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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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China's Great Leap Upward

After 11 painstaking years of planning, China is poised to become the
third nation to launch a manned space flight. Shenzhou 5 appears ready
for an Oct. 15 launch, and the 'taikonaut' will be traveling with
Chinese takeout.

Norway sees silver lining amidst concern about truce breaches

by Namini Wijedasa - in New York

Norway sources in a recent communication said that they shared the concerns of ordinary Sri Lankans about political assassinations, breaches of the truce agreement and LTTE disregard for Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission rulings.

India signs deal on AWACS with Israel and Russia

India concluded a major defence deal with Israel and Russia for the manufacture of airborne early warning and control system (AWACS), Phalcon, for the Indian Air Force.

Vajpayee greeted in Thailand with Bollywood song

By M. R. Narayan Swamy - Indo-Asian News Service

A yesteryear Hindi musical hit greeted Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as he stepped into The Government House here for a dinner hosted by his Thai counterpart Thaksin Shinawatra.

Burmese forests vanishing

Jonathan Watts in Beijing

Burma's virgin forests are disappearing at the rate of more than a million cubic metres per year to satisfy the voracious appetite for timber in neighbouring China.

A Conflict of Interests: The uncertain future of Burma's forests.

"A Conflict of Interests: The uncertain future of Burma’s forests", a report, which is the result of extensive research and fieldwork within Burma, Thailand and China, examines the roots of the civil war and the links between conflict and the control of natural resources in Burma.

Iranian Woman Human Rights Activist Wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2003

Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee anounced that "Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, one of the Islamic country's first female judges, has been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for 2003 for "her efforts for democracy and human rights democracy."

Laila Freivalds welcomes Shirin Ebadi as Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Laila Freivalds, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs welcomed the selection of Shirin Ebadi, the human right activist from Iran for the year 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.

PM downplays US disagreement over Myanmar

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra sought to downplay the differences between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the United States on the issue of Myanmar, saying that such differences were normal, while warning that the main people to suffer from too much international pressure on Myanmar were the citizens of Myanmar themselves.

Visit to Thailand by Indian leader strengthens bilateral relations

The ongoing visit to Thailand by Indian Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee will help strengthen bilateral relations, as the two Asian allies have reached agreements on various areas, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Solheim meets Thamilselvam in Dublin

by Ranga Jayasuriya

Norwegian special peace envoy Erik Solheim met LTTE political chief S.P. Thamilselvam in the Irish capital, as the LTTE constitutional team continued discussions on the North-East Interim Administration.

Man arrested over threat to attack PM Goh

Thai police have arrested a Singapore man who allegedly threatened to assassinate Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and bomb two embassies during the Apec summit this month.

Sri Lanka rebels double strength since cease-fire

Sri Lanka's Defence minister Tilak Marapana says the Tamil Tiger rebels have nearly doubled their military strength since the start of the cease-fire with the government in February last year.

Qrai'e asks Arafat to relieve him of premiership

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qrai'e has asked Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to relieve him of his job.

Burma Army issues License to raise poppies in villages.

Burma Army soldiers are visiting villages and told villagers it is all right for them to start poppy cultivation all over again. In some villages, Army Captains have told the villagers that loan required for the cultivation too would be provided by them.

Britain's Prince Charles to visit India

Britain's Prince Charles will make an official visit to India October 28-November 5 at the invitation of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

10,000-strong flock of eagles descends on Chumporn

Ornithologists from across the world are flocking to the southern province of Chumporn, to view a flock of over 10,000 eagles which has descended on the province during the migration from Russia, China and Japan, to warmer climes in the southern hemisphere.

APEC: Activist blacklist confirmed

The Foreign Ministry confirmed that 500 activists, NGO members, terrorists and Falungong followers have been blacklisted from entering the country up to and during the Apec summit.

Vajpayee eyes Thai role in regional ties

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

Thailand will be an important link in India's efforts to upgrade ties with its Eastern neighbours, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said in the first-ever speech by a foreign leader before Parliament.

Foreign husbands still tied in knots

The Constitution Court issued a ruling that won't make it any easier for foreign men married to Thai wives to become Thai citizens.