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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2868

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Australia grants full market economy status to China

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

Australia has recognized China's market economy status and agreed to
start talks on free trade agreement.

Raviraj MP urged Victoria’s Prime Minister to pledge funding for Tsunami affected Jaffna and Mullaithievu

The Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation which was on a week-long study tour in Australia to learn about disaster preparedness returned to Colombo on Saturday. However two members of the delegation, Raviraj and Lakshman Seneviratne are remaining in Australia for a further one week for personal reasons.

US-Norway-Sri Lanka talks on joint mechanism

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Hectic diplomatic and political activities are taking place to come to a compromise on the controversial issue of joint mechanism for tsunami aid distribution. On one hand diplomatic efforts are being made to narrow the gap between the conditions acceptable to the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). At the same time similar activities are taking place to ensure a consensus within the political parties in the ruling alliance.

Delhi warns Dhaka of serious repercussions as an Indian border police official is killed inside Bangladesh.

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

Indian- Bangladesh relations have suddenly nosedived and Delhi. Who provided the spark and how is unclear but India accuses Bangladesh of 'premeditated and preplanned' killing of a senior Border police office by men of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) inside the Bangladesh territory.

SPUR urges more US action against LTTE to restore peace

From our Australian Correspondent

On the eve of the visit of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Ms Christina B. Rocca, to Sri Lanka, the Society Peace Unity and Human Rights of Sri Lanka (SPUR), a leading human rights organization established in Australia, has appealed to her to publicly condemn atrocities committed by the LTTE under cover of the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) and to hold it accountable for the 1) recruitment of Tamil children despite international condemnations, 2) the persecution of Tamils in their Vanni stronghold and (3) imprisonment and torture of Tamils residing in foreign countries when they visit relatives and friends in LTTE-held areas.

Islamabad, Manila sign two deals, two MoUs

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan and Philippine on Tuesday signed two agreements and two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to combat terrorism and enhance trade, economic and cultural exchanges.

Balapatabendi take over diplomatic assignment in May.

From S.Nagarajah in Sydney

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner designate to Australia Mr S.K.Balapatabendi is expected to arrive in Canberra in mid May to assume duties as the new Sri Lankan envoy Down Under. Australian Government gave its agreement to Mr Balapatabendi’s appointment more than two months ago, long before the Sri Lankan Parliamentary Select Committee on High Appointments gave its approval.

French Prime Minister to visit China

By Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

French Prime Minister Jean Pierre Raffarin is scheduled to arrive
China on Thursday for a the three day visit.

Dr Lotha wants Assam honor 1972 Assam-Nagaland Border Agreement

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The situation in Assam-Nagaland border is slowly and steadily picking up for a showdown as both the state Governments appear to be taking tough stands and the accusations and counter-accusations of encroaching lands on both sides in the border areas reaching summit.

Pakistan, Philippines agree to revitalize trade ties

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines have agreed to revitalize bilateral trade and economic ties for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Unilateral declaration of independence by Shan State - breaking away from the Union of Burma.

Shan Democratic Union, the leading political formation of the Shan State which remained a constituent state in the Union of Burma has declared independence by breaking off from the Union of the Burma ruled by the army generals since 1964.