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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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BMA provides safety as New Year present to Bangkokians

Bangkok, Dec 30 (TNA) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will provide safety in life and assets as a New Year present to Bangkokians in 2003, according to a senior BMA official.

Bangkok to open butterfly garden in mid-2003

Bangkok, Dec 31 (TNA) – Bangkok postpones the opening of the enclosed butterfly garden to mid 2003 due to the delay of the construction work.

Top team to tour HSZs

By Sunil Jayasiri

Daily Mirror: With President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the Government maintaining a firm stand on the High Security Zones(HSZs) issue, a senior Cabinet minister accompanied by the Defence Secretary will tour the Jaffna HSZs today.

High security issue at peace talks

Daily Mirror: Government has decided to include in the agenda of the fourth round of peace talks due to be held in Thailand, three special reports on recommendations on resettlement of displaced persons from high security zones in the North and East province.

Resettling IDPs within High Security Zones: SLMM asks LTTE to discuss govt’s proposal in detail

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island: The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), yesterday asked the LTTE to discuss in detail the government’s proposal on the High Security Zones, pointing out that it was an outcome of the last meeting of the Sub Committee on De-escalation and Normalisation (SDN).

CBK - advisers pow-wow on LTTE radio equipment

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday conferred with a team of presidential advisers, on issues of national security, including the government’s radio license to the LTTE, the military uses for the equipment imported and the methodology of it being cleared duty free by a third party.

Joint Indo-SL navy operations to stem flow of LTTE armaments

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: India and Sri Lanka last week agreed on enhanced co-operation between the two navies to step up naval surveillance operations as part of the strategy to prevent LTTE from bringing in more consignments of armaments, authoritative defence sources said on Sunday.

Scouts find the mud pool a cool spot in Chon Buri

By Jessada Salathong,

Chon Buri, Dec. 31: Discarding their uniforms and challenging the strong sunlight, Scouts in Chon Buri have found themselves a new home - in the mud.

Sri Lanka says rebels reluctance to disarm will not derail peace process

By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 30: - The government said Monday that the peace process will not be derailed by the reluctance of Tamil rebels to disarm until the army withdraws from parts of northern Sri Lanka.

Cult-linked group says first cloned baby goes home

By Jim Loney

Miami, (Reuters), Dec. 31: - The head of a company that says it has produced the first human clone said on Monday that the mother and baby were home following the child's birth last week and genetic proof demanded by scientists and other skeptics should be available in a week.

Non-conventional - threat averted Pakistan-India war

Karacchi (Reuters), Dec. 30: - Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said on Monday the threat of "non-conventional war" had helped prevent a conflict earlier this year with nuclear-armed neighbour India.

President endorses Jaffna Commander’s proposals

Colombo, (PRIU) Dec. 30: President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Saturday backed Jaffna Army Commander Major General Sarath Fonseka’s proposal to disarm LTTE cadres before agreeing to the removal of the Jaffna High Security Zones (HSZ).

Successful Myanmar - Thai Boarder committee meeting

According to reports emerging from the myanmar government side, Myanmar-Thai Border Committee Meeting was held successfully in Mawlamyin.

Kumaratunga holds talks with Army on de-escalation

Colombo, (AFP) December 30: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga cut short her holiday to meet top Army leaders to discuss a dispute with Tamil Tiger rebels over de-escalation.

S.Lanka president Accuses Norway over the transfer of Broadcasting Equipment to the LTTE

Colombo, Dec. 31: Sri Lankan President Slams Norway over its unsavory role in the Transfer of Radio equipment to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. She accused Norway on of breaking the island's laws because of its role in importing radio equipment for the rebel Tamil Tigers and hinted she could take action against the country's ambassador.