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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Half a million TB patients to get free drugs.<br>

With tuberculosis killing one person every 15 seconds, half a million of the world's poorest TB patients are set to benefit from free life-saving drugs under an agreement signed today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the pharmaceutical company, Novartis.

DMK pulls out of NDA; BJP says it won't affect its relationship with DMK.<br>

Capping two years of strained ties with BJP, the DMK today pulled out its two ministers from the Vajpayee government and withdrew from the NDA but said it would give issue based support to the central coalition.

TULF MP: No such thing as 'Palaly High Security Zone' in any law <br>

By S. S. Selvanayagam

When the three petitions filed against the Palaly High Security Zone were taken up yesterday, before the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva requested the State Counsel to look into the possibility of allowing the petitioners without constructing any building, to cultivate in their land as it was very fertile.

<font size =2>Athurugiriya raid :</font> 'PSC an attempt to mark time' <br>

Embarrassed by the findings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the raid of the Athurugiriya Millennium City military safe house, the Government is trying to find contradiction between the present one and the earlier inquiry done by the Army itself.

Muslims to protest radio rebuff <br>

Muslim protesters will rally in Bangkok today to demand that the government allow a Muslim foundation to continue operating an AM (Amplitude Modulation) radio station for Islamic teachings.

Saddam’ proves popular name among Thai Muslims <br>

A whole generation of little ‘Saddams’ is growing up in Thailand’s southern border region, with the name now one of the most popular for Thai Muslim boys.

Libya to scrap weapons of mass destruction <br>

Libya has announced it would eliminate all its weapons of mass destruction.

Bush Has Prejudiced Saddam Trial <br>

Linda S. Heard: Special to Arab News

In a rare lengthy press conference during which US President Bush restrained his jubilance over the capture of Saddam Hussein, he put out a clear message when asked whether the former Iraqi dictator should receive the death penalty.

Cleric says Bali bombers are God's fighters, not terrorists <br>

Jailed Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has said the Bali bombers and an Indonesian bomb-maker killed by the Philippine military in October were not "terrorists" but God's fighters.

TN tastes terror law lash <br>

By R. Venkataraman

The Supreme Court today came down heavily on states misusing the Prevention of Terrorism Act to settle political scores and dismissed a petition of the Tamil Nadu government seeking to cancel the bail granted to Tamil Nationalist Movement leader P. Nedumaran.

<font size = 2> <u>Uzbekistan: Torture Death in Police Custody: </U></font><br> No Progress on Reforms to Combat Torture <br>

The body of a man showing signs
of torture was recovered by his relatives in western Uzbekistan
eight days after his arrest, Human Rights Watch said today. It
was the fourth such incident in the country this year.

Annan Welcome Myanmar Government's Stance On National Reconciliation <br>

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed recent encouraging signs from the Government of Myanmar on the national reconciliation process and urged that his Special Envoy be allowed to visit the country to help boost the participation of all parties concerned.

Threat on Sangaree's Life looms large <br>

Threat on the life of V.Ananadasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has assumed a point of no return, as the killer operatives, purposely lodged in the party head office in Colombo were admonished to go after the prey, instead of waiting for him to arrive to the party office either to finish him off, or else to abduct him to Vanni to face law of the jungle judgment over there.

New Year festival expected to generate over Bt. 600 million revenues in Chiang Mai <br>

As this Thailand's northern resort province of Chiang Mai is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations during the winter, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has projected that over Bt600 million circulation of cashes will be generated during the upcoming New Year festival.

America Expresses Interest in the Sri Lanka’s Peace Process Moving Forward <br>

America has reiterated once more its strong support for the peace process in Sri Lanka, with the view brings about a permanent solution to the decade long ethnic conflict that plagued the country, since for a long time.