Skip to Content

Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

Monthly archive

Al-Jalabi: the military operation against Iraq will start very soon

The leader of the opposition Iraqi national Congress, Ahmad al-Jalabi, has expressed his conviction that the American military operation against Iraq will start shortly but is not known when it will end. He called on the Iraqi President to abide by International law.

Bangkok to host grand fashion show on New Year countdown celebration

Bangkok, Dec 24 (TNA): – The government and the private sector will jointly organize a grand fashion show on the New Year's eve to promote Bangkok as a regional fashion hub.

The Night Before Christmas

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring, except for my mouse.
No kids lived with me, so I thought I would chatter.
There'd be no damn reindeer, and so stupid clatter.

Cabinet approves privatisation of bus companies despite President’s objections

Colombo, Dec.23: Cabinet on Wednesday approved the privatisation of six cluster bus companies despite objections by the President for lack of transparency. The President has received a number of complaints in this regard.

Govt. to make full statement on transmitter to LTTE

by Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: The government will make a "comprehensive" statement within the coming week regarding the controversial issue concerning radio transmitting equipment handed over to the LTTE through the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo, cabinet spokesman Minister G. L. Peiris said yesterday.

Army turns down LTTE request to withdraw Batticaloa brigade hqrs.

by Divaina Corr. Sirimevan Kasturiaratchchi

The Island:The Army has refused a request by the LTTE to withdraw the Batticaloa Brigade Headquarters and the high security zone surrounding it.

President expects to be briefed on top US visitor’s intentions

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga expects to be briefed on any decision the government may take regarding the expectation of visiting US Commerce Department Assistant Secretary William H.Lash for Sri Lankan support to refuel warships and other facilities if the US declares war on Iraq.

Marudamunai LTTE leader apologises to police

by Norman Palihawadana

The Island: Marudamunai LTTE leader "Bava" has apologised to police for conducting an LTTE court in a state-controlled area in Kalmune, Internal Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said

Alien workers miseries, injuries and conflicts.

Surat Thani, Dec. 24: Radio Free Asia recently contacted some Burmese workers employed at a fish processing plant in Surat Thani which is south of Bangkok and was given the following details about the death of one Moe Ko Oo. He was a youth aged 21. Native of Myanaung island, Arakan state.

Pro-democracy activists under threat of arrest and deportation

Bangkok, Dec. 23: Burmese and ethnic minority pro-democracy activists taking refuge in Thailand are being threatened with arrest and deportation to military-ruled Burma. The Thai Army's Ninth Division has ordered all pro-democracy activists in Sangkhla Buri to leave Thailand immediately despite evidence that the activists are likely to face persecution if forced back into Burma.

Sri Lankas Women Rebels Abandon Bullets for Bicycles

Geeta Sharma - OneWorld South Asia

Batticaloa, Dec 23 (OWSA): In the Tamil dominated Batticaloa district in the south Asian island of Sri Lanka, aggressive women rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have embarked on an image makeover - morphing into docile champions of development.

Japan to write off Myanmar debts

By Atsushi Yamada, The Asahi Shimbun

Bangkok: Japan will write off 150 billion yen in loans to Myanmar (Burma), but sone fear it may be opening itself up to international criticism for doing so.

Oil price hike expected early next year

Bangkok, Dec 23 (TNA): Oil prices in the world market are expected to fluctuate and jump to higher levels early next year due to the fear of renewed war between the United States and Iraq, according to a senior oil executive.

North and northeast of Thailand getting colder till New Year

Bangkok, Dec. 23 (TNA): Temperature in the northern and the northeastern part of the country will become steeply low during the festive season as the Meteorological Department warned Thais to be prepared for a cold winter.

U.S. Ratifies Treaty Banning Child Combatants

New York, Dec. 23: Ratifying the treaty banning child
combatants will enable the United States to exert real leadership in
ending the use of child soldiers around the world, Human Rights Watch
said today.

Santa And KSC Landing Team Set For Possible Christmas Eve Contingency

Kennedy Space Center, Fla, Dec, 23: .As children in Central Florida and around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, Santa and NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) landing convoy team are rumored to have conducted secret exercises to address any possible contingencies that might arise during Santa's annual space flight.