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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

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EU Council Conclusions on the Common Position on Burma

Foreign and Commonwealth Minister(FCO) Minister Mike O'Brien gave his strong support on 15 April for the new EU Common Position on Burma which was announced at the EU Council of Ministers in Luxembourg.

Sri Lanka keen on partnership pact to stimulate economic activity

India and Sri Lanka are working on a proposal from Colombo to broaden their bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) into a partnership pact that would lower barriers and stimulate economic activity between them.

Syria seeks UN Declaration on Middle East as WMD free zone

Angry Arabs stung by US accusations that Syria has chemical weapons have decided to seek a UN declaration on the Middle East as a zone free from weapons of mass destruction.

Govt. wont rock the boat with China

By Sunimalee Dias

As a goodwill gesture, Sri Lanka is to pay a token compensation to the families of the 15 Chinese who were killed in a mysterious trawler attack off Mullaitivu last month, Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said.

Army spy soldier shot in Batti

By Sunil Jayasiri

An Army intelligence soldier was shot and injured allegedly by two LTTE cadres in Batticaloa yesterday, a military official said.

Bumper production of opium in the periphery areas of Burma, across the Thai border.

Farmers across the Thai border have maintained that the season's output of opium from the poppy fields of sprawling border areas of Burma was greater than any other years in the past, despite harsh life under the Burmese military rule.

Myanmar junta says it has "complete trust" in Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's junta said it "has complete trust" in pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's pursuit of development in the military-run state, and is encouraging her to travel throughout the country.

US, Israel turn up heat on Damascus

* Powell says US favours WMD-free Middle East, but no plans to attack Syria and Iran

* Coalition forces cut Syria-Iraq oil pipeline

Syria Says Weapons Claims Baseless, Accuses U.S. of Double Standards

Syria on Tuesday again denied it has weapons of mass destruction and accused Washington of double standards over its support of Israel, the strongest military power in the Middle East.

Achille Lauro hijacker captured in Baghdad

Palestinian militant wanted for his involvement in the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985 is reported to have been captured by US-led forces in Baghdad.

‘No to Saddam, No to US’

By -Essam Al-Ghalib - Arab News War Correspondent

Thousands of demonstrators gathered yesterday on the road leading to a hastily constructed air base outside this city, the location of a meeting between US government representatives and members of the opposition Iraqi National Congress.

10 killed in Mosul as US troops open fire

At least 10 people were shot dead and scores of others wounded when US forces opened fire on a crowd that had gathered to listen to a US-appointed local governor in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul on Tuesday.

"Cradle of civilisation" treasures lost in Iraq war

By Rosalind Russell

Iraq's heritage has been stolen. Ancient and priceless artefacts documenting the development of mankind are missing, rare manuscripts set alight and artwork snatched.

MMA says Musharraf is an "illegitimate President"

Pakistan's hard-line Islamist alliance the Muthahida Majlis Amal which was on the forefront of the agitation to scrap the constitutional amendments promulgated by President, Pervez Musharraf has described him as an "illegitimate President" and said his continuation in office "deprived" the Parliament of any legitimacy.

Eight policemen killed in landmine blast by MCC

Eight policemen, including an officer in-charge and a sub-inspector were killed and three seriously injured when the outlawed Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) blew up a patrol vehicle in Bihar's naxal-hit Nawada district today, police said.

Tighter security for 20,000 drug convicts

The Corrections Department increased surveillance during Songkran on 20,000 of the 150,000 inmates convicted for drug offences as a precaution against possible jailbreaks and peddling, a senior official said yesterday.

Songkran forecast to bring tourism cash of over Bt12 billion

This year’s Songkran festival is likely to have led to Bt10 billion circulating in the economic system from tourism alone, with domestic tourists compensating for foreign visitors kept away by the Iraqi war and fears of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Juthamas Siriwan announced here yesterday

TN police to indict Gopal in POTA case

Tamil Nadu police today sought to arraign R R Gopal, Editor of Tamil bi-weekly 'Nakeeran", under the anti-terrorist law POTA in the case filed against him on charges of sedition and offences under the Arms Act.