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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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David Mulford is named as next U.S. envoy to India

U.S. President George W. Bush has nominated David Mulford,
a former treasury undersecretary for international affairs
and a prominent investment banker, as the next American
ambassador to India

Interview with Chandrika Kumaratunga

By Edward Luce in Colombo

Throughout the 50-minute interview Ms Kumaratunga alleged - as she has done repeatedly in the past - that Mr Wickremesinghe’s government had turned a blind eye to the LTTE’s repeated breaching of the terms of the ceasefire agreement. The government admits that the ceasefire agreement has been breached on occasions, but strongly denies any laxity in trying to uphold it. The government also denies Ms Kumaratunga’s allegation that it allowed six shipments of arms to be brought into Sri Lanka for the LTTE.

Myanmar to hold annual gems show in March 2004

Myanmar will stage the 41st annual gems exposition in March 2004 to put on sale its domestically produced quality gems, jade, pearl and jewelry through bidding andfixed prices, the state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise (MGE) announced on Saturday.

Myanmar troops attack Kayah base

Soldiers based in the northern border of Mae Hong Son advised local residents not to harvest their crops after Myanmar troops attacked a base belonging to Kayah insurgents.

Childish Approach Of Norway - A Big Letdown.

Norway’s withdrawal from the Peace talks in Sri Lanka has created a big dent in the political landscape of the Island republic. Still the country is unable to come to grip yet with the reality that Norwegians had gone leaving the Sri Lankans to mind their business - all alone the Peace process.

Nagaland Today is the most peaceful State in India: General NC Vij

By Oken Jeet Sandham

General NC Vij - Chief of Indian Army Staff expressed satisfaction on the peaceful environment that has been prevalent in Nagaland and further described Nagaland as the “most peaceful State” today in the region.

PM offers to back CBK in continuing peace process

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday he had informed all parties involved in Sri Lanka's search for peace that he was ready to back President Chandrika Kumaratunga if she took the responsibility of carrying forward the peace process.

President wants honourable solution to ethnic conflict - Spokesman

by Bharatha Malawaraarachchi

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has suggested to the Prime Minister that a committee be appointed to ensure the smooth continuation of links between the Defence Authorities and the Peace Secretariat.

U.S. urges Sri Lanka to end power struggle for peace

The United States on Friday voiced disappointment with the suspension of Sri Lanka's peace process and urged Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to end their power struggle.

Road loans to help poor neighbours

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

In an attempt to turn Thailand into a Southeast Asian investment oasis, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has committed to providing at least Bt10 billion annually to develop roads in Burma, Cambodia and Laos.

Aussie planned to swallow 231 heroin-packed condoms: Thai police

By Peter Lloyd : South-East Asia correspondent

An Australian man is facing a possible death sentence in Thailand after being arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin into Australia.

Speaking on Behalf of Terrorists

By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid

Negotiate with them.” — “Silence all other voices.” — “Hear what we have to say.” — “These are their reasons.”

Diabetes Cases In Developing World Could Double In 30 Years - WHO Warns

The number of diabetes cases across the developing world could be more than double over the next 30 years, but tough action would dramatically slow that increase, the United Nations World Health Organization warned.

Synagogue blasts rock Istanbul

Explosions at two Jewish sites in Istanbul have reportedly left about 23 people dead and more than two hundred injured as car bomb attacks rocked the heart of the Turkish city.