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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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New cabinet members announced

The government officially announced new cabinet members this evening, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said he would take the new cabinet members to be sworn in before His Majesty the King Monday evening.

Royal rumour stories leak in Europe

By David Leigh, John Hooper in Rome and Ben Aris in Berlin

Efforts by the Prince of Wales's household to quash rumours of a sexual incident involving the future king suffered a further setback yesterday as the allegations were published in European news outlets and on foreign-language websites.

US bombs Tikrit as soldiers killed

Two soldiers have been killed in an attack on their convoy west of Baghdad as US warplanes unleashed a bombing raid north of the capital.

UNF pushes for immediate recall of Parliament

By Sunimalee Dias and Kelum Bandara

The UNF government at a special emergency meeting last night after the return of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe unanimously decided to hold a party leaders' meeting on Monday followed by a Cabinet meeting to push for the immediate recall of Parliament.

Writ against MoU for mention on Dec. 11

By by Chitra Weerarathne

The writ applications, filed by the Sihala Urumaya, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and Piyasen Dissanayake, challenging the legality of the Memorandum of Understanding between the LTTE and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka were called before the Court of Appeal on November 6, 2003 and put off for, December 11, to be mentioned.

LTTE closely monitoring situation - Karuna

by Ranga Jayasuriya

LTTE's Eastern military chief Karuna said yesterday that the President's action has risked the peace process, adding that the Tigers are closely watching the situation.

Cabinet Reshuffle: Sweeping Changes.

By Piyanart Srivalo

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday dropped the Chat Pattana Party from his coalition and appointed five new faces among the 12 Cabinet posts affected in a sweeping reshuffle.

Myth or fact, Lady of Loy Krathong still inspires

By Thanong Khanthong

Myth and reality are inseparable in Thai history as shown by the latest debate, which centres on whether Lady Nopphamart, who has embodied the spirit of the Loy Krathong festival since the Sukhothai era, ever existed.

'One tambon one product' plan may help Burma

By Piyanart Srivalo and Rungrawee C Pinyorat

In line with Thailand's policy of helping develop poor neighbouring regions, trade officials visiting Burma next week will highlight the administration's One Tambon One Product scheme.

Trang launches new Andaman tourist port

This southern province of Trang yesterday opened a new tourist port to boost tourist arrivals, and help create a cruise shipping network in the Andaman Sea.

President Speaks of National Government, Threats & Security Lapses, Peace and Imposing Limits for Norwegian Facilitators.

President surprised the country with her magnanimous offer for forming a Government of National Reconstruction and Reconciliation at the end of a long address, where right from the beginning she publicly admonished the United National Front Government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe for its failure to arrest the deteriorating law and security situation in the country.

The Hindu knocks on PM door

Amid mounting all-round opposition to the Tamil Nadu Assembly's privilege move today, the editor-in-chief of The Hindu has apprised the Prime Minister of the "challenge to democracy and freedom of expression".

Jaya stings The Hindu

Police raided the office of the newspaper, The Hindu, after the Tamil Nadu Assembly sentenced its editor, executive editor, publisher and two journalists to 15 days' simple imprisonment for a "gross act of contempt and breach of privilege of the House".

Community-run rehab centers in the northern Burma.

Six more community-run drug rehabilitation homes have sprung up since 7 October when a fifth center was established in the Sino-Burma border area, known as the Mao Valley, which consists of two townships, Muse and Namkham.

Rainbow Warrior here, Indian corporates beware

Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace ship that symbolises environmental activism, is docked here to campaign for corporate accountability in India.

Sri Lanka Says Norway Peace Visit Is On

By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

A visit by Norwegian peace brokers to encourage the resumption of talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels is on track, officials said Saturday, despite a power struggle between Sri Lanka's prime minister and president.