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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

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PM wants Thai Qur'an proofread

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called on the country's leading Muslim scholars on Monday to examine Thai translations of the Qur'an to make sure they accurately reflect the teachings of the Islamic holy book.

Rare celestial event as Venus crosses disc of Sun

Giving thousands of skygazers a rare visual treat, planet Venus today started its transit across the disc of the Sun even as experts warned against watching the event through the naked eye.

Lords reject new rules for asylum appeals

The government suffered a double defeat at the hands of the increasingly rebellious House of Lords yesterday over its plans to speed up its treatment of asylum seekers.

New UK immigration move draws protests

Black and anti-racist groups have reacted furiously to the news that thousands of people from India and some other Commonwealth countries are to be barred from entering Britain.

Lok Sabha adjourned amid furore over 'tainted' ministers

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee Tuesday adjourned the Lok Sabha till 2 p.m. after opposition members raised a din protesting against "tainted" ministers in the new government.

Sri Lankan president calls for political unity for peace

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has called on all political parties to unite in their efforts to bring a lasting peace to the island nation.

Buddhist monks mauled in Sri Lanka parliament

Two Buddhist monk legislators were hospitalised here after they were beaten up by government legislators in an unprecedented brawl in Sri Lanka's parliament.

'Transit of Venus' to be visible in Thailand

People in Thailand will have a good opportunity today to observe a rare astronomical phenomenon, the 'transit of Venus', which takes place once in over a century.

Afghanistan: G-8 Should Help Ensure Security

In the face of worsening security, Afghanistan urgently needs support from the United States and the other G-8 countries to protect the integrity of the nationwide elections scheduled for September, Human Rights Watch said today as Afghan President Hamid Karzai begins a visit to the G-8 summit and the White House.

Funeral Of Malwatte Maha Nayaka Thero On Sunday

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

The funeral of the Most Venerable Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi, the Mahanayaka Thero of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya will be held on Sunday 13 June, at the Police Esplanade in the historic city and Sri Lanka’s highland capital of Kandy.

Will China veto UN sanctions against Myanmar?

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

There is much speculation that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is reluctant to bring up the issue of the Burma Crisis to the UN Security Council due to the threat of a veto by China.

Militia deal excludes Sadr from power

A deal to disband Iraq's militias that excludes the Mehdi Army of Moqtada al Sadr, will effectively exclude the rebel cleric from holding any position of power in the country for three years.

Sri Lanka's former PM defends Indian envoy

Sri Lanka's former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today rejected allegations levelled by certain sections in the media that India's top envoy Nirupam Sen had worked behind the scenes to undermine his government.

The Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte Chapter Passes Away.

The Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte Chapter Most Venerable Rambukwelle Vipassi passed away Monday afternoon in the Kandy general hospital.

Myanmar Frees Nine Members of Suu Kyi's Party

Military-ruled Myanmar freed nine supporters of detained democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi Monday, a week after they were arrested while handing out leaflets on human rights.

Sri Lanka’s Parliament adjourned till 20 July, after witnessing unruly scenes inside the house chamber.

Sri Lanka’s Parliament was adjourned until 20 July as no compromise was arrived when the Speaker met the leaders of the Political parties to resolve the contentious issue of swearing in of the new Member of Parliament belonging to the Jathika Hela Urumaya.