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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Why is Jaya still against LTTE?

Chennai, Dec 17: The MDMK today expressed surprise over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s stand that the ban on LTTE in India should continue.

Bangladesh says Myanmar military ruler promises democracy

By Parveen Ahmed, Associated Press Writer

Dhaka, Bangladesh, (AP) Dec. 17: Myanmar's military ruler has promised a return to democracy, the country's leader was quoted as saying by the Bangladeshi government Tuesday. But there was no indication of when the ruling junta might allow elections or a new constitution.

Thai high court rules Myanmar gas pipeline legal

Bangkok, Thailand (AP), Dec. 17: Dismissing objections from social and environmental activists, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that construction of a gas pipeline from Myanmar to Thailand was legal.

Myanmar PM in Bangladesh for Trade, Refugee Talks

Dhaka, (Reuters), Dec. 17: - Myanmar Prime Minister Than Shwe became the first leader of his country to visit neighboring Bangladesh Tuesday when he arrived for talks likely to cover trade and Muslim refugees.

Jack Straw in talks with Lankan peace negotiator

London: (AFP) Dec. 18: British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Tuesday after talks with the Sri Lankan government's chief peace negotiator that the rights of both the Lanka's warring parties must be fully upheld in any peace deal.

My son a veterinarian, has a cat house in Kansas another in Dallas.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Every Sunday, a little old lady placed $1,000 in the
collection plate. This went on for weeks until the
priest, overcome with curiosity, approached her.
"Sister, I couldn't help but notice that you put
$1,000 a week in the collection plate," he stated.

Dhaka, Yangon to have road link: Task forces to study feasibility: Two accords signed

Dhka, Bangladesh, Dec. 18: Bangladesh and Myanmar reached total understanding on road link between the two countries and decided to set up two task forces for studying technical and financial feasibilities in this regard.

India, Lanka, Pak police most Corrupt

Bangladesh is holding the second position in terms of police corruption among five South Asian countries after India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Very fruitful cordial official talks on expanding trade, building road link

Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday agreed to set up two committees to study the feasibility of establishing a direct road link between the two countries and step up trade.

NSSP to celebrate its 25th Anniversary

25th Anniversary of the Nava Sama Samaja Party (New Socialist Party) Sri Lankan section of the 4th International will be held on 30th December 2002 at Ratmalana main industrial suburb in the country.<

Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference adopts Plan of Action on Population and Poverty

Bangkok, Dec. 18: The Fifth Asian and
Pacific Population Conference concluded today with the adoption by
consensus of a Plan of Action on Population and Poverty addressing
population issues as a key contribution to reducing poverty in the region
and meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people living on less than US$1 a day by the year 2015.

Sri Lankas rebel-held town struggles to rise from ruins

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer

Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 17: Nadaraja Kandiah recalls with gratitude the stranger who welcomed the five members of his family when they fled the fighting in Kilinochchi. Others had to shelter under trees.

Nine killed in Sri Lanka firecracker store accident

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 17: At least nine people were killed and another 21 injured in a blast at a firecracker store in the heart of Sri Lankan capital Tuesday night, police said.

Lanka in UN list of child-soldering countries

The Island: United Nations, Dec. 16 (Reuters) — Despite global treaties, children are being recruited as soldiers by governments in the Congo, Burundi and Liberia and child-soldering is prevalent among rebel groups in Colombia, the Philippines, Uganda and Sri Lanka, a new United Nations report said on Monday.

Jon won’t comment

By Kesara Abeywardena

The Island:Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo Jon Westborg yesterday refused to comment on the controversy surrounding the communication equipment to the Voice of Tigers radio station which had come in a diplomatic container to the Norwegian Embassy and which had later been handed over to the LTTE.

Refusing to accompany minister’s son to night club was right decision — John

By Norman Palihawadane

The Island: The officers who had left the security division of Fisheries Minister Mahinda Wijesekera had reported to the Headquarters of the Ministerial Security Division, its Head, SSP, Jayantha Jayasinghe said.

Police Lanka’s most corrupted institution - int’l survey

By Priyalal Sirisena

The Island: "The police was found to be the most corrupted institution of Sri Lanka in our survey" stated Mr. J. C. Weliamuna, the executive director of Transparency International Sri Lanka, at the inaugural press conference held at the BMICH yesterday.

Govt to go ahead with Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline project

Bangkok, Dec 17 (TNA) - The government will carry on the Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline project, as it is an obliged cooperation initiative between the two close neighbouring countries, according to Energy Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana.

Bangladesh: deaths in custody must be investigated - Amnesty International

Exactly two months after the start of the anti-crime operation "Clean Heart", the government of Bangladesh has failed to end the rising incidents of violence and deaths in army custody which have marked the operation. At least 32 people have died so far due to alleged torture by the army and there are reports of about ten more deaths in suspicious circumstances.

Leading researchers worldwide to gather in Bangkok next month

Bangkok, Dec 18 (TNA) – Many leading economists, researchers and academics will gather here to attend the 7th International Conference on Global Business & Economic Development during January 8-11 next year.