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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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Thai plant may help cure "speed" addicts

By Jan McGirk in Bangkok

The government in Thailand is considering scrapping a 60-year ban on a powerful home-grown stimulant in an effort to help nearly three million people beat their addiction to "speed".

TNA in new role: Mediates between Govt., LTTE to put talks back on rail

A senior TNA delegation met with Norwegian deputy foreign minister Vidar Helgessen and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe separately Monday (19) and held discussions regarding resumption of peace talks between the government and the LTTE, TamilNet reported on Tuesday.

International buoyancy affected by uncertainty in peace process

by Namini Wijedasa

The World Bank yesterday emphasised that the peace process cannot continue to "sit in limbo", warning also that the mood of the international community towards Sri Lanka had already changed due to uncertainty over the peace process and questions over the LTTE’s participation at the Tokyo conference.

Official Harassment Fails to Dampen Crowd Enthusiasm in welcoming Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

The National League for Democracy (NLD) headed byhas been continuing its efforts to reconsolidate its party ranks, restructure the party, and reopen its regional offices. Travels by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to different regions have been part of this overall plan to strengthen the party, left weakened by years of persecution, harassment, and imprisonment of NLD members by the military.

Close aide of Veerappan held near Salem.

In a major catch, Tamil Nadu police have arrested "Kutti" Veerappan, a close associate of elusive sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, at the hill town of Yercaud near here.

Kiruttinan murder: Former DMK MLA arrested

The Tamil Nadu Police, who yesterday morning arrested M K Azhagiri, elder son of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, in connection with the murder of former DMK minister T Kiruttinan, also took his close associate and former Tirupattur MLA Rama Sivaraman into custody from his house at Tiruppatur, in Sivaganga district, yesterday evening.

Earthquake hits Algeria: At least 500 people killed

A strong earthquake rocked the Algerian capital region Wednesday night, killing at least 500 people and injuring more than 2,400, the Interior Ministry has reported. Rescuers feared families were buried in the rubble as apartment building walls collapsed and trees crushed cars.

Army chief says Tachilek explosions will cement Thai-Myanmar relations

The Army Chief of Staff today remained defiant in the face of a series of explosions that rocked the Myanmar border town of Tachilek yesterday morning, indicating that the bombs would serve to cement rather than destroy relations between Thailand and Myanmar, while pledging Thailand’s full assistance to the Myanmar authorities.

Tigers say peace talks a waste of time, but no return to war

Vowing not to return to war, Tamil Tiger rebels today said they were committed to peace through a negotiated settlement but termed the six rounds of peace talks with the Sri Lankan government "a waste of time".

LTTE demands new interim set-up

The LTTE yesterday requested Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen to urge Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe to "officially respond" to rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's proposals for an interim administration.

CSW Joins with Free Burma Coalition UK in Protest Outside Burmese Embassy

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW ) UK and the Free Burma Coalition UK (FBC UK) are marking the anniversary of 1990 democratic elections with a protest outside the Burmese Embassy , located at Berkeley Square London, on Tuesday May 27.

Shan rebels deny bombing of Tachilek - inside Burma.

Shan rebels denies that they were not involved in the bombing incidents reported around Tachilek, inside Burma.

Sri Lankan government says 500 still missing, 350,000 homeless from floods

At least 500 people were still missing Wednesday in the worst flooding in Sri Lanka in decades while 260 others were confirmed dead, an official said.

Japanese Emergency Aid for Flood Disaster in Sri Lanka

Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency aid to Sri Lanka. According to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency aid from a humanitarian point of view, in light of the seriousness of the disaster and the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka."

Medical students end stir

Tamil Nadu medical and dental students today called off their 29-day-old agitation.

10th Anniversary of India Caucus celebrated in US

Welcoming peace overtures between India and Pakistan, US lawmakers have stressed the need to put a stop to crossborder infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan.

Sons mostly born to physically strong mothers, says a study

An Ethiopian study suggests that the strongest mothers are much more likely to bear sons in times of food shortages.

Software Counterfeting: $1billion "pirate" held

By Benjawan Somsin & Phermsak Lilakul

Ukrainian on US most wanted list for two years denies charges he is an international hacker

Bombs kill four in Tachilek

BySupalak Ganjanakhundee

Four bombs exploded in the Burmese border town of Tachilek yesterday, killing four Burmese nationals, including two police officers.

Suu Kyi, junta "to talk soon."

By Rungwaree C Pinyorat

Burma's military government and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will hold long-awaited talks within the next few weeks, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said.