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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Ferry with 200 people capsizes in storm in northern Bangladesh

A crowded ferry capsized Saturday night during a storm in northern Bangladesh. Two people drowned and more than 100 were missing, state-run television said.

TULF-LTTE pow-wow put off

The meeting between the LTTE and the TULF which was scheduled for Thursday was postponed following a meeting called by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the TULF on the same day to discuss the issue of appointment of voluntary teachers in the North and East.

Leading Iraqi general surrenders to US forces

Saddam Hussein’s chief weapons advisor, Amir Hamudi Hasan al-Saadi, has given himself up to US troops in Baghdad in the first major arrest or surrender of a senior Baathist figure since the collapse of the Iraqi capital last Thursday.

Love Him or Hate Him, Chalabi’s Moment Has Finally Come

Rupert Cornwell - The Independent

If Ahmed Chalabi had his way, he would at this very moment be attending a meeting of Iraqi groups in Nassiriyah, the first step on a royal progress to claim his rightful throne. Alas, things have rarely been straightforward for the best-known contender to be the first president of the gleaming new Iraq that is supposed to rise from the rubble left by America’s bombs and the depredations of Saddam Hussein.

Sri Lankan President Fears Assassination Despite Tiger Truce

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said she is under threat from Tamil Tiger rebels despite a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire and ongoing peace talks.

India behind Libya’s missile programme: CIA

Indian assistance is allegedly among those from which Libya obtained its ballistic missile programme, a CIA report has said.

Water throwing begins nationwide

The traditional Thai New Year with water throwing to cool down bodies' temperatures in the mid summer begin nationwide today with families' reunion, religious rites and ceremonies to pay respect to the elderly, according to local news reports.

Hunt for Saddams millions

With the war on Iraq almost over, the hunt is now on to trace Saddam Hussein's fortune of up to 10 billion pounds stashed in UK and other countries in Europe and return it to Iraq.

Tamil Tigers say will boycott Tokyo donor meeting

By Scott McDonald

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Sunday they would boycott a donor conference in June in protest at being excluded from a planning meeting, but the move was not seen likely to affect a truce with the government. The planning meeting will be held on Monday in Washington and the rebels were not invited because the United States has listed their group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as a terrorist organisation and bans U.S. officials from dealing with it.

Wider net to catch illegal fishermen

The Attorney General is to summon the DIGs of the North and East to issue fresh guidelines to them on the proper procedure to be carried out when arresting foreign fishing vessels encroaching on Sri Lankan territorial waters and prosecute owners and the main persons on board.

Release of PTA suspects empties Kalutara prisons

by Shamindra Ferdinando

A disputed decision to release suspects held under the PTA subsequent to a cease-fire agreement with Tigers has almost emptied the once-maximum security Kalutara prisons, officials said.

New Year auspicious times

The New Year will dawn on April 14 at 12.18. p.m.

Cases of sedition, murder registered against "Nakheeran" editor

Fresh cases of sedition and murder have been registered against R R Gopal, Editor of Tamil bi-weekly "Nakheeran", who was arrested here on Friday night by the crime branch-CID, police sources said today.

SARS claims two more lives; virus spreads to Mongolia

The killer epidemic SARS has claimed two more lives in China taking the death toll in mainland to 60 and affected eight more, even as officials confirmed that the deadly virus has spread to the northern province of Mongolia.

Death toll hit 85 on first day of Songkran

Government hopes of curbing the death toll on Thailand’s roads during the Songkran festival receded visibly today as the number of road fatalities hit 85 during the first 24 hours of festivities, with nearly 5,000 more injured.

Spotlight on Burma "licence to rape" policy

By Subhatra Bhumiprabhas

'Sex attacks part of junta's strategy and used as a weapon of war against the Shan'

Songkran: Ancient, region-wide custom

By Theeranuch Pusaksrikit and Kanniga Buraphatanin

The water festival has been celebrated for centuries in Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, even in YunnanSome 1,200 years ago, people in India began a custom that has lasted until the present day. Around March every year, people would chase one another through the streets and parks of their hometowns, playfully throwing water dyed red or orange.

India says US contention on Iraq proved wrong

A senior Indian minister on Saturday accused the United States of constantly changing its position on why it waged war on Iraq, saying that Washington's contention that Baghdad possessed weapons of mass destruction had been proved wrong.

Chinese demand leads to central eel marketplace in Yangon

By Eve Eve Maung

A large wholesale eel market will open in Yangon in response to increasing demand from China, said the president of the newly formed Eel Trader Association.

Rape used as weapon by the Burmese soldiers - flayed at the Human Rights Debate.

Mary Jane Real, of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, drew the attention of the Commission to ongoing sexual violence against Shan women in Burma perpetrated by the State.