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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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March 27th - Burmese Resistance Day

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

When Japan invaded Burma in December 1941, the Burmese faculty at Rangoon University were commissioned as Lieutenants in the British Army. My father became a Lieutenant and retreated with the British Army towards India. When he found out that it was his students at Rangoon University who had founded the Burma Independence Army, my father and his platoon decided to join the Burma Independence Army.

Overseas Tiger offices and officials: - Australia

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has set up a well-organised network in Australia to collect funds and to provide logistical assistance in procuring arms.

Washington in a mood to pamper India and tickle its vanity as an emerging power, plans to invite Manmohan Singh in July

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

Hours after President Bush announced h8is offer of F-16 sale to India and Pakistan, the American officials are making a serious attempt to project the offer as a part of well considered new doctrine for South Asia and that it was not limited either the anti-terror war or keeping the military might of two estranged neighbours in balance.

Karuna request participation in peace talks with government

Touching on a wide range of issue, Col Karuna, the breakaway leader of the east, has urged the Sri Lankan government to invite them for talks without sticking to false notion of the LTTE being “the sole representative of the Tamils”.

We’ll have a global alliance to fight Patents - Murlidhar Rao.

From Narendra Kaushik - Reporting from New Delhi

On Wednesday when Indian Parliament passed the Patents bill replacing an ordinance, which was brought in to effect in December last year to meet the country’s commitment to World Trade Organization (WTO), it gave a major issue to Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), a Hindutva group that espouses the cause of Swadeshi (indigenous) and has been opposing the WTO regime.

Lambs to the Slaughter

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Chencholai’ - Red Blossom Gardens - Tiger orphanages - breeding grounds for the next generation of Tiger cadres, where the child inmates are taught to venerate and obey the God-Leader. If the proposed joint mechanism for aid distribution between the LTTE and the government comes into being, the Tigers will be able to legitimately recruit new inmates for their Red Blossom Gardens as part of their relief and rehabilitation work.

India in hurry to please US on F16 buy

From M Rama Rao & D P Kamat for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

The US appears to be in a double hurry to please India but New Delhi is in no mood to reciprocate. This became clear hours after the US had offered to sell F16s and spares and allow joint production of defence avionics in India in a bid to placate New Delhi which is hurt by American decision to supply nuclear capable F 16 fighters to Pakistan.

NGO-Norwegian Titanic Crashing Into Tamil Iceberg

By H. L. D. Mahindapala – Asian Tribune

H.L.D. Mahindapala - A veteran Journalist and a writer, who was a former Editor of Observer and presently the Editorial Advisor of Asian Tribune and the Chief of Asian Tribune’s Australian Bureau.

They defend the dignity of tsunami victims

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

In Hokandara, not far from Colombo, every day a group European Buddhist monks and nuns do pindapata or alms-rounds in the vicinity of their hermitage. The rest of the day they meditate, teach meditation and recite pirith (Buddhist blessings) in Pali. Some of them give meditation instructions in simple Sinhala. All these bhikkus and bhikkunis are university-educated people from affluent countries such as Germany and Switzerland.

Islamabad welcomes US decision to sale F-16s fighter jets

BY Iqbal Hussain Yousafzai – From Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad Saturday welcomed the US decision to sale F-16s fighter jets to Pakistan saying it would help meet some of its legitimate defence needs.

China’s New Global Power Felt Everywhere Says US State Department Official

Daya Gamage – Reporting to Asian Tribune

“The question of China – of what China is, of what China is to become – is probably one of the central questions of our age,” said Christopher Hill, the Bush administration’s nominee for the post of assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at his confirmation hearing before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee stressing that the Peoples Republic of China has now central to US Asia policy.

Natwar Singh meets Burmese top leadership, cements ties

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

Indian Minister for external relations Natwar Singh met Burmese top leadership in Yangon and the discussions signal coming together of the countries on a host of issues of interest.

Citing security: US tells citizens to avoid Pakistan travel

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

A day after announcing the sale of F-16s to Pakistan to bolster its ‘defences’, the US administration has asked its citizens to avoid Pakistan travel citing security concerns. ‘Avoid undertaking non-essential travel in that country in view of the ongoing security concerns about possible terror attacks’, the travel advisory issued by the State Department said.