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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Malaysia: End Detention of Ex-Deputy Prime Minister<br>

Malaysia's Court of Appeal should grant bail to former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, Human Rights Watch said today - After dragging its feet for several months, the court
announced Monday that it would rule on Anwar's bail application.

Sri Lanka President soften stance towards the Tamil Tigers. <br>

Sri Lanka' President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga for the first time ever had expressed appreciation on the position taken by the Tamil rebel outfit, regarding their willingness to negotiate peace with any Southern party with a peoples mandate, irrespective of individuals.

Bird flu scare widens in Asia<br>

By Peter Lloyd -in Bangkok and wires

Thailand's largest poultry export market, Japan, has banned imports of chicken in response to Bangkok's first reported case of bird flu.

Lawmaker concerned over 'Indian training to Myanmarese Army' <br>

By Vasantha Arora : Indo-Asian News Service

A US lawmaker has expressed concern over reports that India is raining the Myanmarese Army to quell anti-India rebels with bases there.

<font size = 2> <u>In a BBC Howler: </u></font><br> <font size = 2>Minister Rajitha Senarathna criticises <I>\"dasa raja dharma\"</I> and JVP for embracing a journey back into feudalism </font><br>

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

Dr. Rajitha Senarathna, political protégé of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and powerful Cabinet Minister of Sri Lanka’s United National Front government, attacked Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leaders for embracing of the Buddhist belief, “Dasa Raja Dharma ” - the ten noble tenets of government, as an attempt by the leftist leader to march back into a feudal system of autocracy.

Indian Oil Company Completed payment for petrol retailing in Sri Lanka <br>

At a simple ceremony held at the Ministry of Economic Reform, Science and Technology, Indian Oil Company (IOL), on behalf of its Sri Lankan subsidiary - Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) completed the deal by paying the balance amount of US $ 45 million due to the Government of Sri Lanka by this deal.

Trouble In The South: Muslims resist govt's school plan <br>

Muslim leaders and academics in the South yesterday urged the government to be more open minded about integrating traditional Islamic boarding schools in the region with the state system.

3 Thai patients suspected of bird flu infection<br>

The Thai government on Wednesday night admitted three patients with pneumonia-like symptoms were being tested for bird flu infection.

Sri Lankan Refugees in India: Hesitant to Return - RI <br>

Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka began fleeing to India in 1983 when violence broke out in their country between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamil militant group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Tigers warn of war over Sri Lankan president's pact <br>

Tamil Tiger rebels warned that Sri Lanka could return to war following President Chandrika Kumaratunga's latest political pact with a leftist party opposing autonomy for minority Tamils.

Round-the-Clock Haj Radio Transmission From Tomorrow <br>

By Maha Akeel - Arab News Staff

The Pilgrimage Enlightenment Radio, a seasonal arm of the Broadcasting Service of the Kingdom, will begin transmitting round the clock from tomorrow. The Pilgrimage Enlightenment Radio began transmission at the beginning of Dul Qaada for 12 hours daily but from the first of Dul Hijjah it will broadcast for 24 hours each day. The 24-hour broadcasts will continue until the end of Dul Hijjah.

Malaysian ex-deputy Anwar denied bail<br>

Malaysia's jailed ex-deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, has been denied bail, prompting him to stand up in court and shout abuse at the judges.

Vaiko fumes at unjust labels<br>

A decision on granting MDMK chief Vaiko bail may be delayed after prosecution lawyers at the special Poonamalle court trying Prevention of Terrorism Act cases raised fresh objections and termed his party a "radical chauvinistic organisation".

Former Union Minister Arunachalam passes away <br>

Former Union Minister and Congress leader M Arunachalam died of a massive heart attack at a private hospital.

Congress wouldn’t get more than 4 seats out of 25 seats in the Northeastern States – BJP <br>

By Oken Jeet Sandham : Reporting from Kohima

The BJP in the north eastern India is gearing up for the forthcoming Lok Sabha (LS) election and is confident to defeat the main rival Congress in the polls. The party is fully prepared large-scale election campaign kick-off starting from January 23 to the first week of next month throughout the country including Nagaland.

Thousands more civilians attacked in Burma as ceasefire talks start<br>

While Burma's largest armed ethnic resistance group, the Karen National Union (KNU), arrived in Rangoon last week to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with the ruling military junta, Christian Solidarity Worldwide received reports that an estimated 3,500 Karen and Karenni people have been newly displaced by the Burma Army.

Telephone Interview with Somawansa Amerasinghe – a stark fabrication by half- baked.<br>

Thushara Goonaratne from Colombo, Sri Lanka brought to the notice about the interview with Somawansa Amarasinghe that appeared in "Asian Tribune" issue of 20 January.