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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Burma: Monastery Fire in Mon State killed 20, dozens injured.<br>

By Zin linn

On the early hours of 27 January 2004, a fire broke out at the hillside of the Kyeik-htee-yoe, the most famous pagoda in the Mon State. Dozens were reported to be injured but the military junta backed administratin was ordered to keep the incident away from the media.

Lok Sabha adjourns after reassembling for last session <br>

The Lok Sabha, which met Thursday for the last session before its dissolution next week, adjourned after obituary references to an MP and two former members.

US asks Myanmar to start talk with opposition; release Suu Kyi<br>

The US has asked Myanmar's military rulers to start dialogue with opposition and ethnic minorities and unconditionally release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for restoration of democracy.

Defence Ministry removes another top officer <br>

By Sunil Jayasiri

Days after former President J. R. Jayewardene's son, Ravi Jayewardene was removed from the post of Special Advisor to the Defence Ministry, the Ministry's Military Liaison Officer Brigadier B. Ransasinghe, has been removed from his post from January 23.

Eastern Muslims on verge of taking up arms <br>

by Ranga Jayasuriya

A group of Muslim intellectuals warned: The Eastern Muslims are on the verge of taking up arms in the face of increasing harassment by the LTTE and the divided Muslim political leadership.

Thailand Defies WHO Order to Kill Poultry<br>

The World Health Organization insisted Wednesday the mass slaughter of infected poultry is key to controlling the outbreak of bird flu sweeping Asia, but Indonesia said it doesn't intend to order its farmers to kill their birds.

Burma: Non-Violent Strategy can get you killed.<br>

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

Aung San Suu Kyi learned the hard way that a non-violent strategy can get you killed. Fifteen years of a non-violent strategy has accomplished nothing. It is becoming clear that political change in Burma has to be forced.

Hizb Allah, Israel begin prisoner swap<br>

Lebanon's Hizb Allah has handed over the remains of three Israeli soldiers to a German mediator along with a suspected spy captured in Beirut in 2000.

2 Million Prepare for Journey of Lifetime <br>

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour - Arab News Staff

The holy city of Makkah was crowded with nearly two million pilgrims from around the world as the faithful prepared for the annual pilgrimage that begins tomorrow.

Nauru health facilities not good enough: doctors group<br>

A doctors group claims plans by the Federal Government to upgrade the medical facilities available to asylum seekers on Nauru do not go far enough.

'The allegation that I lied to the country is itself the real lie' <br>

By Michael White- political editor

Tony Blair bounced back from looming political disaster yesterday with a combative endorsement of Lord Hutton's report, which vindicated his conduct over Iraq and the Kelly affair, routing the Tory leader, Michael Howard, and other critics.

Jaya hugs Atal, keeps NDA waiting<br>

Jayalalithaa today bridged a five-year political gulf in a single tête-à-tête with BJP boss Venkaiah Naidu, agreeing to fight the general elections as friends but keeping her options open on joining the NDA.

Swedish PM wants permanent UN Security Council seat for India<br>

Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Persson said: The future credibility of the United Nations Security Council will depend on India being offered a permanent seat.

Congress in Phek suffers set back following 12 of its active members join BJP<br>

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Reporting from Kohima

The Congress party suffered a major set back in Phek district, Nagaland, following its twelve active party workers including some party functionaries led by Phek DCC (I) Vice President, Lhuprura Swuro resigned from the party (Congress) and joined the BJP.

Deadly bus blast rocks West Jerusalem<br>

At least 10 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a bomb attack on a Jerusalem bus.