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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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India approves Rs.3.86-billion mission to moon

With a view to entering the major league in harnessing space for development, the Indian government has approved an outlay of Rs.3.86 billion to send a spacecraft to the moon by 2008.

Japanese imports of Thai fruits likely to soar

Exports of Thai fruits to the Japanese market are expected to soar, particularly mangosteens, as it was reputed to be the British Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit, and now the Japanese appear to be acquiring a taste for the Thai sour-sweet purple fruit, with the Japanese market for mangosteens forecast to grow by a stunning 1,000 percent next year, according to the Department of Agriculture Extenstion.

Riyadh Prison Fire Kills 67

By Nasser Al-Hakbani & Raid Qusti

Sixty-seven inmates died and 23 others, including three security officers, were injured in a massive fire in a prison.

499 endangered 'stars' found in hand luggage

Star tortoises - all 499 of them - were found in the hand luggage of an Indian national during a routine check by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers at Changi Airport.

U.N. envoy seeks to visit Myanmar democracy leader

A U.N. special envoy is trying to set up a visit to Myanmar later this month to check on the condition of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained since May.

India takes strong exception to Israel's stand on Arafat

India took strong exception to reported statement by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmerlt on considering assassination of Palestinian President Yasser as an option and hoped the already tense situation in West Asia would not be exacerbated by "such irresponsible" pronouncements.

India rules out any meet between Vajpayee and Musharraf in NY

India ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf or any other bilateral meeting between the two sides on the margins of the forthcoming UN General Assembly session.

UN: Campaigners Hope Bangkok Conference Will Help Eliminate Land Mines

By Ron Synovitz

Campaigners against the use of land mines have gathered in Bangkok this week for a UN-sponsored conference on the international treaty against their use. A nongovernmental organization called the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, has sent 250 delegates to the five-day event.

Shalom says killing Arafat is not Israeli gov't policy

By Shlomo Shamir, Aluf Benn, and Amos Harel

Israel has not adopted a formal decision to kill
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat,
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Monday, in an
apparent attempt to soften remarks made by Deputy
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that "killing [Arafat]
is definitely one of the options" under
consideration by the Israeli government.

Bangkok may appeal over riot sentencing

Thailand will seek to appeal against a Cambodian court's sentencing of those found guilty of involvement in the anti-Thai riots in Phnom Penh in January.

Trade Talks: Focus back on bilateral deals

With the Cancun WTO negotiations dead in the water, Thailand is turning to one-on-one arrangements instead

HC rejects PIL against Rajiv's statue, Sonia to unveil today

Rajasthan High Court rejected a public interest litigation against the installation of a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, paving the way for Congress president Sonia Gandhi to unveil it later in the day.

WHO praises Thailand for measures to cut cigarette and alcohol consumption

The World Health Organization has praised Thailand for its successful campaigns against cigarette and alcohol consumption, revealed Thailand's Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan.

Norway to push Sri Lanka, Tiger rebels on talks

By Scott McDonald

Norway, which engineered a ceasefire to Sri Lanka's 20-year ethnic war, will try this week to push the government and Tamil Tigers back to the negotiating table five months after talks broke down.

Naga peace talks make no progress: Jamir

The peace talks between the Centre and NSCN (IM) have not made any headway in the last six years as no "substantive issue" was discussed, former Nagaland Chief Minister S C Jamir said.

President fires out tough letter to Premier on East

President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a tough letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, charged that the truth about Trincomalee was being "concealed and distorted" by the government.

Two LTTE suspects arrested

by Kalinga Weerakkody

Security officials arrested two LTTE suspects at the Omanthai checkpoint having in their possession a cyanide capsule, two forged identity cards, cash, and four handphones of which one had been modified and several suspicious documents in Tamil.

SLMM chief to meet Thamilselvan

by Ranil Wijayapala

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Chief Tryggve Tellefssen will travel to Kilinochchi to sort out matters relating to the LTTE's refusal to have access to controversial Wan Ela camp and other issues that had arisen during the last few weeks.

LTTE postive on provisional administrative structure - Akashi

by Ranil Wijayapala

Japanese Peace Envoy Yasushi Akashi said that the LTTE is interested in coming to an agreement with the government over a provisional administrative structure to distribute peace dividends for the people in the North and East.

India approves Rs.3.86-billion mission to moon

With a view to entering the major league in harnessing space for development, the Indian government has approved an outlay of Rs.3.86 billion to send a spacecraft to the moon by 2008.