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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2904

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"India, China will drive global energy use increase"

India, China and other emerging economies of Asia will drive global energy consumption in 2025, with natural gas as the fastest growing component, according to a recent U.S. Energy department report.

Jamali formally invites Vajpayee to visit Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Saturday formally invited his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee to visit Pakistan, official sources said here.

Sikhs in U.S. want to help restore gurudwara in Iraq

Sikhs in America have decided to assist in the restoration of an ancient gurudwara in Iraq damaged in the U.S.-led war, says the Sikh Council on Religion and Education.

Top level confab to avoid Navy - Sea Tiger clashes at sea

by Shamindra Ferdinando

SLMM head Major General (Retd.) Tryggve Tellefsen yesterday met with Defence Secretary Austin Fernando and Navy Commander Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri to discuss ways and means of reaching consensus on a mechanism to avoid clashes between the navy and Sea Tigers.

MoU violated 878 times - SLMM

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Batticaloa has received 878 complaints of violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) since February 2002 and the majority is against the LTTE, which include forfeiture, child conscription, and illegal taxation. There are over 297 complaints of child conscription by the LTTE.

27 Intelligence operatives killed so far

by Kalinga Weerakkody

Within a period of one year the LTTE has assassinated about 27 intelligence operatives attached to the three armed forces, who had played a vital role in combating LTTE.

Myanmar: Government condemns KNU over attacks on gas pipeline

THE government has condemned a Kayin rebel group for a series of attacks on a gas pipeline in the south of the country earlier this year

Assess Damage and Rebuild Confidence: APEC Approach To SARS Crisis

APEC Trade Ministers and Senior Officials meeting in Thailand next month will focus on strategies to rebuild business confidence and reinforce trade facilitation and business mobility to help counter the ongoing economic impact of SARS on APEC economies.

Hopes fade for quake victims

Hopes are fading for dozens of children trapped in the rubble of a school in quake-hit eastern Turkey, as a protest over the official handling of the disaster boiled over into violent clashes between police and quake victims.

Politics Between Sunnis and Shiites

By Abul Rahman Al-Rashid

Quick judgments are easily made when one tries to interpret events. The most prevalent now are the judgments being made about the events in Iraq, and more specifically when people think that the fall of Saddam automatically means the fall of Sunni rule, and that Shiite rule will follow and consequently an Iraq strongly tied to Iran.

New tape of Saddam aired

In what is purported to be his last known wartime speech - a video never before aired - Saddam Hussein tells Iraqis that God will help them expel the American-British occupiers.

US State Dept workers charged in visa scheme in Sri Lanka

Nine persons, including two former US State Department workers, have been charged with illegally selling US entry visas out of the US Embassy in Sri Lanka, Justice Department officials said Thursday.

Indo-Pak diplomatic, air links set to resume

* Vajpayee annonces decision in parliament

* Say talks to be decisive this time

* Rejects third party mediation

* Kasuri says Pakistan ready for bilateral resolution of Kashmir

* Rashid sees early talks

SARS Crisis: Arrivals face new checks

By Arthit Khwankhom & Usa Shevajumroen

Undercover surveillance teams will make sure no one goes undetected.People entering Thailand from Sars-affected countries and territories are to face new measures, the Public Health Ministry announced yesterday.

THAI enlists 25 airlines to help contain SARS

Thai Airways International Plc (THAI), the national flag carrier, announced today that it was enlisting 25 airlines flying into Thailand to comply with measures to contain the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS); while preparing special promotional campaigns to pull passenger numbers back to normal.

Lankan minister, Sinha confer on island peace process

Sri Lankan Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda called on Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha here on Friday.

India hopes Lankan peace process in back on track

India today hoped that Sri Lankan Government-LTTE peace process, which has suffered a setback, would be back on the rails as soon as possible and said it was having close consultations with several major players involved in it.

Sinha says no 3rd party can impose solution on Indo-Pak issues

Asserting that no third party can impose a solution on Indo-Pak issues, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha today said the feeling in Islamabad was that they would rather talk to New Delhi and sort out issues bilaterally.

Briefing by US Secretary of State Colin Powell, in Damascus, Syria.

"we have two dynamics at work: changed strategic situation in Iraq with the elimination of a dictatorial regime and a new opportunity for the people of Iraq to build a country and a government that rests on democratic foundations and the opportunity to move forward with a peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis."