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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Basmati exporter diversifies into ready-to-eat curries in U.S.

Satnam Overseas, one of India's largest exporters of basmati rice under the flagship Kohinoor brand, has introduced heat-and-eat curries and semi-cooked basmati in the U.S. where there is a big market for its products.

Thai PM visits Dalada Maligawa

by Ananda Kannangara, Kandy correspondents Asela Kuruluwansa and Indika Polkotuwa

Visiting Thai Prime Minister Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra and the Thai delegation paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa along with Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyeratne.

Thai Premier visits Dipaduttarama Temple at Kotahena

by Ariyaratne Ganegoda

Thai Prime Minister Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra paid a visit to Kotahena Dipaduttarama Thai Temple, the first temple established in Colombo after the colonial period, which was constructed with funds donated by the Thai government.

Thai plan for a wealthy Asia : Visiting PM calls for measures to turn poor continent into the most prosperous

By Shakuntala Perera and Sajeewan Wijewardana

Visiting Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a historic address to parliament called for the creation of an instrument for the utilization of Asia's capital to create Asia's own wealth.

LTTE to establish political link with India

By Ranga Sirilal

The LTTE is making a strong bid to establish a political link with India, sources from the Northern peninsula said.

LTTE consults TNA leaders

The LTTE is conducting separate talks with parties in the Tamil National Alliance to seek their views on the proposed north-east interim administration before LTTE legal and constitutional experts meet in Paris next week.

Uganda dictator Amin dies at Saudi hospital - source

By John R. Bradley

Former dictator Idi Amin, blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of Ugandans in the 1970s, died on Saturday in a Saudi hospital where he had been critically ill for weeks.

Burma replaces US dollars with euros for trade

Burma plans to replace the US dollar with the euro for foreign trade after United States sanctions banned use of its currency for trade with the country.

\"DMK yet to decide on Left plea to vote against Govt\"

DMK, a key constituent of the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre, said it was yet to decide on the Left parties' call to vote against the Vajpayee Government during the No-confidence motion to be moved by the Congress in Parliament.

Karunanidhi, Elgangovan and Left leaders booked under ESMA

Opening a new front on the issue of state government staff stir, the Jayalalitha government in Tamil Nadu, booked four top opposition leaders, including DMK President M Karunanidhi, under Essential Services Maintainance Act, charging them with instigating the employees to go on strike.

Breakthrough In War On Terrorism: Hambali In US Custody.

Hambali, suspected of masterminding a string of bombings in the region, has been taken into US custody in an undisclosed country following his arrest in Ayutthaya on Monday.

Assassination Took Place under the very Nose of Eric Solheim .

The two members of the Eelam People Democratic Party (EPDP) were attacked in Batticaloa on August 14 and one of them died on the spot. Two youths who came in a bycycle attacked the EPDP members who came on a motorcycle. Now it became clear that the two assasins were from the "Pistol group" of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Former ambassador to India Blackwill to become Bush adviser

The White House announced on Friday that Robert Blackwill, who served as U.S. ambassador to India, would become a senior foreign policy adviser to President George W. Bush.

Hambali lived quietly in one-room apartment on Buddhist temple city's outskirts

The new tenant in Room 601 was a quiet Muslim foreigner, seen only in the evenings buying groceries and vegetables at nearby shops.

Iran Denies Ever Holding Bin Laden's Son, Top Lieutenants

Iran denied that it had ever held al-Qaeda leader Osama's bin Laden's son or two principal lieutenants, after an Arabic daily charged that the trio were being allowed to slip out of the country.

Libya owns up to Lockerbie bombing

Libya has formally taken responsibillity for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, which claimed 270 lives.

Thai PM Thaksin says Hambali was captured after a tip-off from local residents

By Indochina Correspondent - Sarosha Pornudomsak

Asia's most wanted man has been captured, marking a giant step forward in the fight against terrorism in the region

Arrest 'unconnected'

The government's decision to issue anti-terrorist decrees early this week had no direct link with the arrest of Hambali.

Profile: A 'devastating manipulator'

Hambali, up until a few days ago Asia's most wanted man, grew up being "very religious" and kind to people, say those who know him.

Beware of grave situation in Sri Lanka: Kadirgamar

Former Sri Lankan foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar warned Saturday that India would suffer greatly if it continued to ignore what he said was a "grave situation" in the island.