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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2786

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India to launch 25 satellites in five years

India, which has become a leading force in space science research, is preparing to launch 25 satellites of various categories in the next five years, says a leading space scientist.

Blair-BBC row gets nasty

A row between Britain's biggest broadcaster and Prime Minister Tony Blair over the government's use of intelligence information in making the case for war in Iraq has turned personal and nasty.

Thailand, Laos agree to step up border patrols to stamp out drugs

Thailand and Laos yesterday agreed to step up military patrols along their mutual border to help crack down on drug smugglers who have shifted their trade routes from Myanmar to Laos.

U.N. envoy in Jakarta for talks on Myanmar's Suu Kyi

A senior U.N. envoy met Indonesia's foreign minister on Saturday to discuss detained Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the next step in lobbying for her release, a government official said.

Ex US-Senator Thurmond dies at 100

Former US Sen. Strom Thurmond, an ex-segregationist and former Democrat who became a fixture of southern Republicanism as the oldest and longest-serving senator ever, died on Thursday at the age of 100.

PA calls for review of security especially in the east

By Rohan Mathes

The opposition People Alliance (PA) urged the government to review the security situation of the country, especially in the East, where criminal negligence of the government has made it very unstable and a snap war breaking out could not be ruled out within the next two weeks.

LTTE women abduct girl demanding her brother rejoins them

by Kalinga Weerakkody

LTTE women cadres have recently abducted a 22-year-old girl from Thambiluwil in Akkaraipattu demanding that her brother rejoins LTTE who had escaped after three months of training.

LTTE container-load released sans stickers depicting Negombo as boundary

On a Finance Ministry directive, Customs on Wednesday (25) released a consignment of Tiger propaganda material except a large stock of stickers depicting a separate Tamil state which extends to Negombo on the west official sources said.

LTTEer dies in Welikada prison

by Norman Palihawadana

The member of the LTTE pistol gang arrested last June 10 had died at the Welikada prison last June 25 as a result of swallowing a cyanide capsule.

Mandela criticizes Bush, praises Chirac over Iraq war

Former South African President Nelson Mandela on Friday criticized U.S. President George Bush for the U.S.-led war in Iraq and praised French President Jacques Chirac for refusing to participate.

Princess shares weight-loss tips

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday said she had lost 12 kilograms in six months by jogging regularly and eating earlier in the evening.

Thaksin lashes out at UNHCR

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday slammed the UN agency for refugees for granting protection to Burmese exiles in Thailand without the consent of the government.

Tamils rally in Jaffna against Sri Lanka military

By Waruna Karunatilake

Tens of thousands of Tamils, many carrying pictures of Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, rallied in northern Jaffna peninsula on Friday to protest against the presence of the Sri Lankan military.

PM returns from China visit

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, returning here this evening from a "good" visit to China, disclosed that talks between special representatives of India and China on finding a solution to the boundary dispute will "start immediately".

Sri Lanka president's party says fresh fighting in two weeks

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party has warned that Tamil Tiger rebels were ready to launch a major attack within two weeks and said security forces were ill-prepared to fight back.

Tachilek blasts: Electricity considered as one of the causes

Whatever the political and military reasons were that led to the bomb explosions in Tachilek on 21 May, that killed 4 and wrecked the statue of a Burmese hero, the competition for the right to electricity supply among the local businessmen was one issue that could not be brushed off easily, a recent informal meeting of traders in Mae Sai concluded.

Sri Lanka's Navy Did Not Capture Rebels - Monitors

By Scott McDonald

Monitors overseeing a truce in Sri Lanka between the government and Tamil rebels said on Saturday there was no evidence the navy captured rebel sailors after a clash at sea.