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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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A Reconstruction Plan for Burma<br>

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Burma Army betrayed Burma and destroyed generations of Burmese. The restoration of freedom and democracy in Burma will require a free press to promote and protect democracy, the establishment of a professional civil service, which is paid market competitive salaries, to manage "good government", and the establishment of a world-class university to train Burma's future managers.

Indian poultry industry wants to cash in on crisis <br>

Amidst fears of avian flu hitting the Indian poultry business, sections of the industry are actually eyeing a leap in exports, saying the country still remains a flu-free island in an area that has seen a severe affliction from Southeast Asia to Pakistan.

Sri Lanka Expects Complete Land Mine Removal By 2006 <br>

The cessation of hostilities between the Sri Lankan military and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has allowed the two sides, along with international aid agencies and humanitarian organizations, to rid the country of 175,000 mines and unexploded ordnance, with the number of mine casualties having dropped from 15 a month to six since the cease-fire took effect in February 2002.

Laloo to contest Chapra, Madhepura seats <br>

Bihar's ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Laloo Prasad Yadav has confirmed that he would contest two seats in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Thailand finds 4 more suspected bird flu infection cases <br>

Thai government announced Friday afternoon that the country found four more bird flu cases and the total number of suspected cases has increased to 12.

US thanks Thailand for role in Iraq <br>

Thailand today received a welcome thumbs-up from the international community when US Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly thanked the Thai government for sending troops to help restore Iraq.

Bird flu to affect economic growth only 0.2%: BOT <br>

The current bird flu crisis will have minimal negative effects on the Thai economy, with the country's economic growth believed to reach 6.3-7.3% this year, a satisfactory level, according to the Bank of Thailand.

Safe house: SC awards lakhs to LRRP men, Udugampola also to pay <br>

By S.S.Selvanayagam

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the fundamental rights of under-cover operation known as 'Long range reconnaissance patrols' team members led by Captain S.H.M. Nilam were violated by executive and administrative actions linked to the raid on the safe house at Millennium City housing scheme in Arthugiriya.

Govt. willing to settle issue, says GL <br>

by Manjula Fernando

The prevailing political impasse over who controls Defence showed positive signs of an early resolution with the Government indicating it was willing to settle the issue without assuming overall defence powers for itself.

Somawansa Amerasinghe determined to make JVP- SLFP Alliance a success.<br>

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Somawansa Amerasinghe told the mammoth inaugural rally of the newly formed United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at Town Hall grounds in Central Colombo Sri Lanka, January 29, that his party was determined to take the agreed pact with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to its fullest victory in implementation and usher freedom and prosperity to Lanka.

Pilgrims Pour Into Mina<br>

By Siraj Wahab - Arab News Staff

Pilgrims started pouring into this tent city near Makkah on the eve of the annual pilgrimage as Saudi authorities said all arrangements were in place for the world’s largest Muslim gathering.

BBC apology raises independence concerns<br>

There is concern about the future independence of Britain's public broadcaster, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), following the organisation's unreserved apology to the British Government in the wake of criticism from the Hutton Inquiry.

China denies responsibility for bird flu scourge<br>

By Darren Schuettler

China, accused of deceiving the world over SARS, denied on Thursday a similar cover-up that allowed the bird flu scourge to sweep across Asia.

SC converts life term of four Veerappan men into death penalty<br>

Terming them as "threat and grave danger to the society at large," the Supreme Court today awarded death sentence to four members of the forest brigand Veerappan's gang for killing 22 policemen, forest officials and injuring 14 others, including an SP, in a landmine blast in Karnataka in April, 1993.

Gujarat Magistrate suspended for issuing warrant against President Kalam<br>

The Gujarat High court today placed under suspension Metropolitan Magistrate M S Brahmbhatt for issuing bailable warrants against the President, Chief Justice of India, a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and a former president of its the bar association.

Colombo Municipal Council refuses permission to erect statue of Ven Gangodawila Soma <br>

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

The ruling United National Front Government, in addition to its numerous problems during what is believed to be an election year may have raised another hornet’s nest by refusing to allow erecting a statue of the late Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thero, one Sri Lanka’s most popular religious leaders these days.