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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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PM voted 'Best politician of 2003'

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra got what is perhaps a politician’s dream New Year present today when he was voted ‘Best male politician of 2003’ in an opinion poll.

Fast Unto Death - Demanding Laws Banning Conversion Ends Triumphantly<br>

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

The fast unto death initiated by the scholar monk, the Venerable Dr. Omalpe Sobhitha Thero demanding immediate legislation to ban what he called immoral and unethical conversions of Buddhists by Fundamentalist US based Christian missions ended triumphantly,Tuesday, December 30, when the government and the opposition agreed to pass legislation within the next sixty days banning such conversions.

SAARC foreign secretaries begin meeting <br>

The SAARC summit process officially began here Wednesday with the foreign secretaries of the seven member-countries deliberating on finalisation of the summit protocol and agreements.

Sri Lanka's north now battles water woes <br>

With the return of 200,000 refugees, Sri Lanka's war-torn northern province of Jaffna is threatened by an acute water crisis, even as the already scarce water supply is contaminated by a dangerous cocktail of pollutants, reports

A-9 open till 9 pm for new year movement <br>

by Ranil Wijayapala

The Army said yesterday, the Kandy-Jaffna A-9 road will be kept open for passengers till 9 p.m. today to facilitate people travelling through Muhamalai and Omanthai entry exit points for New Year celebrations.

Government to set up religious unity committees <br>

The Government has decided to set up religious unity committees at national and district level under the auspices of the Ministries of Buddha Sasana, Christian Affairs and Muslim and Hindu Religious Affairs to prevent religious tension and maintain peace throughout the country.

Ganesan seeks LTTE backing <br>

By S. S. Selvanayagam

In a bid to garner the entire Tamil vote bank in Colombo, the UNF Parliamentarian, Mano Ganesan who is the leader of Western Province People's Front (WPPF) as well, recently met LTTE political commissar, Thamilselvan and sought LTTE backing for his Front in the event of an election.

Sasana Minister sits with fasting monks <br>

By Gagani Weerakoon

The two monks on a fast outside the Buddhasasana Ministry yesterday had a pleasant surprise when a smiling minister W.J.M. Lokubandara walked up to them through the group of well-wishers and onlookers and sought their permission to sit beside them.

Let's celebrate New Year countdown with 'Saturn' being just over our heads <br>

When Thais shout 'Chai Yo' for the New Year countdown tonight, the Saturn Planet will be just over their heads, the closest in 29 years.

Riyadh Daily Closes Down <br>

Riyadh Daily, one of the Kingdom’s three English dailies, has folded. After 19 years of financial losses, the paper’s last issue appears today.

Cabinet Earmarks $425 Million to Rehabilitate Bam <br>

Iran's Cabinet ministers earmarked 3,410 billion rials ($425 million) to rehabilitate the tragedy-hit city of Bam.

Saturn rings in the New Year - Planet to come closest to Earth in nearly 30 years<br>

By Suvro Roy and Soumen Bhattacharjee

In a rare celestial drama, Saturn will come closest to Earth in almost 30 years to ring in 2004.

Akheri Munajat (Last Prayer) of Ijtema(Religious gathering)<br>

More than a Million peoples from home and abroad including top National Leaders of Bangladesh offered Akheri Munajat (concluding supplication) at the end of Biswa Ijtema (world religious gathering) at Dhaka yesterday, according to a participant of Ijtema.

Top Khmer Rouge Leader Acknowledges Cambodian Genocide<br>

A front man for the Khmer Rouge has conceded for the first time that mass murders occurred under his regime's 1975-79 rule of Cambodia, although he denied responsibility in the killings of an estimated 1.7 million people.

Iran quake toll may hit 50,000; calls for more aid<br>

By Edmund Blair and Parisa Hafezi

Some 50,000 people may have died in Friday's Iranian earthquake, officials told Reuters on Tuesday, as relief workers pleaded for more aid for survivors of one of the deadliest natural disasters of modern times.

Gandhi, Karunanidhi discuss poll alliance <br>

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday discussed a possible pre-poll alliance with DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, two days after indicating she would not necessarily be the prime ministerial candidate if her party tied up with like-minded groups.

KNU Exposes Burma’s Existing Hollowed Situation <br>

Karen National Union Supreme Headquarters in a press statement released today exposed the existing real hollowed situation in Burma.