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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2901

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Thailand-Myanmar to sign MOU on second bridge over River Sai

Thailand and Myanmar are to sign a memorandum of understanding on the construction of a second bridge linking the two countries over the River Sai, aimed at boosting tourism, communications and trade in the Golden Triangle region, the Chiang Rai provincial governor announced today.

Govt. okays tighter security for CBK

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The government has partially accepted a proposal to increase security to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, a senior government spokesman said yesterday.

Bala sidelined in power struggle?

By Chris Kamalendran

LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has sidelined his chief peace negotiator Anton Balasingham - temporarily - and taken over the negotiating process himself, The Sunday Times learns.

Devolution ignored in SLFP-JVP alliance

By Harindra Vidanage

The thorny issue that troubled both the SLFP and the JVP -- devolution of power -- will now be shelved by both for the moment in a desperate bid to strike an electoral alliance.

Diplomatic push fails to revive Sri Lanka peace bid

Diplomatic moves have so far failed to break the deadlock in Sri Lanka's stalled peace bid, but Norwegian envoys are keeping up the pressure to revive the process, officials said.

Senior statesman disputes govt’s claim to eradicate poverty

One of Thailand’s most prominent academics yesterday disputed the government’s claims of being able to eradicate poverty within the next six years, saying that social advancement was bringing with it increased social discord.

Floods in Sri Lanka kill three, leave thousands homeless

At least three people were killed and thousands were rendered homeless in south-central Sri Lanka after heavy floods and earth slips caused havoc in the area, police said today.

PM to reshuffle ministry, Mamata may return

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said there will be reshuffle of his ministry "soon" in which Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee might be inducted alongwith some new faces.

Sri Lanka seeks the help of India, as flood toll hits 91 - Latest Flood Situation

Lanka today sought emergency assistance from India as the death toll rose to 91 in flash floods and mudslides in south-central region of the island, officials said.

More Tigers leave for medical treatment abroad

On a request made by the Tigers, the government last week made arrangements to take a senior Tiger cadre to Singapore for urgent medical treatment, a highly placed official said.

U.S. Forces Say No 10 on Iraq Wanted List Surrenders

The U.S. military said on Saturday a former member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle on Washington's list of most-wanted Iraqis surrendered to U.S.-led forces in Iraq, Reuters said.

"People Claiming the Last Word on the Qur’an Pose a Problem"

A problem in the Muslim world is that a small number of people have arrogated to themselves the right to offer a “true” interpretation of the Holy Qur’an, says Dr. Nazir Khaja, a professor at UCLA School of Medicine and president of the American Muslim Council (AMC).

Don’t send back Lankan Tamil refugees now: ENDLF

The Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF) has urged all the countries not to send back the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka till a permanent solution was achieved to the ethnic conflict.

NSCN (I-M) says it has no link with Nagaland Minister

The NSCN (I-M) has claimed it does not have any relation with Nagaland Transport Minister Yeangpong Konyak and clarified that the arrested activist of the outfit had ''forcibly used'' the state government's vehicle to carry explosives for ''his personal interest''.

Riaz Muhammad Khan new Pakistani envoy to India

Riaz Muhammad Khan is to be the new Pakistani envoy to India, Online news agency reported, quoting sources in the foreign office.

US malaria drug to be trialled on Thais

Immtech International Inc said on Thursday that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the export of its oral drug candidate, DB289, to Thailand for a human clinical trial to treat patients infected with malaria.

Thai woman sues NZ immigration

A Thai woman who was turned away on her first visit and locked up on her second, has returned to New Zealand a third time - to take the witness stand.

1 killed, 47 wounded in cinema bomb blast in Yangon

One woman was killed and 47 others injured in a time-bomb blast at a private-owned cinema hall in a town in southern Bago division of the country on Thursday night, official newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday.

KNU explodes bomb at cinema in Pyu One killed, 47 wounded

The KNU insurgents have been constantly committing such destructive acts as jeopardizing the community peace, causing destruction, mercilessly killing innocent people, deliberately setting fire to the houses of villagers, robbing the people's properties, planting mines near villages and detonating bombs and opening fire to passenger buses.

At least 100 people killed and injured in the Moroccan city of Casablanca following suicide attacks

Terrorists exploded four bombs in the coastal city of Casablanca late Friday, killing at least 40 people and injuring 60 others and damaging the Belgian consulate, a Jewish center, a major hotel and a Spanish restaurant, officials said.