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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

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Clone evaluator suspends work, says claim may be hoax

The science journalist who organized a team to evaluate claims of the birth of the first human clone has suspended his review and now says the announcement by Clonaid, a company tied to an unconventional religious sect, could be “part of an elaborate hoax.”

Sri Lanka Says Peace Talks on Track Despite Dispute

By Scott McDonald - Reuters

Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, (Reuters), Jan. 08: - Sri Lanka's peace negotiators brushed aside a dispute over disarming on Wednesday and firmed up a timetable for rebuilding war-hit areas of the island, picking the World Bank (news - web sites) to run a fund to pay for it.

Sri Lanka's president says Tamil rebels should disband suicide squad

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 8: — President Chandrika Kumaratunga called on Tamil rebels engaged in peace talks with Sri Lanka's government to disband their so-called "Black Tigers" suicide squad to show sincerity.

Norway delays envoys departure from Sri Lanka

By Scott McDonald

Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, Jan. 7: — Norway said its ambassador to Sri Lanka would delay his departure from Colombo till April, allowing him to attend more rounds of peace talks despite fierce criticism from opponents of the peace bid

Sino-Burman Ties: Neighbours agree to deepen co-operation

Bejing, Jan. 08: President Jiang Zemin and Myanmar's leader Than Shwe Tuesday agreed to deepen bilateral economic co-operation.

Tigers pull out of key talks panel

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Nakom Pathom, Jan. 08: Peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) yesterday reached an impasse on the resettlement of internally displaced persons, with the Tigers pulling out of a key subcommittee.

BOT sees no need to intervene in baht movement

Bangkok, Jan 8 (TNA): Bank of Thailand’s Governor M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula yesterday reiterated the central bank saw no need to intervene in the baht movement for now, saying the local currency remained stable.

Muslims in demo against LTTE at Valaichchenai

By Norman Palihawadana

The Island: A massive demonstration by Muslims around Ottamavadi in the Valaichchenai police division against the LTTE had commenced yesterday.

Over one-hour suspension of sittings to further discuss controversial bills

By Kesara Abeywardena and Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Island: Parliament sittings were suspended for more than one hour yesterday morning on a request by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa that the labour reforms bills to be debated be further scrutinised and a party leaders’ meeting be summoned for this purpose.

Sri Lanka police awaiting deportation of Vicknanathan

The Island: The Sri Lankan Police were yesterday awaiting the determination of the British Home Office on the expected deportation of Velauthan Vicknana-than, an LTTE member who has completed a court sentence for wounding a security officer by shooting during a cricket match organised by the LTTE in London in 1999.

Sri Lanka Talks OK Resettling Families

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (AP), Jan 7: - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday agreed to work to resettle families displaced by the 19-year ethnic war, but sidestepped the contentious issues of disarming the guerrillas and troop withdrawals.

India (Jammu/Kashmir): Impunity for Special Operations Group unacceptable

Amnesty International is disturbed by recent press reports that the government of Jammu and Kashmir is to break the promise made in its recently published Common Minimum Program to investigate all reported cases of custodial killings and violations of human rights and to identify and punish appropriately those found responsible.

Women and the municipal elections in Qatar

It was officially announced in Qatar yesterday that one woman has nominated herself for the second municipal elections which are presumed to be held in Qatar in March, against 6 women who nominated themselves for the elections in 1999 and no one of them was elected.

Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing leave for PRC on State Visit

Yangon, 6 Jan: At the invitation of President of the People's Republic of China Mr Jiang Zemin, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar and Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing left here by special flight at 8 am today to pay a State Visit to Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

Dalai for bilateral talks for Tibet autonomy

Patna, India, (PTI), Jan. 08: The spiritual head of Buddhists, the Dalai Lama has said he favoures bilateral talks with China for grant of autonomy to Tibet under the constitution of the people's republic of China.