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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Thailand: Elections Amid Government Assault on Rights

Thailand's general elections on Sunday,
February 6, will take place amid steadily eroding respect for human
rights under Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's government, Human
Rights Watch said in a briefing paper.

4 journalists hurt in a blast; one battles for life

Ahmede Hussain Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Four journalists including Khulna Press Club President Sheikh Abu Hasan were wounded in a powerful bomb explosion on the press club premises last night in another attack on newsmen in this region.

The JVP is damn too much – N.Raviraj MP

By our Colombo Correspondent

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj in an all out attack against the JVP alleged them of blocking peace. He asked the JVP – the coalition ally of the government - to come clean and say if they are for war or not. “If so, join the army and get the training”, he said in an interview with the “Asian Tribune.”

RAW Blamed for Bomb Blasts in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ghulam Azam, former emir of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh (JIB), blamed Indian secret service Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for the grenade attacks on main opposition Awami League (AL) rallies in Dhaka and Habiganj.

The Fate of the Alliance

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Instability is natural to most political alliances. The United People Freedom Alliance is no exception to this generality. In the last few weeks there has been much speculation about the possibility of an immediate breakdown of the UPFA.

Pak to make no compromise on Kashmir stand

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has declared that Pakistan would never compromise its principled stand on Kashmir and continue to extend fullest support to the legitimate cause of Kashmiri people.

Foreign Minister Kadirgamar's love affair with JVP deepens

Rajpal Abeynayaka – Asian Tribune

The LTTE's worst enemy in Sri Lanka, Lakshaman Kadirgamar's
acknowledged love affair with the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna
coalition partner of the government has deepened to such an extent that
its in Kadirgamar's hands that Sri Lanka's future now seems to depend.

Goa: "Speaker is always right" - Rajendra Arlekar.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Goa is in news again after the state governor S C Jamir dismissed a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday and installed senior Congress leader Pratap Singh Rane in the Chief Minister’s seat.

The Portal to Peace

By Dayan Jayatilleka

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has invited Bill Clinton to be the UN’s Special Envoy to the tsunami-hit areas, and as part of his mandate, seek to expand the new opportunities for peacemaking that have arisen in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

"A-You" and "A-Yan" of Burmese Politics

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

"A-You" is the Burmese word for crazy fool. "A-Yan" means wild and crazy. The former describes General Than Shwe and the latter Prime Minister Lt. General Soe Win.

Musharraf: Solution accordance to Kashmiris aspirations

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has assured Kashmiris that Pakistan would only accept a solution of Kashmir issue that is in line with aspirations of Kashmiri people and acceptable to them. <

Clinton and Senior Bush to Visit Tsunami hit countries

Former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are to visit tsunami-affected countries from 19 to 21 February. The two men are to visit the hardest-hit countries in Asia - Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Maldives.

Exploring Common structure for aid and reconstruction

Norwegian Ambassador Hans Bratskar visited Kilinochchi, the stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, to meet with S.ParamuTamilselvan, head of LTTE’s political division to explore a common ground between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Government regarding the distribution of post-tsunami aid and reconstruction efforts.

Solution Kashmir issue lies in UN resolutions

Iqbal Hussain – Asian Tribune

Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that Kashmir is the core issue and should be resolved according to the U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Thakshin’s Party to come up with sweeping victory

Suthep Chaviwan – Reporting from Bangkok to Asian Tribune

The opposition Democratic Party leader conceded defeat to the ruling Thai Rak Thai party led by the incumbent Prime Minister and telecom business tycoon Dr. Takshin Shinwatara after the voting that took place this morning to elect 500 members to the House of Representative of the Thai Parliament.