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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Pro-Democracy People in Myanmar Disappointed at EU Decisionto Allow Myanmar Junta to Attend ASSEM 5

By Zin Linn

Ignoring stiff opposition from the democracy-loving people of Myanmar, the European Union has allowed the military junta in Yangoon to attend an upcoming Summit conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Clinton in good spirits before surgery

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was in good spirits Saturday, walking around his hospital room in street clothes and buoyed by thousands of get-well messages as he awaited heart bypass surgery early this week, people close to the family said.

Russia mourns hostage killings, questions mount for Putin

Flags flew at half-mast across Russia on Monday at the start of national mourning for 338 people killed when Chechen rebels seized a school, while questions mounted over President Vladimir Putin's policies.

Suicide deaths rampant in the Vanni.

Number of suicide deaths in the Vanni region controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is reportedly on the increase. Reports are emerging of people committing suicides due to numerous reasons.

'Armed groups' should go away for 'normalcy' in the East - Kaushalyan

E. Kaushalyan, Batticaloa – Amaparai Districts Political Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has expressed doubts about the usefulness of having talks with the Sri Lanka Army. He said that they tend to loose confidence as many of those killings have taken place in areas controlled by the Sri Lanka Army.

India Conveys its Displeasure to Pakistan Over Cross-Border Terror

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Keeping with its firm stand against ‘’imported terrorism”, India has again raised the issue of cross-border infiltration and terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan during the talks between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries here.

Dr. Gandhi in the Holy Land

By Am Johal

The fire truck at the edge of the football pitch was being used to spray water on the gathering crowd. It was hot in midday Ramallah, but there were a few vendors from Rukab's ice cream milling about in traditional clothes. Women were walking down the hillside towards the political rally with pictures of the dead. The Palestinians were waving the national flag as the loudspeakers were blaring Arabic music in anticipation of Mahatma Gandhi's grandson.

Time to bring reform in educational sector: Governor

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Governor Shyamal Datta has stressed the importance of drastic improvement in educational sector in the State and asserted that "time has come for us to try and bring about some reform in the Government schools in particular" to bring the students to a standard where they had some sanitation and water to drink.

European Union's "Bear-Hug" Burma Strategy

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

This past weekend the European Union (EU) decided to impose tougher sanctions against the Burmese military junta. The Junta's foreign minister will be permitted to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Vietnam on October 8th to officially receive tougher EU sanctions if Aung San Suu Kyi is not released by that date. This strategy is called the "bear-hug" strategy. A bear hugs you not because it loves you, but because it wants to squeeze you to death.

Union Home Minister refused to give assurance to the Manipuri protestors

There is no sign for ending the continuing agitation demanding repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Manipur as the Union Home Minister failed to give positive assurance to the leaders of the social organizations.

The government decides hold talks with all parties regarding 'peace talks' within the next two weeks.

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga reiterates that the freedom alliance led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (S.L.F.P) is committed to restore a lasting peace in the country settling the north-east conflict. She claims that the freedom alliance government is fulfilling the aspirations of the people.

All party consultative meeting is scheduled on 15th September to evolve a common strategy regarding Talks with LTTE.

An all party consultative meeting is scheduled to be held on 15th of this month at the President’s secretariat to evolve a common strategy regarding the reconvening of the stalled peace talks between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Government of Sri Lanka.