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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Muslims lamented over the worsening situation in the North and East.

Colombo, Dec. 12: Situation in the North East would worsen if the administration passed on to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) warned the Muslim Organization.

Bangladesh-Thailand to sign MOU on stock markets

Chiang Mai, Dec 13 (TNA): Bangladesh and Thailand will this week sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in stock markets, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Shinawatra accompanies Khaleda to Chiang Mai: We must unite as Asians to face global challenges: PM

Chiang Mai, Thailand, Dec 12: Prime Minister Khaleda Zia suggested utilising excellent political relations prevailing between Bangladesh and Thailand as a common tool in facing together global challenges stemming from rapid changes following globalisation, stringent international trade terms and the 11th September terrorist incident.

Sri Lankas top opposition party demands Tamil rebels surrender arms

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 13: Sri Lanka's main opposition party Friday demanded Tamil Tiger rebels surrender their weapons as part of the island nation's peace negotiations to end 19 years of civil war.

We do not claim anything apart from our historical rights in Nagaland. – Th. Muivah

By K.T.Rajasingham

Th. Muivah, the General Secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) informed the Asian Tribune, that they have accepted the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and decided to visit India shortly, for further talks with the Indian Government. This was disclosed in an answer to the questioner sent to Muivah who is at present staying in a European country.

About Curious Sound only told to Monks

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, "My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?" The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, and even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound. The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was but they say, "We can't tell you. You're not a monk."

Hakeem will continue pivotal role in peace process - Kandy MC

by Cyril Wimalasurendre

The Island: Kandy — SLMC Kandy Municipal Councillor Asmin Marikkar on Wednesday (11) stressed that party leader Rauf Hakeem would continue to play a pivotal role in the peace process. "No one can stop him from being a part of the process," he told a press briefing organised by the SLMC’s Socio-Economic Foundation.

NJC conveys concern over Swiss accord of equal status to LTTE

The Island: The following is the full text of the letter, the National Joint Committee of Sinhala organisations sent to the ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka.

Permitting LTTE upgrade radio station ridiculous: Restore Wanni Sevaya — Opposition

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The opposition wants the government to restore the special radio service which was closed down following a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE, particularly as it recently allowed the LTTE to acquire state-of-the-art equipment to boost its clandestine Voice of Tigers (VOT) broadcasts. The government station — "Wanni Sevaya" — was set up for the benefit of the police and the security forces deployed in the Wanni theatre. The new equipment will allow the LTTE to greatly expand VOT coverage which was previously limited to the Wanni.

Japan to open market for Thai mangosteens

Bangkok, Dec 13 (TNA): - Japan will soon open its market for mangosteens from Thailand, as quality of the Thai fruit has been improved to a satisfactory level, according to Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Sora-ath Klingprathum.

Soldier killed in shootout with Wa

By Wiwatchai Somkam - The Nation

Chiang Mai, Dec. 13:Military intelligence officers predicted there would be more clashes between drug traffickers and Thai soldiers following a fierce gunfight between a Thai patrol and a Wa drug caravan on the northern border that left one Thai trooper and three infiltrators dead.

Govt to press Yemen to import more rice

Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA): The government would attempt to press Yemen to import more rice from Thailand in a bid to reduce trade deficit, Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik disclosed yesterday.

Tamil Tiger rebels return to Sri Lanka after peace talks in Norway

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 12: Tamil rebel negotiators returned Thursday after peace talks in Norway and discussions in Switzerland on how to set up a federal power-sharing system that Sri Lanka hopes will end 19 years of civil war.

British band to perform in support of Sri Lanka peace process

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP), Dec. 12: - Sri Lanka is to host its first international pop concert in years, with the British reggae band UB 40 performing Saturday in Colombo to support the country's peace process.

Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda copied Terror Tactics from Tamil Tigers - Soosai, Commander Sea Tiger

By Walter Jayawardhana - Los Angeles

London, Dec. 12:Soosai, the Commander of the Sea Tigers, the marine armed wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) told BBC’s Frances Harrison that the terrorist group led by Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda had copied terrorist tactics from them.

Celebrations in Sinai to mark the Anniversary of St. Catherine

Egypt, Dec. 13: The holy land of Sinai recently witnessed an international celebration to mark the martyrdom of St. Catherine of Alexandria.