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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2903

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Deadline of Japan for Tamil Tigers ends without breakthrough

A deadline set by Japan for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, has expired with no sign of the guerrillas confirming their participation at a crucial donor conference in Tokyo.

Delay in LTTE signature holds up N-E reconstruction

by Namini Wijedasa

The North East Reconstruction Fund (NERF) agreement has been completed but cannot go through because the LTTE hasn’t signed the document.

Development Lotteries Board crisis: Decision unchanged and valid even if gazette is not published -

President Chandrika Kumaratunga strongly rejected the arguments of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe against her move to take over the Development Lotteries Board (DLB). Her decision remained "unchanged and valid", she had stated.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Myanmar

Mr. Razali Ismail, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Myanmar, will visit Yangon from 6 to 10 June 2003. It will be his tenth mission as Special Envoy.

38 killed in train fire in Punjab

Thirty eight people, including women and children, were charred to death in their sleep when three coaches of Amritsar-bound Frontier Mail from Mumbai caught fire in the wee hours today about 10 km from Ludhiana, Railway sources said.

N.Y. Times Apologizes in Blair Case

By Tara Burghart : Associated Press Writer

In a town hall-style meeting that drew hundreds of staff members, top executives at The New York Times apologized Wednesday for mistakes and oversights that allowed a former reporter to repeatedly fabricate and plagiarize material.

SAARC leaders expected to meet in Kathmandu

By Ershadul Huq : Indo-Asian News Service

The foreign secretaries of SAARC nations are expected to meet in Nepal soon following hopes of improved relations between India and Pakistan.

Health Minister confirms THAI as SARS-free zone

Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan yesterday reiterated assurances that passengers travelling with Thai Airways International Plc. (THAI) do not run a risk of contracting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS); while confirming World Health Organization (WHO) reports that Thai agricultural products are also free of the flu-like killer bug.

Myanmar officials rescue wild animals from restaurants

Myanmar authorities seized hundreds of wild and endangered animals during raids on four Yangon restaurants that serve exotic meats, a weekly magazine reported.

Cohabitation important for united Lankan voice at Tokyo confab - <i>Rocca </i>

by Rohan Mathes

US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca at a press briefing yesterday at the American Centre, stressed the importance of cohabitation for a clear, consistent and a united Sri Lankan voice to be heard at Tokyo peace talks.

3,000 Bodies Exhumed at Iraqi Mass Grave

Villagers pulled body after body from a mass grave in central Iraq on Wednesday, exhuming the remains of up to 3,000 people they suspect were killed during the 1991 Shiite revolt against Saddam Hussein's regime, Associated Press said.

US links Sri Lanka aid to human rights

The United States has linked international aid for Sri Lanka to observing human rights and respect for democracy while renewing a demand that Tamil Tiger rebels give up violence.

Tigers fail to budge as Japanese deadline for talks ends

Tamil Tigers today ignored a deadline set by Japan to give up their boycott of a crucial donor conference talks in Tokyo and instead indicated they were firm on reconstruction and rehabilitation of the civilians in the northeast as a precondition for participation.

Dhamma Talk to be held to mark Visakha Puja Day

The World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) will organize a dhamma talk and a Buddhist ceremony for merit makings on Visakha Puja Day, which, this year, falls on May 15.

Ministry transfers linked to US trip of the Prime Minister.

The Foreign Ministry has transferred the directorgeneral and the deputy head of the American and South Pacific Affairs Department to inactive posts just a few weeks before Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra embarks on a visit to the United States.

Sri Lankan bell hung in Ayutthaya

By Piyaporn Wongruang

A Sri Lankan made religious bell was yesterday hung in a temple belltower in Ayutthaya in an event attended by hundreds of Thai and Sri Lankan Buddhists.

Reza Pehalvi calls for toppling of Tehran regime

The eldest son of the ousted Shah of Iran called on the international community to topple the current Iranian regime in remarks published in Italy on Wednesday.

Bush Pledges Full Support

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour : Arab News Staff

US President George W. Bush has pledged all-out support to the Kingdom to fight terrorism after four suicide bombings killed 34 people, including seven Saudis and seven Americans in Riyadh on Monday.

US warns of possible terrorist attacks in Malaysia

The United States has warned that terrorists affiliated with Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network may be planning new attacks on US citizens and interests in Malaysia.

US forces raid village near Tikrit, former top Iraqi officials detained

Heavily armed U.S. Army forces stormed into a village near Tikrit before dawn Thursday, seizing more than 200 prisoners, including one man on the United States' "most-wanted" list of former Iraqi officials.