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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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Don't Tremble, Quaking Normal<br>

The earthquake that killed more than 50,000 people in Iran was part of a normal pattern that included quakes in California, New Caledonia, Panama, Mexico and Indonesia in the last two weeks.

Tamil Tigers Ordered Cluster Bombs From A Clandestine Ordinance Factory In Argentine <br>

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

Sri Lanka’s leading Sinhala language weekly, the Irida Divaina, published by the Upali newspaper group quoting unnamed French military experts visiting security forces in Sri Lanka said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has ordered Cluster Bombs, to be added to their deadly arsenal in the preparation of war against the Sri Lanka government.

<font size = 2> <u> General Khin Nyunt's Road-map:</u></font><br> A ploy against the establishment of War Crimes Tribunal against Burmese Generals<br>

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

It is alleged that General Khin Nyunt’s Road-map on Dead–end Street – was A ploy against the establishment of War Crimes Tribunal against the Burmese Generals.

SAARC Summit Begins this Morning <br>

The 12th SAARC summit began at Islamabad this morning when the national anthem of the host country Pakistan was played as heads of state and government of the seven-member regional group entered the Jinnah Convention Center.

Unidentified assailants set fire to 18 schools in south Thailand<br>

Unidentified assailants set fire to 18 schools and stormed a military armory, killing four soldiers, in almost simultaneous raids in southern Thailand on Sunday.

Bill soon in Parliament to curb unethical conversions <br>

By Santhush Fernando

Buddhist and Hindu organisations and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference hold similar views regarding the move to present a Bill in parliament to curb unethical conversions. With the government deciding to look at this issue in depth the Buddha Sasana Minister W.J.M. Lokubandara had written to the Maha Sangha assuring them the Government would within the next 60 days introduce these laws.

<font size = 2>President leaves for Islamabad </font><br>SAARC initiative to curb terrorism <br>

by S. Selvakumar

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga left for Islamabad last night to attend the 12th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) and is expected to focus Sri Lanka's attention to strengthen ties among the seven countries to curb regional terrorism, promote economic development and tourism.

<font size = 2> Willing to forget past political differences</font><br> President to invite PM for another round of talks <br>

by Don Asoka Wijewardena

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is expected to invite Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for another round of talks as early as possible, to set up a joint peace council and carry forward the peace process.

Vajpayee 'Can Do Business With Musharraf' <br>

By Nasim Zehra - Arab News

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee believes he can do business with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

DMK, Left deal on secular front - CPM eyes Tamil Nadu, rival targets Rajasthan for the kill<br>

Marxist veteran Harkishen Singh Surjeet and DMK chief M. Karunanidhi today joined hands for a wide anti-BJP alliance in the state for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Immigration crackdown <br>

Immigration police arrested 280,937 foreigners who worked or entered Thailand illegally in 2003.

Surin may move into provincial politics <br>

Former foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan said he might step down from national politics and run for the presidency of the provincial administrative organisation in his southern home town of Nakhon Si Thammarat if the Democrat Party agreed he was the best candidate.

Myanmar 'determined' on democratic reforms<br>

Myanmar’s prime minister said his military government is determined to implement its so-called “road map” to democracy, but warned international pressure could delay the process.

Burma Eager To Take Back Citizens From Bangladesh <br>

The Burma government is eager to take back its citizens from the refugee camps in Bangladesh as early as possible.

<font size = 2> <u>Chandrika at SAARC Conference: </u></font><br> <font size = 2>We are determined to Make peace Process move forward </font><br>

"I had occasion to state at our Katmandu Summit that in the past decades, terrorism has become the one, single most, terrifying factor in national and international politics. I also observed that an important corollary to combating terrorism is the identification and resolution of root causes through courageous and bold approaches," - Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga