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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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Jack Straw calls for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Foreign Secretary Jack Straw repeated his call for the immediate release of political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent over nine years in detention in Burma. She will be 60 years old on 19 June.

Next SAARC Summit to give new impetus to economic cooperation: Pak PM

By Iqal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that the next summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), to be held in Dhaka in November, will give an impetus to regional economic cooperation.

Pak based Kashmiri militants tick off Hurriyat

M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

A day after they had returned from their first formal goodwill visit to Pakistan, the moderate leadership of the separatist conglomerate Hurriyat has received a shock of sorts.

U.S. Wishes Aung San Suu Kyi Happier Birthday in a Democratic and Free Burma

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

In a very rare gesture by any nation on this planet, the United States, in a special statement released through its public diplomacy arm, the Department of State, wished Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi a happy birthday to say that the “United States looks forward to the day when she can celebrate her birthday in a democratic and free Burma.”

Health condition of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan – Pakistan’s defamed Nuclear Scientist.

By Iqal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani minister for information and broadcasting Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad has said that an angiography on Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan was carried out in the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) on Thursday night, and he was in good health now.

SriLankan flies to China

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The national carrier SriLankan Airlines inaugurated its Colombo-Beijing flight. Minister of Ports and Aviation Mangala Samaraweera, who boarded the inaugural flight said the close bilateral relationship between Sri Lanka and China would be further strengthened with SriLankan Airlines flying to its newest destination Beijing.

DPA takes measures to mend fences within coalition parties in Tamil Nadu

Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The bad omen in the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) is pronounced like never before as each partner in the coalition is
quarreling with the other. The latest fissure is between the DMK and PMK, and the Congress sandwiched in between.

Bank of America to invest US$ 2.5 billion in China

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

Bank of America, the
third largest US banking group, has agreed to invest
2.5 billion US dollars to buy shares of the China
Construction Bank (CCB),which is one of the four major
state owned commercial bank.

Chandrika demanded to know from the JVP why LTTE should not be absorbed into the democratic mainstream?

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga demanded from the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna that she wanted to know why the Tamil rebel outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, should not be absorbed into the democratic mainstream in the same way the JVP entered it ?

Protest outside Burmese Embassy in London

Some 100 people joined a vocal protest outside the Embassy in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. Flags and banners were held aloft and protestors called for the release of the estimated 1,300 political prisoners currently being held in Burma.

United States Supports a ‘South Asia Free Trade Area’:Wants India on UN Security Council

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

The United States is urging nations of South Asia to develop intraregional trade and establish a South Asia Free Trade Area, said Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca testifying before the House of Representatives International Relations Subcommittee for Asia and the Pacific this week.

Dr Krishnaswamy removed from <i>Puthiya Tamizhagam </i>

Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The Puthiya Tamizhagam party in Tamilnadu is heading towards a
split, as the disillusioned office bearers removed its founder president, Dr Krishnaswamy.

A New Ministry for Muslim Affairs

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has established a new Ministry for Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs by Extraordinary Gazette Notification, published on 14th June 2005.