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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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Jordan refuses to link the attack to receiving Saddam's two daughters

Jordan has officially rejected linking the attack against its embassy in Iraq to the Kingdom's receiving of the two daughters of the toppled Iraqi President.

Kuwait black lists 26 local job agencies

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The Kuwait government has blacklisted 26 Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Agencies, which are directly operating with Kuwaiti agencies for alleged malpractices with regard to recruitment of Sri Lankans.

DPM invites India to develop film industry in Thailand

Deputy Prime Minister Korn Dabbaransi issued an invitation to India to come to Thailand to develop its film industry, expressing confidence that the kingdom’s diverse and beautiful scenery would attract Indian movie directors.

PA still confused over IA proposals

By Kasun Yapa Karunaratne

PA media advisor Dr. Sarath Amunugama said the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L.Pieiris give two different and contrary versions about the proposals sent to President Chandrika Kumaratuga and the LTTE about the Interim Administration Council.

Trouble shooter Solheim coming here for crisis talks

By Sunimalee Dias

With the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission calling in the Norwegian government to sort out the dispute over the Kinniya camp, Oslo's special envoy and trouble shooter Erik Solheim is expected in Sri Lanka on Tuesday for three days of crisis talks.

Tiger camp at Wan Ela will be forgotten soon - JVP

By Munza Mushtaq

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) on Thursday charged that disputed rebel camp in Trincomalee which was built by the Tigers in a government controlled area, would also be a forgotten subject soon, despite the noise made today by the media.

Indian parliamentarians leave for Pakistan

A track-II delegation of members of parliament, including from BJP, and journalists left for Pakistan on a three-day visit carrying a message of peace and brotherhood.

Hindus face discrimination in Bangladesh: Refugees Int'tional

A US-based human rights organisation has claimed that religious minorities, especially Hindus, still face discrimination in Bangladesh even though the country has recently taken steps to protect minorities.

Myanmar says needs time to study Thai roadmap

Myanmar's foreign minister said officials needed more time to study a Thai plan for democratic transition in the country, which has earned worldwide condemnation over the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

GL lashes out at PA critics: 'Basic contours of final solution agreed upon at Oslo talks'

by Rohan Mathes

Cabinet spokesman Minister G. L. Peiris lashed out at his PA critics, refuting allegations of legitimising a LTTE dominated "Interim Administration" (IA) in the NE prematurely, sans a final settlement in sight.

Editor complains to SLMM: LTTE destroys bundles of Thinamurasu weekly in Valachenai

The Chief Editor of ‘Thinamurasu’ weekly, T. Baskaran has complained to the Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Gen. Tryggve Tellefsen, that the LTTE had prevented transportation of his newspaper and set fire to 5,000 copies of the Thinamurasu at Sunkankerni, Valachchenai.

Myanmar's bank crisis threatens its financial order, national economy

In early 2003, more than ten non-bank financial institutions, engaged in illegal deposit-taking business, collapsed one after another due to breaking rules and regulations in operation and failing to pay the debt by its capital.

U.S. equipment for India's navy, special forces

In a major development, the U.S. has agreed to supply India with equipment for its special forces and a submarine rescue system for the navy.

LTTE refuses to dismantle camp triggering standoff with SLMM

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have openly defied the Scandinavian truce monitors by refusing to dismantle a camp in the country's east, delivering the first major blow to the island's already faltering peace process.

Thailand dangles Chinese carrot for Indian investment

By Imran Qureshi: Indo-Asian News Service

Thailand is dangling the Chinese market as a carrot to attract Indian investment.

Cambodia's Hun Sen Takes Line Honors amid Reports of FUNCINPEC Defections

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen officially took line honors in national elections, amid reports of defections from a rival party that could help him rule in his own right.

A Million Motives and Suspects in Jordan Embassy Bombing

By Ned Parker • Agence France Presse

There are a million suspects in the bombing of the Jordan Embassy in Baghdad, a lawless city overflowing with guerrilla fighters, criminals and shady figures full of hatred for America and its allies.

Indian investors look set to plough over Bt2 billion into Thailand

The Thai delegation to India led by Deputy Prime Minister Korn Dabbaransi has scored a major coup in pulling investment into Thailand, with Indian investors already expressing an interest in investing over Bt2 billion in the kingdom.

General warns of terror risk

By Nerisa Nueykeow

Thailand is vulnerable and a possible target for terrorist attacks, National Security Council chief General Winai Pattiyakuk said in the first public admission ever made by Thailand's national security agency.

Burma now a threat to the survival of Asean: Kobsak

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

The survival of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) was at risk due to the political deadlock in Burma and the dramatic changes needed before Rangoon assumes chairmanship of the regional grouping in 2005.