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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Narsimha Rao, Chandraswami acquitted in Lakhubhai case <br>

A special court on Monday acquitted former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao in the one lakh dollar Lakhubhai forgery case.

"I wish you all a peaceful Christmas." - President Chandrika <br>

"I wish you all a peaceful Christmas." Sri Lankan President wishes everyone a merry Christmas. In her signed message to the Nation , President extended the Christmas greetings to all.

Afghans sent home from Nauru allegedly killed<br>

The Federal Government is being called on to investigate claims that a number of Afghan asylum seekers sent home from Nauru just over three weeks ago have been killed.

Talks with Pakistan after end of cross-border terrorism: Vajpayee <br>

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said any talks with Pakistani leaders on bilateral issues during his visit for the SAARC Summit in Islamabad would be on the condition that it ends cross-border terrorism and dismantles terrorist infrastructure and training camps on its soil.

Pakistan: Release French Journalists, Pakistani Assistant <br>

Human Rights Watch said: The Pakistani government must immediately release two French journalists, Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau, and their Pakistani assistant, Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, who were arrested in Karachi on December 16.

Asylum Seekers at Death's Door on Nauru Point to a Failed Global Asylum Regime<br>

The 50-year-old asylum regime has broken down and desperately needs repair. Political asylum and refugee status protect individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their home country due to well-founded fear of persecution. Theoretically, few principles meet with as widespread agreement as the need for the protection of asylum seekers and refugees. In reality, policies designed to discourage immigrants and asylum seekers have become the norm in most of the world.

CBK won't allow religious conflict <br>

Security forces ordered to crack down on any troublemakers

Need of the hour is unity of all the Tamils - P. Chandrasekaran <br>

The ethnic problem of our county does not merely connote the war between the LTTE and the government. It encompasses the entire Tamil race of this country.

Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thera's cremation tomorrow <br>

by Chamikara Weerasinghe

The remains of Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thera, lying at the Siri Vajiragnana Dharmayatana, Maharagama for public respect, will leave the Dharmayatana for Independence Square tomorrow at 12 noon for cremation.

Egyptian minister returns to Cairo <br>

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Mahir, who was hospitalised after witnesses said he was jostled by Palestinians for visiting a Muslim holy site under Israeli occupation, has returned to Cairo.

Security concerns kill PM's Burma trip <br>

By Piyanart Srivalo

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra decided to cancel his trip to Burma's Mong Yawn township after an advance team expressed concerns about security in the Wa-controlled area, a source in the advance team said.

Ex-abbot convicted of Bt37m embezzlement <br>

Bangkok, Dec. 23: The former abbot of a Bangkok temple yesterday received a suspended jail sentence after the Criminal Court found him guilty of embezzling Bt36.78 million.

PM receives reports of unrest in Yaungkha <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday vowed to press ahead with his trip to the Myanmar border town of Yaungkha on 26 December despite rumours that groups there were planning disturbances during his visit.

Drugs suppression regarded best achievement for 2003: Poll <br>

Drugs suppression is regarded the best achievement made by the government for 2003, according to a poll by Assumption University or ABAC Poll.

Egyptian minister jostled in Aqsa complex <br>

By Khalid Amayreh - in the West Bank

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher fainted at the Aqsa Mosque complex after dozens of Palestinian worshippers scolded him for visiting the holy site under Israeli occupation.

Admit centrality of Kashmir issue: Musharraf <br>

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Monday the confidence building measures Islamabad and New Delhi had announced would prove "insignificant" if India did not accept the centrality of the Kashmir issue.

Myanmar to flush out Indian insurgent camps from its soil <br>

Close on the heels of military action launched by Bhutan, Myanmar declared that it will flush out Indian insurgent camps, if any, in that country and assured New Delhi that it will not allow militants from Bhutan to enter its soil.