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POTA repealed: Undemocratic laws cannot fight ‘terrorism’

By Neeraj Nanda – Asian Tribune

The new United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in India has decided to repeal the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). The POTA was made a law by the previous BJP led Government led by Atal Behari Vajpayee after the unfortunate 9/11 events in the US. The UPA Government had made an electoral promise to repeal the POTA.

“Hereafter, if LTTE kills any EPDP members, we will cremate them in front of the Norwegian Embassy” - EPDP

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Hundreds of Eelam People's Democratic Party supporters
carrying the Coffin of their slain member Thambithurai
Sivakumaran, protested in front of the Norwegian
Embassy in Colombo yesterday (Sep 20) demanding
Norwegian peace facilitator to declare their proposed
action to put an end to the killing of political
opponents by the LTTE.

The Final Chapter in Military Occupation of Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

Win Aung - Burma’s foreign minister’s retirement was probably due to the September 18, 2004 article in Bangkok Post that stated "Mr. Khin Nyunt is obviously worried about his position, may even fear for his life. The Foreign Minister hinted ( to a senior Asian diplomat ) that both he and the Prime Minister may have to leave the country for their own safety in the near future.

US Signals Sri Lanka on Religious Issue

By Dayan Jayatilleka

We have just had a wake-up call but we are still snoring. On September 15, Secretary of State Colin Powell announced the release of the US State Department’s Report on International Religious Freedoms 2004. Punctiliously researched and documented, soberly written, it contains a section several pages long and quite critical of the situation in Sri Lanka. Significantly it is also sharply critical of the LTTE.

Pakistan: Bush Should Urge Return to Civilian Rule

U.S. President George W. Bush should urge Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf to keep his promise to step down as army chief by the end of the year and fully restore civilian rule in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said today. The two leaders are scheduled to meet Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Dr. PC Alexander, former Principal Secretary of Rajiv Gandhi - bares it all on the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987.

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan Accord was doomed to fail from the very beginning because none of the major parties to the accord were fully committed to it openly - confessed Dr. PC Alexander, former Principal Secretary of both Indra Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi in his newly published book: “Through The Corridors of Power, An Inside Story.”

Canadian High Commissioner expressed Canada’s continued support for the Peace process in Sri Lanka.

Ms. Valerie Raymond, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, who visited yester day to Kilinochchi and met with S.Paramu Tamilselvan, Political Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, expressed the concern of the Government of Ganada over the delay n restarting peace talks and warned that there is a great danger if the parties allow the gap to widen any further.

The International Day of Peace - Message by Sri Lanka’s President

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in her world peace day message for 2004 states that She now has reason to be more confident than ever before and believes we are at the threshold of transforming our little country into a peaceful nation where all communities can live in peace and harmony.

Sri Lanka President relates her views on the conflict resolution and peace building in the Country.

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in her address at the Asia Society in New York said that Sri Lanka Government has so far not insisted on the disarmament by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam but has only insisted the acceptance of the solution that is not the dismemberment of the state. She further said that issue of disarmament would arise when the agreed solutions to conflict begins to be implemented.

No militants used Pakistani territory to met - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman, Masood Khan,
dispels any claims or suspicions that Al -Qaeda and
Taliban militants had met in its territory to plot
ways to disrupt the upcoming presidential election in
Afghanistan

Former Nepal’s Police Chief sent to judicial custody

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

The Special Court has sent former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Achyut Krishna Kharel to judicial custody. The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had filed a case against Kharel on charges of amassing wealth disproportionate to his income, while he served as police chiefs.

Sit-on fast at Trincomalee cripples normalcy

Sri Lanka Army website reports of A sit-on fast in Trincomalee demanding the release of two Home Guards detained by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) gathered momentum on Tuesday after transport came to a standstill and normalcy disrupted with the closure of shops and business ventures.

Terror threats against US citizens and interests in Karachi

Lubna Jerar Naqvi Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

There has been another threat of a possible attack by
a woman suicide bomber – of a Central Asian origin, who would pose as a westerner, against the US citizens and interests in Karachi, Pakistan.

Dhaka-Washington to Sign Deal to Avoid Double Taxation

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh and the US governments have finally agreed to sign an
agreement on avoidance of double taxation. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas and Bangladeshi National Board of Revenue chairman Khairuzzaman will sign the agreement on behalf of their respective governments in Dhaka on 26 September.

Third World needs equal opportunities" - President Kumaratunga

President Chandrika Kumaratunga said yesterday that the developing world needs equal opportunity for trade and access to global market more than financial assistance in their fight against hunger and poverty.

POTA repealed: Undemocratic laws cannot fight ‘terrorism’

By Neeraj Nanda – Asian Tribune

The new United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in India has decided to repeal the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). The POTA was made a law by the previous BJP led Government led by Atal Behari Vajpayee after the unfortunate 9/11 events in the US. The UPA Government had made an electoral promise to repeal the POTA.

A Nation Yearning For Peace

In their aspiration for a peace, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, on behalf of the Tamil People, consider it a rare privilege to join hands with UN and the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Peace on 21 September 2004.

“Hereafter, if LTTE kills any EPDP members, we will cremate them in front of the Norwegian Embassy” - EPDP

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Hundreds of Eelam People's Democratic Party supporters
carrying the Coffin of their slain member Thambithurai
Sivakumaran, protested in front of the Norwegian
Embassy in Colombo yesterday (Sep 20) demanding
Norwegian peace facilitator to declare their proposed
action to put an end to the killing of political
opponents by the LTTE.

The Final Chapter in Military Occupation of Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

Win Aung - Burma’s foreign minister’s retirement was probably due to the September 18, 2004 article in Bangkok Post that stated "Mr. Khin Nyunt is obviously worried about his position, may even fear for his life. The Foreign Minister hinted ( to a senior Asian diplomat ) that both he and the Prime Minister may have to leave the country for their own safety in the near future.

US Signals Sri Lanka on Religious Issue

By Dayan Jayatilleka

We have just had a wake-up call but we are still snoring. On September 15, Secretary of State Colin Powell announced the release of the US State Department’s Report on International Religious Freedoms 2004. Punctiliously researched and documented, soberly written, it contains a section several pages long and quite critical of the situation in Sri Lanka. Significantly it is also sharply critical of the LTTE.


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