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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

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Burma : 60th Birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi

By Ian Pearson – British Foreign Office Minister

19 June marks the 60th birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate. She will spend the day detained in her house in Rangoon, just as she has spent over 3,500 previous days - isolated and cut off from her many friends and supporters in Burma and around the world. She was arrested most recently in 30 May 2003, after a brief period of freedom, and has been detained ever since.

Helgesen, Norwegian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, drops into seal the deal with Chandrika and Ranil

Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Deputy Minister, will arrive in Colombo on Monday, June 20, to hold discussion with the key leaders of all communities.

Mirwaiz urges India to show sincerity

By Iqbal Hussain Khan – Reporting from Islamabad

Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has urged India to demonstrate sincerity and play a serious role in moving the peace process forward to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

Sri Lanka: Going back to the Portuguese period of Dona Catherina and Don Juan Dharmapala

From our Political Correspondent.

The current situation has put President Kumaratunga in the hot seat. Not that her seat was cool earlier. It is just that the JVP has increased the heat under her chair. And with all the other added pressures her presidential seat is turning into a hot furnace.

‘LTTE is in a quandary’ over its future course, - says Subramanian Swamy

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

Dr Subramanian Swamy, the one man crusader of causes he considers worthy, believes that the LTTE is faced with a catch-22 situation vis-à-vis its future direction.

Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project : Indian Prime Minister to lay foundation in July

Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The work of the
Sethusamudram Canal Project is to take off at the
earliest, as the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
would lay the foundation stone in the first week of

Huge public rally for Naga unification organized in Senapati

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Amid Manipur Government's banning of organizing the UNC sponsored rallies in 4 hill district headquarters of the State---Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel and Tamenglong, the rally here held peacefully.

A Birthday to Remember

”June 19 marks the birthday of 1990 Nobel Peace Laureate and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and this day is also unofficially celebrated as the Women of Burma Day. We join the world in commemorating this most auspicious occasion in her honor.”

Entrance Test Ban: DMK's view not acceptable - PMK

Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The crack within the DPA
is widening, if the pronouncements of PMK leader
S Ramadoss is any indication. A couple of days ago only
the Union Minister and Congress leader Elangovan
criticised the PMK's anti-Tamil campaign.

We will return soon – Somawansa Amarsinghe

At a press conference held in public library conference hall, Colombo Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna Leader Mr Somawansa Amarasinghe said that they should leave the UPFA to protect the country and we leave with mission to return soon, stronger in purpose and grater in numbers. As we depart, we bow before our masters, the people. We ask them to keep their faith in this country and in democracy.

Kural Research Conference in Malaysia

Kenath Jayashankar Menon, - Reporting from Chennai

The Kural Research Conference would be held on June 18 in Malaysai. Around 150 Tamil scholars and scribes are expected to attend

Drop in Coconut Production heading for a nutty problem

By Q Perera – Our Business Correspondent

"If the nutty problem of drop in the coconut production is not solved, the
desiccated coconut processing industry would be wiped out, markets lost and the age old traditional foreign exchange earner would be lost forever," said Sunil Watawala, speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Desiccated Coconut Millers Association after he was elected the President, held at the Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo.

Opposition says presenting tsunami joint mechanism to parliament is a futile exercise

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Sri Lanka’s main opposition said that there is no necessity to present the proposed tsunami joint mechanism to parliament. “It is not a bill or a legislation to be presented to the parliament,” says Prof G.L.Peiris, spokesman for the United National Party. “The executive president can decide on the proposed tsunami mechanism and there is no reason whatsoever for her not to exercise that authority”.