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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2529

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Kofi Annan hopes peace talks can restart in Sri Lanka<br>

Voicing concern over the difficult situation in Sri Lanka, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he still hopes that the peace talks between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) can resume in the near future.

Govt to set up expert panel on bird-flu<br>

Alarmed by reports of the spread of bird-flu in South-East Asia, including neighbouring Pakistan, the government today decided to set up an expert committee to prevent its outbreak in the country.

Kentucky Fried Fish? Asian bird flu wings KFC<br>

By Ed Cropley

The bird flu rampaging across Asia, killing chickens and humans alike, is starting to take the C out of KFC.

Judge Throws Out Section of Patriot Act<br>

A federal US judge has thrown out a section of the USA Patriot Act that bars giving expert advice or assistance to groups designated foreign terrorist organizations.

Tigers oppose Indo-Lanka defence deal<br>

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have asked New Delhi not to go ahead with a proposed defence cooperation pact with the Colombo government, arguing that it would alter the military balance of power.

Five deaths under investigation <br>

By Arthit Khwankhom, Duangkamol Sajiwattanakul and Pennapa Hongthong

The Public Health Ministry said yesterday that six people had probably died from bird flu. Only one of the deaths, however, has been confirmed as the result of bird flu while medical authorities are waiting for test results from the other five.

Ten provinces now declared bird flu control zones <br>

As the government yesterday continued to battle with the avian flu crisis in Suphanburi and Kanchanaburi Provinces, Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Minister Somsak Thepsuthin announced that eight more provinces were also now declared bird flu control zones.

President calls for two major parties to work in harmony <br>

by Ranil Wijayapala

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said that the two major parties of the country should work harmoniously at all levels at least to solve the major problem of the country despite their political differences.

CWC strongly rejects grand alliance proposal <br>

Responding to reports of a proposed grand Tamil alliance, the Ceylon Workers Congress said yesterday it saw no need for such a merger as the move might result in downplaying up country Tamils' grievances which are different to those in the North East.

Women Allowed to Pray on Grand Mosque’s Terrace <br>

By Galal Fakkar : Special to Arab News

The authorities at Makkah the Grand Mosque have allowed women to pray on its terrace for the first time this year as part of their efforts to reduce congestion inside the mosque.

Killer virus arrives next door <br>

By Fleur Anderson - and wire services

AIRLINE passengers from Asia are being screened and searched in a bid to keep Australia free of avian influenza, the biggest global health scare since SARS.

NZ to accept Nauru asylum seekers<br>

The New Zealand Government is poised to announce it will take about 20 asylum seekers from Nauru.

BJP not opposed to Rahul, Priyanka: Rajnath<br>

Union Agriculture Minister and BJP's senior leader Rajnath Singh has said that his party had no objection to Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi joining politics and getting elected to the top posts of the country.

"Central leaderships were not rejecting views reasoned out in our representation" - Dr Lotha<br>

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Reporting from Kohima

Nagaland Home Minister Dr TM Lotha said they had met various Central leaderships, Ministers including President of the BJP, Venkiah Naidu and submitted to them memorandum with regard to the new Anti-defection Law, that would downsize the Ministries of both Center and State to 15 percent.