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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Central Asia: EU Should Require Human Rights Progress

The European Union should press for concrete improvements in human rights when it meets with senior Kazakh and Kyrgyz officials this week.

S'pore docs separate S.Korean conjoined twins

A pair of South Korean sisters connected at the lower back were successfully separated at Raffles Hospital -- just two weeks after the hospital's failed attempt to separate a pair of conjoined Iranian twins.

Thai exporters sign 60,000 tonne rice deal with China

Thailand’s hope of increasing sale of its prized Hom Mali rice to China were given a significant boost, when Thai exporters signed a deal to export to China over 60,000 tonnes of rice.

India to buy French submarines, deal soon

India will soon sign a deal with France for the purchase of six 'Scorpion' submarines, the French envoy, Dominique Girard, told mediapersons. The negotiations are at an advanced stage, according to him.

Opposition seeks Advani's resignation; turmoil in Lok Sabha

An unrelenting Opposition in the Lok Sabha today pressed for resignation of Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani for the second consecutive day over "dropping" of conspiracy charge against him in the Babri Masjid demolition case as the House witnessed uproarious scenes, forcing its adjournment for 90 minutes.

Norwegian envoy in bid to revive Sri Lanka talks

Norwegian special envoy Jon Westborg has opened talks with Tamil Tiger rebels five days after the Sri Lankan government offered power-sharing to revive stalled peace talks.

Sri Lanka Truce Monitors Unharmed After Mob Attack

Nordic monitors overseeing Sri Lanka's truce were attacked by a mob in the island's east during a protest said to be backed by Tamil Tiger rebels.

Hartal over arrest of LTTE cadres

by Norman Palihawadane

A hartal was declared in Akkaraipattu, after police arrested ten LTTEers on charges of carrying firearms and explosives.

CWC committed to support UNF govt. — Thondaman

by Franklin R. Satyapalan

CWC leader and Minister of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure Arumugam Thondaman yesterday vehemently denied news reports that he was sitting on the fence in case of a change in government. He said that his party was committed to fully support the present UNF Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

SPDC arranged its choicest prisoners for the ICRC visits to Shwebo prison.

International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) is to visit another Myanmar jail, where May 30 detainees believed to be held. It is learnt that hectic activities are going on in preparation for the visit by arranging the choicest interned prisoners for the ICRC representatives to meet.

Iraqi Governing Council Discusses Ministries

by Naseer Al-Nahr • Asharq Al-Awsat

Iraq’s US-appointed governing council met yesterday to discuss naming ministers, in a further step toward recovery, as another US soldier and an Iraqi translator were killed in an attack in Baghdad.

'Something fishy' about beating Alzheimer's

Elderly people may cut their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by almost half by eating more fish, according to a new study.

Nagas try to carry message to Meiteis - Unofficial dialogue with two outfits to build awareness of case for integration

By Bharat Bhushan

The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) has begun a dialogue with various Meitei organisations in order to make them aware of their point of view on the integration of Naga areas under one administrative unit. The dialogue is unofficial as of now and the Meitei organisations with whom talks have been held are the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF).

China keen to host Sonia, Naidu this year

Buoyed by the positive momentum in Sino-Indian relations, China is keen to host Congress President Sonia Gandhi as well as the BJP President Venkaiah Naidu within the year so as to maintain continuity in the high-level bilateral exchanges.

Indian vice president to visit Myanmar

India's Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat will pay an official visit to Myanmar in November, despite international criticism of Yangon for the arrest of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

AHRC welcomes move to codify Sri Lankan contempt law

The Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) welcomes the appointment of a parliamentary committee to codify contempt of court procedure in Sri Lanka.

BBC in crisis as Blair mood swings

By Philip Webster and Raymond Snoddy

THE BBC was fighting to save its credibility, after finally disclosing that David Kelly, the weapons expert who committed suicide last week, was the main source of its claims that Downing Street had “sexed up” its dossier on Iraqi weapons.

Idi Amin is overweight

By David Kibirige

Ms Madina Amin said that her husband is ailing because of advanced age and overweight. She said that Mr Idi Amin Dada, 80, who was still in coma, weighs about 220 kilogrammes.