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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 103

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U.N. Security Council Dissolves Panel Monitoring Al-Qaeda<br>

The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution dissolving a prominent independent U.N. panel that was established more than 2 1/2 years ago to prevent al-Qaeda from financing its war against the United States and its allies and replacing the panel with what council members say will be a more professional panel.

Sri Lanka PM due next Monday <br>

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will make an official three-day visit to Thailand starting next Monday.

Thai companies, government offer free chicken, eggs <br>

Thailand's chicken farm owners joined the state-run television stations in free food giveaway on Tuesday to encourage people to eat chicken and eggs amid the bird-flu crisis.

<u>What is Avian Flu?</u><br> Answered to dispel lingering doubts.<br>

World Health Organization has compiled a series of questions received from people all over the world and answered them on their website.

Premier okays MoU ; President yet to consider draft proposals<br>

By Ranga Sirilal

There will be no parliamentary election for at least for another year and the possible earliest date for it could be the date of the next Presidential election, according to a draft memorandum of understanding approved by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and likely to be signed soon if President Chandrika Kumaratunga approves it.

Prospects bleak at Mano-Malik talks <br>

Although the Mano -Malik talks are reportedly to be held today, the prospects of an agreement being reached are bleak.

Burma: The Curse of Shwe Dagon Pagoda<br>

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to Burmese Resistance

Thailan Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatara in his many visits to Burma did not once make an attempt to visit with Aung San Suu Kyi. In his last visit to Burma, Thaksin went to pray at Rangoon's world famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda.

Four Sri Lankans died in a stampede at the hajj stone throwing ritual.<br>

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

Reports from Saudi Arabia said that four Sri Lankan citizens who were on a pilgrimage to Mecca died during the Sunday stampede of a stone throwing ritual together with 240 other fellow Muslims from other parts of the world.

Cong seals seat pact with DMK<br>

The Congress and the DMK today reached an accord on their alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, ending the uncertainty over the fate of the tie-up talks.

Survivors Describe Tragic Moment <br>

By Hassan Adawi - Arab News Staff

Grief and trauma will remain with some of the survivors of the Jamrat stampede for the rest of their lives. They are the ones who escaped the rush and crush that claimed 251 lives. For some, bodily healing will be swift, but for others the ache would be lifelong after seeing their family, relatives or friends die.

Fahd Orders Expansion of Holy Cities <br>

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour - Arab News Staff

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd yesterday ordered massive development plans for Makkah, Madinah and other holy sites in order to meet both present and future needs. The king issued a royal decree announcing a 20-year plan to be carried out by a commission chaired by Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Miteb.

Jamrat Death Toll Rises <br>

Pilgrims again stoned the devil symbolically here, a day after 251 pilgrims died performing the same ritual. In the last of the Haj rituals, pilgrims chanting “God is Greatest,” threw seven small pebbles at each of three gray stone pillars. The stoning, which symbolizes the rejection of evil, will be repeated again today as the Haj draws to a close.

Vaiko offered bail, can't participate in polls <br>

MDMK leader and veteran MP V. Gopalaswamy alias Vaiko, jailed under an anti-terror law for 18 months, was Tuesday offered bail under conditions that would prevent him from taking part in upcoming elections.