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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2906

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Agni-I ready for induction in the Indian armed forces

India's nuclear-capable 700-km- range Agni-I ballistic missile is ready for induction into the armed forces, a top defence scientist said today, declaring that the country was making major forays in developing land and naval unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and futuristic high-power laser weapons systems.

Astra test fired successfully for third time

For the third time in four days, India today successfully test-fired the Astra air-to-air missile from a fixed ground launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, 15 km from here, defence sources said.

Lanka Oppn asks Chandrika to sack government

Sri Lanka's main opposition party today asked President Chandrika Kumaratunga to sack the cohabitation government to avoid a major constitutional crisis.

Resettlement Crisis Threatens Sri Lanka

By Champika Liyanaarachch - OneWorld South Asia

As a humanitarian crisis unfolds in northern Sri Lanka's Thenmarachchi division, where 100,000 war victims await basic necessities, a key donor meet to garner funds for their resettlement may be derailed by the cold war between the government and rebels.

Tiger chief negotiator leaves Sri Lanka for medical treatment

Sri Lanka's top Tamil Tiger peace negotiator left here to seek urgent medical treatment in London, diplomats and officials said.

PM meets French leaders and business persons

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met French business persons in Paris this morning, and is scheduled to hold talks with economic members in the afternoon; while paying a courtesy call on President Jacques Chirac in the evening, according to a radio news report.

UNP-SLFP — A formidable negotiating partner: Wills

by Roy Silva

US Ambassador Ashley Wills last Friday said the cohabitation between the government and the main opposition was not going very well. "In fact it surprises me that these two parties are not getting along better when so much is at stake. Imagine how important it would be if the LTTE looked across the negotiating table and saw the two major political parties were united. What a formidable negotiating partner that would be. Right now that’s not so. It’s very troubling", he told the 11th Annual General Meeting of the Hotel Catering and Management Association (HCIMA) Sri Lanka International Group.

"No intention to cancel Tokyo confab" : Japan sets seven-day deadline to LTTE

by Sumadhu Weerawarne

The Japanese have set a seven-day deadline for the LTTE to give its decision on the Tokyo conference. The LTTE which was met by Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi will have to give its decision by May 14.

SLMM wants reports from six sub offices on LTTE killings

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) headquarters has instructed its sub offices situated in six districts to submit reports on the killings carried out by the LTTE against Tamil informants attached to the three forces and political opponents as well after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Sri Lanka government and the LTTE on February 22, 2002.

India - Myanmar - Thailand Highway to take "at least two years"

By Thet Khaing

It would take at least two years to build the Myanmar section of a proposed highway linking Thailand and India, the Indian head of a technical task force set up for the project said last week.

"New York Times" exposes fraud of own reporter

The US newspaper, The New York Times, has exposed a fraud by one of its journalists which resulted in dozens of stories being fabricated.

Saddam in Country Under Special Protection: Chalabi

By Nadia Mahdeed & Asharq Al-Awsat

Ahmad Chalabi, president of the Iraqi National Congress, has said Saddam Hussein is moving around in the country under special protection.

Myanmar junta admits barring supporters from welcoming Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s ruling junta has been ordering democracy supporters not to gather in large numbers to welcome opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her political trips, a senior general admitted Saturday.

Illness casts another cloud over S.Lanka peace bid

Medical problems have forced the chief negotiator for the Tamil Tigers to return to London, Norwegian peace mediators said on Sunday, casting another shadow over efforts to revive a bid to end Sri Lanka's civil war.

Possessions must be delivered to temporary coalition authority: Franks

Commander of Coalition Forces Tommy Franks Sunday said former Iraqi ruling Baath Party has been dissolved.

NGO Funding Row: Groups accused of inciting poor

A senatorial committee yesterday alleged that some non-governmental organisations incited the poor to rally against the government so they (NGOs) could attract foreign funds.

LTTE chief negotiator airlifted for medical treatment

Top Tamil Tiger negotiator Anton Balasingham was today airlifted from Sri Lanka's rebel-held north and brought to Colombo for urgent medical treatment, the Norwegian embassy said.

Top US civil administrator for Iraq arrives from Kuwait

America's new top civil administrator for Iraq has arrived in the country. Paul Bremer arrived in the southern city of Basra Monday with the man he is replacing, retired General Jay Garner, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers.