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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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President Bush Salutes Muslims at the Start of Ramazan.

I send greetings to the many Muslims observing Ramazan in America and around the world. US President George Bush Praises the Common values of People of the Books in his message at the start of Ramazan. American President in his message pointed out, "Ramazan is the holiest time of the Muslim year and an important holiday when Muslims take time for prayer, fasting, and personal sacrifice."

Sri Lanka: LTTE and Karuna in UNICEF bad books

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Latest UNICEF data has disclosed that approximately 1545 children continue to be under LTTE custody, while another 101 have been recruited by LTTE renegade leader Karuna Amman. "As of August 31, 2006, there are 1545 outstanding cases of under age recruitment by the LTTE. Of these, 643 are under the age of 18, and 902 were recruited while under 18 but have now passed that age. As of 31 August 2006 there are also 101 outstanding cases of under age recruitment by the Karuna group," the UNICEF website said.

Coup leaders prepare draft constitution for King's assent

Gen. SonthiCoup leaders of Thailand have completed a draft of a constitution for Thailand's interim government to serve the country. The draft constitution is expected to be submitted for royal endorsement this weekend, Thailand's Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM) head Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin said Tuesday. According to Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, the draft containing 39 articles was to be viewed at its final stage Tuesday (September 26) by a group of academics and other civilians specially invited for this matter before being forwarded to Thai King either on Saturday (September 30) or Sunday (October 1). He said it woud be only an interim constitution once endorsed by the King of Thailand, who is likely to give assent once submitted to him.

Pak President’s memoirs lands him ‘in the line of fire’

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

Gen. MusharrafPakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf’s memoirs “In The Line of Fire”, after giving him a high on the sales front, has put him in the line of fire of British and American intelligence agencies. Also of India. Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has punctured his claims and contentions on the Agra summit. Gen V N Malik who led Indian army at the Kargil war, termed Musharraf’s version of the war as ‘a lot of fabrication’ and dubbed his adversary as a ‘timid general’. The London Times, which has serialized the Musharraf’s book to coincide its launch in New York, said, his criticism of the MI-16 and CIA, has ‘depend the strains of his country’ with the two agencies. "General Musharraf has already antagonized the CIA with his claim that it secretly paid his Government millions of dollars for handing over hundreds of al-Qaeda suspects to America.

LTTE led political party demands resignation of Sri Lanka's Inspector General of Police

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

N. RavirajTamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian N. Raviraj has demanded the immediate resignation of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandra Fernando. Citing reasons for his demand, the TNA parliamentarian noted that the IGP had failed to even make a single arrest on the abductions of Tamil businessmen in Colombo. "Any IGP with a backbone would have by now tendered his resignation for failing to make even a single arrest with regard to these abductions," Mr. Raviraj claimed.

EPRLF, PLOT, TULF ask India to become pro-active once again

By M Rama Rao reporting from India

AnandasangareeAfter the pro-LTTE, it is the turn of anti-LTTE Tamil leaders. Three of them, D. Sitharthan of the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), T. Sritharan of the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) president V. Anandasangaree MPs are now here in Delhi. And their message, like that of TNA delegation, which was here last week and left after a snub from Indian Prime Minister, is ‘be pro-active and help end Sri Lanka crisis’. The Institute of Peace and Conflict studies played host to the new visitors from the island.

A much maligned legacy – S W R D Bandaranaike remembered

By Raj Gonsalkorale

SWRD…I would like to say, at this critical juncture, to all Sinhalese, Tamils, and everybody else, in respect of an issue more important, more difficult, than any I can remember to have arisen in this country for many years, I would appeal to all, in the name of this country, to at least give us a chance. Let us not say, on a Bill which is introduced, we will declare war, we will create complete chaos, and so on….. – S W R D Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon, moving the Second Reading of the Official Languages Act in Parliament on June 6th 1956.

Don't Leave Home Without Your Army Chief

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

In the 1960s, when African heads of state from a coup-prone continent headed for international conferences, they routinely took oversized delegations, including the army, navy and air force chiefs. The service heads were never left at home -- primarily to prevent a possible military coup when the head of state was out of town. Perhaps Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra regretted he did not follow the variation of advice given in a famous credit card commercial: don't leave home without your army chief -- particularly if you are heading a politically-shaky government.

United States reaffirms its support for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Aung San Suu Kyi"The United States reaffirms its support for Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy (NLD), and all those around the world who are working to promote freedom, respect for human rights, and democracy in Burma," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said on behalf of the Government of the United States at the Department’s daily press briefing on Tuesday, September 26.The American government released this statement on the 18th anniversary of the founding of National League for Democracy, and the administration promises to seek continued progress toward democracy through the United Nations.

Newly nominated TNA MP to take oaths today

Tamil National Alliance, a proxy party of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has nominated Chandrakanth, son of former TULF Parliamentarian Late Chandra Nehru Ariyanayagam from Amparai to the vacant National parliamentary seat belonging to Ilankai Tamilarasu Kadchchi caused by the death of Joseph Pararajasingham.The newly nominated Chandrakanth is expected to take oaths today in Parliament before the Speaker Mr. W J M Lokubandara.

Shinzo Abe – the new Prime Minister of Japan

Shinzo Abe, the newly-elected president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won the vote in an extra Diet session and was elected the country's new prime minister on Tuesday afternoon. His earlier victory, with 339 votes out the some 480, in the lower house, which holds the final say in picking a premier, was corresponded in the upper house given the majorities enjoyed by the ruling bloc, made up of the LDP and its coalition partner New Komeito party, in both houses.

Gen. Sonthi

Gen. Musharraf

N. Raviraj


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SWRD Banda

Aung San Suu Kyi