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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2648

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It's business with Navratri pleasure at Gujarat business meet

The Navratri festival is barely a week away and preparations have reached a feverish pitch in Gujarat as the government adroitly combines business with pleasure and hosts a global business meet to coincide with it.

Madhu Road to be opened shortly

by Ranil Wijayapala

The Defence Ministry gave the green light for the reopening of the Madhu road for nearly 13,000 villagers residing around Madhu church soon after the completion of infrastructure facilities in the coming days. The road will then serve as an entry-exit point between government and LTTE controlled areas.

Donor reps meet Thamilselvan in Kilinochchi

by Ranil Wijayapala

An effective Interim Administration structure is a must for the development of the devastated North and East in accordance with the wishes of its people, LTTE Political Wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan told the visiting donor agency representatives.

Maldives president vows action after ‘great danger’ of riots

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom of the Maldives vowed tough action against rioters who he said posed a "great danger" with unprecedented riots in the island capital Male.

A person, who was Injured in the Disturbances at Maafushi Prison Passes Away in Colombo

Ahmed Shiyaz of Janavareemaage in Villingili of North Huvadhu Atoll passed away this morning, while undergoing medical treatment at Apollo Hospital in Colombo

Vajpayee to decide on Kannapan's removal: Advani

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will decide on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalaithaa's demand for removal of Central minister M Kannapan from the Government on his return from abroad, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani said today but maintained that allegations cannot be just made against state governments on misuse of POTA.

MPU Welcomes UN Special Envoy’s Burma Visit To Seek Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Members of Parliament Union (MPU) welcomes UN Special Envoy’s plan to visit Burma to seek the unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and discuss reviving national reconciliation talks, which stalled after the May 30 incident in Upper Burma.

Annan challenges US pre-emptive strikes

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned US President George Bush that his doctrine of pre-emptive military intervention poses a fundamental challenge to the world body and may lead to a global free-for-all.

Govt to hand over Agni missiles to Army

As a step towards immediate operational deployment of short and medium range nuclear capable Agni missiles, the Government has decided to hand them over to Army, which is raising two missile groups for the purpose.

Mass rally in support of Prime Minister's clarification on seven-stage roadmap held in Mandalay

Seven future policies and programmes clarified by the Prime Minister are national programmes to ensure emergence of peaceful modern and developed nation. Successful holding of the National Convention is of paramount importance for the State. Mass rally in support of Prime Minister's clarification on seven-stage roadmap held in Mandalay

New fish fossil found

A newly discovered species of extinct fish has been found in an area of Kalasin's Phu Namjan, believed to have been a pond 65 million years ago.

Four ‘Economic Quadrangle’ nations to hold products fair

The four ‘Economic Quadrangle’ nations – Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China – are to hold a products exhibition in the northern city of Chiang Mai in December.

Nepal tapping India, China's help to revive magnesite plant

Nepal is trying to bring together Indian expertise and
Chinese investment to tap what has been described as one of
the finest magnesite deposits in South Asia.

Malaysia: Detainees Should Go Free

Malaysia should charge or release nine
detainees held under its harsh Internal Security Act (ISA) at the end of
their two-year terms, Human Rights Watch said. Extending the
administrative detention, which is set to expire on September 23, will
undermine possibilities for reform under Malaysia's new government.

Annan sending U.N. envoy to Myanmar with expectations of meeting detained Aung San Suu Kyi

By Edith M.Lederer - The Associated Press

The United Nations is sending a top envoy to Myanmar next week to seek the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and discuss reviving political reconciliation efforts in the military-ruled nation.

Jaya terror jolt to Atal's team

Jayalalithaa has again turned the terror-law tables on the BJP-led Centre, asking the Prime Minister to drop a Union minister for speaking in support of the banned Liberation Tamil Tigers Eeelam.

France Wants Swift Transfer in Iraq, but Will Not Veto UN Resolution: Chirac

France does not intend to veto U.S. proposals for a new UN resolution on Iraq, but will only vote in favor if it includes a prompt transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis.

Brother of JI man Hambali held in Pakistan

By Robert Go

Believed to be in charge of the group's branch in the country, he is among five detainees who had direct links to Hambali.

Peres to Sharon: Advance with Palestinians, we'll support you

"Arik, you don't need us in the government make a political decision [regarding the Palestinians] and we'll support it," was Labor Party leader's response to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's implied invitation to join the government.

Baht hits 3-year high

Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik rushed to downplay the consequences for Thailand’s exports yesterday after the Thai currency soared to a 38-month high on the back of heavy trading on the US dollar.