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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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FBI probing attacks against Hindu temple in U.S.

St. Louis (Missouru), IANS, March 05: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is probing the second firebomb attack in two weeks on a Hindu temple in this U.S. city, with reports indicating that the strikes may be hate crimes.

Rio sworn in as Nagaland Chief Minister

Kohima, (PTI), March 06: Neiphiu Rio, leader of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state here today

Defiant Shans will not submit to pressure either from Thailand or Burma to lay down their arms.

Bangkok, March 06: Though the issue of surrendering arms to whom is so far not clarified, Shan State Army have shown its defiance in the issue of surrender. Chairman Yawdserk has clearly stated that he would not submit to any pressure forthcoming from any corner to lay down their arms.

More Indian poachers caught by local fishermen

By Pujitha Wijetunge
A further forty two Indian fishermen have been caught by a local fishermen's organisations calling themselves the Talaimannar Fisheries Movement, along with their nine boats and handed over to the Police last afternoon.

Powell to attend preparatory aid meeting

By Cecilia McGuire
US Ambassador Ashley Wills announced yesterday that the American Secretary of State, Colin Powell may attend a preparatory meeting in Washington next month, prior to the donor nations event scheduled for June in Japan to assist Sri Lanka.

Army to improve image of troops

The military has begun a drive aimed at preventing troops from committing human rights abuses, in a bid to win back the respect of the international community, the army chief said yesterday.

ADB President Begins Visit to Sri Lanka Today

MANILA, (PNA) March 06 - The President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Tadao Chino, will visit Sri Lanka from 6-8 March to reaffirm ADB's support for the peace process and the Bank's commitment to reducing poverty throughout the country. During his three-day visit, Chino will visit a community water supply and sanitation project in Hambantota district, in southern Sri Lanka. He will also lay the foundation stone of a hospital in Kilinochi, in the northern part of the country, where ADB supports a post-conflict rehabilitation and development project.

Reports: Intruder scares Myanmar's foreign minister

Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 05: - Police questioned employees at a Bangladeshi state guest house after the visiting Myanmar foreign minister was woken at night by an intruder, news reports said Wednesday.

Well-wishers swamp Siriraj

Bangkok, March 06: Hundreds of people flocked to Siriraj Hospital yesterday to wish His Majesty the King a quick recovery and good health following a hernia operation.

Thailand opens DNA-genomics centre

Nakhon Pathom, March 5, (TNA): – The Ministry of Science and Kasetsart University today unveiled a new DNA and genomics centre, hoped to boost Thailand’s agricultural competitiveness and test the biological make-up of agricultural products.

Bush, Vajpayee talked about Iraq, Kashmir as "allies"

Washington, (PTI), March 05: The White House has described the Tuesday's telephonic conversation between Prime Minister A B Vajpayee and US President George W Bush as one between "allies".

Agni missile system under production and induction phase

New Delhi, PTI), March 05: Agni missile system comprising 700 km-range Agni-I and 2000 km-range Agni-II is "under production and induction phase," Defence Minister George Fernandes said today.

DAN invited to form government in Nagaland

Kohima, (PTI), March 05: Neiphiu Rio, unanimously elected leader of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), was today invited by Governor Shyamal Dutta to form the next government in Nagaland.

Sri Lanka Army Soldier and Police Constable released from LTTE custody.

Colombo, March 05:The leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) released Army Soldier and the Police Constable who were under their captivity. The release of the two took place after the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) met with the Tiger Supremo Velupillai Prabkakaran.

LTTE chief Prabhakaran frees soldier, policeman

By Chamath Ariyadasa
Colombo (Reuters), March 05: The reclusive leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels released a soldier and policeman from rebel custody on Wednesday, ending a standoff which was affecting the peace process with government forces.

Anti-India rebels have camps in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan.

New Delhi, Mar 5 (IANS): Anti-India rebel groups from the northeastern states and West Bengal have established several camps in neighbouring Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, Minister of State for Home Affairs Harin Pathak said Wednesday.

HC orders excavation of Ayodhya temple site

Lucknow, Mar 5 (ANI): The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday ordered excavation of the Babri Masjid disputed site.

Uprooting poppy fields forever : Villagers in Golden Triangle struggle to reap a dollar from new

To tackle a growing drug problem, the Chinese Government has joined with neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia since the early 1990s to help farmers plant cash crops such as rubber trees, fruit and rice to replace their traditional crop, the opium poppy. China Daily reporter YU NAN recently visited Special Region No 2 of Shan State and Special Region No 4 of eastern Shan State in Myanmar.

Saddam looks back on early days in autobiography

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis
Saddam Hussein fondly remembers how his mother used to run her fingers through his hair and tell him children's stories during a poverty-stricken upbringing.