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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

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17 December Washington File: State Department Condemns Burma Militarys Use of Rape as Weapon

The United States is appalled by reports the Burmese military uses
rape as a weapon against civilians in the ethnic regions of that
country, according to the State Department's Bureau of Democracy,
Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).

Major General Trond Furuhovde, the SLMM Head, should Shut his Mouth.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Whilst the fourth round of the peace negotiation between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are around the corner in Thailand, Major General Trond Furuhovde, the Head of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission should consider to shut his mouth, instead of his political punditry statements.

Mega dam project for Shan State

By Win Kyaw Oo

A Thai company has reached agreement with the Myanmar government to build a massive hydro-electric dam on the Than Lwin River in southern Shan State.

FPO raises economic growth estimate to 5%

Bangkok, Dec 27 (TNA): The Fiscal Policy Office has raised its economic growth estimate this year to 5% from 4.8% since the local consumption and export continued to increase in the fourth quarter.
Visut Srisuphan, director-general of the office, said the upward revision of the growth projection was also attributed by the improved external economic condition and the gradual increase in production to accommodate the rising demand both locally and overseas.

Dawn of long awaited Peace seems nearer now - Archbishop of Colombo

Colombo, Dec. 26:We, Christians celebrate Christmas this year at a very significant moment of our country's history. The dawn of the long awaited peace seems nearer now than ever before. Especially within the past two decades we have been yearning and praying for the gift of peace, but it has been eluding us until now. The Peace Talks that have been initiated and the temporary cessation of hostilities have given us a new hope. All men of goodwill are hopeful as they witness signs in the horizon.

Thaksin reassures continued host facilities for peace talks

The Island: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand said he was greatly pleased with the progress made in the Sri Lanka Peace Talks and assured continued host facilities in the Kingdom for this ground-breaking peace effort in a fellow Buddhist country.

Firewood collectors collected by LTTE, released on Rs. 40,000 ransom

By Norman Palihawadana

The Island: Three persons collecting firewood in a Valaichchenai jungle were abducted and released on the payment of a forty-thousand-rupee ransom by the LTTE, police sources said.

8 relieved of SLMC posts

The Island: A meeting of the High Command of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress held on Wednesday presided over by the SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem, removed the following persons from the posts they held on the charges of causing dissension in the party and thereby causing harm to the good repute of the party, placing the party in a critical position and misguiding party members and the public.

Wives plead with SLMM for release of hubbies from LTTE custody

The Island: A group of wives have appealed to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to secure the release of their husbands from LTTE custody.

Sri Lankas Tamil Tiger rebels reject call to put down arms

By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, (AP), Dec. 26: - Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday rejected a call by Sri Lanka's military to disarm, saying the issue was "nonnegotiable" at this stage.

Nepal: Victims of alleged human rights abuses under pressure

Amnesty International is extremely concerned for the safety of victims of human rights abuses who are being further persecuted by the military in Nepal.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: CIA tempts Iraqis to split

London, Dec. 26: In its yesterday's issue, the London- based al-Hayat daily said that the US CIA made contacts in June this year in New York with three senior Iraqi weapons experts including Lt. Gen. Amer al-Saadi, the advisor for the Iraqi President in an attempt to convince them to split from Baghdad.

MCOT’s New Year celebration proves Thailand as a world tourist attraction

Bangkok, Dec 26 (TNA): A grand New Year celebration, to be organized by the Mass Communication Organization of Thailand (MCOT), and other 12 public and private agencies, will prove to the world that Thailand is a favourable tourist attraction, according to a T.V. news report.

S.Lanka says shipped radio equipment to rebels

Colombo, (Reuters) Dec. 27 — Sri Lanka said on Friday it had issued a broadcasting license and transmission equipment to Tamil Tiger rebels in a transfer intended to strengthen a peace process to end nearly two decades of war.