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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2899

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Bush convinced will find Iraqi weapons

By Patricia Wilson

U.S. President George W. Bush, who went to war with Iraq over weapons of mass destruction, said on Saturday he was convinced it was only a matter of time until American forces found banned arms.

Sri Lanka defence minister seeks divine help for protection

Sri Lanka’s Defence Minister Tilak Marapone has sought divine intervention to strengthen his security and seek protection from evil eyes, official sources said Friday.

Buddhist flags, Vesak lanterns sent abroad

By Nilika Kasturisinghe

Large quantities of Buddhist flags and Vesak lanterns have been dispatched to Sri Lankan missions abroad in a bid to popularise Vesak overseas.

Bala here for crucial decision

By Chris Kamalendran

LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham is due in Sri Lanka today ahead of tomorrow's LTTE's central committee meeting where a decision is likely to be taken regarding the resumption of peace talks.

Thackeray criticises PM offer to open air links with Pak

Criticising Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's initiative to resume air links and cricketing ties with Pakistan, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray today asked him not to "hand over Kashmir to the neighbouring nation for sake of friendship".

Tariq Aziz not telling truth about WMDs: Bush

Apparently frustrated by the inability of the US to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, President George W Bush has lashed out at former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz for not "telling the truth" to his American captors.

Myanmar junta frees 21, says it wants democracy

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar's military government said on Sunday it had freed 21 political prisoners, including 12 members of Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party, in what it called an effort to move closer to multi-party democracy.

LTTE to discuss resumption of peace talks

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will hold a crucial meeting Monday to discuss the resumption of peace talks with the Sri Lankan government.

Myanmar releases 21 prisoners, including prominent academic

Myanmar's military government has released 21 prisoners, including prominent academic Salai Tun Than and 12 members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), it said in a statement

Palestinian groups say closure of Damascus offices not to affect resistance

Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday outlined for Syria's president the policy changes the United States believes he must make to survive.

Three Lankans at U.S. mission on "compulsory leave", CID called in

Three local employees of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo has been sent on compulsory leave and the CID called in to help investigate the visa fraud and alien smuggling case that has rocked the U.S. mission here, well informed sources said yesterday.

Christina Rocca here on May 12

US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca will be in Sri Lanka on May 12 and 13 at the invitation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Just solution needs patience, Vajpayee to Pakistan

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said on Saturday that disputes cannot be settled overnight and both sides should patiently negotiate for a just solution at the right time and circumstances.

Monks - being used to smuggle porn CDs across the border from Myanmar.

Police in the border town of Mae Sae have ordered border officials to step up immigration checks on monks, after having found that monks are being used to smuggle illegal pornographic CDs from Myanmar.

Plans to turn Chiang Mai into aviation hub take off

Plans to turn Thailand's northern resort province of Chiang Mai into a regional aviation hub were given a lift yesterday, when government and private sector officials jointly drew up a fresh raft of strategies for this northern city; while warning that the province would have to focus on its selling points of cultures and tradition.

Sars cost tourism Bt10 bn in April

Sars has cost Thailand over Bt10 billion in lost tourism revenue since the start of April, Vichit Na Ranong, chairman of the Regional Tourism Association, said yesterday.

29 alien sex workers arrested in police raid

Police yesterday arrested 29 Burmese and Shan women in Chiang Mai and charged them with selling sex services, just 1.5 kilometres away from the city’s police station.

Membership of the Youth League of China at 69.86 million

The Chinese Communist Youth League (CYL), the largest youth organization in the country, had a membership of 69.86 million by the end of last year.

Minister of Information Myanmar – "Media is to be free from bias"

Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan Minister for Information said “Media is to be free from bias but serves the interest of the State and the people. The minister said the newspapermen are to make sure that the newspaper has not gone out of control and to safeguard the interest of the State and the people”

Myanmar women urged to play bigger role in social, economic affairs

By Nwe Nwe Aye : Myanmar Times

Myanmar women need to be empowered in economic and social terms in order to keep up with changes in global society, says Professor Daw Yi Yi Myint, the founder of the Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs’ Association.