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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2906

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APEC Establishes Life Sciences Innovation Forum To Encourage Innovation Throughout the Region.

The APEC Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) has announced the launch of a new regional forum to capitalize on the region's growing intellectual capabilities and
opportunities presented by the life sciences sector.

Sri Lanka propose aid body to Tamil Tigers

By Scott McDonald

The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday offered to set up a special development body to oversee aid work in a bid to get the island's Tamil Tigers to attend a donor conference next month.

German kids surprise Vajpayee

German children of Mahatma Gandhi School here sprang a pleasant surprise on visiting Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by singing a song written by him and Gandhiji's favourite bhajan "Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram".

Monks present petition with 30,000 signatures to Japanese Embassy

By Rohan Mathes

The Federation of the Bhikkhus for Rescue of the Motherland accused the Japanese envoy Yashushi Akhashi of striving to divide the nation and persuading the notorious Tamil Tigers to attend the Tokyo peace summit, thereby causing intervention and blatant violation of the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

Veteran Indian merchant predicts two-way trade about to skyrocket

By: Win Kyaw Oo

A leading Indian businessman has predicted that trade between Myanmar and India will continue to skyrocket. However, a key determinant for that trend to continue will be the mooted creation of better transport links between the two countries.<

Norway PM urges progress on Tamil Tiger request

The prime minister of Norway, which is trying to kick start a stalled peace bid between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels, said on Tuesday that the government side should show flexibility in response to the rebels’ request to set up an interim administration.

Myanmar: "Election result must be honoured" - Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday marked the 13th anniversary of her party’s landslide 1990 election win, which was never recognised by the military government, calling the junta’s action an "insult."

Burma bombings

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday said the gov¬ernment was investigating an allegation made by Rangoon that Thai soldiers were involved in the recent bomb attacks in the Burmese border town of Tachilek.

Thai king to receive rain-making patent

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be granted a patent for his development of an artificial rain-making technique.

Al-Jazeera TV Chief Sacked

By Mohammed Alkhereiji: Arab News Staff

In a devastating blow to its reputation, Al-Jazeera said yesterday that its general director has been sacked after allegations were made that he worked with Saddam Hussein’s intelligence services. Mohammed Jassem Al-Ali visited Iraq before the US-led war, meeting Saddam during an hour-long interview.

China offers emergency aid to the flood victims of Sri Lanka.

China has announced emergency aid of USD 605,000 to Sri Lanka to rehabilitate the victims of the worst floods to the island nation in 60 years.

Sri Lanka peace salvage bid suffers snag

Norway's bid to revive Sri Lanka's peace bid suffered a setback as Tiger rebels put off responding to a government offer of financial powers aimed at ending the impasse, diplomats said.

Sri Lanka bid on donor meeting stalls again

By Scott McDonald

A bid by Sri Lanka and Norway to persuade Tamil Tiger rebels to attend a donor conference stalled again on Tuesday when a trip by a Norwegian peace envoy was abruptly cancelled.

Burma military junta tells opposition to accept protest

Burma's military junta has admitted violent clashes have occurred between democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party and "non-supporters" during her current political tour.

Phnom Penh Armed Forces Crackdown on Peaceful Demonstration

The crackdown on the peaceful demonstration in front of the National Assembly on May 21 is severely condemned by the Human Rights Action Committee in Cambodia.

Vajpayee departs for Europe

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left here Tuesday on an eight-day, three-nation trip during which he will meet Chinese President Hu Jintao and interact with other leading world leaders, including U.S. President George W. Bush.

On the release of Ibrahim al-Hamidi

The director of the London- based al-Hayat office in Damascus Ibrahim al-Hamidi was released on Sunday at a "guarantee" after he had spent five months and ten days in prison on charge of "false information" according to his lawyer Mustafa Amin yesterday ( Monday).

Head of PLO office in Baghdad arrested by US forces

US occupation forces in Iraq arrested Wednesday a senior Palestinian diplomat outside his office in Baghdad.