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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Army backed draft constitution scraped through in the referendum

Thai Army backed draft charter managed to scrape through in yesterday’s referendum, a first-ever held in Thailand. Though Army could claim victory by receiving 56.7 percentages of votes out of the total votes cast in the referendum, but political analysis has a different story to reveal. Analysis revealed that the Army backed constitutional draft received only one yes vote, out of every three eligible votes registered with the Election Commission of Thailand. According to the estimate of Thailand Election Commission, out of the total of 44.2 million eligible Thai voters, estimated voter turnout in yesterday’s referendum was 25 million or 56.8 percent of the total voters.

Lynching in peacetime

By Oken Jeet Sandham

The lynching of wayward underground cadres by mobs in Nagaland is not new. Such incidents had happened in the past in Wokha and Mokokchung. But the fresh lynching of three cadres of the NSCN (IM) by mobs on Saturday inside the Police lockup at Tuensang exposes both sides of the coin. One - the underground organization has failed to rein in their cadres from going out of the track. Two - the carelessness and hedonistic style of the state law enforcement agencies. The unfortunate incident at Tuensang would not have happened if those cadres were properly trained with some basic class of revolutionary values.

Chandrika Meets Norwegian Ambassador

By Walter Jayawardhana

Chandrika - Brattskar meetingFormer President Chandrika Kumaratunga who has arrived following another self exile in London to align herself with an opposition political movement to topple the Mahinda Rajapksa government made it a priority event to meet Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar. Sources in Colombo said the former President met the Ambassador just hours after returning to the island at her office in the independence Avenue. The meeting with one of the most controversial ambassadors in Colombo in the back drop of the former President working very closely with Mahinda Rajapaksa’s former cabinet Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe create interesting political speculations in the Sri Lankan capital.

Burmese students protest against the sudden fuel price hike

Burma - crossing momentA peaceful protest over the sudden unannounced hike of fuel prices by the military regime took place in Burma on Sunday morning. The 8888 Generation Students Group made a peaceful march in Rangoon yesterday morning which started about 10 am and ended around 12:45 pm. approximately about 500 people joined them. The march began from Koke-kaing and successfully ended when they reached Kyauk-myong market in Rangoon. Passerby people showed their support and solidarity by clapping and waving their hands at the demonstrators. A few police and USDA members showed up when the protest march almost ended. The protesting 8888 Generation Student Group issued a statement on the situation of fuel prices.

ILO Symposium at the 8th Regional Congress on Asia and Pacific in Sri Lanka

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to hold a symposium on 21 August at the 8th Regional Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Colombo. The ILO will provide practical examples of workplace good practice and launch discussions on a major new initiative for an international labour standard on HIV/AIDS. The symposium will take place at 14h30 on the 21st at the BMICH Convention Centre in Colombo.

Women Leadership in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - Part-III

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Birth of Bangladesh and Role of Shrimati Indira Gandhi in 1971: Indira Gandhi announced in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) on December 6, 1971 that India had formally granted recognition to the Provisional Government of Bangladesh. Mrs. Gandhi said: “The Government of Bangladesh have proclaimed their basic principles of state policy to be democracy, socialism, secularism and the establishment of an egalitarian society in which there would be no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex or creed. In regard to foreign relations the Bangladesh Government have expressed their determinations to follow a policy of non-alignment, peaceful coexistence and opposition to colonialism and imperialism in all its manifestations. These are ideals to which India also is dedicated.”

Pakistan: Emergency Leak And After

By *Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

The right course—rather the only course—for Musharraf now is to call for free and fair elections, allow level playing field to all including Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, give up his uniform and seek his own re-election from the next parliament as a civilian candidate, says the author, a former Pak diplomat while analysing the options before the General after his aborted bid to impose emergency in Pakistan. “Emergency is being imposed in Pakistan”. There was an element of finality in the news that had spread like a wild prairie fire last week. Every TV channel was busy outdoing the other in scoring the point of breaking it.

Chandrika - Brattskar meeting

Burma - Peaceful and silent march

Three LTTE suspects deported from Bangkok are not held incommunicado – Sri Lanka Police

By Walter Jayawardhana

The three LTTE suspects who were deported by Thai authorities to Colombo for possessing of illegal arms are not held incommunicado in Sri Lanka said Sri Lanka’s Deputy Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickramaratne. He was responding to London based Amnesty International (AI) charges that they were held incommunicado in Sri Lanka and they were unable to contact their relatives. The AI charged that the LTTE suspects deported by Thai authorities - Sujith Gunapala, Sasikaran Thevarajah and Satyaphavan Aseervatham, who were arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) upon their arrival at the International Airport at Colombo, were kept incommunicado by the police.