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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Sri Lanka PM to Seek Strong Economic Ties with China

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is due to leave for a five-day official visit to China early Saturday, said that the main purpose for his China tour is to seek strong economic ties with China.

Myanmar condemns pressure to free Suu Kyi - paper

Myanmar has condemned Western pressure for the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, warning it would delay moving the impoverished country toward democracy.

HC to hear Pepsi's petition against CSE report tomorrow

Soft drink major Pepsi's petition seeking to restrain the publication of "pesticide report" on Colas by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is likely to come up for hearing before the Delhi High Court .

Thai population ageing due to low birth rate, late marriage and high divorce

A leading social scientist has warned that the Thai population growth rate is slowly sinking due to late marriage, small family sizes and a high rate of divorce, and that Thai could have the highest proportion of elderly people in the world in 25 years time unless something is done to halt the rate of decline.

LTTE asks Govt. servants to toe its line

Government Agent Batticoloa, Additional GA Trincomalee and 350 public servants have received instructions from LTTE Political Wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan to be prepared to implement LTTE's development plans for the East shortly.

Judicial Service Commission calls for Jaffna Judge's explanation

The Judicial Sevice Commission (JSC) has called for an explanation from Jaffna District Judge and Magistrate R.T. Vigna Raja following his comments that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is the only person who can get self-determination for the Tamil speaking people.

Bala not coming for Paris legal talks

By Chris Kamalendran

LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham will not take part in a consultative meeting of legal and constitutional experts of the movement in Paris later this month to discuss the government's latest proposals for an interim administration.

Thamilselvan to rendezvous with Bala in Paris

LTTE political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan will leave for Paris this week to discuss the Government proposals for an Interim Administration for the North and East with chief negotiator Anton Balasingham and several other legal and constitutional experts. Chief of the LTTE's Peace Secretariat S. Pulithevan was in Colombo last week to make the necessary arrangements for Thamilselvan to travel to Paris, and both will leave shortly for the French capital.

Indian help for peace process

by Ananth Palakidnar

Efforts to resume peace talks are expected to gather momentum with India's expected stepped-up role. Indian External Affairs Minister Yaswant Sinha is due in Colombo next week in what is seen by local political circle as the first move by Delhi.

India to study railway link

India will study the feasibility of establishing a connection to a proposed railway linking Yangon to Hanoi.

Terror Threat: PM plays down fears of attack

Thaksin says security agencies on full alert, urges media not to blow up issue, especially 'risk' to Apec summit.

Can Saddam Evade Capture Forever?

By Amir Taheri • Arab News Staff

It was exactly three months ago when Iraq’s deposed dictator Saddam Hussein was last seen in public. And it is precisely 100 days since the US-led coalition launched a formal hunt for him. And, yet, as The US Secretary of State Colin Powell admitted in Washington Thursday night, the Americans are nowhere near capturing the fugitive.

Menon presents his credentials to Musharraf

After three weeks wait, Shiv Shankar Menon presented his credentials as India's new High Commissioner to Pakistan to President Pervez Musharraf, marking the restoration of full diplomatic relations severed after the Dec 13, 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament.

\"Govt unable to get legislation on Ram temple passed in Parliament.\"

Expressing government's inability to get a legislation on Ram temple construction passed in Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani said such a measure has to wait for a political consensus.

Magistrate revokes death sentence for dog

By Imran Khan: Indo-Asian News Service

A district magistrate in Bihar stepped in to grant a reprieve to an old lady's pet dog that had been sentenced to death by a court for creating a nuisance and attacking people.