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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Vietnamese, Myanmar leaders discuss ways to elevate co-operation.

President Tran Duc Luong and chairman the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar, Senior General Than Shwe, discussed orientations and measures aimed at elevating the two countries' multi-faceted co-operation in the future at their talks in Hanoi on March 15.

LTTE use talks to obtain underwater scooters

The LTTE is believed to have acquired 34 underwater scooters in Denmark about four months ago, defence sources said.

Retd. Rear Admiral stresses the need to maintain effective maritime surveillance

The recent destruction of an LTTE-owned ship, suspected to be carrying a large consignment of armaments, including 130 mm artillery pieces, in north-east waters, coming within Sri Lanka’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), has resulted in claims that the navy has no right to ‘act’ in the EEZ. The LTTE and its supporters have disputed the navy’s right to conduct ‘operations’ in the EEZ.

LTTE disputes the arguments of the Minister.

In a move to counter what the Defence minister said about the sinking of a vessel recently in mid-sea LTTE's political head S.P. Thamilselvan in a letter has said: "We wish to express our great displeasure and dispute the feeble argument you advanced to justify and legitimize the unwarranted and impulsive action taken by the Sri Lanka Navy in attacking and destroying our merchant vessel on the international waters".

Monitors submit their comments

By Sunimalee Dias

The SLMM yesterday submitted their determination and judgement on the Mullaitivu incident to the government and the LTTE over the vessel incident on Saturday.

Donors eye Sri Lanka peace talks ahead of aid meet

By Chamath Ariyadasa

Aid donors funding the reconstruction of parts of Sri Lanka will be keeping a close eye on peace talks beginning on Tuesday after the most serious clash between the government and rebels since they agreed to a truce.

Bush sets deadline for Iraq; UN Security Council to meet today

Hours after the US and its partners Britain and Spain gave the UN one more day to agree to a resolution demanding Iraq's immediate disarmament, France, Russia and Germany have rejected giving any ultimatum to Iraq and have called for giving Baghdad "realistic time" to fulfill key disarmament tasks and more time to weapons inspectors to do their job.

Myanmar ready to lease land for rice cultivation

The whole trade statistics of Bangladesh with Myanmar will come under change once the proposed agreements on account trade and direct shipping services will be signed between the two countries, said business sources.

Myanmar releases 45 prisoners

Myanmar's military government said Sunday it had released 45 prisoners from various facilities around the country, but did not identify those freed.

Jaffna-Colombo flights: Ministers take precedence over passengers

by Frances Harrison

Commercial airlines in Sri Lanka run the risk of losing customers because government ministers are insisting on delaying flights.

Situation Report: Armed LTTE cadres storm house and assault civilian

M. S. Wahabdeen of Ward No. 3 Jayah Nagar has made a complaint to the police station at Kuchchuveli, nearly 35 km north of Trincomalee, stating that he was assaulted and doors and windows of his house damaged by five armed LTTE cadres on March 13, 2003.

Mysterious pneumonia spreads in Asia: Officials race to stop the spread of Illness.

U.S. health officials on Sunday were analyzing samples from a mysterious respiratory illness described by the World Health Organization as “a worldwide threat.” While no cases have yet been reported in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its emergency operations center for only the third time ever and hospitals across the country were put on alert.

Singapore Doctor in bad condition

The condition of a Singapore doctor suspected of contracting a deadly type of pneumonia is said to be worsening. The 32-year-old man was taken off a flight to Singapore at Germany's Frankfurt airport and placed in an isolation unit.

ISRO review meet on moon mission in Bangalore on April four

The National Task Force on the proposed unmanned moon mission will have a review presentation with engineers and scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation here on April four.

16 get pneumonia in Singapore

The total number of people who have contracted pneumonia in Singapore has risen to 16 since the breakout was first reported two days ago, the Health Ministry said Saturday.

Peumonia Scare: Global alarm sounded

Health Ministry takes measures as mystery illness' toll rises to 9 worldwide

MOF confident of Q1 growth of 4.5%

The Finance Ministry announced yesterday that first quarter growth was likely to stand at no less than 4.5 percent, while expressing concern that government policies could cause problems with the national budget unless closely monitored.

Lanka probes rebels attempt to seek Russian missile

Sri Lanka has begun a probe into a report that Tamil Tiger rebels attempted to buy Russian-made missiles in Laos despite a year-old truce on the island, official sources said Sunday.

Remarkable achievement made in Myanmar cooperation with neighbours in anti-drug drive

The Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control held its Special Meeting 1/2003 at the meeting hall of Drug Elimination Museum at the corner of Kyundaw Street and Hanthawady Street in Kamayut Township here this morning, with an address by Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council General Khin Nyunt.

Residents in Baghdad Prepare for War

By Hamza Hendawi - Associated Press Writer

The United States advised the United Nations to withdraw its inspectors from Baghdad, several nations closed their embassies and some foreign journalists left Iraq on Monday in the clearest sign yet that war is imminent.