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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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SARS to choke growth in Asia, but not India: S&P

The outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) will lower growth rates for most economies in Asia for 2003, but India will be the least affected, says Standard & Poor's.

245 religious parties in Pakistan

By Amir Rana

There are 245 religious parties in Pakistan, Daily Times research has shown. Of these, 28 openly take part in politics, 104 claim to focus on jihad and 82 on sectarian concerns. 20 parties are of ‘Tableeghee’ proselytisation. The remaining 23 are involved in activities of a mixed nature.

Bush calls on UN to lift Iraq curbs

* Blix to address UNSC on 22nd

* Franks arrives in Baghdad

* Mosul unrest death toll reaches 16

* $200,000 bounty set on Saddam’s head

First SARS case in Goa, India.

The first SARS case in India has been reported from Goa with a 32-year-old man, who just returned from Singapore, testing positive, Health Ministry said here today.

"Nagaland government should probe Jamir, others for corruption"

The Nagaland government should probe charges of corruption against former chief minister S.C. Jamir and other political leaders, says a NGO with close links to the northeastern state's dominant rebel group.

EU backs "central role" for UN in Iraq

The European Union says the United Nations must play 'a central role' in rebuilding Iraq, but stresses that the US-led forces in the country have a responsibility to restore stability.

Syria refuses to bow to "Israeli" agenda

Syria said on Wednesday it was ready to cooperate with the United States in the interest of the Iraqi people but would not heed Washington’s long-standing demand to close the offices of Palestinian groups.

Khatami: U.S. Must Stop Threatening

President Mohammad Khatami here on Wednesday condemned the recent U.S. allegations against Syria and Iran, stressing that such measures were against Washington's interests.

"Kamnan Poh," - Father of Minister Sontaya Kunplome, Released on Bail

A most influential local politician, Somchai Kunplome, widely known as 'Kamnan Poh', who is father of Tourism and Sports Minister Sontaya Kunplome, was released on a Bt10-million bail today, according to a T.V. news report.

Indian rebels pulling out of Bhutan bases

An Indian separatist group appears to be pulling out of bases in Bhutan and shifting to new locations inside India along the border with Bangladesh, an official said Wednesday.

WB president to visit Lanka

World Bank President James Wolhensen is due to visit Sri Lanka in the last quarter of this year.

Milinda inspects copter gunship gifted by US

Economic Reforms, Science and Technology Minister, Milinda Moragoda on Tuesday (15) inspected helicopter gunship gifted to the Sri Lanka government along with the ‘courageous’ coast guard vessel by the United States in Washington.

UNHCR ambassador Jolie calls for aid for Sri Lanka

By Scott McDonald

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said on Wednesday she was moved by stories of lives shattered by two decades of war in Sri Lanka and called on the international community to back the island's peace process.

Nepal names negotiating team for rebel talks

Nepal on Wednesday set up a negotiating team to start talks with Maoist rebels aimed at ending a revolt that has claimed more than 7,200 lives.

India develops "silent" radar

India has developed a low probability intercept radar that cannot be detected by incoming aircraft and can escape from anti-radiation missile attack.

Annan urges to prevent damage to Iraq cultural heritage

Shocked by the "catastrophic losses" caused by looting of Iraq's museums, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged the US-led coalition to prevent further pillaging and the population to return the loot of priceless anitquities.

Amphetamines :"no longer risk to national security"

Thailand today hailed a milestone in its fight against drugs when the Office of the Narcotics Control Board announced its recognition that amphetamines were now merely a criminal problem rather than a threat to national security.

Spy site comes under police spotlight

Police will investigate a website offering services spying on individuals, Police Information Centre deputy director Colonel Yanaphon Youngyuen said yesterday.

Syria seeks UN help for establishing WMD-free Middle East

In an apparent countermove against US accusations, Syria on Wednesday presented the UN Security Council a draft resolution aiming to rid the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Burma Regime Heavily Ccriticized by UN Commission on Human Rights.

London, April 16: Burma was yet again heavily criticized for its ongoing systematic violation of human rights and for failing to restore democracy in a resolution adopted today at the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.