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

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Sri Lanka Muslim town tense amid clashes between minorities

Security was stepped up in Sri Lanka's northeastern town of Muttur following new inter-communal clashes between minority Tamils and Muslims.

Positive outcome of truce will be visible infrastructural development

by Rohan Mathes

A positive outcome of the 19 months successful truce between the government and the LTTE with the Norwegian facilitators will be a significant and visible infrastructural development in the sphere of rural electrification and road development during the next four weeks in the country.

Security beefed up in Muthur

by Ranga Jayasuriya and K.D.Jayasekara: Trincomalee Group correspondent

The Security Forces, community representatives and Scandinavian Truce Monitors yesterday held a crisis meeting in Muttur as police beefed up security to prevent communal clashes.

Cong-sponsored no-confidence motion admitted in Lok Sabha

A Congress-sponsored no-confidence motion against the Vajpayee Government was today admitted in the Lok Sabha.

To abstain from voting, AIADMK MPs not to take part in debate

Contrary to reports, AIADMK decided to abstain from voting on the Congress-sponsored no confidence motion against the Vajpayee ministry in the Lok Sabha, saying BJP had not sought its backing nor was there any threat to the government.

Commerce Ministry: \"Rice prices likely to rise in world market.\"

Rice exports are expected to benefit in terms of prices subject to the expected insufficient supply of the output in the world market next year.

Taliban warns people away from Kandahar celebration .

Leaflets distributed by the ousted Taliban warned people in south Afghanistan's Kandahar city to keep away from a local Independence Day celebration.

MDMK to vote against no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha

MDMK, one of the partners of the NDA government at the centre, will vote against the Congress-sponsored no-confidence motion moved in the Lok Sabha today by the Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi.

NDA, Vajpayee's days numbered: Sonia

Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee would not be in power much longer as it was jeopardizing the country's defense, denigrating key institutions of parliamentary democracy and encouraging corruption.

Norwegian govt. to continue talks on Tiger Kinniya camp in Trinco

By Sunimalee Dias

A review of the Scandinavian monitors' ruling on the Kinniya camp in Trincomalee area would be carried out by the Norwegian government till the negotiations between the government and the LTTE resume. The parties concerned when talks start will have to re-consider the stand taken by them in a bid to arrive at a solution on the matter.

Hambali's 5 men still at large in Thailand

The Jemaah Islamiyah still had 5 men acting in Thailand following the capture of the network's number two head Hambali in the country.

Advani, Fernandes to lead govt attack on debate on motion

Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and Defence Minister Geroge Fernandes will lead the government attack on the opening day of the debate on the Congress-sponsored no-confidence motion against the NDA Government.

DMK keeps trust, Jaya mum

The DMK today scotched rumours of differences with the NDA by saying it would support the Centre against the Opposition's no-trust motion to be moved in the Lok Sabha.

'Arms dealer' Lakhani was set up, feel Britons'

By Prasun Sonwalkar: Indo-Asian News Service

The British press continues to raise fresh doubts about the arrest of British Indian Hemant Lakhani in the United States and said he was no more than a "bumbling rogue caught up in an elaborate sting".

Prime minister names son of Singapore's founding father as successor to premiership

Singapore's prime minister said the son of the city-state's founding father Lee Kuan Yew will succeed him as premier when he steps down, possibly in 2005.

US silent on Hambali's wife

Malaysia's Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, says he has not received a request from the United States to extradite the Malaysian wife of suspected top al Qaeda militant, Hambali.

PM vows to brave Thai talks

By Ross Peake: Political Correspondent

Prime Minister John Howard vowed yesterday to attend an international summit, despite a new United States warning of a terrorist strike against it

Hambali’s arrest does not mean Thailand is terrorist target, says PM .

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra appeared to backtrack on earlier statements concerning last week’s arrest of one of Asia’s most wanted terrorist suspects in the central province of Ayutthaya, saying that ‘Hambali’ was not preparing to conduct terrorist activities in Thailand, but was merely using the Kingdom as a hideout.

13m-yr-old shell fossils discovered

By Sachakarn Kaewphrae

Experts from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) have confirmed the discovery of an archaeological site at the Mae Moh coal mine in Lampang.

Why Americans looked the other way as Pakistan made the bomb

By Khalid Hasan

* Book claims Zia assured US congressmen Pakistan would not build a delivery system.

* US believed cutting aid could replace Zia with anti-US govt.

* CIA started replacing Ojhri weapons soon after blast