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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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U.N. Chief warns of collapsing peace agreements

Thalif Deen - Inter Press service News Agency

As hundreds of civil society representatives and peace activists gather at the United Nations for a three-day conference to launch a new agenda for conflict prevention, there is growing scepticism about the durability of peace agreements that are signed in post-war situations.

Anura Bandaranaike tells John Howard to “mind his own damn business”

From our Colombo Correspondent

Anura Bandaranaike, the brother of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and an aspirant to succeed her, has bluntly told John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, to “mind his own damn business” without interfering in the internal affairs of the country.

Deciphering LTTE’s political jargon

In a desperate bid to salvage their weakening position in the east, the LTTE is using Orwellian new-speak, mainly to blame the Sri Lankan government. The Tamil Tiger position has weakened in the east to point that they have been forced to withdraw all its key apparatchiks from the east, leaving only the underground assassins and intelligence cadres.

Lankan envoy says UN aid will flow despite PTOMS delay

Sugeeswara Senadhira - Colombo Bureau Chief, from New York

The United Nation's assistance to tsunami affected persons in Sri Lanka will continue unabated despite the delay in implementation of the Post Tsunami Operations Management Structure (PTOMS). The UN will not waiver from its total commitment to assist tsunami affected, the Sri Lankan Permanent Representative to the United Nations said.

LTTE ignores Co-chairs’ warning and bombs tsunami refugee camp in the east

From our Colombo Correspondent

Two suspected LTTE cadres, speeding away on a motor cycle, lobbed a bomb at the refugee camp at Ramakrishna Maha Vidyalaya in Akkaraippattu yesterday, 21st July afternoon. Two Special Task Force constables and one policeman guarding the refugee camp were injured.

No London bombing arrests in Pakistan: British envoy

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

No one has been arrested in Pakistan in connection with the London bombings, Britain's high commissioner to Islamabad said on Thursday.

India voices concern over security of Pak nuclear assets

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has voiced concern over the security of nuclear assets in Pakistan, saying “I am not an astrologer but I hope and pray” that Pakistan's nuclear weapons don’t fall into the hands of jihadi elements in the event of a coup or collapse of President Pervez Musharraf's government.

UN says don't associate terrorists with refugees

Sugeeswara Senadhira - Colombo Bureau Chief from New York

The United Nations urged the people of all freedom loving countries not to associate terrorists with refugees. The world body has categorically stated that the worst possible way to try to organize terrorist attacks was by seeking asylum in a country as refugees.

Musharraf seeks nations in fighting extremism and terrorism

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has sought support of the countrymen in the fight against extremism, terrorism and promoting real essence and true values of Islam for the cause of Pakistan.

China hopes for a progress in the six party Talks

By Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

China will work closely
with the other parties and try to make the upcoming
new round of six party talks proceed smoothly and
achieve substantive progress.

Entrepreneur of the year 2004 would be the highest national honor - Nawaz Rajabdeen

By Q Perera, Our Business Correspondent

”The spirit of Sri Lankan entrepreneurship has been a beacon of hope for the
nation and rising against economic adversity the entrepreneurs have taken the lead in fostering growth and economic development, creating and sustaining businesses that have gone on to yield outstanding results for the country,” said Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) at the National Launch of the Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year 2004, recently held at Hotel Galadari in Colombo.

National Conference to stop secret deals of government

Experts in legal, administrative and defence fields will meet tomorrow at a national conference to consider ways out of the "P-TOMS syndrome" -- the syndrome of governments pushing secret deals against the will of the people and parliament.