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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Gemstones and jewellery record sparkling growth rate

The gemstone and jewellery industry is flying in the face of global unrest and recording continuing growth, with leading jewellery manufacturers so confident of 10 percent industry-wide growth this year that they are ploughing investment into boosting their production costs.

India growing producer of illicit heroin: U.S. body

India is becoming a growing producer of illicit heroin even as it is the world's largest producer of legal opium, says a U.S. report.

Day of Setbacks for US

By - Naseer Al-Nahr, Arab News War Correspondent

Iraqi troops and paramilitary fighters loyal to President Saddam Hussein held up a US advance toward Baghdad yesterday, inflicting casualties and taking American prisoners on the fourth day of war. Pockets of resistance in southern Iraq continued to pin down US and British manpower as Western planes returned regularly to bomb the capital in their efforts to overthrow Saddam.

India, Russia express concern over US-led war on Iraq

Russia and India have expressed their deep concern at the US-led military action against Iraq and devastating bombardment of the country.

24 Kashmiri Pandits gunned down in Pulawama in Jammu and Kashmir

In a first major strike after Mufti Mohammed Sayeed government came to power, about 15 heavily armed militants gunned down 24 Kashmiri pandits, including 11 women and two children, in a village in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir in wee hours today.

Saddam to give speech soon - Iraqi television

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will address the nation soon in an "historic speech", Iraqi state television said on Monday.

US troops find chemical weapons factory in Iraq: US media

US forces pushing deeper into Iraq have found a "huge" suspected chemical weapons facility near the city of Najaf, about 100 miles (160 km) south of Baghdad, Fox News reported Sunday.

UN envoy finds hidden microphone in Myanmar prisoner interview: sources

A United Nations (news - web sites) human rights envoy to Myanmar has complained of finding bugging equipment in a room where he was conducting private interviews of political prisoners, official sources said.

Three US missiles land in Iran

* Iran claims jets violated airspace

* US sends message

* Khamenei condemns Iraq attack

Bodies of four Chinese boat crew wash ashore in northern Sri Lanka

The bodies of four crew members of a Chinese fishing vessel sunk by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels washed ashore along Sri Lanka's northern coast, a navy spokesman said Sunday.

Four journalists killed while covering Iraq war

Three journalists working for British television company ITN were feared dead after coming under fire near Basra while an Australian journalist was killed in a car bombing in northern Iraq that Kurdish officials blamed on a militant group.

Top Hizbul leader Abdul Majid Dar shot dead

Signalling intra-group rivalry, two militants today shot dead Abdul Majid Dar, former Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Commander who shot into prominence after announcing a unilateral ceasefire in 2000, at his house in North Kashmir.

Athens supports non-Burmans

Greece is very supportive of Burma's ethnic position, according to Shan and Karen representatives who just returned from their lobbying trip yesterday (22 March).

Some US soldiers captured by Iraqis: Pentagon

US President George W. Bush said Sunday he hoped that the US POWs will be treated humanly by Iraq.

Southern Muslims call on govt to take a stand

By - Pares Lohason & Pravit Rojanaphruk

The Islamic Committees of the five southernmost provinces yesterday passed a resolution calling the government to take a clear stance against the US-led war in Iraq.

Thai workers want to stay

More than 1,000 Thai labourers in Kuwait wish to remain in that country with their employers despite the war, a senior official said yesterday.

Saddam Vows to Crush Allied Forces

With U.S.-led forces closing in on Baghdad, a composed Saddam Hussein (news- web sites) tried to rally his people and his troops with a stirring address Monday in which he vowed that allied forces would be crushed and "victory will be ours soon."