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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

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To Sleep, Perchance to Scheme <br>

Compiled by Lore Sjöberg - AP and Reuters contributed to this report

A study shows that our sleeping brains continue working on problems that baffle us during the day, and that the right answer may come more easily after eight hours of rest.

Thailand to host bird flu summit <br>

Thailand will host a summit on bird flu here next week, when authorities of countries being affected by the avian influenza will gather to discuss cooperative measures to control the animal disease.

<font size = 2><u>\"The non-functional Bribery Commission, Why?\"</u></font> <br> – A telltale by the President's Website<br>

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has expressed her displeasure over the delay in constituting the Bribery Commission in the country since it became inoperative after the demise of the last Commissioner T N Abeyweera, on 02 February 2003.

Jayalalitha acquitted of corruption in privatisation case <br>

A court here Friday acquitted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha of corruption charges in a case of privatisation of a state-owned petrochemical firm.

Now LTTE and JVP are courting India <br>

By M.R. Narayan Swamy - Indo-Asian News Service

When India deployed troops to Sri Lanka in 1987, the country's two most radical and well-knit groups united to declare that New Delhi had no right to meddle in the country's internal affairs.

Tamil Nadu wedding fire kills 55 in the Sri Rangam Temple city.<br>

At least 55 people died including the bridegroom, while the bride and 20 others are in critical condition, and a total of 50 others were injured, in a major blaze at a marriage hall, when a short circuit set fire to a makeshift palm-frond hall at a wedding ceremony in Sri Rangam, in Tamil Nadu, today.

<font size = 2> <u> A Minister with ties with Tigers openly declares:</u></font> <br> They are ready for war with the Government of Sri Lanka<br>

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

A Tamil cabinet minister of the ruling United National Front Government warned that the Tamils were now ready for a war with Sri Lanka, whilst two of the trusted officials of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe were seated in the podium, reports three Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled websites on January 21.

Two Dutch inmates get clemency <br>

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said: HM the King would grant royal clemency to two Dutch prisoners serving a life sentences on drug-trafficking charges in a Thai prison.

PM orders provincial governors to solve teenager violence <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday demonstrated that he was no longer willing to put up with increasing violence among teenagers, calling on provincial governors across the country to ensure that young people did not remain a social menace.

US takes hard line on Australian sugar<br>

By John Shovelan - in Washington

The United States has asked Australia to accept a free trade agreement which does not include any increase in access for Australian sugar.

Musharraf sees al Qaeda behind assassination bids <br>

By Mark Trevelyan - Security Correspondent

President Pervez Musharraf said on Thursday that Pakistan was investigating a "definite possibility" that al Qaeda ordered or carried out two attempts to assassinate him last month.

Gandhi Next joins the party<br>

By Kay Benedict

The Congress best-kept secret is out: Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi are primary members of the party.

Jaya case verdict today<br>

special court here will deliver today (Jan. 23) the verdict in the Spic divestment" case in which chief minister Jayalalithaa and two others are accused.

UNICEF Urges Tamil Tigers To Stop Recruiting Child Soldiers in Sri Lanka<br>

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today called on the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka to stop recruiting children as soldiers and to release those it already has back to civilian life.

Kuki Students Organization questions motives of NSCM (IM)'s handling of alleged killer of Lungnila<br>

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Reporting from Kohima

The Kuki Students Organization (KSO) has vehemently reacted the manner in which the NSCN (IM) handled the alleged king pin of the Lungnila Elizabeth kidnap-murder case, James Kuki and further questioned “How could a citizen of India be detained without any physical evidence by an underground outfit which has a direct communitization with the Government of India?"