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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

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DPM wants PM, SM in his Cabinet

By Chua Mui Hoong

M. Lee Hsien Loong wants both Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Goh Chok Tong to remain in the Cabinet to advise him, when he takes over as Prime Minister.

Sri Lanka raises defence budget amid truce

Sri Lanka is raising its defence budget by 3.37 percent to 554 million dollars next year despite a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Explosion rocks hotel used by US occupation forces in Iraq

A huge blast took place near a hotel used by the American occupation forces in central Baghdad.

Bali bombings victims remembered

More than 2,000 people gathered in an open-air amphitheatre on Bali to remember those killed in last year's nightclub bombings and condemn the terrorists responsible for the attack.

Howard, Crean attend Bali memorial

Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition leader Simon Crean joined survivors and relatives of Bali bombing victims in a memorial on an escarpment overlooking Kuta Beach.

Kurangupancham camp in LTTE controlled area, says TULF General Secretary Sampanthan

TULF General Secretary and Trincomalee district Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan told Parliament that he had been asked to inform the House that a group of journalists including Sinhalese journalists were being taken that morning to visit the controversial LTTE camp at Kurangupancham camp to see for themselves the camp was situated within an area under LTTE control.

Kadirgamar: Concerns over Lanka's security is no attack on Govt.

Special Adviser to the President Lakshman Kadirgamar speaking in Parliament said that the government's approach to security matters is flawed.

TNA asks US envoy to lift LTTE ban

by S. Selvakumar

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) pleaded with the United States to reconsider the ban on the LTTE that was further extended last week. In response to the TNA plea, American Ambassador in Colombo Jeff Lunsted said that his country would closely monitor the Tiger's future attitude and take appropriate action when the need arises.

LTTE proposal : Thamilselvan expects positive response

by Ananth Palakidnar

The leader of the LTTE's political wing S. P. Thamilselvan expressed confidence, that the Government would consider positively the North-East Interim Administration proposals finalised in Dublin.

Tyronne candidate for UN’s top post

The Cabinet last week approved Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando’s candidacy for the Post of the UN Secretary General which will fall vacant in 2007 when the present incumbent Kofi Annan’s term ends. The proposal was made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Soros funding protests: PM

The man often blamed for triggering the Asian financial crisis is financing the groups that want to undermine Thailand's image during the upcoming Apec meetings.

Thaksin On Burma: 'Concrete progress shown'

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday defended Burma's handling of the political deadlock in Rangoon, saying the junta had demonstrated that "concrete" progress has been made.

Bt30m drug bonus

The government has authorised the payment of a Bt30-million bonus on top of a Bt5-million reward for Friday's seizure of almost 10 million methamphetamine tablets in Tak.

US president hails launch of new Iraqi currency

U-S President George W. Bush has hailed the impending launch of the new Iraqi currency as a sign of economic promise.

LTTE denies forcing children to take up arms

The political leader of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels Friday denied accusations by the UN agency for children that the group has been abducting youngsters and enrolling them in its armed forces.

Leave Iraq to UN, OIC tells US

* Turkey defends Iraq-troops decision

* Iraq says Turkish troops not wanted

* Afghanistan wants more OIC aid

* Kashmir also on agenda

Vajpayee ends landmark Thailand visit

By M.R. Narayan Swam: Indo-Asian News Service

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sunday wrapped up a historic four-day tour of Thailand that Indian officials say succeeded in forging strategic links with New Delhi's key ally in Southeast Asia.