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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Another New heroin refinery under the Burmese army wing

Another heroin refinery has recently been set up west of the Salween under the protection of the local Burmese army unit.

FBI MI5 agent tells Dublin Court: Real IRA tried to develop links with LTTE

by Dushy Ranetunge

A trial held in Dublin in the Irish Republic on June 2003 has revealed attempts by the Real IRA (Irish Republican Army) to develop links with the Iraqis and the Tamil Tigers.

NJC wants CBK to demerge N-E

The National Joint Committee submitted a memorandum to President Chandrika Kumaratunga Wednesday (23.07.2003) at the President's House, requesting the temporarily merged North and the East be de-merged and a separate Administrative Unit be established for the Eastern Province.

HM Queen to be honoured with mass aerobics

It may not be the most obvious of birthday presents, or indeed the most obvious way to honour the foremost woman in the land, but 100,000 people are to engage in a mass aerobics session as part of celebrations to mark the birthday anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

Cambodian PM urges all voters to vote on polling day

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged all Cambodians to turn out on Sunday to vote for their supporting party.

Vajpayee's recent China visit proved to be a media hype: Gowda

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda said the 'euphoria and media hype' created about Prime Minister A B Vajpayee's recent visit to China had been lost with China saying "it had not recognised Arunachal Pradesh as part of India".

Complicated heart surgery performed on Sri Lankan national

A 45-year-old Sri Lankan national successfully underwent a rare heart surgery, claimed to be the first in the country, at a private hospital.

Sri Lanka PM to visit India

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to visit India later next month.

Myanmar uncovers plot to bomb junta homes

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar's military government said it had arrested 12 people with links to opposition parties for planting a series of deadly bombs and hatching a plot to assassinate members of the junta.

Cool Myanmar response to democracy \"road map\" idea

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar's military government said it knew little about a "road map" to democracy proposed by neighbouring Thailand, adding that the country should be left alone to solve its internal problems.

Outright \"NO\" from angry PA

The main opposition People's Alliance rejected outright the government's plan to set up a LTTE-controlled interim administration for the island's north and east saying the move was premature as a political solution was nowhere in sight.

Govt. takes Kinniya camp dispute to Norwegians

By Sunimalee Dias

The government requested the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission to refer the stubborn stance of the LTTE, in not dismantling their Kinniya camp, to the Norwegian facilitators in the wake of several failed attempts by the monitors to obtain the withdrawal of the LTTE from the area.

Jonathan Aitken Hands In Letter and Human Rights Banner to Mark 50th Anniversary of Korean Armistice

Jonathan Aitken handed in a letter and human rights banner to the North Korean diplomatic representation in London to mark the 50th anniversary of the Korean armistice.

India says Arunachal Pradesh is its integral part

Hours after China said it does not recognise Arunachal Pradesh as part of India, New Delhi today asserted that the north-eastern State is its "integral part", a spat that could cloud the new momentum in bilateral ties after Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to Beijing.

Sinha to visit Lanka next month

External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha will visit Sri Lanka in the middle of next month for the meeting of the Joint Economic Commission as the two countries today agreed to tackle the problem of fishermen straying into each other's territorial waters in a "humane" and effective manner.

Apology over, wait for Amma amnesty

By M.R. Venkatesh in Chennai

I have been dismissed from service for participating in the illegal strike from 2.7.2003. I hereby tender unconditional apology for resorting to strike from 2.7.2003. I request that I may kindly be reinstated in service

Uday-Qusay Bodies Underwent \"Facial Reconstruction\": U.S.

The bodies of the two slain sons of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay, underwent "facial reconstruction" before they were shown to international correspondents Friday, a U.S. military official said.

Bullet-Ridden Bodies of Uday, Qusay Shown to Journalists

by Naseer Al-Nahr • Asharq Al-Awsat

Striving to convince fearful Iraqis that Saddam Hussein’s sons are dead, US officials showed journalists two bodies yesterday that Washington says it is certain are those of Uday and Qusay.

FM rebuts US Senator’s accusations of neglecting Myanmar

Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai denied what he described as the US Senate’s ‘misunderstanding’ on Thailand’s stance towards Myanmar, reiterating that Thailand had outlined a clear role in assisting Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Sprucing Up Bangkok: PM in Bt500m pledge

By Pennapa Hongthong

Bangkok authorities will be given half a billion baht to turn the capital into a greener and cleaner city, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said.