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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2524

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Afghanistan: Seven German Soldiers Killed In Crash

Kabul, 21 Dec., (RFE/RL): Seven German soldiers serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan were killed today when their helicopter crashed near Kabul.

Gold in Heaven: You brought pavement

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.

JVP wants CBK to end Oslo’s role

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The JVP is taking advantage of Norwegian Ambassador Jon Westborg’s direct involvement in the recent transfer of radio equipment to the LTTE to seek presidential intervention to terminate Oslo’s role in the peace process, political sources said.

Another hunger strike by detained Tamil youth

The Island:Over 78 Tamil youth, both from the plantations and the north-east, detained for long periods with no court proceedings filed against them for 7 or 8 years will begin a death fast this week demanding immediate unconditional release, a CWC spokesman said yesterday.

Bangkok-Gaya inaugural flight diverted

Kolkata, Dec 21: The inaugural Indian Airlines IC-730 Bangkok-Gaya-Kolkata flight was diverted to Kolkata due to delayed takeoff from the Thailand capital today.

Cloned Babies Arriving Soon?

New York, (AP): -- The race to produce the first birth of a human clone is nearing the finish line -- if you believe the public pronouncements.

Myanmar: Trade ties Expanded with China

The bilateral trade between China and Myanmar has kept growing this year, and China has become the third largest trade partner of Myanmar, after Singapore and Thailand, according to the statistics of Myanmar.

Powerful satellite equipment for LTTE in VOT cargo

Sunday Times:Amid the raging controversy over broadcasting equipment the LTTE has acquired duty free through the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo, another serious irregularity has now surfaced.

Westborg leaves for Oslo

Sunday Times:Norwegian Ambassador Jon Westborg left for Oslo yesterday for urgent consultation in the face of the breaking scandal on the import of radio equipment for the LTTE by the Norwegian embassy in Colombo as diplomatic cargo.

Interview with Lankadeepa: President refutes anti-peace charges

By Gunasinghe Herath

Sunday Times: President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has declared that she was doubtful about the motives of the LTTE and as the head of the State she was only pointing out the deficiencies of the current peace process.

Call for “Independent” Muslim representation

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

Sunday Leader: The eastern based Muslim politicians are demanding the inclusion of “distinct and independent” Muslim representation at the next round of peace talks if the government intends retaining Ports Development Minister Rauf Hakeem as a permanent member of the government peace negotiating team.

Govt. - LTTE to discuss HSZ issue

The Sunday Leader:Elaborate plans are being made by both the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to find out how best the High Security Zone (HSZ) could be used for human settlement without causing harm or fear to the civilians, government sources said.

Burmese opposition groups to brace critical period shortly.

Bangkok Dec. 22: The Democratic forces that are outside Burma and are in Sanglaburi, in Thailand are bracing for a harder time in the near future. All those offices of Burmese various organizations are asked to shut down and the persons connected with such office to leave forthwith.

Government should build confidence in financial sector – Ajith Cabraal

Colombo, (PRIU) Dec. 20:What the Government should do now is step-in to manage carefully the steps in building confidence in the overall financial sector,” Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Management Consultant and the former Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) told the PRIU today. Cabraal’s comments were in response to the Central Bank announcement regarding the liquidation of Pramuka Savings & Development Bank Ltd (PSDB).

PM:Govt to do the best in 2003

Bangkok, Dec 22 (TNA): – The government will continue to perform its best in the year 2003, no matter whatever external factors will be, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Ne Win relatives continue to languish in Insein jail, as courts keep them waiting

Yangon, Dec.21: The fate of four relatives of former Burmese strongman Ne Win, who were sentenced to death for plotting a coup, continues to hang in the balance with their patriarch.

First meeting of Malaysian-Thai Interior officials to be held in Phuket

Bangkok, Dec 20 (TNA): Thailand will host the first meeting of senior officials of the Malaysian and Thai Interior Ministries in Phuket, according to Interior Minister Wanmuhamadnoor Matha.