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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

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Nauru detainess threaten to sew eyelids shut: Immigration dept <br>

The Immigration Department has confirmed that four asylum seekers being held on Nauru have threatened to sew their eyelids together.

Pak denies visas to Kashmiri journalists <br>

Pakistan has denied visas to at least three Kashmiri journalists who were assigned to cover the SAARC Summit in Islamabad. The reasons were, however, not known.

Egyptian plane crashes in Red Sea, 148 dead<br>

By Ruben Sprich

An Egyptian Boeing 737 airliner carrying 135 mostly French tourists crashed into the Red Sea off the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday and eyewitnesses said they saw no sign of survivors.

Alleged death threat on Jaffna Army Commander <br>

By Ratnapala Gamage

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has assured Jaffna Security Forces Commander Susil Chandrapala that it would undertake a full-scale investigation into a death threat allegedly made by an LTTE leader in violation of the cease-fire agreement, military sources said.

Keep away, JVP warns foreign powers <br>

The JVP in a press release yesterday said it would condemn with contempt any attempt by the United States or any other power to interfere in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka.

President, PM should work together - Malwatte Mahanayaka Thera <br>

The Most Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter said the President and the Prime Minister should join hands and work together to save the country from the present plight.

Myanmar in operation sight <br>

Flushed with the success of the Bhutan operations, the army is considering a joint offensive with Myanmar against Northeast rebel groups based in the neighbouring country.

Dance before the statue of penance - Monuments form backdrop to fest<br>

Arjuna's Penance, the world's largest bas-relief sculpture at the heart of this coastal village 55 km from Chennai, comes alive at sunset with a parade of Indian classical dance — Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri — as well as folk.

Nauru: Asylum seekers near death - Report <br>

Hunger-striking asylum-seekers on Nauru believe they will be dead within a week, according to New Zealand journalists who sneaked onto the island.

<font size = 2> <u>International Coolie elements:</u></font <br> Disrupted Peace Conference held in London<br>

A London based "Peace Conference," organized by the Centre for Culture, Peace and Development, was suddenly disrupted by a few rowdy coolie elements, alleged to be led by one Muruganandan, who tried to disrupt the speech delivered by V.Sivalingham, a well known Tamil political analyst and a Sri Lankan Tamil expatriate.

<font size = 2> <u>SAARC Summit Conference:</u></font><br> First outing for Chandrika since the crisis<br>

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka would leave today for Islamabad, Pakistan to participate in the 12th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit conference to be held from 4 – 6 January, 2004.

Vajpayee could meet Pakistani leaders: Sinha <br>

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee could meet
with Pakistani leaders on the sidelines of the SAARC
summit here but this would be largely ceremonial
interaction, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha
said Friday.

Goodwill Mission Burma - Day 2, we were busted<br>

By Assistant Professor Jaran Dita Apichai

Swat almost immediately fell asleep due to exhaustion. But as a news-addict, I stayed up to watch the CNN to see if there was any news item on the 8888 Commemorative Event being held in Burma. But the bombings of the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania continued dominate the evening news. Only there was a very brief news item on Aung San Suu Kyi - her statement demanding the SLORC, or the re-named, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to convene the Parliament without further delay.

Immigration racket through fake marriages busted<br>

With the arrest of a woman in late 20s, the local police claimed to have busted a racket whereby people illegally immigrated to the U.K. on the basis of fake marriages.

Heads State and Government begin to arrive in Islamabad for SAARC Summit <br>

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee arrived in Pakistan Saturday for the first time in nearly five years ahead of a South Asian summit seen as a historic opportunity for the two countries to build on peace moves.