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

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Mars attacks? Astronomers excited, seers turn to god

By Deepshikha Ghosh: Indo-Asian News Service

The planet Mars is coming closer to Earth than ever before in mankind's recorded history on August 27 -- and it could be doomsday!

Former Thinakaran editor's funeral held yesterday

The funeral of Veteran Tamil journalist Kalasuri R. Sivagurunathan who served the Tamil daily "Thinakaran" of Lake House as Chief Editor for more than three decades was held yesterday evening at Kanatte cemetery, Borella. Mr Sivugurunathan passed away early morning last morning after a brief illness in Colombo at the age of seventy-two.

John denied entry to Jaffna Kachcheri

By Sunil Jayasiri

Interior Minister John Amaratunga who visited Jaffna on a goodwill tour, had reportedly been obstructed from seeking entry to the Jaffna kachcheri by a pro-LTTE group.

Peace process gathers fresh momentum

by Ranil Wijayapala

The peace process will gather fresh momentum this week with the LTTE preparing to visit Paris to discuss the Government's Interim Administration (IA) proposals while Norway's Special Envoy Eric Solheim arrives in the island to have decisive talks on the Wan Ela camp issue.

Another informant shot dead

The LTTEkilled a Tamil informant, Shanmuganathan Pillai Vivekanandan Rajan, at Akkaraipattu. He was shot dead by two persons who came on a motorcycle. He is the 21st person involved with intelligence services to die at the hands of the LTTE since the signing of a ceasefire agreement in February 2001 upto May this year

PM urges released prisoners never return to 'evil paths'

The government released a group of over 2,500 selected prisoners to pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her birthday anniversary, which falls on 12 August, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra urged the released prisoners to change his behaviours and never to return to 'evil paths'.

World's largest river island faces extinction

By Syed Zarir Hussain: Indo-Asian News Service

The world's largest river island, in India's northeastern state of Assam, could loose its place from the record books, because the region is shrinking in size due to massive erosion and flooding.

U.N. envoy wants China role in Myanmar crisis

The U.N. envoy to Myanmar said China should take a bigger role in resolving the crisis over the detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, despite Beijing saying the matter is an internal affair.

Iran to try un-extradited Qaeda members

Iran confirmed that it would put on trial those members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network in custody that Tehran has not been able to extradite.

Anti-malaria scientists win award

Scientists who designed a new anti-malaria drug have been honoured with a research award from the National Research Council of Thailand.

Indian roadshow declared a success

Deputy Prime Minister Korn Dabbaransi hailed the success of the Thai roadshow to India, urging Thai businesspeople to enter into joint investments with their Indian counterparts to prepare for free trade between the two countries.

Road Map To Burma: Participation of Ethnic Nationalities and Political Parties Vital

In a letter to the Burma’s Special Envoy of the U N Secretary General, the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) pointed out that in drawing the road map for peace and reconciliation in Burma, the participation, desire and the aspirations of the ethnic nationalities and the main political parties are vital.

Jayalalithaa's Government justifies demolition of Seerani Arangam.

Faced with strong condemnation of its midnight demolition of Seerani Arangam, an open air gallery on the sands of Marina, Saturday night, the Tamil Nadu Government today defended the action saying the structure was pulled down as it spoiled the beauty of the famous beach besides becoming a home to anti-social activists.

Kargil coffin scam- slap on Fernande's ministry

The ministry of defence has staunchly refused to part with a report of the Central Vigilance Commission but the most sensitive of issues dogging George Fernandes — the charge that cash was made over the dead of Kargil in a deal to import coffins — has been noted by the Public Accounts Committee.

Sri Lanka says talks with Tamil rebels on track

Sri Lanka has said the peace initiative with the Tamil rebels was on track to ensure "durable peace" in the island nation.

Laloo Yadav brings down the house at India-Pakistan meet

Former Bihar chief minister Laloo Prasad Yadav stole the show at the inaugural session of an India-Pakistan meet here, with the audience in stitches several times during his 20-minute speech.

Taylor Blasts U.S. in Farewell Address

By Glen Mckenzie

President Charles Taylor delivered a farewell address to a nation bloodied by 14 years of war, declaring himself "the sacrificial lamb" to end what he said was a U.S.-backed rebel war against his besieged regime.

Cambodia's king backs Hun Sen as prime minister

Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk has backed Hun Sen to remain as prime minister in the new government.

India's Vajpayee Calls For Peace With Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee called for an end to bloodshed between Pakistan and India in a message, saying violence could not resolve their pressing problems.

Deaths, Rioting in Basra

By Naseer Al-Nahr • Arab News Staff

Two people were killed in Iraq’s second city of Basra as widespread rioting continued in the town for the second day. A Nepalese Gurkha security guard and an Iraqi were killed in violence as British troops came under fire as they struggled to control a population enraged by the failure of the occupying forces to restore basic services. At least eight Iraqis were wounded in the rioting.