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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

Monthly archive

Thailand has potential to become heart of Asia, says MOF

Bangkok, Jan 24 (TNA): Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak yesterday expressed confidence Thailand had a potential to become the heart of Asia given its geological advantage, saying the government would attempt to develop the country into the trade hub of ASEAN first.

Lankan peace talks scaled down to 2 days

Colombo: (AFP), Jan. 23: Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway on Thursday announced that the next round of talks would be scaled down to two days while the venue was being shifted from Thailand to Europe.

When Daddy goes out you can try and get pregnant.

Compiled by - V.Rajeny

My husband and I had been trying to have a third child for
a while. Unfortunately, the day I was to take a home pregnancy
test, he was called out of town on business. I had told our
young daughters about the test, and they were excited. We
decided if it was positive, we would buy a baby outfit to
surprise their father when he got home.

UNICEF focuses on war-hit children in Sri Lanka

Colombo, (Reuters), Jan. 24: - Sri Lanka plays host next week to the head of the U.N. Children's Fund as Tamil Tiger rebels are dogged by allegations of child recruitment.

DSR to provide security for foreign dignitaries

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: Under a plan to revamp Sri Lanka’s VIP security apparatus, the government has established a Diplomatic Security Range (DSR) to take charge of security of all embassies and visiting foreign dignitaries while amalgamating the Prime Ministerial Security Division (PMSD) with the Ministerial Security Division (MSD). It will be known as the Special Protection Range (SPR). But the Presidential Security Division (PSD) would not be subjected to a security review.

Norway appoints new head for Sri Lanka cease-fire monitors

Oslo, Norway, (AP), Jan. 23: Norway announced the appointment of a new head of international monitors keeping track of a cease-fire in Sri Lanka between the government and Tamil rebels Thursday.

Japan envoy upbeat about Sri Lanka peace process

Japan's envoy in charge of issues concerning Sri Lanka ended a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, praising the ongoing efforts to end Asia's longest-running civil war.

Poppy survey in the Shan State, in March

THE joint teams of the government and the United Nations will conduct a survey on opium poppy cultivation in Shan State in March, a senior police official said.<

Britain criticizes Myanmars treatment of Suu Kyi

London, (AP), Jan. 23: A British official talked with opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar on Thursday, and criticized the country's military government for limiting her freedom to operate freely.

Myanmar villagers flee after government attack on ethnic rebels

Ya Phaw, Thailand, (AP), Jan. 23: - About 400 villagers in neighboring Myanmar fled into Thailand on Thursday to escape fighting between government troops and ethnic Karen guerrillas, witnesses said.

Thailand agrees with other ASEAN members to jointly counter terrorism

Bangkok, Jan 23 (TNA): - Thailand and other member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to assist each other in case of any terrorist attack, according to a news report of Antara News Agency.

Myanmar to host 2004 Fourth World Buddhist Summit in accord with Theravada traditions

Yangon,Jan. 22: - Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council General Khin Nyunt took part in the discussions to host the Fourth World Buddhist Summit in Myanmar at International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University here this afternoon.

Child Slaves Abandoned Silk Industry in India: Burns, Beatings and 12 Hour Days for Bonded Children

London, Jan. 23: he Indian government is failing to protect
the rights of hundreds of thousands of children who toil as virtual
slaves in the country’s silk industry, Human Rights Watch said in a new
report released today.<

WHO, NEPC agreement on health recovery programmes

The Island: An agreement to collaborate in the implementation of a World Bank funded North East health system recovery programme was signed between the North East Provincial Council (NEPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) last week at the Chief Secretary’s Office in Trincomalee. The agreement was signed by S. Rangarajah, Chief Secretary representing the NEPC and by Dr. Kan Tun, WHO Representative in Sri Lanka in the presence of senior officials of the NEPC and the WHO.

CBK mum on Japanese role in peace process

by Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: President’s spokesman Harim Peiris on Wednesday declined to comment on the expanded involvement of the Japanese Government in the peace process while it was reported that the Indian Government had objected to such an involvement by the Japanese. "At this moment I will not deal with the matter," he said.

Tiger child abductions boomerang: Mother refuses to live unless LTTE releases son

The Island: A mother of a fifteen-year old son from Batticaloa has threatened to commit suicide by setting herself ablaze unless her LTTE abducted son is released, the army website reported.

NSCN-IM leaders to return for further talks

By Rezaul H. Laskar, Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, Jan 24, (IANS): Leaders of Nagaland's dominant rebel group are likely to return to India after a month to continue a dialogue to resolve the 53-year-old Naga separatist problem, government sources said.

Sri Lanka government adds seven ministers despite presidents protests

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 24: The Sri Lankan government swore seven ministers into newly created positions Friday despite opposition from the country's president, officials said.

Human Rights Commission investigates cases of people missing in northern Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 24: Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission on Friday started interviewing families of people who went missing after government troops took over major parts of the Jaffna Peninsula from Tamil Tiger rebels in 1995.

Journalists discuss new world order and human security at Journalist Fourm in SEA

Bangkok, Jan 24 (TNA): The Mass Communication Organization of Thailand (MCOT) and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation of Japan jointly host a regional journalist forum, in which journalists from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan discuss the role of media concerning new world order and human security.


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