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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 84

Monthly archive

Govt urged to closely monitor possible Mid-East war and deflation

Bangkok, Jan 2 (TNA):– The government must closely monitor a possible war in Middle East and deflation this year to prepare itself for the unfavorable situation, which could unavoidably affect the economy, according to Thai Farmers Research Center.

Nepal massacre a grand design: G P Koirala

Kathmandu, Jan 2: Former prime minister of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala has threatened to expose what he said was a 'grand design' behind the 2001 massacre which left 10 members of the royal family dead, a report said Thursday.

Naga leaders to meet Vajpayee, Advani on Jan nine

New Delhi, (PTI) , Jan. 03: Leaders of the major Naga insurgent group NSCN(I-M) will meet Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani here on January nine for crucial peace talks to resolve the Naga issue.

Cabinet approves plan to repay US$4.8 billion debt to IMF

Bangkok, Jan 3 (TNA): The cabinet on Thursday approved a plan to repay the pending debt of US$4.8 billion Thailand has owed to the Internaional Monetary Fund (IMF) by mid 2003, according to a T.V. news report.

LTTE bought freedom to 36 rouge Indian fishermen

Jaffna, Jan. 03: Rouge Indian fishermen poaching in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka, especially in the Gulf of Mannar Sea has gradually emerged as one of the contentious issues that might affect bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka’s big neighbor India in the future.

Jeweler says photos show FBI seeking wrong terrorist

(AP) Jan. 03: A Pakistani jeweler said Wednesday his picture is among those of five suspects who the FBI says may have entered the United States on falsified passports -- even though has never been to the United States.

Indian expedition to Antarctica launched

Panaji,(PTI), Jan 02: The 22nd Indian expedition to the icy continent of Antarctica, formally launched today, would concentrate on research on a number of scientific themes.

LTTE must disarm for resettlement: Balagalle

by Cyril Wimalasurendra

The Island: Army Commander Lt. Gen. Lionel Balagalle yesterday stressed that civilians could not be allowed to resettle in High Security Zones (HSZs) unless the LTTE lays down heavy weapons to prove that they were no longer a threat.

Tigers pursue plans to expand VOT to mark death anniversary

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: Amidst a simmering dispute over Norway helping the LTTE to acquire radio equipment to boost its clandestine Voice of Tigers (VOT) broadcasts, the LTTE is going ahead with its plans to expand broadcasts to areas outside the north-east, security and political sources said.

Jaffna security in jeopardy: MEP

By Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena criticising the government’s peace process yesterday said peace is the wish of all in the new year but it should not be "peace made at the point of a gun to appease the LTTE."

Sri Lankas rebels to start upgraded radio broadcast Jan.16, may reach Tamils in India

By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, (AP), Jan.02: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers will start their upgraded radio broadcast services from Jan. 16, reaching a wider area with more programs, sources close to the rebels said Thursday.

Sri Lanka to release 36 Indian fishermen allegedly detained with Tamil rebel help

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo,Jan. 02: Authorities on Thursday were set to release 36 Indian fishermen, allegedly detained with the help of Tamil rebels, officials and Tamil sources said.

DMK would reject Hindutva: Karunanidhi

Chennai, (Stify News) Jan. 02: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi on Thursday indicated that his party would reject the Hindutva ideology outright if it went against the ideals of his party.

Scouts hit a high orbit in science city

By Jessada Salathong

Bangkok, Jan. 03: Making rockets, digging up dinosaur fossils and decoding DNA are activities you're not likely to see happening all in the same place, but then this is a Scout Jamboree.

Manned spacecraft planned for this year - official

Jan. 02:China expects to launch its first manned spacecraft in the second half of this year, a senior aerospace official said Wednesday.

Mubarak calls for settling the Iraqi issue according to UN resolutions

Cairo, Jan 02:President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has renewed his country's total rejection to any military act against Iraq or undermining its unity and territorial integrity. He warned that any attack against Iraq will inflect losses on the region as a whole.

Thai officers join in monitoring team in Aceh

Banda Aceh, Jan. 3 (TNA): A group of Thai officers taking part in a foreign monitoring team in Aceh is now prepared for the assigned mission, according to a news report of Antara News Agency.