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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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BOTwants to see sustained economic growth next year

Bangkok, Dec 25 (TNA): Bank of Thailand’s Governor M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula yesterday reiterated the central bank would try to closely monitor the country’s economic condition to ensure its sustained growth next year.

Thailand is safe during New Year festival

Bangkok, Dec 24 (TNA): – Thailand is a safe haven for New Year revelers worldwide, according to Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh.

On the fall of the Christmas, sadness prevail as 21 Palestinian houses demolished by Israeli attack.

Palestine, Dec. 25: The Palestinian Youth Muhammad Fikri Breek ( 14 year old) was shot dead and another one was wounded by the shells of the Israeli tanks to the North of Gaza yesterday, while the Israeli forces demolished some 21 houses during a break in operations by tanks in Rafah camp.

Monitoring team from Thailand in Banda Aceh

Banda Aceh, Dec 2 (TNA): Some 18 Thai officers
arrived here Tuesday to join in the monitoring team of the Henry Dunant Center (HDC) to monitor the implementation of the Aceh peace accord, according to a news report of Antara News Agency.

You damn Yankees never do read the Bible!

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

In a small Southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left. At a "Quick Stop" on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets.

Pope urges peace in Christmas eve mass

Vatican City(AP): Pope John Paul II celebrated Christmas Eve Mass early Wednesday against the backdrop of a possible war against Iraq — a war to which the Vatican is voicing increasing opposition.

Tamil Nadu Government should contain their fishermen within the Indian Territorial waters.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Tamil Nadu fishermen should stop straying into the Sri Lankan territorial waters. The Indian High Commission in Colombo should consider advising the Tamil Nadu state Government to request the fishermen not to stray into the Sri Lankan territorial waters. The Tamil Nadu Government, up to now, has failed in its duty to contain its fishermen from straying into the territorial waters of Sri Lanka.

Prayer in bethlehem: send more tourists

Bethlehem (West Bank): The baby Jesus figurines are stacking up on a table at a workshop here, unsold and not even completely carved. Why bother? asked William Khano, who has been carving biblical figures from olive wood for 35 of his 47 years. There are few tourists to buy them anyway.

President’s children return home

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s children — Yashodhara and Vimukthi — returned home for Christmas holidays, an aide to the President said.

Govt-controlled Kalmunai cleared of LTTE Boards — John

by Norman Palihawadana

The Island: All Mediation Boards operated by the LTTE in state controlled areas in Kalmunai have been dismantled, Interior Minister John Amaratunga said yesterday.

Jayalath wants Maheswaran disciplined

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: Rehabilitation Minister Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena has urged the UNP leadership to discipline Hindu Affairs Minister T. Maheswaran for ridiculing him in parliament early this month.

Opp. renews call for parliamentary committee on MoU

The Island: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent admission that there were flaws in the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement has prompted the opposition to renew a call to set up a parliamentary committee with a mandate to assess its implementation.

Preventing LTTE from smuggling in arms: Top Indo-Lanka naval talks this week

The Island:High level Indo-Lanka naval talks on a range of issues, particularly enhanced co-operation between the two navies as a part of the strategy to prevent the LTTE from bringing in fresh consignments of armaments will take place in India this week, defence sources said.

Myanmar court rejects appeal by former dictator relatives

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Dec. 24: Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentences handed down by a court against relatives of the late former dictator Ne Win for attempting to overthrow the government, officials and lawyers said.

Myanmar opposition accuses authorities of further interference

Yangon, Myanmar (AP) Dec 23-24: - Military authorities in northwestern Myanmar allowed thousands to gather for a visit by democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the weekend — but according to her party, wouldn't let the crowd hear her speak.

China: Release of Xu Wenli Not Enough - Human Rights watch.

The December 24 release of Chinese democracy advocate Xu Wenli is welcome, but many thousands still remain unjustly imprisoned in China, Human Rights Watch said today. Xu Wenli, who spent a total of 16 years in Chinese prisons, was sentenced most recently in December 1998 to a 13-year term for his association with the China Democracy Party (CDP).

Cambodia: Excessive Force Used Against Environmental Advocates: Highlights Government Crackdown.

New York, Dec. 24: -- Cambodian police used excessive force
against peaceful environmental advocates in Phnom Penh earlier this
month, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed graveconcern about an apparent government campaign of harassment,
intimidation, and threat of legal action against forestry reform
advocates in Phnom Penh and Cambodia's provinces.<