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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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Ancient stone inscription found during excavation in Ayodhya

In an important finding, an ancient stone inscription in Dev Nagari script and a foundation were discovered in the on-going excavation in the aqcuired land in Ayodhya today, sources said.

Myanmar leader leaves for Laos

Senior Gen Than Shwe, chairman of the ruling State Peace and Development Council, left for Laos on Monday for a three-day state visit at the invitation of Lao President Khamtay Siphandone, Myanmar News Agency said.

Myanmar top leader begins visit to Laos

Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) Senior-General Than Shwe left here Monday for Vientiane to begin a three-day state visit to Laos.

"India - Pak could have no-war pact, if Kasmir issue is solved."

Amid fresh peace overtures by India and Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf has said his country could work for a no-war pact with India followed by mutual reduction of troops and de-nuclearisation of South Asia if Kashmir issue was resolved.

NHRC receives 1,340 cases of custodial deaths

The National Human Rights Commission has received 1,340 cases of custodial death during 2002-03 showing a marginal increase compared to the previous year.

Major Issues on Regional Trade would be Discussed at the Tokyo APEC Advisory Council Meeting.

Senior Business representatives from each of APEC's 21 economies will meet to discuss major issues affecting regional trade in Tokyo on 13-16 May for the second meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) for 2003.

Thailand needs to boost innovation, says leading strategist

Thailand needs to adjust its strategy for competition in the international arena by boosting production innovation and efficiency instead of selling products at low prices, according to a leading Harvard University’s economist.
Prof. Michael E. Porter, dubbed as the competitiveness strategist of the century, officially came to Thailand for the first time at the invitation of the government. He is among 30 academics studying and researching the strategy for enhancing Thailand’s competitiveness.

Indians given an update on peace process

by Prasad Gunawardena

Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda yesterday briefed Indian Foreign Minister Yaswant Singh and Brigish Mishra, Secretary and National Defence Advisor to the Indian Prime Minister on the current situation of the peace process in Sri Lanka.

Akashi here to "continue his mission."

Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi will be in Sri Lanka for a six day visit.

Myanmar Government Commutes Sentences and Released Prisoners

According to the information sheet of State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) N0. C- 2614 (I) of May 04, Commutes Sentences and Released 21 released political Prisoners.

Noose around Shan bases, as Burmese troops prepares for a blitzkrieg

Flurry of military activities by the Burma Army along the Shan-Thai border is witnessed, since the beginning of the month has been keeping Thai security officials on edge, according to military sources.

SARS quarantine "may be an over-reaction"

Australia's chief medical officer, Richard Smallwood, says Indian officials may have over-reacted by quarantining 89 Australians suspected of carrying SARS.

Powell warns Syria as Lebanon rejects US demand to deploy army in southern border

Syrian President Bashar Assad now knows just what he must do to bring his country in line with U.S. plans for the Middle East, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday.

PM invites allies, Opp to discuss India talks

By Mohammad Kamran, Shaukat Piracha and Zakir Hassnain

Special National Assembly session to debate dialogue

* MMA, PPPP and PML-N accept invitation

* Jamali hints government could be flexible on LFO

Saddam "may very well be alive": Rumsfeld

Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein may "very well be alive" but that does not make any difference to the US now, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

Norway says Sri Lanka peace bid still in limbo

By Scott McDonald

Progress was being made on repairing Sri Lanka's ruptured peace process, mediator Norway said on Monday, but it was too early to say if a major donor conference and talks set for Japan would go ahead as planned.