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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Institute inquiry into the Threat and harassment of Journalist in Jaffna.

Sri Lankan President must institute action against those army personnel who harassed and threatened an innocent journalist in the Jaffna peninsula. International journalists confederations would not sit idly in the sidelines and watch and remain inactive, when one of their own clan is being threatetened and intimidated by the security forces in the country.

AIDS policies need not be condom-centric: Swaraj

Indian Health Minister Sushma Swaraj, who had come under fire from HIV campaigners for her focus on sexual abstinence to combat the disease, Sunday reiterated that AIDS programmes did not need to be "condom-centric".

Crucial Assembly polls in four states tomorrow

The stage is set for the much-hyped elections to the Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh assemblies tomorrow in which the BJP is engaged in a crucial battle with Congress to wrest power to bolster its prospects in the Lok Sabha polls next year.

World poverty tops UN conference agenda

Poverty has never been as glaring worldwide as it is today, the head of the United Nations organisation in charge of industrial development has said.

Asia's HIV threat galvanises governments for World AIDS Day

An unlikely coalition of pop acts, Buddhist ceremony and a former Japanese porn star are combining to give the strongest indication to date that Asia is finally facing up to the threat of a devastating and widespread AIDS epidemic.

New foreign secretary will have his hands full

India's new foreign secretary Shashank will have his hands full with the evolving India-Pakistan detente as he takes over the foreign policy establishment Monday.

LTTE live telecast, courtesy Rupavahini<br>

By Chris Kamalendran

Just three weeks after President Chandrika Kumaratunga took over the state media, the national television Rupavahini set a historic record -- facilitating a live telecast of Tiger guerrilla leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's "Maveerar Day" address to Europe.

Mano-Malik formula focus on peace process <br>

by Don Asoka Wijewardena

Moves for a stable President-Government relationship gather momentum this week when the Committee of National Consensus submits its final report to the President and Prime Minister on Thursday. The draft of a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between the two sides is also to be submitted later this week, the Sunday Observer learns.

UNP reaction unfortunate - President

President Chandrika Kumaratunga who on Friday made public her power-sharing proposal for the creation of a national consensus has said that she is very keen to have a partnership of all parties for the pursuit of peace, democracy, good governance and the development of infrastructure facilities and has described the UNP reaction as 'unfortunate'.

Patten says not seeking to replace Norway

European Union External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten Saturday said he was not trying to replace Norway in brokering peace between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tigers.

More checks on bottled water

To ensure that bottled water is safe to drink the Food and Drug Administration will increase monitoring of bottling plants in Bangkok.

Wall Blocking Dialogue, Says Qorei <br>

By Nazir Majally & Asharq Al-Awsat

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei yesterday ruled out talks with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as long as Israel continues building a barrier in the West Bank. His comments ruled out an immediate meeting with Sharon.

Seven Spanish agents killed in Iraq

At least seven Spanish intelligence officers and two Japanese thought to be diplomats have been killed in separate attacks.

Vajpayee's last-ditch effort to woo voters

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee made a last ditch effort on Saturday to woo voters in Delhi as a new opinion poll showed the BJP was set to lose elections in the capital.

"We are not too proud to receive foreign aid.": PM

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today denied that Thailand’s refusal of foreign assistance was a matter of pride or arrogance, instead reiterating Thailand’s insistence of its ability to provide aid to its neighbours.