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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

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Makara Vilakku Curtain Raiser: <br>The celestial dawn Dawns on Ayyappa Country<br>

By Vaikom Madhu - Reporting from Kerala

The Ayyappa country wakes up to a dew drenched wintry dawn in spiritual fervor. This unusual dawn seeks to merge with the twilight glow which brings the Lords blessings, as the day slowly fades out to the ascendancy of the magnificent Makara Sankramam, a devotees life and its daylight.

Thailand - Malaysia: Premiers to discuss dual citizenship <br>

Thailand will discuss terrorism and dual citizenship - a legal loophole which might have enabled suspects in the recent southern violence to flee to Malaysia - with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Friday.

Southern Violence : Plan to Seize a Province <br>

Muslim insurgents had been conducting "training and recruitment" programmes in the South with plans to seize Narathiwat province "within 1,000 days" of the start of this year, Defence Minister Thamarak Issarangura said yesterday.

LTTE stages street drama <br>

by Ranga Jayasuriya

The LTTE staged a street drama in a school ground in Vavuniya in violation of the Ceasefire Agreement, but later agreed to refrain from such activities in future - Scandinavian truce monitors said.

Has the PM withdrawn from the peace process? <br>

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in a television interview with the ITN said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has not yet officially informed her that he is withdrawing from the peace process.

Sabarimala : A pilgrims' Ocean <br>

By Vaikom Madhu - Reporting from Kerala

The entire stretch of Ayyappa country is so tightly packed with the pilgrims that to move 5 fee ahead or sideways will take half an hour; often that too is impossible, (Repeat) impossible. So crowded a landscape transcends even the wildest of imagination. Anyone. Oh! it is waves and waves of the ocean of pilgrims in Sabarimala.

UNHCR suspends status determination of Burmese refugees <br>

The UNHCR suspended the refugee’s status determination processing of Burmese Refugees in Thailand, as of 01 January 2004.

Makara Vilakku Sighted: Millions glorify Ayyappa in Rapturous chant<br>

By Vaikom Madhu - Reporting from Kerala

Spontaneous cry of ‘Swamiyeee… Ayyappaaa…’ from millions of throats thundered the Ayyappa Country at the sight of ‘Makara Jyothi’, atop the mountain across, as the doors of the shrine opend for the evening puja, Deeparadhana. Up in the sky Makayira Star stood in divine guard as a kite, carrying the celestial message hovered and swirled in the twilight glow.