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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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SARS may force postponement of business meet in China

Asia's answer to the World Economic Forum, scheduled to be held in China in May, is likely to be postponed due to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Joe Sim back in Lanka with big money

By Ranga Sirilal

The controversial Bangkok based billionaire businessman Joe Sim - who was deported from Sri Lanka 12 years ago after being embroiled in a high level political casinos scandal - is back in the country with hundreds of millions of dollars and big plans.

Govt. confident peace talks will resume soon

By Shakuntala Perera

The government yesterday expressed confidence that the peace talks would be back on track by the first week of June.

Suspected SARS Victim Was Not Sri Lankan

By Sarah Abuljadayel: Arab News Staff

The 13-year-old boy who died in Jeddah recently of what could be the Kingdom’s first case of SARS was not Sri Lankan, as was incorrectly reported in the print edition of Arab News yesterday.

Garner says work to start soon on Iraq government

Formation of a new Iraqi government will start next week, the country's US administrator said on Thursday, after American forces netted four more senior members of Saddam Hussein's old guard.

Air India cancels five flights from Mumbai

Air India today cancelled five flights from here following an agitation by the pilots' union.

4,000 people under quarantine in Beijing

A Beijing health official today said that 4,000 people, who had intimate contact with others showing SARS symptoms, have been ordered to stay at home under quarantine.

International Campaign to Free 189 Burmese political Prisoners dying in various prisons in Myanmar

Asian Tribune is receiving reports from various quarters about the incarceration and of the solitary confinement of hundreds of Prisoners in numerous jails in Myanmar. Majority of those prisoners at present are languishing in various prisons are political activists and are members of National League for Democracy (NLD) a political Party struggling inside and outside Myanmar for the restoration of democracy and peoples rule.

Former Chief Minister of Jaffna shifted from Ajmer

Former Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Jaffna province, Varadhrajan Permual, who is living in India, was shifted to an undisclosed location from here following a directive from the Centre recently, official sources said today.

Opposition taking political advantage of LTTE pullout — Kapukotuwa

by Shamindra Ferdinando

UNP General Secretary Senarath Kapukotuwa yesterday accused the JVP and the SLFP-led PA of taking political advantage of a disputed Tiger decision to suspend peace talks with the government.

Suspension claim of peace talks by LTTE : Wilful act to evade responsibility, says Mahanayake

by Cyril Wimalasurendra, Kandy

Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero said on Wednesday that the suspension claim by the LTTE on the peace process was a willful act to evade responsibility at a time the President and the Prime Minister were engaged in a sincere attempt to restore peace.

Canada approves FM radio station for LTTE

A new FM radio channel 101.3 in Toronto Canada has been approved by CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission). The official approval released by the CRTC on the 17th of April 2003, is viewed as a positive impact for the LTTE in Canada.

Iraq: Garner Must Address Human Rights: Call for Human Rights Monitors on the Ground

Retired U.S. general Jay Garner should
invite independent monitors to check on human rights progress in the
reconstruction of Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today.

Tariq Aziz in Custody: "Eight of Spades," Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Turns Himself In.

Iraq's former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz is believed to have surrendered to U.S. authorities.

INSAT-3A reaches its space home

India's latest multipurpose satellite INSAT-3A was successfully placed today in its space home, Indian Space Research Organisation announced here.

Thailand lifts economic sanction against Angola

Thailand has lifted its economic sanction against Angola, re-opening its door for two-way trade between the kingdom and the Western African country, according to Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik.

Thaksin offers tax breaks to tree growers

By Sirinart Sirisunthorn

Promising lower taxes for those who grow trees on their personal property, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday announced a new drive to increase green areas nationwide.

U.S. urges Tamil Tigers to return to peace table

By Scott McDonald

The United States on Thursday urged Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers to return to the negotiating table, telling the rebels that was the only way to settle their grievances.

Myanmar junta announces end to its rice stranglehold

Myanmar’s military junta announced Thursday the scrapping of its 40-year-old paddy procurement policy.

Chavalit to tackle drugs problem with Burma

Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh has been assigned to hold talks on illicit drugs with Burmese leader Than Shwe on the sidelines of the Asean Sars Summit in Bangkok, a senior official said yesterday.