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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2902

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Bremer fires chairman of Baghdad police

The US administration of Iraq, Paul Bremer, said that the chairman of police in west Baghdad, Abdul Razzaq al-Abbasi, was fired because of his membership in the Baath Party.

Saddam letter urges Iraqis to fight U.S.

Saddam Hussein has claimed to be "fighting the Americans" and appealed for resistance against the U.S. and British forces that ousted him last month, according to a letter attributed to the deposed Iraqi president received by Middle East Online.

British PM on landmark visit to Iraq

British Prime Minister Tony Blair Thursday arrived in Iraq on a historic visit to extend thanks to British troops for the role they played throughout the war. The British Prime Minister arrived in Basra, following a short visit to Kuwait.

Sri Lanka PM asks Tigers to be more understanding

Sri Lanka's prime minister warned that his country risked being relegated to the "backwaters of history" if peace talks failed and asked Tiger rebels to be "more understanding."

Mai Ambedkar passes away

Savita alias Mai Ambedkar, wife of Dr B R Ambedkar, died after prolonged illness at J J Hospital here early today.

Curious surfers stream into nation’s first cyber cafés

By: Aung Kyaw Tha

Myanmar's first cyber cafes have attracted a steady stream of customers since they opened in Yangon just over a week ago.

DLB not deleted from economic reforms ministry - G. L.

Despite President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s strongly worded letter claiming that the Development Lotteries Board has been deleted from the functions under the Ministry of Economic Reforms, government spokesman Minister G. L. Peiris yesterday maintained that the government had not changed its stance on the issue

LTTE response within two days?

By Sunimalee Dias

The LTTE is expected to give a response within two days on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's offer to break the deadlock by setting up a short term interim administrative authority for the Northeast.

Govt. offers interim authority

By Shakuntala Perera

In a climate of indecision over the LTTE participation at the Tokyo donor conference, the government is reported to have proposed establishing an authority replacing SIRHN to utilise foreign aid awaiting disbursement for development of the northeast.

Banyat fails to impress on his debut

By Sukanya Lim & Weerayut Chokchaimadon

The Democrat-led opposition launched a no-confidence debate against five ministers yesterday, accusing them of incompetence, abuse of power and corruption.

Burma tower plan for Bagan needles UN

By Jan McGirk in Bangkok

Burma plans to erect a 200ft (60 metre) observation tower that would loom over the venerable temple city of Bagan, despite concerns expressed by the United Nations that it would be jarringly out of scale.

Abbas, Sharon to Discuss Road Map

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas said he would meet Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today to discuss implementing a peace plan ahead of a three-way summit next week with US President George W. Bush.

Murder needle on Azhagiri

Police say the needle of suspicion in last week's murder of a former DMK minister and MP points firmly at the elder son of party chief M. Karunanidhi.

Sri Lanka makes fresh offer to Tigers to revive talks

In a desperate bid to save Sri Lanka's stalled peace process, government today announced a "development-oriented structure" envisaging greater financial authority for the LTTE in carrying out reconstruction and rehabilitation work in areas of island's embattled north-east.

India accepts Aziz as new Pak High Commissioner

Old India hand and career diplomat Aziz Ahmed Khan would be Pakistan's new High Commissioner to New Delhi, following quick acceptance of his name by the Government, paving the way for restoration of full diplomatic relations between the two countries.

CSW Joined Burmese Community In Protest Outside Burmese Embassy In London

Some 60 protestors from the Free Burma Coalition UK (FBC UK) and CSW and marked the 13th anniversary of the democratic elections with a protest outside the Burmese Embassy.

India earmarks Rs 3.5 B for moon project

India will earmark Rs. 3.5 billion for putting an unmanned spacecraft in lunar orbit by 2007, Minister of State for Space Satyabrata Mookerjee said Thursday.

Saudi Justice: Report Card Needed

A year after the introduction of reforms to its criminal justice system, the government of Saudi Arabia should publicly disclose the concrete steps it has taken to improve safeguards against longstanding abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The kingdom's new criminal procedure code became law in May 2002.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn gives support to Thai scientists

Thai scientists were given a morale boost today when HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn urged them to dedicate their research, knowledge and abilities for the benefit of national development.