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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 to continue with ageing MiG jets

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has no plans to phase out its Russian-designed MiG fighters despite the ageing jets being involved in a string of accidents, Defence Minister George Fernandes said Friday.

Nakkeeran editor Gopal arrested

R R Gopal, editor of Tamil magazine ‘Nakkeeran’, was arrested by the Tamil Nadu crime branch CID police tonight in connection with sandalwood smuggler Veerappan-related cases.

War Special: Chalabi rejects interim US role

There will be no room for the United States in a post-war interim authority in Baghdad, Ahmed Chalabi said Thursday night.

U.S. experts strengthen Sri Lanka’s PNB

Two American law enforcement experts are visiting Sri Lanka to consult with the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB). They are Gary Barr, Acting Deputy Director of the Department of Justices’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) and Department of Justice Planning Analyst Tim Delaney. Their visit is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP).

Tamil-Muslim tension defused: Tit for Tat abductions in Muttur

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Tit-for-tat abductions in the Muttur area on Thursday led to a violent showdown between Tamils and Muslims in the area.

Govt. to consider alternative site for Jaffna Division Hqrs.

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The government has been forced to reconsider its decision to shift Jaffna division headquarters at Subash and Gnanam hotels to temporary facilities on state land near the Jaffna library, an authoritative official said yesterday.

Norway makes first contribution to NE Fund

Norway yesterday paid US$ 2.7 million into a newly-established trust fund designed to help people in the North East of Sri Lanka reap early and tangible benefits from the on-going peace process.

Govt., LTTE agree on rehabilitating children

The government and the LTTE yesterday agreed on an action plan to rehabilitate children affected by the North East war and other socila evils, the UNICEF said.

55 Iraqis on most wanted list

The U.S. military has issued a most-wanted list of 55 former leaders in Saddam Hussein's regime to be pursued, captured or killed.

Bush warns Syria not to allow Saddam backers safe haven

The United States President George W Bush has warned Syria not to allow Baath Party members or Saddam Hussein's families or generals on the run to find safe haven in Syria.

Indian politician asks LTTE to wind up

An Indian politician Saturday asked Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group to wind up in the interest of the island's minority Tamil community it claims to represent.

Cases of sedition, murder registered against "Nakheeran" editor

By Papri Sri Raman: Indo-Asian News Service

Controversial Tamil journalist R.R. Gopal was Saturday jailed until April 23 after being arrested in a dramatic night swoop and charged with possessing a pistol and Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger propaganda.

Myanmar Banks are improving, Secretary One tells business heads

THE situation involving Myanmar’s private banks is improving, Secretary 1 of the State Peace and Development Council, General Khin Nyunt, told a meeting of one of the country’s leading business associations late last month.

Marines patrol lawless Baghdad as US secures northern cities

US troops in Baghdad have fanned out to try to rein in looters and vigilantes while US forces sought to control the key northern cities of Mosul and Kirkuk.

Saudi Arabia/GCC States: Ratify Migrant Rights Treaty

Millions of migrants who work in Saudi
Arabia and neighboring countries lack real legal protection, Human
Rights Watch said today. In letters to the six states of the Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- Human Rights Watch strongly urged their leaders to endorse the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

Resolution on Human Rights in North Korea is tabled for the First Time at the UN.

A resolution on the use of torture, prison camps and forced labor in North Korea has been tabled for the first time at the United Nations.

WHO to dispatch experts to Beijing, Shanghai

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday it plans to dispatch medical teams to two more Chinese cities to probe the level of infection of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outside Guangdong Province, the region so far known to be heavily affected by the disease.

Singapore traces Sars "super spreader"

Singapore's largest hospital struggled to contain the Sars virus yesterday after tracing the origin of a mysterious batch of infections - a man in his 60s whose multiple ailments masked the illness while he unwittingly passed it on to 19 people.

Cambodia-Thailand agree to restore diplomatic relations

Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to restore diplomatic relations to the normal level as a Songkran present to the Cambodian and Thai people, according to Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai.

Security Measures: Thaksin advised not to journey beyond Bangkok : Cancels Chiang Mai plans

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has cancelled plans to spend Songkran with his family in Chiang Mai after being warned by Special Branch police not to leave Bangkok over the holiday period, a government source said yesterday.