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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2865

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News Outlets Scramble to Cover Shuttle

By - Ken Thomas - Associated Press Writer

Miami, Feb. 03: Banner headlines proclaiming "Columbia Lost" and "Shuttle Disaster" hit newsstands Saturday as newspapers across the country put out extra editions to chronicle the nation's worst space disaster in 17 years

Aldouri expected to address UN Security Council crucial meet

United Nation, (PTI), Feb. 04: As the United Nations Security Council holds a crucial meeting tomorrow, which could make a difference between war and peace, Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Aldouri is expected to address the Council after US Secretary of State Colin Powell presents "new evidence" on Baghdad's weapons programmes.

NASA fired five men who gave warnings about shuttles

New York, (PTI), Feb. 04: US space agency NASA removed five members of a nine-person panel and two of its consultants after they warned it last year that its shuttles faced safety troubles and urged an increase in the budget to correct the problem

Cambodian FM to be granted an audience with Thai King

Bangkok, Feb 4 (TNA): Visiting Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Num Hong will be granted an audience with His Majesty the King this evening, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

TNM leader Nedumaran hospitalized

Cuddalore, Feb. 03: P Nedumaran, leader of the Tamil National Movement (TNM) was today removed from the central jail in Cuddalore to the intensive care unit of the government hospital after he complained of stomach disorder and giddiness.

Opposition doubts PM would keep pledge of formalised talks

by - Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: Prominent opposition members yesterday expressed doubt about the Prime Minister’s statement in parliament last week that he would formalise discussions with opposition party leaders on the peace talks.

International landmine campaign visits Vanni

The Island: Twenty-one members of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), representing 15 countries and including 6 Sri Lankans, visited Vavuniya and Kilinochchi last week.

Free trade agreement between Sri Lanka, Pakistan delayed

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 03: Pakistan has postponed signing a free-trade agreement with Sri Lanka due to a major Muslim festival later this month, officials said Monday.

Thaksin Visit to Burma: Drugs, tourism top agenda

Bangkok, Feb. 04: Illegal Burmese workers, anti-narcotics measures and tourism will be high on the agenda during the upcoming visit to Burma by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said yesterday.

Drug Creackdown: Campaign - will make a difference - : Sant

Bangkok, Feb. 04: National police chief Sant Sarutanond yesterday expressed confidence that narcotic traffickers would be forced to change their ways by the new war on drugs.

Thai FM assures safety of Cambodian counterpart

Bangkok, Feb. 3 (TNA): Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai on Monday assured the safety of his Cambodian counterpart Hor Num Hong, who is scheduled to visit Thailand tomorrow, according to local T.V. and radio news reports.

Phrae governor destroys opium fields

Phrae, Thailand, Feb. 3, (TNA): The governor of Phrae Province today struck a blow in the government’s war against drugs by leading a team of 50 police officers to destroy 20 rai of opium fields on the Phrae-Nan border.

Columbia experienced sudden temperature rise before mishap

Washington, (PTI), Feb. 03: As the investigators scrutinised from the final bits of data from the sky to the tiniest fragments on the ground of space shuttle Columbia, preliminary investigations showed it experienced an unusual and sudden rise in temperature in its fuselage minutes before it disintegrated.

Tiger top guns leave for Berlin talks

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 03: The two Sri Lanka-based Tamil Tiger rebel leaders left here for Germany on Monday, four days ahead of their next round of peace talks in Berlin, officials said.

Man one day will land on Mars: Kalam

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 03: President A P J Abdul Kalam on Monday said the Columbia space shuttle mishap will not deter space scientists from their urge to explore and ultimately man will one day land on Mars.

Shans deny Burmese Report about - Drug Free Border

In response to the New Light of Myanmar, 30 January, reporting the three townships across the Thai border was rid of the poppy cultivation in the 2002-2003 season, both Lahu and Shan sources maintained the reality was entirely the other way round.

Cambodia pledges to compensate damages to Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh

Bangkok, Feb 4 (TNA): Visiting Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Num Hong pledged here on Tuesday that the Cambodian government would take responsibility for all damages to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh, caused by a riot last week, but would consider conpensation claims of private businesses which were also damaged by the riot, according to a T.V. news report.