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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2955

Tibetans Due in Chinese Court Over Death Sentences

Bejing, (Reuters), Jan. 10: A Chinese court was expected to hold a hearing Friday into the case of two Tibetans sentenced to death for a series of bomb attacks and promoting independence, overseas rights groups said.

Myanmar Leader visit Sichuan province

Than Shwe, Chairman of Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council, started the second leg of his China tour with a visit to the southwestern Sichuan province Thursday morning.

NSCN(I-M) not to interfere with Nagaland polls

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 11: In a new turn to the Naga peace process, major insurgent outfit NSCN(I-M) Friday said it would not "interfere" with the coming assembly elections in Nagaland but gave clear indications that it still stood by its demand for 'Greater Nagaland'.

Has the judiciary failed? PM calls for review and remedial action

By Asma Edris

Daily Mirror: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday it was necessary to examine whether Sri Lanka's judiciary had performed its duty in enforcing the rights of citizens and whether there had been a lapse in doing so with regard to the Tamil population in the country.

SU: Army must stick to its guns.

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Island: Sihala Urumaya (SU) Leader Thilak Karunaratne said the fourth round of peace talks failed as the government and the LTTE were unable to sort out the dispute over High Security Zones (HSZ) in the Jaffna peninsula. He maintained that the army should "stick to its guns," until the LTTE laid down their arms before considering any form of withdrawal in the HSZ.

Anton Balasingham to feel the pulse of the Japanese.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Jan.12: The Chief Negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Anton Balasingham is staying behind in Bangkok for a secret confab with Yasushi Akashi of Japan. The bilateral talks with Yasushi Akashi, Japanese Peace Ambassador and former UN Under Secretary General, who is also the Chairman of the Centre for Preventive Diplomacy and President of the Council on Population Education is scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 12) in Bangkok.

"No more fighting between Indians, Nagas": NSCN (I-M) leaders

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 11: In a significant statement in the midst of Naga peace talks, the NSCN (I-M) leaders today said that there would be "no more fighting" between Indians and Nagas.

Indo-Myanmar border situation still tense

Imphal, Jan. 11: Situation at the Indo-Myanmar border continues to remain tense after exchange of fire between the BSF and insurgents belonging to the Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF).

Future of SAARC lies in India's hands: Lakshman Kadirgamar

New Delhi,( PTI), Jan. 11: The future of South Asian regional cooperation lies in the hands of India, Sri Lankan President's foreign policy adviser Lakshman Kadirgamar said today.

UN inspectors: No smoking gun regarding Iraqi weapons

The top United Nations weapons inspectors yesterday said there were still many unanswered questions in Iraq's arms declaration although investigations on the ground so far have not uncovered any "smoking guns."

Constructive Role For Opposition And Civil Society Needed.

Colombo, Jan. 11: National Peace Council of Sri Lanka appeals for a more inclusive peace process in which parties in the opposition too can be constructive participants.

Unemployment likely to reach 1 million this year: TFRC

Bangkok, Jan 10 (TNA): The number of jobless is likely to reach one million this year, which could impede the country’s economic growth, according to Thai Farmers Research Center.<

Lankan politics endanger peace talks

By -Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Bangkok, Jan 11: Peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are being jeopardised by the rift within the Colombo administration, the Norwegian deputy foreign minister brokering the talks said yesterday.

Early aid: The Foreign Ministry hopes to establish peace in Sri Lanka_and protect its ODA program.

Colombo: Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi views a mine-infested field near the site of bloody clashes between rebels and government forces. Servicemen in fatigues surround Kawaguchi in what was once a strategic target of a feared rebel group. An estimated 600,000 land mines remain littered in the area.

Tibetans to propagate cause at Kalchakra festival

By Imran Khan, Indo-Asian News Service

Patna, Jan 11 (IANS): More than the religious aspect, Tibetans plan to utilise the annual Kalchakra festival here to propagate their cause and expose the "real" face of China to the world.

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