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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Sri Lanka in talks to ensure aid flows despite feud <br>

Sri Lanka is talking with peace broker Norway to ensure aid to the war-torn island was not cut off despite a political feud that has delayed its peace process, the government said on Thursday.

Anti-carcinogens discovered in Thai rice <br>

Thai researchers have discovered that Thai rice is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and anti-carcinogens several times more powerful than vitamins E and C, according to the head of the DNA laboratory at the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

Islamabad turns into fortress for SAARC summit <br>

This Pakistani capital has been turned into a fortress for the SAARC summit, with several locations declared "no-go areas" or "red zones", armed commandos patrolling the streets and choppers guarding the skies.

Court further extended restraining order from holding CC meeting of the TULF<br>

Colombo Additional District Judge Lalith Jayasuriya further extended the restraining order issued on 17th December till 14 January, preventing the 1st and 2nd respondents of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) from holding the Central Committee meeting as scheduled earlier for 21 December at Amparai and any other meeting, pending the deliverance of a final court order on the matter.

Thakhsin's New Year Message: 'A golden year lies ahead' <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra promised that the New Year would be even better than the last one for everybody, especially the poor and underprivileged, as the government had resolved to tackle "all the dimensions of the country’s problems".

SLMC proposes interim Constitution <br>

by Rashomi Silva

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) yesterday came up with a proposal for an interim constitution for the country as a formula to reach consensus between "the divergent and the polarised views of the different stake holders".

India upgrades Palaly <br>

by Anura Maitipe

Strengthening closer Defence ties with Sri Lanka, the Indian Government has offered to assist Sri Lanka to upgrade the Palaly air base in the Jaffna peninsula by providing Rs. 500 million.

Govt. fires back at President <br>

The government yesterday charged that the political crisis created by what it called President Chandrika Kumaratunga's "irresponsible" action has been a major blow to the country's investment sector and peace efforts.

CBK must go by Dec. 2005: Govt. <br>

By Kesara Abeywardena

The government yesterday rejected the alleged secret swearing-in of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and "categorically" insisted that the President's term of office should end by December 2005.

'Arrest-spree' by Burmese junta of NLD members in Mandalay and Tennasserim Division continues <br>

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners- Burma (AAPP) states in a press release that recently members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) were arrested in Mandalay and Tennasserim.

How Israeli Plot to Kill Saddam Became a 'Training Accident'<br>

By Richard H. Curtiss - Special to Arab News

What has long been called a “training accident” has finally been revealed in Israel. The tale begins with an unbelievable botch-up which the Israelis never fully described.

Aiyar sets stage for DMK talks <br>

Congtess party MP Mani Shankar Aiyar said, the first round of formal talks on forging a Congress-DMK alliance for the Lok Sabha elections will begin soon.

SAARC Foreign Secys finalise protocol on terrorism <br>

In a major breakthrough ahead of the SAARC summit, Foreign Secretaries from the seven-member grouping tonight reached an understanding on additional protocol on terrorism and narrowed down differences on a regional free trade treaty.

Oh Lord Ranil...! How can I forget Lord Prabah...?

A local Jaffna businessman turned politician and at present the Minister of Hindu Affairs – a non-Cabinet status Minister is continuously treading and slithering on a very thin line of the slippery slope of the Sri Lankan political arena.

Burma, India, Thailand Run Survey On Mega Highway Project <br>

Burma, India and Thailand have conducted a survey in New Delhi, for the construction of a (1,360-km) long highway, connecting the three countries to expand trade, tourism and people-to people contact, according to a correspondent of local newspaper.

First Chinese Sex-change woman gets married <br>

The first Chinese woman to have a sex change operation tied the knot Tuesday and received a marriage certificate from the government.