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

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Vajpayee's train journey and a bridge from nowhere

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Saturday takes
a momentous first train ride to the edge of Ayodhya,
the site of a decades old temple-mosque dispute, but
with development in mind.

NCGUB refutes SPDC’s claim on the release of political prisoners related to 30th May Depayin incident

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) strongly refuted the State Peace and Development Council of Burma’s (SPDC) claim of the releasing all the 151 political prisoners arrested in connection with the 30 May Depayin episode as incorrect.

MDMK leader Vaiko released from prison on bail

MDMK leader Vaiko was released from the Vellore prison this morning, on bail. He had been in jail for more than 18 months. The designated POTA court directed his release on bail; Vaiko’s advocate received the bail order from the POTA court yesterday.

Norway's Disinformation Campaign Bared.

Sri Lankan President's office had flatly denied talking with Norway, since of late, regarding any matters connected with the either peace process or any other bilateral issues.

Control Measures: Pigeons in capital get flu checks

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry yesterday tested pigeons at Sanam Luang and the Giant Swing to check for bird-flu virus after crows that dropped dead at Dusit Zoo tested positive.

PM invites people to visit 'Eat Thai Chicken, 100% Safe' fair

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has invited the general public to visit the 'Eat Thai Chicken, 100% Safe' Fair, organized at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground today, as he is scheduled to preside over the event this afternoon.

SLFP, JVP have contradictory views on peace process: EPRLF

The EPRLF leader said that the JVP ideology is totally different from the SLFP's. They are against devolution, federal system and third party mediation. Addressing a discussion meeting of Tamil parties organised by Tamil National Action Group (TNAG) at Bambalapitiya Flats Community Hall on Thursday, EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran said that the SLFP and JVP formed an alliance to topple the present government and to form a new government.

PM would have given Eelam to Prabhakaran, but for President - Mahinda Rajapakse

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would have permanently given Eelam status to LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran if President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga had not taken over the Defence Ministry, said Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse.

LTTE sponsored Fast Campaigns fizzled out due to lack of popular support

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

"Fast unto death Campaign," organized by several front organizations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to protest against the High Security Zone, fizzled out and was forced to abandon, as the campaign lacked of popular support, sources in Jaffna said.

Adolf's owner in doghouse

A German businessman who trained his dog, Adolf, to raise its paw in a Hitler salute was yesterday sentenced to 13 months' probation for violating laws banning neo-Nazi activities.

Post-Haj Boom in Old Jeddah

Jeddah enjoyed a post-Haj business boom last weekend as pilgrims hunted for bargains before heading home. However, it was not to the shopping malls of north Jeddah or the chic retail outlets of Tahlia Street that the pilgrims headed, but rather the souks of downtown Jeddah.

Cong oils Bofors offensive

Having been at the receiving end of its political fire in the past, the Congress has now got an opportunity to direct the Bofors gun against its rivals in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

Sri Lanka's Tigers stay away from truce review talks

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels stayed away from a key meeting aimed at reviewing their truce with government forces in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, the Scandinavian ceasefire monitors said.

Farmers launch \"Fast unto death Campaign\" over soaring urea fertilizer price.

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

Thirteen protesting farmers including an aging woman, led by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian S. K. Subasinghe started a “fast unto death” in front of Colombo’s main railway terminal – Fort Railway Station, demanding the ruling United National Front (UNF) Government to bring down the “unbearable soaring price” of Urea which is needed for the cultivation of paddy.