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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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Sri Lankan rebels say will not go to donor meeting

By Chamath Ariyadasa

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday ruled themselves out of attending an aid donor conference next month, saying they wanted more done to return war-hit Tamil areas to normal.

Myanmar understands us, says PM

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh today came out to reiterate assurances that the relationship between Thailand and Myanmar remained strong despite the recent explosions in the border town of Tachilek, saying that Myanmar understood that Thailand had played no part in the bombings.

Court orders ASI to change Ayodhya excavation head

Taking serious note of the alleged irregularities in the excavations in Ayodhya, the Allahabad High Court has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to appoint another team leader.

Gingee Ramachandran rules out resignation

Union Minister of State for Finance Gingee Ramachandran today ruled out his resignation on moral grounds following the arrest of his personal assistant on bribery charges in New Delhi.

PA opposes latest Tiger stand

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The PA Wednesday night said that Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe should not agree with the demand for the establishment of an LTTE-controlled interim administrative structure to take over reconstruction, rehabilitation and development activities in the north-east.

One suspect a delegate at Berlin peace talks: Thai courts refuse bail for Tiger suspects

by Namini Wijedasa

Thai courts have refused bail to three LTTE suspects arrested with a haul of arms, ammunition and communication gear, after police objected to their release on instructions of the Thai government.

LTTE guns down former PLOTE member

by Norman Palihawadana

A former PLOTE member had been gunned down by the LTTE in Batticaloa on Wednesday night. He had been identified as Kumar Perumal.

Norway, Japan to work out compromise

With the LTTE rejecting government proposals on accelerating the reconstruction and resettlement as "inadequate", and demanding an interim administration for the North and East, the government is now inviting the peace envoys to come up with alternative proposals, a highly placed government source told the Daily Mirror.

MOFA of Myanmar issues Press Release on elimination of stimulant tablets

Production and illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs bring about crimes and undesirable activities like money laundering and deterioration of the moral fibre of people. Drug issue is a major socio-economic challenge to mankind. As it is a threat to mankind the Government of the Union of Myanmar has always held antinarcotics measures as a national endeavour. In so doing, Myanmar has always contributed unstintingly to the fight against narcotic drugs and Myanmar has made great sacrifices in life and limb.

Gen Franks retires

Army General Tommy Franks, who led US forces in two wars in two years in Afghanistan and Iraq, has decided to retire, a US military official said Thursday.

Burmese Rohingya in Bangladesh Face an Uncertain Future

By June 30, 2003 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is planning a dramatic change in its responsibilities towards the remaining 21,000 Rohingya refugees from Burma residing in two camps in Cox 's Bazaar district of Bangladesh.

UN adopts resolution on interim arrangements, UN role in Iraq

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday adopted with near unanimity a new resolution on Iraq, granting wide interim governing powers to the United States and its coalition partners and including a role for a UN Special Representative working with this provisional authority.

Analysis: Shan and UWSA deny planting Tachilek bombs

By Don Pathan & Supalak Ganjanadee

The recent bomb attacks in the Burmese border town of Tachilek and its vicinity have sent Thai security agencies scrambling to identify those responsible.

Gunmen ambush convoy in Burma

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Unidentified gunmen yesterday attacked a caravan of eight Thai-owned trucks loaded with asphalt and building materials after it left Tachilek for a construction site near Kengtung, Thai border officials said.

Prison Riot: Bombs, demands and fires

Unhappy about the condition in their prison, some 600 inmates in Nakhon Si Thammarat staged a violent protest yesterday by setting fire and destroying their cells, officials said.

Algerian Quake Kills Over 1,000

By Aomar Ouali : Associated Press

It was a scene from hell: after a massive quake tore through the earth, the desperate cries of women mingled with the harsh wail of ambulance sirens. Blocks of buildings lay in ruin. Countless bodies were trapped under the wreckage.

After nearly 13 years: Security Council lifts Iraqi sanctions

The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday giving the United Nations backing to the U.S.-led administration of Iraq and lifting economic sanctions. The resolution passed by a 14-0 vote, with Syria absent, AP reported.

US approves Israeli Phalcon sale to India

The United States has given the green signal to Israel for the sale of Phalcon airborne radar systems worth one billion dollars to Indian Airforce without any conditions or limitations, a media report said today.

Japan urges Tigers to attend Tokyo aid meeting

By Scott McDonald

Japan urged Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday to attend a conference next month in Tokyo to raise money to rebuild the war-hit island, adding that if they did not the aid-pledging meeting would go ahead without them.