 days for four Asian and three East African truck drivers and their families and friends back home ended Wednesday after their Iraqi captors released them in an apparent deal with the employers of the drivers, the Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company (KGL) involving payment of huge ransom money.

Hostages prepare for night in school siege

Hundreds of hostages are spending their first night in captivity in a school in southern Russia, but the Kremlin has remained silent about an attack that is amounting to a huge humiliation.

Sri Lanka: Peace Talks still in a limbo

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga who is on a private visit to London is expected to be back in the country today. According to informed sources it is learnt that she is expected to make some important announcement once she is back in the country.

Last 50 years Sri Lanka evolved as a Sinhala Hegemonic State – Dr. Kumar Rupasinghe.

Suddenly the country has found an advocacy for the Interim Self-Governing Authority proposal’s in Dr. Kumar Rupasinghe. He has forcefully advocated that the Government should accept- with emphasis laid, the ISGA as the basis of Talks.

“We don’t want P. Chandrasekeran as our broker “– JVP

Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP) has flatly rejected the offer by P.Chanrasekeran of the Up-Country People’s Front to broker talks between the JVP and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam .

SAARC Nations Should Come Out of Box of Historical

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India's National Security Adviser, J N Dixit has said prejudices are a hurdle towards cooperation at government level in the SAARC region.

Norwegians in the Dock for Colluding with LTTE

Our legal correspondent reports that Norway, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and Prabhakaran are to be arraigned for violations of international law and /or crimes against humanity.

Burma unable to repay foreign loans

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Burmese military junta has defaulted on World Bank loans. The New York Times on 29 August 2004 reports that a $94 million debt to China was re-scheduled because the Burmese military government was unable to make payment.

Muslims in the East, resolved against ISGA and the merger of North and Eastern Provinces.

A Muslim organization called Dawn of the East –Kizhahakin Uthayam, held a conference yesterday in Kalmunai to decide about the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal put forwad by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and about the temporary merger of the North and Eastern provinces.

Student injured from exploding shells fired by police in Manipur

In the escalating confrontation between students and security forces over agitation demanding removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, yesterday one student was hit by exploding teargas shells on his chest injuring him when police fired on a group of student protestors here.

Norway’s double standard exposed

Another proof of Norwegian double standards: Norway condemns Beersheba suicide bombings, but refuses to condemn suicide attack in Sri Lanka .

Burmese MP - U Soe Myint suffers from chronic health deterioration

U Soe Myint, who has been in Insein prison, was sent to Insein
Prison Hospital because of his failing health, it is reported

China: Writers sued for libel

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the trial of two Chinese authors who wrote a banned book investigating local corruption and mistreatment of peasants in Anhui Province. The two went on trial for libel in Fuyang Intermediate People's Court last week, and the proceedings ended on August 28. A verdict is not expected for another month.

Thailand: Libel Suit Deepens Assault on the Press

A libel suit against critics of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra filed by a corporation he founded, along with increasing government pressure on the media, threatens to stifle Thailand's beleaguered free press - yesterday Human Rights Watch warned.

Hostage-takers free 26 women, children

The ITAR-TASS news agency quotes officials as saying at least 26 children and women have been freed from the school gymnasium where armed rebels are holding hundreds hostage.