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Attack on Mosques - a design to funnel communal violence in Burma. <br>

A group of militant Rakhine youths had made an arson attack on a mosque and its guesthouse, in Buthidaung Town, Arakan State. Such attacks on mosques and other religious places are said to be a design to create a state of tension in the country.

Prepare for Lok Sabha polls - Vajpayee tells BJP<br>

With exit polls indicating a better performance for the party in the assembly elections, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday asked Bharatiya Janata Party members of Parliament to start preparing for the 2004 general election

Strongman Suharto figures again in Indonesia politics

By Tomi Soetjipto

Indonesia's former autocrat Suharto is back on the country's political landscape -- a party has emerged on his orders which wants his daughter to contest presidential elections next year.

Tamils Of Indian Origin Registering to Gain Sri Lankan Citizenship<br>

More than 6,000 Tamils of Indian origin registered themselves as Sri Lankan citizens last weekend as part of a 10-day programme to enable them to gain citizenship.

<b> <u><font size = 2>Situation of human rights in Myanmar:</u></b></font><br> UN General Assembly Resolution on the existing grave situation in Burma

UN General Assembly has called for the immediate and unconditional release Aung San Suu Kyi all the political prisoners held in various prisons in Burma.

\"Crop substitution\" a success in the south Shan State in Burma. <br>

"Crop substitution" a success in the south Shan State in Burma.
According to traders coming to the border, the people in southern Shan State have "successfully" substituted poppy cultivation in place of their traditional cheroot-leaf plantations.

<font size = 2> <b> </> Threats to Journalists Escalate:</i></b></font> Musharraf Comments Bode Ill for Press Freedom<br>

Pervez Musharraf's military government is.becoming increasingly intolerant of press freedoms in Pakistan, Human
Rights Watch charged today in a letter to the Pakistani president.

Post-9/11 passports <br>

The government is considering issuing new passports that include DNA data and biometric information “to meet international standards”.

HM Queen held up as example for national nutrition: MOH <br>

Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan yesterday urged the nation to follow the example of Her Majesty the Queen by eating healthy food, following the launch of a book revealing secrets of the Queen’s good health through chilli paste and wholegrain rice.

<font size = 2>On Presidential orders: </font> Probe into Trinco killings<br>

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday ordered the Security Forces and Police to investigate the recent killings in Trincomalee and Kinniya, the President's Office said in a media statement.

No more Kinniya-type incidents — LTTE <br>

by Norman Palihawadana

The LTTE had given an assurance that there would be no more provocative incidents of the nature of incidents that took place during the last few days in Kinniya, Trincomalee and other areas.

Sri Lanka's Tamil Rebels Free Indian Fishermen <br>

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have freed 32 Indian fishermen they seized for illegal fishing but are still holding seven of their boats, said officials monitoring the island's cease-fire.

India to modernise armed forces : President <br>

A number of steps were being taken to modernise India's
armed forces to enhance their combat capabilities: said
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Small Islands Increasingly Vulnerable <br>

Several small islands all over are facing the threat of being submerged due to climate change. It is reported that as a result of global warming the sea level by 2010 is expected to rise by half a meter- a dangerous development that would create havoc in several islands in the world.

Al-Qaeda Still Has Access to Funds, U.N. Report Says

By Jim Wurst

Al-Qaeda continues to evade sanctions and still receives money through a variety of channels, including charities, according to a report released yesterday by the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.

Sri Lankan Navy flayed for its atrocities by Indian Fishermen <br>

Fisheries officials in Rameswaram said: Sixty-three Indian fishermen were arrested and their 13 trawlers seized early in the morning, by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the island's territorial waters.