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Important Questions about Burma's Future

By Myint Thein: Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

Several important questions have been raised about Burma's future. The most frequently asked question is about the National Convention.

Dangerous uncertainty prevails in Sri Lanka, though Ceasefire holds for the third consecutive year.

As peace talks were suspended since April 2003 by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and yet to come forward to an acceptable agenda with the Government of Sri Lanka, is putting a serious strain on the Ceasefire and creating a dangerous uncertainty in the country.

UN declares level 1 warning in Dhaka

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The United Nations (UN) has announced a level-1 security warning in
Bangladesh for its officials. The UN has asked them to inform the
Dhaka office before making a visit to the country, said UN officials.
The phase-1 security warning has been issued amidst a level-2 warning
already imposed for Cox's Bazar since October 28 last year.

Aceh Peace Talks enters the second day in Helsinki.

The second round of peace talks between the Government representatives and the leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) facilitated by the former Finnish president Maarti Ahtisaari, the chairman of Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) kicked off yesterday, in Königstedt, Konigstedt Manor in Vantaa, north of Helsinki with a strong message that special autonomy for Aceh would be the only consideration on the agenda.

S.Pathmanathan’s appointment by World Bank to head Housing and Reconstruction Project opposed.

The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR), an Australian based Sri Lankan’s peace organization has strongly protested to the appointment of S.Pathmanathan, a former Government Agent of Jaffna by the IDA/ World bank to head of the Housing and Reconstruction Project in the North and East.

Bush and Clinton concluded visit to Sri Lanka

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Former American Presidents George Bush (snr) and Bill Clinton concluded their two day visit of tsunami devastated areas in southern Sri Lanka yesterday, saying that America could be a catalyst in the country's redevelopment.

Supreme Court asks Zaheera to disclose her assets.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The woes of Zaheera Sheikh, prime witness of Best Bakery case involving murder of 14 members of her family during communal riots in Gujarat state in the first quarter of 2002, it seems, are not yet over.

Pak PM due in Tehran Today

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is due in Tehran today
(Tuesday) on a three-day official visit to Iran to
discuss a whole gamut of bilateral relations regional
and international situation with the Iranian leadership.

Tsunami Special Provision Act to regulate death and adoption

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Colombo

Sri Lanka Government is expected to present a Tsunami Special Provision Act in Parliament soon whereby the presumption period of one year before declaring a person dead will be brought down to one month where Tsunami victims are concerned.

United States Changes its Visa Clearance Procedure:Benefits International Students, Business Visitors

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

The United States Department of State announced last week an extension of the validity of Visas Mantis clearances for certain categories of visas, including international students, exchange visitors and tourists.

Try killers of journos: Editors demand from rally

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Editors of all the leading newspapers took to the street in the
capital in a unique protest against the unabated killings of
journalists across Bangladesh and demanded that the culprits be tried
and punished immediately.

Shaukat Aziz returns home after KSA visit

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Monday arrived back home
after a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

CPI advises cohesion in the Left Front.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Despite having been cold shouldered by his senior counterpart Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet, CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan is continuing attempts to forge closer ties with the CPI (M) and bring cohesion within Left Front which props up Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the centre and rules West Bengal state.

Lalith Rajapakse acquitted; the Sri Lankan government must file charges against the police for fabrication of cases

The Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission has demanded the Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka to charge the three police officers responsible for filing false charges against Lalith Rajapakse under the same legal provisions.

Muslim League became partners with UPA Government for 1st time in history: NE BJP leader

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The North East BJP Organizational Secretary, V Satish, has lambasted the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Center for inept handling of the complex issues of the region---making more vulnerable to the sovereignty and integrity of the country.

400 perished as strong earthquake hits central Iran

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting for Asian Tribune

A powerful earthquake shook central Iran on Tuesday, killing about 400 people and destroying villages, state-run television reported.