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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Poverty rate declines in Lanka over the 1990s

The poverty rate has declined in Sri Lanka over the 1990s. According to the Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation, India, Bangladesh and Nepal have also reported declines. But, the rate has increased in Pakistan.

US: No Palestinian state likely by 2005

It is "increasingly unlikely" that a Palestinian state will be created by 2005 as envisaged by a US-backed peace plan, the US State Department said.

Islamic fundamentalism brewing in Sri Lanka

Terrorised for long by Tamil Tigers, members of Sri Lanka's Muslim minority appear to be turning towards radical groups, with possible links to Pakistan, in the country's volatile east.

Myanmar leader visits China to seek support

Myanmar's junta, under pressure to move towards democracy and free Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, sent Prime Minister Khin Nyunt to China this week to seek reassurances from an influential benefactor and friend.

Appoint a Presidential Commission to investigate into the killing of the Great Tamil Leader A.Amirthalingham - V.Anandasangaree.

V.Ananandasanagaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front and a former Member of Parliament has appealed to Chandrika Bandaranayke, President of Sri Lanka that she must come forward to set up a Presidential Commission to go into the slaying of A.Amirthalinghm a former Member of Parliament, and the Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front.

Thailand: CPJ Condemns criminal libel suit against the journalists.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed its concern and condemnation to Thakshin Shinawatara, Prime Minister of Thailand for
Thailand's criminal defamation laws that are being used to suppress critical voices of the journalists.

Provincial Councils election was people’s endorsement for the Governments peace policy with the LTTE.

Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga expressed that the people of Sri Lanka had given a clear endorsement to the Government at the Provincial Councils election for the Government’s policies, including its peace policy of maintaining the Ceasefire Agreement and resuming peace negotiations with the LTTE towards the establishment of an interim authority and a lasting solution to the ethnic conflict within a united and democratic Sri Lanka.

Remembering A.Amirthalingham – Canadian TULF branch divided over the book release ceremony.

The sixteenth death anniversary of A.Amirthalingham, the former leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) is to be remembebered today with special pooja at 6 pm, at Richmond Hill Pillaiyar Temple and with free meals.

Asian countries urged to prevent AIDS spread

Asian countries need to jointly raise funds of more than US$5 billion or around 2 billion bath to support a program to prevent AIDS spread effectively within 2010, according to a statement by the Asian Development Bank and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Nation’s leading Poetess – Monica Ruwan Pathirana Dies

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

The award winning poetess of Sri Lanka, Monica Ruwanpathirana, died in a private hospital in Colombo after a prolonged illness.

Bomb Threat on TBC Radio station and death threat on Ramaraj

Thamil Broadcasting Corporation received a bomb threat over the telephone - caller threatening that they intended to bomb the TBC Radio Station for broadcasting yesterday the live interview with the renegade leader Venayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna Amman .

Sri Lanka Govternment dispels fears on laws against unethical conversions

Minister in charge of Buddhist Affairs Ratnasiri Wickramanayake has dispelled fears regarding the enactment of legislation to prohibit unethical conversions by fundamentalists.

“It was the Tigers who killed my husband,” – Mangayarkarasi Amirthalingham

“It was the Tigers who killed my husband” - said the widowed Mnagayarkarasi - wife of the slain leader Appapillai Amirthalingham - ‘Greatest Tamil leader’ ever lived in Sri Lanka.