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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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U.N. Member States Struggle to Define Terrorism

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service News Agency

The rash of terrorist bombings in Britain, and most recently in Egypt, have prompted Secretary-General Kofi Annan to prod the U.N.'s 191 member states to speed up a long-delayed decision on one of the most politically sensitive issues in the world body: a definition of ”terrorism”.

ASEAN role vital in Burma's democratic future

Burmese military Government has come forward to defer its forthcoming chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) due for the year 2006. This was announced at an ASEAN Ministerial meeting held recently at Vientiane, Laos.

UN criticized for lack of interest on civil society

Sugeeswara Senadhira - Reporting from New York

Top intellectuals from more than 100 countries who gathered at the UN general assembly to participate in the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) Conference were highly critical f the United Nations and its top bureaucrats for lack of interest. They crticised the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Assistant Secretary General Stephen Stedman for lack of interest on several civil society initiatives on conflict prevention was ‘disheartening to say the least’.

Nagas' sensitiveness should be within the "limits of rationality": NPCC Chief

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has reiterated that the ongoing economic blockades on Manipur by the All Naga Students Association of Manipur (ANSAM) as an "internal matter of Manipur" because it (blockades) happened as a result of that Government (Manipur)'s declaration of June 18 as State Holiday.

Policy inconsistency, excessive public expenditure hinder country' growth rate

By Q Perera - Our Business Correspondent

Sri Lanka could be identified as the largest bureaucracy in the South East Asian region and also could be the largest in the developing world with a very high rate of public expenditure, said Peter Harrold, Sri Lankan Country Director for the World Bank, speaking as Chief Guest at the 14th Annual General Meeting of the Industrial Association of Sri Lanka (IASL) held at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka last week.

Dr Meinya for immediate center's intervention

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Manipur MP Dr T Meinya Singh has today expressed serious concern on the immediate unforeseeable solution to the ongoing impasse between the State Government and the agitating All Naga Students Association of Manipur (ANSAM) with regard to the ongoing economic blockades in the State.

Hundred-metre zone prevents Rs 10 million-hotel project

By Q Perera - Our Business Correspondent

Hotel Reefcomber, Hikkaduwa was to achieve an all time high target of
revenue during 2004, which would have been the highest since its inception, if not for the Tsunami Disaster, which devastated property and life when the killer wave hit the hotel on December 26th. This was indicated by B M Amarasekera, Chairman, Hotel Reefcomber Ltd in its annual report for the year 2004. He indicated "The refurbished hotel could have been the launching pad that would have taken Reefcomber to greater heights but, fate decreed otherwise and the Tsunami set back the course."

<font size = 2>Policy paper</font><br> We cannot afford to rest on our laurels

Prof: Kanbawza Win

The die is caste. The appeasement policy under the smokescreen of Constructive Engagement has been made bare by taking the chairmanship from the pugnacious Junta and the hypocrisy of the ASEAN leaders has been put to shame in the international arena. The punitive actions had made one step forward.

Doomed If They Do, Doomed If They Don’t: The Indian Nuclear Menace May Get Worse

By S. P. Udayakumar

Since the issue at hand is so complicated and steeped in strategic considerations and nucular, sorry, nuclear jargons, let us try to understand the situation with the help of an allegory, “The Largest Singh Meets the Longest Sam, A True Sad Story.”

UN plans to halt child recruitments by Tamil rebels, Maoists and others

Sugeeswara Senadhira - Reporting from New York

The United Nations special representative for Children in Armed Conflict, Olara Otunu’s relentless efforts to get the world body involved in halting recruitment of child soldiers by rebel groups have succeeded when the U.N. Security Council approved a package of measures aimed at halting the use of child soldiers and exploitation of children.