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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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India Begins Lost Temple Dig

Indian archaeologists prepared on Tuesday to start digging in search of a lost temple whose disputed existence lies at the heart of India's tense and often violent Hindu-Muslim divide.

LTTE withdrawing cadres from cleared areas in NE: "They are going for seminar"

By Sunimalee Dias

LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham has summoned all LTTE carders to Wanni for a seminar, LTTE media spokesman Daya Master said.

Marapana replies to LTTE as moves underway to save peace process

By Sunil Jayasiri

While diplomatic moves were afoot to keep the Norwegian brokered peace process afloat following Monday's incident off Mullativu, Defence Minister Tilak Marapana has responded to an LTTE letter, saying that the conduct of the LTTE ship confirms that it was carrying warlike material in contravention of the ceasefire agreement.

President, Premier in crisis talks

By Ranga Sirilal

Amidst intensified moves by the proposed SLFP-JVP alliance to oust the UNF government, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday met President Chandrika Kumaratunga for two-and-a-half hours of talks on various issues.

India opposes any move to replace regime in Iraq: PM

Asserting that any unilateral military action against Iraq would lead to "disastrous consequences," Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpaye today strongly opposed any move to change a country's regime by an outside force and said India has drawn up contingency plans to deal with any eventuality.

Two US diplomats resign protesting Bush Iraq war plans

In the first signs of brewing discontent in the Bush Administration over its Iraq policy, two top US diplomats have so far resigned saying they cannot support the President's war plans.

LTTE says talks to go on despite clash

By Lindsay Beck

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Wednesday talks to end a 19-year civil war would go ahead as planned despite a bloody clash with the navy this week but they warned of anger and resentment over the incident.

Thailand-China-Myanmar join forces against drugs

Thailand and other two neighbouring countries being adjacent to the Golden Triangle, a largest but notorious source of drugs production in the region, are joining forces in tackling drugs problems, according to local news reports.

Dalai Lama leads prayer for peace in Gulf

The Dalai Lama on Tuesday held a peace prayer here on Tuesday to remove the clouds of a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Sinking of LTTE vessel: Sinking of LTTE vessel

by Sumadhu Weerawarne

Defence Ministry Secretary Austin Fernando yesterday maintained that the action taken on the part of the Navy was "legitimate" and the Navy stood by the sequence of events as explained in the release issued by the Navy regarding the sinking of an LTTE ship suspected to be carrying arms.

Tigers condemn sinking of vessel

The pro-LTTE Tamilnet website reported that the LTTE had condemned the sinking of the LTTE vessel by the Sri Lanka Navy on Monday. In a letter to Defence Minister Tilak Marapana, the head of the LTTE’s Political Wing, S. P. Thamilchelvan condemned the attack in which 11 LTTE cadres were killed, as "a grave violation of the ceasefire agreement."

LTTE flag a snag: Batticaloa sports meet postponed

The sports meet for the Batticaloa zone scheduled for March 7 had been indefinitely postponed by the Director of Education in Batticaloa over a dispute regarding the hoisting of the LTTE flag at the meet.

Goverbment enlists universities in checking agricultural exports

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is enlisting over 22 universities across the country in helping inspect for chemical residues in agricultural exports in order to speed up the inspection process, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Sora-ath Klinpratum announced yesterday.

We are being sexually harassed, say police

Police are complaining of sexual harassment from women and gay men in what appears to be a growing craze for the boys in brown.

Myanmar plan to end forced labour not adequate: ILO

Plans by Myanmar’s military government to end forced labour are not yet adequate or credible, a Yangon-based International Labour Organisation (ILO) officer said Tuesday during a visit to Thailand.

United Nations: Big Powers Must Act on Human Rights

The United States and the European Union have a special responsibility to pull the United Nations Commission on Human Rights back from the brink of disaster, Human Rights Watch urged today.

Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing receive Thai Princess Sirindhorn

Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing received visiting Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand at Seinle Kantha State House at 9.30 am today.

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visits Bagan Book House, meets Thai businessmen, tours Bago

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand who visited Myanmar at the invitation of Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe, accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs U Win Aung and wife Daw San Yon and officials, arrived at Bagan Book House at No 100, 37th Street in Kyauktada Township here at 10.45 am today. U Ba Kyi, owner of the book house, welcomed them.

Journalists Study Development and Anti-Drug Activities in Eastern and Northern Shan State.

The local and foreign journalists led by Col. San Pwint of the Ministry of Defence and Chairman of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Myanmar and party left Yangon by air for Lashio on 4 March morning to observe the development of border areas in Shan State (North) and Shan State (East), and measures being taken for poppy substitute farming in the region.

Sri Lanka monitors investigate rebel-navy clash

Sri Lanka's truce monitors scrambled on Tuesday to keep peace talks on track after the navy sank a rebel ship suspected of smuggling weapons, killing 11 people and prompting the rebels to warn of consequences.