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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

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Karen - Burmese Military Campaign - Karen could also be in an upbeat mood

On 23 January 2003, fighting broke out between the KNLA (Karen National Liberation Army), military wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), and the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) forces. Burmese troops under the command of the SPDC, fired mortar shells at KNU bases located near the Burma-Thailand border.

Drug Crisis: UN, govt turning blind eye to Wa : Kraisak lashes out over conspiracy to appese Rangoon

A leading senator yesterday accused the United Nations drug agency and the government of turning a blind eye to the illicit activities of the pro-Rangoon Wa army along the Thai border in an attempt to please the military government of Burma.

Moragoda orders anti-MoU cut-out, out

The Island: Economic Reforms Minister and peace negotiator Milinda Moragoda has told the SLMM to get the LTTE to remove a cut-out depicting one of its cadres with the slogan "The land of the heroes" at the entrance to Batticaloa town saying it was violation of the Government-LTTE MoU.

To prevent unlawful LTTE acts: President asks IGP to act immediately

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a communication to the Inspector General of Police T. E. Anandarajah has expressed concern over continued LTTE abduction of children.

EU Pressures Myanmar Over Human Rights, Democracy

Brussels, Belgium (Reuters), Jan. 28: - The European Union chided Myanmar Monday over its lack of democracy and poor human rights record and also urged the southeast Asian country to open up its economy to market reforms, diplomats said.

40 charred to death in bus-truck collision in Howrah district

Kolkata, India, (PTI), Jan. 28: At least 40 people were charred to death when a Kolkata bound luxury bus from Orissa collided head-on with a truck loaded with paint containers and caught fire after falling into a ditch on National Highway at Baliara in Howrah district, 40 km from here early this morning.

US magazine advice on mauling Gandhi outrages Indians

Washington, (PTI), Jan. 28: Indian community in US is outraged over the publication of an article degrading Mahatma Gandhi and carrying 21 sketches showing the father of the nation being kicked, choked and thrown.

SLMM clarifies position on changes

Daily Mirror: The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission said yesterday the Norwegian government had requested SLMM chief Trond Furuhovde to continue in office but he had after careful consideration decided to stick by his earlier decision to relinquish the post.

Bright prospect for Thailand ‘s first online library business

Bangkok, Jan 28 (TNA): The first-ever online library service of Thailand is receives good response from bookworms as the member soar after opened for only three months.

PM confident of policy on decisive drugs suppression

Bangkok, Jan 28 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday voiced confidence the government’s policy on decisive suppression of narcotics would produce a concrete result within three months as a result of full cooperation by many state agencies concerned.

Govt to act as public consumes 5m slimming tablets per year

Bangkok, Jan. 27, (TNA): The Food and Drug Administration yesterday warned the public to avoid unethical slimming clinics which over-prescribed medication, saying that the Thai public already consumed 5 million slimming tablets each year.

Milliyet: Turkish- American joint military plan concerning Iraq

The Turkish daily Milliyet said yesterday that the Presidium of the Turkish army staff and the American military officials have finalized joint plan concerning likely military operations against Iraq, and that the two sides reached an agreement concerning the passage of American units to Iraq through the Kahbour Border Gate and without deploying these units on the Turkish territories.

15 Political Prisoners Disappeared from Burmese Detention and Feared Killed - AAPP

In the last Nine months of 2002, 15 political prisoners disappeared from various prisons in Burma where they were being detained. At least seven, and possibly all 15 are feared killed after being removed from prison by military authorities.

Japanese Assistance to the North and East not to LTTE - SCOPP

Colombo, Jan. 27: Peace Secretariat in Colombo refutes allegations that Japanese provided assistance to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) through one of their institutions.

Burma-Wa Powwow, details sketchy.

Some 4-500 Wa are still facing off besieging Burmese troops in the area north of the former Kuomingtang stronghold in eastern Shan State, according to a report by local Lahu and Shan sources.

Asian Nations Must Adhere to Landmine Ban or Face More Mine Victims - Elizabeth Bernstein

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (Reuters): 27 January 2003 - At the opening of an Asia-wide meeting on landmines, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, called on Asian governments to adhere to the rapidly emerging international norm against the antipersonnel mine or else face the consequences of more mine victims for years to come.<

Sri Lanka President cracks whip on child soldiers

Colombo, (PTI) Jan. 27: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga today set a week's deadline for the country's police and military chiefs to crack down on the recruitment of child soldiers by Tamil Tiger rebels.

No credible evidenc to back child soldier claim

By Diplomatic Editor Thet Khaing

Myanmar has denied the allegations by the United Nations that its armed forces had forcibly recruited child soldiers. In a report to the UN Security Council last month, Secretary General Kofi Annan indicated Myanmar as one of the countries where "children are recruited and used as combatants".

Cabinet reshuffle shortly; Thakur, Rajnath may be included

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan 27: A reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers with some inductions and exclusions is likely shortly in which former ministers C P Thakur and Rajnath Singh may find a berth.

Appointment of A S Anand as NHRC chairman cleared

New Delhi (PTI), Jan. 27: Former Chief Justice of India Justice A S Anand will be the next chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) replacing Justice J S Verma