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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Taking forward the Peace Process – A Single Point Agenda.

Sri Lanka is at the crossroads and it is high time to take stock of the country’s political situation. Also it is necessary to formulate a political policy decision, giving top priority to a single point agenda – taking the peace process forward.

PM orders crackdown on heroin

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has ordered a shift of focus in the government’s war against drugs, amid concern that the reduction in the availability of methamphetamines is causing heroin to make a comeback.

Michael Jackson's California ranch searched by police

By Dan Whitcomb

Armed with a search warrant for a criminal investigation, police swarmed over Michael Jackson's fairytale Neverland Ranch in central California , but the pop superstar was not at home and said he knew nothing about the inquiry.

Norway has not withdrawn from Sri Lanka peace process

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

Norway has assured India that it has not withdrawn from Sri Lanka's peace process and remains firmly committed to bringing lasting peace to the island nation.

Sri Lanka Parliament Reopens: no sign of any early solutioin to end the crisis

Sri Lanka's parliament reopened on two weeks after it was suspended by the President on 04 November, launching a constitutional crisis that put a peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels in the cold-storage.

All Tamils ordered to contribute

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The LTTE has planned to hold its ‘Heroes Day’, in the northern and eastern parts of the island on November 26, with the participation of school children and members of the families of its cadres killed during the war.

SLFP Ex-Co supports formation of alliance with JVP

by Gamini Bandaranayake

The Executive Committee of the SLFP at a meeting at President's House with President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in the Chair, unanimously decided that the party should form an alliance with the JVP.

Maha Sangha calls for unity

by Rajmi Manatunga

The Maha Sangha called upon President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to form a National Government irrespective of their political agendas, to achieve permanent peace.

Accidental exposure of breasts okay, says Sant

It is not illegal if the breasts of a fashion model become partly exposed while she is on the catwalk - said the national police chief.

JI suspects in hearing

Four Thai Muslims with alleged links to the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist network began yesterday their first day of hearings.

Myanmar smugglers arrested after swallowing speed pills

Police arrested two Myanmar drug traders who had swallowed over 1,000 methamphetamine pills in an attempt to evade police capture.

Join the Elite in Thailand for $45,000

By Nirmal Ghosh

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will give the initial set of around 80 Elite Cards today, most to chief executive officers of major regional corporations. Their names have not been revealed, but each has paid at least US$25,000 for it.

Lanka truce talks spotlight on India Peace role in place: Norway emissary

Norway had not withdrawn from the Sri Lanka peace process, the facilitator for the talks between Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Erik Solheim, claimed, denying reports to the contrary.

Jaya's trial in Krishna's capital - SC takes cases off Chennai to avert 'subversion of justice'

By R. Venkataraman and M.R.Venkatesh

The Supreme Court transferred a batch of disproportionate asset cases against Jayalalithaa to a special trial court in Bangalore to check what it called "subversion in the process of justice".

Myanmar releases 58 prisoners

Myanmar’s military government said it had released 58 prisoners on humanitarian grounds, including nine elderly inmates and 49 women who were either pregnant or had young children.

Gates Foundation Gives $10 million To UN Fight Against Deadly Maternal Tetanus.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has received a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight maternal and neonatal tetanus, which kills an estimated 230,000 mothers and babies annually in the poorest and most remote areas of the world.

Indian minister quits over corruption scandal

An Indian minister under a cloud after being filmed while
allegedly accepting a bribe resigned as the corruption scandal hit Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government ahead of important state elections.

1st UN agency's HQ established in China

The United Nations and the Chinese government on Wednesday declared the establishment of the first office from the UN Secretariat in China at a brief agreement signing ceremony held in Bangkok.