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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Longtime leader of Myanmar ethnic Mon party dies

Nai Shwe Kyin, a veteran guerrilla leader from Myanmar's Mon ethnic minority, has died at age 90, Myanmar's opposition media reported Saturday.

Kanishka trial postponed to Apr 28, ban on publishing evidence

A Canada court has postponed the hearing of Kanishka bombing case in which all 329 people aboard the Air India jet were killed, to April 28 and re-imposed a ban on publication of recorded evidence.

CBI to file report on status of 34 absconding accused on Monday

In keeping with a judicial directive, CBI would table a report in a special court here Monday on the status of 34 absconding acccused, including India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim.

King thanks Thais for concern and best-wishes

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej left Siriraj Hospital for further convalescence at the Chitrlada Palace here last night, and thanked all Thais for their concern and best wishes extended to him, according to a statement of the Bureau of the Royal Household.

FIFA funds work on Mandalay stadium

By Zin Min

Renovation of a Mandalay football stadium using financial assistance from the Federation of International Football Associations was nearing completion last week.

LTTE operatives hunting for Russian missiles in Laos

Attempts by Tiger guerrillas to acquire sophisticated surface-to-air missiles and other military items from Russia last month have come to light. Their efforts have been laid bare by the Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mikhail G. Karpov, in a 'Non-Paper' he handed over to the Foreign Ministry in Colombo this week.

Trouble feared at tomorrow demo

By Shelani Perera

President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is the head of the government has requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to provide additional security for tomorrow's anti-government demonstration in Colombo amidst claims that pro-government groups are set to create violence and have opposition members arrested.

TNA agrees to consult Tigers

By Chris Kamalendran

TNA MPs have agreed to an LTTE directive that the Tigers be consulted before the TNA issues statements on important issues relating to the Tamil people.

Sri Lanka needs international help to sustain peace, says ADB president

The Asian Development Bank on Saturday urged the international community to help rebuild Sri Lanka, even before the country reaches a final settlement to end its civil war.

Indian fishermen taken into custody by Pak navy

Thirty two Indian fishermen have been taken into custody by the Pakistan Navy on charges of having strayed into the Pakistan waters for fishing off the Karachi coast.

"Something positive" will emerge regarding the bill for the women - Sonia

Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed the hope that "something positive" would emerge out of the efforts of political parties to evolve a consensus over the Constitution amendment bill providing reservation for women in Parliament and Assemblies.

PM confident about evolving consensus on women bill

A day after an all-party meeting failed to reach consensus on the women's reservation bill, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today exuded confidence about evolving a consensus on the issue.

Fishermen leave for church festival

Fifteen fishermen from Rameswaram ventured into the sea in the early hours today to participate in the two-day annual festival of St. Antony's church in Kathchatheevu.

Retrieve Katchatheevu to end woes: AIADMK

By P.S. Suresh Kumar ,

The AIADMK has urged the Centre to take immediate steps to retrieve Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka for a lasting solution to the fishermen problem in Tamil Nadu.

Afghan president vows to protect basic rights for women

Afghan transitional president Hamid Karzai on Saturday pledged that his government would take measures to create opportunities for women to work and protect their other basic rights.

PM not falling for Cambodian - ploy.

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra lashed out at Cambodia yesterday, accusing Phnom Penh of deliberately misleading its people for political reasons, and vowed not to give in to any ploy to pressure Thailand into fully reopening the border.

India-Thailand to set up FTA in July

India and Thailand have agreed to set up their bilateral free trade area (FTA) in July, according to Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik.

Myanmar seeks US help in battle on drugs

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar’s military government urged the United States on Sunday to help it fight drug production and trafficking, or risk losing out to powerful drug lords.