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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Burma in Transition to Freedom and Democracy

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The removal of General Khin Nyunt and the dismantling of the Military Intelligence apparatus marks the beginning of Burma's transition to freedom and democracy. Than Shwe will be less difficult to remove than Khin Nyunt.

In Goa: Before the trial of strength Legislators on a hide and seek game.

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

In a bizarre move, India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) packed off 12 of its legislators Goa to a secluded health resort in the pink city of Jaipur, about six-hours bus journey from here as the Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party is getting ready to face a trial of strength in the Goa provincial assembly.

Tamil National Force lambastes Kofi Annan for offering condolences to minor LTTE apparatchik

“Tamil National Force feels that the defenseless Tamil people have no future under the UN, or its Secretary-General who leaps insensitively to condole the criminals oppressing and denying the Tamils their fundamental rights.”

‘Tainted’ Federal Ministers in India get temporary reprieve

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Five Federal Ministers in India, who according to the opposition are tainted and thus unfit to govern, have won reprieve for the present with the Supreme Court dismissing a petition on their appointment.

Jack Straw says sorry for 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre of innocents Indians by British army

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Eight decades after the colonial British army massacred the innocents in a North Indian town, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw visited the place and tendered an open, unqualified apology.

Erik Solheim on another routine visit to Sri Lanka

Norwegian Special peace Envoy Erik Solheim will arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday 21 February on a week-long visit.

Delhi police arrest pro-Pak Hurriyat leader, BJP questions ‘bus service deal’

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Just two-days after India and Pakistan agreed to start a bus service between the two ‘Kashmirs’, Delhi police arrested a pro-Pak Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz on charges of carrying fake currency. The arrest was made when he was coming out of Pakistan High Commission here.

Maldives needs $ 300 million for post-Tsunami rehabilitation

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

The Maldives needs around $300million for its post-Tsunami relief effort, aid agencies estimates show. About $120 million will be required in the short term over the next six months.

Sri Lanka President’s Rhetoric and Back Peddling

In Sri Lanka, press has always been a convenient scapegoat. No sooner a controversial statement is made by President Chandrika Kumaratunga; the government back peddles and goes hastily into damage control, flooding the media with clarifications.

People take Assam Rifles today as

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Finance Minister K Therie said there was a sea change in the relationship between the populace and the Assam Rifles and Indian Army in the State.

US Chief Spy Negroponte Has Good Insights for Covert Operations

Daya Gamage – News Analysis to Asian Tribune

With no intelligence experience or background whatsoever, John D. Negroponte, a veteran bureaucrat, will now has a colossal task of leading a unified intelligence community bringing fifteen intelligence agencies under a single authority as the Bush Administration’s Director of National Intelligence.