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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

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After open sky to ASEAN, India works on open bilateral policy

Dismissing state-run airlines' fear of revenue losses due to
the open sky policy extended to ASEAN, Civil Aviation Minister
Rajiv Pratap Rudy Wednesday said India was working on an open
bilateral policy.

UNESCAP: China's Space Mission To Benifit Region

China's successful manned space
mission - only the third of its kind in the world in forty years---drew
praise from UNESCAP's Executive Secretary Mr Kim Hak-Su.

China eyes more space quest to benefit mankind

China's billion-dollar manned spaceflight program, 11 years after its initiation, paid off Thursday, when the country's first astronaut Yang Liwei safely touched down on the northern grasslands, bringing his 21-hour-23-minute space voyage to a perfect end.

Official bilateral talks at ministerial level begin today

Bilateral talks took place today between the Kingdom of Thailand and other member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gathering here to participate in the APEC 2003.

Canadian FM wants LTTE to honour Ceasefire agreement with govt.

By Sunimalee Dias

The Canadian government yesterday called upon the LTTE to "actively re-engage" in the peace talks with the Sri Lankan government stressing the necessity for the Ceasefire Agreement to be respected.

SU march halted 7.5 kms away from target

By Harischandra Gunaratne - reporting from Surangal, Kantalai

The Sihala Urumaya march on Manirasakulam was stopped 7.5 kms away from their target. Troops prevented nearly 300 protesters led by about 50 Buddhist monks from proceeding towards the disputed Manirasakulam camp, where the LTTE had laid a defence cordon of landmines.

Denmark urges early resumption of peace talks

Denmark urged resumption of peace talks in Sri Lanka, warning that a unique opportunity for peace and stability will be lost if the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) do not commit themselves fully to the stalled peace process.

Gay Thais have highest Aids rate in world: study

By Arthit Khwankhom

The HIV-infection rate among Thai gay men has soared more than fourfold over the past decade, making it the highest rate among gay communities in the world, according to the latest study by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

4 Burmese soldiers killed in battle

By Nelson Rand

Fierce fighting broke out on Tuesday morning between Burmese soldiers and ethnic Karen rebels just across the border from Tak's Mae Ramat district, leaving four Burmese soldiers dead, according to the Karen National Liberation Army.

PM nods for Thailand's readiness to host APEC 2003

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra confirmed on Wednesday Thailand's readiness to host the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, as the government reiterated its ban on any rally in front of the World Trade Centre shopping mall here.

US Attacked in Gaza Strip

By Nazir Majally & Asharq Al-Awsat

A remote-controlled bomb exploded under a US diplomatic convoy yesterday, ripping apart an armored vehicle and killing three American security guards in an unprecedented attack on an official US target.

Muslim summit to call for US withdrawl from Iraq

Calls for a rapid US withdrawal from Iraq are expected to dominate a conference of Muslim nations opening in Malaysia.

Iranian Nobel prize winner receives hero's welcome

By Dan De Luce - in Tehran

Nobel Peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi received an emotional reception last night as thousands of Iranians greeted the human rights lawyer with chants of "Hello Freedom!"

Non-Malays learnt to trust me: Mahathir

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he was labelled an 'ultra-Malay' decades ago for championing Malay rights but managed to turn this perception around to be someone who was fair to Chinese and Indians.

India, Lanka for UN Convention on Terrorism

India and Sri Lanka called for early adoption of the proposed Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism at the UN, saying this would send a strong signal that the international community was united and determined in its efforts to eliminate the scourge of terrorism.

Two men sentenced to death for bombing Sri Lanka's holiest temple

A Sri Lankan court handed down the death sentence to two men for organising the 1998 bombing of the country's holiest Buddhist shrine, which killed 23 people.

Chinese spaceman returns to earth

China's first manned spacecraft has returned to earth, with the astronaut alive and well.

Bush responds his arrest call with uncertainty.

American President George Bush responded expressing his uncertainty of his agreement over the call for his arrest in Thailand. This was said in response to an alleged anti-American Group’s threat to ask the Thai police to arrest him as a war criminal.