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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2898

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Vajpayee shuffles cabinet, hints at further expansion soon

By Deepshikha Ghosh, Indo-Asian News Service

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Saturday carried out yet another cabinet overhaul bringing in six new faces and shuffling others in a political exercise aimed at upcoming state and general elections.

Norwegian envoy in Sri Lanka to revive peace bid

A Norwegian peace envoy arrived here in a bid to revive Sri Lanka's stalled peace bid, two days after President Chandrika Kumaratunga slammed Norway and Japan over their efforts to get the talks back on track, diplomats said.

PM:Foreign reserves to hit unprecedented high by year-end

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday voiced confidence that by the end of the year Thailand’s foreign reserves would hit an unprecedented high on the back of an expected return of foreign investment and debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Unification of Naga territories coming in way of peace: Muivah

Unification of the Naga territories is standing in the way of a final solution to the peace process, NSCN (IM) chief Thuingaleng Muivah said here emphasising "the Nagas will never lay down arms, freedom or territories."

Grief Spawns Violence in Algeria

Grief turned to anger as stunned survivors from a devastating quake in Algeria faulted inadequate rescue efforts and shoddy construction for contributing to the death toll, which approached 1,800 yesterday.

Thailand hardens stance against LTTE gun-running and Aceh separatists

The Thai prime minister has ordered a crack down on arms smuggling in his country following the arrest of LTTE gun-runners in Southern Thailand while his foreign minister, visiting Indonesia, has expressed strong support for Jakarta’s offensive against the Aceh separatists, well informed diplomatic sources said yesterday.

DLB take-over notice still not printed

by Shamindra Ferdinando

President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s notification on the take-over of the Development Lotteries Board (DLB) sent to Government Printer Neville Nanayakkara on May 8 for publication has not been printed, an authoritative source said. Media Minister Imitiaz Bakeer Markar on May 9 directed Nanayakkara to ignore the president’s directive.

Armitage to attend Tokyo conference on reconstruction for Sri Lanka

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will attend the Tokyo Donors’ Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka, June 9-10 in Tokyo.

Suu Kyi under continuous threat: Aide

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced constant intimidation and harassment by a group aligned to the military junta during her ongoing travels in northern Myanmar, her party spokesman said Saturday.

Mae Sot Murders: Burma demands investigation.

Burma has urged Thai authorities to launch an investigation into the shooting deaths of six men believed to be Burmese migrant workers after their charred remains were found in the border district Mae Sot in Tak province.

Uday eldest son of Saddam negotiating his surrender

Hidden in the suburbs of Baghdad and talking to US officials via middlemen, Saddam Hussein's son Uday is negotiating a surrender.

Vajpayee to embark on three-nation tour on Tuesday

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will embark on a high-level international diplomacy during his week-long three nation tour beginning Tuesday when he will meet top world leaders including US President George W Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao.