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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Diehards who kill for a revolution

Jason Burke in London, Jamie Wilson and Patrick Graham in Baghdad

The UN bombing in Baghdad and shooting of three British soldiers in Basra bear the hallmarks of an attempt by Saddam loyalists to inspire a revolt. Can the coalition forces keep the backing of ordinary Iraqis while the attacks go on?

More youth missing in East

by Norman Palihawadana

SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem cut short his official visit to Saudi Arabia and returned home on Sunday morning as the Scandinavian truce monitors reported four more disappearances in the east.

PM calls for closer integration with Indian economy

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wrapped up a weekend trip to India Sunday with an appeal for the two countries to integrate their economies so the region can catch up with the rest of Asia.

Hakeem to LTTE: Solve problems in East peacefully

by Kumarasiri Prasad

Ports, Shipping and Eastern Development Minister Rauff Hakeem who returned to the country yesterday cutting short his official tour to the Middle East, requested the LTTE to solve their problems in the East peacefully, through negotiations with Muslim representatives.

Police arrested for human trafficking

A police officer was left vigourously denying all the charges against him after being arrested yesterday for smuggling illegal Myanmar labourers across the border despite the confession of an accomplice said to be involving in the same human trafficking operation.

Police kill 3 Wa smugglers carrying 500,000 speed pills

Police shot dead three men in Chiang Mai province believed to be members of Burma's United Wa State Army, as they allegedly tried to smuggle half a million methamphetamine tablets into the country.

45 killed, over 150 injured in explosions in Mumbai

Two car bombs exploded in the crowded areas of the metropolis in quick succession today killing 45 people and injuring over 150, in the first such incident after the March 1993 serial blasts which had claimed 257 lives.

Will support bill if assurance given: DMK

The DMK would support any bill banning the slaughter of all animals if Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj gave an assurance that a bill would be brought in to that effect, the party president M Karunanidhi said.

Ayodhya excavation report says temple existed under mosque

By Sharat Pradhan : Indo-Asian News Service

In a potentially conflict-ridden report submitted here, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has concluded that a Hindu temple existed under the debris of the razed Babri mosque in Ayodhya.

UNF paving way for Muslim force: Anura

Accusing the government of jeopardising the security of the Muslims, PA Gampaha District MP Anura Bandaranaike said the UNP-led UNF administration should take full responsibility for the deteriorating situation in the east.

Peace hartal in Trinco today

By Munza Mushtaq and Sunil Jayasiri

An LTTE front organisation in Trincomalee has called upon all 'Tamil-speaking people' to observe a hartal today.

Centre ready for peace talks with insurgents in Manipur

The Centre is ready for peace talks with insurgent outfits in Manipur if the state government initiates steps for this, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Harin Pathak said.

Dravidian foes vie for BJP heart

By K. Subrahmanya

One is an ally of the ruling coalition at the Centre, the other was four years ago — but is now trying to work its way back into the fold.

Island's Muslim minority looking toward militancy to counter Tamils' growing power

On Fridays after dusk, groups of young Muslim men gather in the palm-fringed garden of the town's main mosque.

Iran Will Not Blink on Ex-Envoy Case

President Mohammad Khatami described the arrest of Iran's former ambassador to Argentina by the British government as "regrettable and unacceptable", stressing that Tehran will not blink in this dispute and will make strenuous efforts to resolve the issue.

Sri Lankan police step up recruitment in the east

Officials in eastern Sri Lanka say more than 1,000 young men have responded to a police recruitment drive, aimed at curbing attacks against minority Muslims

Four Palestinians, including two Hamas members, killed in Israeli air strike in Gaza city

Four Palestinians, including two Hamas activists, were killed in an Israeli missile strike on a car in Gaza City.

Top Shiite Cleric Targeted in Najaf Bomb Attack

By Naseer Al-Nahr • Asharq Al-Awsat

bomb ripped through the home of one of Iraq’s most important Shiite clerics in the city of Najaf yesterday, killing three guards and injuring family members, a relative of the cleric and member of the Iraqi governing council said.

North and East only temporarily merged constitutionally - PA

By Kasun Yapa Karunaratne and Poorna Rodrigo

The main Opposition pressing hard on the fact that the North and East provinces were only temporarily merged, accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister G.L. Peiris of citing the two as one province which he said is a marked "violation of the constitution merely to pacify the LTTE."

De-Merger Demand Gathers Steam in Sri Lanka

By Champika Liyanaarachchi

The escalation of violence against Muslims by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka's Eastern province, has intensified the demand for the de-merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces, with President Chandrika Kumaratunga announcing last week that she is seriously considering this option.