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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

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Thai military officer leads foreign monitoring team in Aceh

Bangkok, Dec 18 (TNA): A Thai military officer who was appointed to lead a foreign team being in charge of monitoring security in Aceh province of Indonesia in the post peace agreement period is scheduled to arrive in Aceh today.

Than Shwe given hearty send-off

Myanmar Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe left Dhaka for Yangon on Wednesday concluding a two-day visit to Bangladesh, which yielded broad agreements between the two countries for boosting economic cooperation.

Ties with Myanmar - Editorial - The Independent

The two-day visit to this country of the Myanmar Premier General Than Shwe marks a turning point in bilateral relations. The visit, at the invitation of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, comes at a time when the need to expand trade and strengthen ties between the two neighbours is being felt ever more keenly, and Myanmar is slowly ending its self-imposed isolation and, as claimed by its leader, is also making a transition to democracy.

One of these days you are going to get caught.

Compiled by V.Rajeny

Each Friday night I drove my wife to the train station so
she could go visit her sister who was ill. Ten minutes
later, MY sister arrived by train so that she could help
with the house and kids over the weekend while my wife were
gone. On Sundays this procedure worked in reverse with my
sister departing by train 10 minutes before my wife arrived.

Govt urged to keep close watch on forex volatility

Bangkok, Dec 19 (TNA) The government should keep a close watch on foreign exchange rate volatility because it is believed the United States would turn to adopt a weak dollar policy like Japan to solve the economic woes, according to a leading economist.

A minor earthquake rocked this northern Thailand

Chiang Mai, Dec 19 (TNA): A minor earthquake rocked this northern province of Chiang Mai last night, but there were no reports of damages or casualties, according to a T.V. news report.

India turns down invitation for Kilinochchi UNHCR meeting

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: India will not take part in an UNHCR-summoned meeting in Kilinochchi tomorrow (20) to discuss a range of issues relating to the proposed repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees in India on a voluntary basis, an Indian spokesperson said yesterday.

Govt. confirms newspaper reports that LTTE attempted to smuggle arms.

The Island: The government yesterday confirmed recent newspaper reports that the LTTE made an attempt last week to smuggle in a consignment of arms and ammunition to North-East Sri Lanka.

Dinakara sealed

The Island:On a directive of the PA leadership, party paper Dinakara, a weekly was sealed on Tuesday night, informed sources said. The sources said that a former minister who handled the media was present when the press was sealed obviously on a directive from the top.

$1b gas pipeline project proposed: Plan to link Myanmar with India via Bangladesh

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has accepted, in principle, a proposal for the construction of a Myanmar-Tripura- West Bengal gas pipeline through Bangladesh.

Yangoon agrees to reduce trade gap

Myanmar has agreed to extend Bangladesh all cooperation to reduce trade gap with Yangon and boost trade potentials under agreed minutes.

It is imperative that rights of all communities are fully upheld in any settlement - Jack Straw

"It is imperative that the rights of all communities are fully upheld in any settlement”, said British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in London Tuesday."

Total shutdown: Demands of modern life vie with moons rhythms in Sri Lanka

By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP): Every month, this entire island of 18.6 million people shuts down for the day. Offices, schools and cinemas are closed. Bars don't serve alcohol. Even cricket, the national passion, takes a break.

World Bank gives US$12.6 million to Sri Lanka to stop spread of AIDS

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP): The World Bank ( will provide US$12.6 million to Sri Lanka to fight the spread of the HIV virus and reduce the stigma attached with the disease, a bank statement said Wednesday.

Death toll increases to 16 in Sri Lankas firecracker store blaze

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP): Rescue workers pulled another six bodies from a four-story building in the Sri Lankan capital Wednesday, bringing the death toll from a blaze in a firecracker store to 16, hospital and police officials said.

Clear future for a united Lanka - Tyronne

Sri Lanka will be a role model to this part of the world by devolving powers within a united country ending a long ravaged war, Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said on Monday in Moratuwa.

Formal re-recording of National Anthem to be undertaken

A formal re-recording of the National Anthem, Sri Lanka Matha is to be undertaken with a view to review its dignity, in readiness for the 2003 Independence celebration. The chorus will be led by Pandit Dr. W. D. Amaradeva and Visharada Nanda Malini and with music provided by Rohana Weerasinghe. The concept is a proposal by Bandula Padmakumara, the Director Editorial, ANCL, the premier sponsor of the project with the support of the Ananda Samarakoon Foundation. This is the second Janasetha Project of Silumina.

Victory Day – A Joyous day of Celebrations for the Bangladesh residents in Thailand.

"To become a nation is a greatest achievement. Bangladesh successfully realized this achievement by its victory on 16 December 1971. That was the greatest single event that led to the subsequent emergence of Bangladesh and also for the birth a of new nation, said Yongyos Adireksarn in his address.

President hosts luncheon: Bilateral ties to grow further: Than Shwe

With a hope for deepening bilateral relations to reciprocate Bangladesh's goodwill, Myanmar Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe wished to turn Myanmar-Bangladesh border into one of peace, stability and prosperity.

Embassy cover for LTTE equipment ‘unwise’ — Nowegian scholar

By Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: A visiting Norwegian scholar on conflict resolution Johan Gultung told an audience on Tuesday that the Norwegian Embassy’s action of giving cover to the importation of telecommunication equipment to the LTTE radio station Voice of Tigers was "unwise". He said that it could become a "very hard voice".