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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2060

<b>Musharraf regrets Pak forces’ ‘excesses’ in ’71</b>

Independent - Bangladesh

Savar, Bangladesh, July 29: Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf today stood in solemn silence before the National Mausoleum here in homage to the martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War and regretted the "excesses" committed by his country's forces in 1971, reports UNB

<b>HIV Transmission: Thai doctors score big</b>

Arthit Khwankhom - The Nation

Siriraj hospital yesterday revealed dramatic success in reducing the HIV transmission rate from mother to child - to less than 3 per cent.

<b>India prepares to ban LTTE </b>

S.S.Selvanayagam - Daily Mirror

India is taking preparatory action to renew the ban on the LTTE for a further two years. Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, New Delhi has issued notice on the LTTE calling upon it to show cause in writing within 30 days from July 6 as to why it should not be declared an unlawful association and why order be not made confirming the declaration already made.

<b>Prisoners held by LTTE in detention camps</b>

Munza Mushtaq - Daily Mirror

Around 800 civilians are reportedly being held prisoner by the LTTE in the Mullaitivu district alone. Informed sources told the Daily Mirror last night that around 600 Tamil civilians alone were being held prisoners in one of the detention camps.

<b>President blasts Premier</b>

Kasun Yapa Karunaratne - Daily Mirror

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday launched her strongest attack on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe saying she was 'completely and utterly shocked' by what she saw as the Premier's volte face in the controversy over Minister Ravi Karunanayake's behaviour.

<b>Musharraf takes secret route </b>

Daily Mirror

ISLAMABAD Monday (AFP) - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf left today on a five-day trip to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka that will include discussions on Pakistan's stand off with India.

<b>Sri Lanka invites Malaysia to help develop its oil resources </b>

AP World Politics

Malaysia's national petroleum company to help develop its oil and gas resources, the national news agency Bernama reported.

<b>Ranil-Piraba Meeting in the Offing – FLASH </b>

T.Sabaratnam

News Flash -LTTE Advisor Anton Balasingham would return to Vanni early September, to prepare for direct talks with the government and the LTTE, in Thailand, Sudar Oli, a pro LTTE Tamil daily printed in Colombo said today

<b>Two Jaffna Families Duped by Indian Boatmen</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Mannar - July 29: The pathetic tale of how two Jaffna families that tried to return to their homes in Sri Lanka were duped and dumped on a sand dune in the mid sea, was related by the victims on Sunday morning, to the District Judge of Mannar.

<b>Musharraf arrives in city today</b>

Sheikh Rakib Uddin - The Independent

A warm welcome will be accorded to General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, when he arrives in Dhaka this afternoon on a three-day state visit to Bangladesh.

<b>LTTE wants Oslo out?</b>

The Island

The LTTE was believed to have indicated to the government that proposed talks in Thailand can take place without Norwegian mediation, informed sources said.

<b>Kadir wants Liam Fox pact revived: Ministers snub Chandrika</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The rift between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the UNP-led United National Front (UNF) has widened with the government ignoring the president’s invitation for the inauguration of the National Consultation on Ethnic Reconciliation which began on Friday (26) at the presidential secretariat.

<b>Canada Tigers deny Ranil’s claim that funds were frozen</b>

Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles - The Island

A Canada-based LTTE front leader contradicted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and said so far not a single penny belonging to the Sri Lankan terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been frozen either by Canada or by the United States.

<b>High Court in Magazine Jail to hear PTA cases</b>

Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

A special high court will be set up inside the Magazine Prison in Colombo to hear some major terrorist-related cases including the Central Bank bombing, the attacks on the Dalada Maligawa, the Galadari Hotel and the World Trade Centre following a decision to expedite the disposal of cases under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), an Attorney-General’s Department spokesman said yesterday.

<b>Internationalise Muslim problems, says Hakeem</b>

The Island

SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem has advocated internationalising the problems faced by Muslims here by drawing the attention of other countries, especially the Islamic states in Arab nations.

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