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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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BBC set to sue Minister over Iraq 'lies' claim

By Kamal Ahmed and Martin Bright

The unprecedented row between the Government and the BBC took a dramatic twist last night when Andrew Gilligan, the reporter at the centre of claims that Number 10 deliberately 'sexed up' evidence against Saddam Hussein, announced he was ready to sue a serving Minister.

Fatah joins truce declaration; Israeli forces pull out from northern Gaza Strip

Fatah on Sunday evening joined a truce declared earlier by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Pak High Commissioner designate arrives

In the first major move towards taking forward the peace process initiated by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Pakistan's new High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan arrived in India today to take up his new assignment asserting there was no cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and that all issues should be resolved through bilateral dialouge.

TAT invites 100 Australian journalists on ‘Mega Fam Trip’

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to invite over 100 Australian tour operators and journalists to take part in a five-day tour of Thailand, as part of an aggressive marketing campaign to demonstrate Thailand’s SARS-free status.

RSS leaders meet Kanchi seer; describes it as \"courtesy call\"

RSS leaders K Sudershan and Ram Madhav today called on Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi here and were closeted with him for about 20 minutes.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad declare cease-fire with Israel for three months

Hamas and Islamic Jihad announced Sunday that they are suspending attacks against Israel for three months, a leader of the group said. But there was still no announcement by Fatah, with wrangling still going on over the final wording of the truce statement.

LTTE must adhere to international standards on human rights — Dutch minister

by Bandula Jayasekara in The Hague

She says that the international community has experienced that the Van Ardenne-van der Hoeven, Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation says that LTTE does not adhere to those standards seriously in spite of the fact they are aware of it. She called upon the LTTE to take the international standards on human rights seriously.

Lankans held in Tunis headed for Italy

Tunisian authorities arrested 81 would-be immigrants including Sri Lankans headed for Italy in two separate operations, last week, according to agency reports.

JVP condemns Govt.

While condemning the participation of Prime Minister's media secretary Saman Athaudahetti as the Premier's representative at the 'Pongu Thamil' festival held in Jaffna, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna alleged that the objective of this festival by the LTTE was to call for a state of Tamil Eelam.

Signing of SLFP-JVP agreement put off

Despite the inability to reach a consensus on some issues, the SLFP and the JVP have approved a Memorandum of Understating at a meeting between the two parties, JVP sources said.

PM's sister to represent women

Yaowares Shinawatra, a younger sister of the prime minister, was yesterday named chairwoman of the National Council of Women of Thailand (NCWT). The two other nominees had withdrawn from the race.

No blacklist for Muslim teachers

The government will not blacklist Islamic religious teachers who are suspected of involvement in militant groups, said Interior Minister Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, who is himself a Muslim.

Police Warning: Burmese exiles targeted

Police chief Sant Sarutanond yesterday vowed to arrest any Burmese exiles who attend a rally today at the Burmese embassy to press for the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Talks… an Eye Wash: Don’t Deport back the Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees – ENDLF.

Eelam National Democratic Front, (ENDLF) one of the Tamil militant outfit led by its General Secretary G. Gnanasekaran alias Paranthan Rajan stated that they have no confidence in the Talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. “We strongly believe that the present cease-fire agreement and the talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE is only an eyewash to fool the international community.”

Jaffna still carries scars of war

Nearly 90,000 people in northern Jaffna were forced to flee for their lives, while almost every house and building was destroyed or damaged during the war between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels.

US committed to ending terrorism in several countries including India

The United States is committed to ending terrorism not only against America but also other countries including India, the chief of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has said.

Sri Lanka police deny crackdown targets Tamils

Sri Lankan police defended a crackdown on crime on Monday and denied media reports it was directed at minority Tamils.