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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Burmese Political Prisoner Suffers Serious Health Condition

According to reports emerging out of Rangoon, the political prisoner Ko Nyan Win, who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in 1998, is suffering from a serious health condition in Tharawaddy prison.

Balapatabendi coming to Australia despite protests

The Deputy Leader of the main Opposition, United National Party, Karu Jayasuriya, told the Asian Tribune that they opposed the appointment of Kusumsiri Balapatabendi as High Commissioner to Australia when it came up before the High Post committee in Parliament. But they were outvoted by the majority of the government members, he added.

Modi cancels visit to UK, Advani puts off his Pak visit

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

Averting another diplomatic backlash, the controversial Gujarat chief minister Thursday night decided to call off his visit to United Kingdom. He is understood to have taken the decision on the advice of Prime Minister Manmohan singh and the Federal Minister for the Interior Shivraj Patil, who reportedly advised him that it was better he cancelled his foreign tour at present. He was to leave for UK on Friday.

Post-tsunami rehabilitation mechanism is the newly revised version of the Interim Self Governing Authority (IGSA).

The Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have agreed on a structure of a joint mechanism for tsunami rehabilitation in North East Sri Lanka. After three rounds of face to face talks and protracted negotiations conducted through Norway’s shuttle diplomacy, the two sides are now closer to signing a deal.

US Conservatives Take Lead Against Patriot Act, To Protect Civil Liberties

Daya Gamage – News Analysis to Asian Tribune

“The United States can wage an effective war on terrorism without locking up its own citizens without access to their families and their attorney, and without trial or charges.

Coalition blues stall crucial government appointments in Bihar and Jharkhand.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In Jharkhand, a state in East India, which was in the eye of a storm over formation of a minority government led by leader of ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Shibu Soren earlier this month, the process of government formation is yet to be completed.

Time for Raghavan to tell the truth

In the 1970’s the Tiger Tamil rebel outfit was organized to end the atrocities unleashed by the Sinhala Government and Army and to stop the Sinhalese colonization in the hereditary Tamil homeland. One of the earliest members of the Tamil Tiger outfit was Raghavan. He was the closest ally of Prabaharan then. Though he is hardly known now, it is fitting to recall some of his acts that can be considered to significant points in the history of Tiger outfit.

Nepalese Monarch sends emissary to India.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Nepalese king Gyanendra, who has been cold shouldered by India and number of other countries since the suspension of democracy there, has sent his emissary to New Delhi to clear the logjam in Indo-Nepal relations.

Pakistan ready for troop pull-out from Siachen: Kasuri

By Iqbal Hussain Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan is ready to pull out troops form the Siachen glacier as per an agreement between New Delhi and Islamabad, said Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mehud Kasuri.

Analysis of Unocal's Settlement of Slave Labor Lawsuit

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

American securities law requires that all "material" (legal term for significant) information must be disclosed to all shareholders. Unocal's confidential settlement of the slave labor lawsuit indicates that the compensation paid by Unocal was not "material" or significant to Unocal's shareholders.

5 NSCN (IM) cadres killed in factional clashes in Suruhoto,

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

cadres were reportedly killed and injured seven seriously in the factional fights with the NSCN (K) on Thurday early morning in Suruhoto under Zunheboto district of Nagaland.

Natwar Singh meets Myanmar Prime Minister today

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

Indian Minister for External Affairs K Natwar Singh now on an official visit to Myanmar will hold talks today with the Myanmar Prime Minister Lt.Gen Soe Win and his counterpart U Nyan Win. He will meet Senior General Than Shwe tomorrow.