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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Singapore to quarantine 2,400 people

Singapore expects to quarantine up to 2,400 people in an effort to prevent the spread of SARS. The measure was announced after SARS was diagnosed in a vegetable seller who died.

Three party delegation asks centre to save Tamil Nadu

Reflecting the growing strains in their ties, Tamil Nadu allies of the BJP led by DMK today met Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and gave a memorandum to him that took potshots at the "continued inaction" of the Centre and demanded its intervention to end the alleged political "vendetta" of the Jayalalitha government.

"Vaiko not interested in coming out of prison on bail": DMK Leader Karunanithy

MDMK general secretary Vaiko, in prison after his arrest under POTA, has declined to come out on bail, DMK president M Karunanidhi said here today.

DPM to discuss impact of SARS outbreak on tourism

In an effort to ease the impact of the epidemic of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus on tourism, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is set today to meet with senior officials of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and other agencies concerned to assess the situation.

Hasina meets Chandrika : Stronger economic cooperation underscored

Visiting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Bangladesh’s Leader of the Opposition, Sheikh Hasina, underscored the need for "much deeper bilateral relations" in the economic field under the belt of SAARC.

SAARC still has future, Kumaratunga says

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) can still be a strong forum for development, provided its member states and secretariat play proactive roles, said Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

General Than Shwe inspects site for construction of Nanmyint Tower in Bagan ancient cultural region

Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Than Shwe, inspected the site chosen for construction of Nanmyint Tower in Bagan ancient cultural region at 8.30 am yesterday.

LTTE controls three fourth of its homeland — Balasingham

by Bandula Jayasekara in Geneva

Muttur fast returning to normalcy

by Kalinga Weerakkody

Trincomalee police yesterday said that the situation in Muttur is fast returning to normal with extra police reinforcement moved into the area.

Hakeem awaits Ranil in Trincomalee

by Kesara Abeyawardene

SLMC leader Minister Rauf Hakeem is awaiting a visit by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Trincomalee within this week to take appropriate measures to ease tension between the Muslims and Tamils in Muttur, SLMC sources said.

Bush Softens Rhetoric Over Syria

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad in Damascus yesterday as America stepped up pressure on Syria to dissociate itself from alleged terrorism.

Two more Iraqi leaders in custody

Abd al-Khaliq Abd Al-Gafar, Iraq's former minister of higher education and scientific research, has been captured by US-led forces, the US military announced Sunday.

Iraqi boy victim Ali to get best artificial limbs

The badly maimed Iraqi boy who has become an icon of civilian suffering in the Iraq war will get the most sophisticated replacement limbs available, his surgeon in Kuwait said on Sunday.

Lankan peace talks yielding positive results: Kumaratunga

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said the ongoing peace negotiations with Tamil rebels had yielded some positive results and firmly denied allegations that she was not playing a supportive role in the progress of talks.

No further division of India: Advani

Rejecting Pakistan's Mohammad Ali Jinnah's two nation theory, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani today asserted that divided India did not face the prospect of any further division.

China fires health minister for hiding SARS cases

Health Minister Zhang Wenkang and Meng Xuenong, a deputy secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Beijing Municipal Committee, have been sacked from their positions, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

Banyat emerges as new Democrat leader

The popular favourite to win today’s Democrat Party leadership election, Mr Abhisit Vejavija, was forced to concede defeat when he lost in a close-run contest to Mr Banyat Bandadthan, who beat him by less than three percent of the vote.

China gives red carpet welcome to Fernandes on maiden visit

China today accorded a red carpet welcome to Defence Minister George Fernandes who kicked off high-level talks with the Chinese military on bilateral ties, regional and international issues of common concern.