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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

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Sri Lanka Peace Process Stalls

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP), Jan. 28: Tamil Tiger rebels would refuse to lay down weapons as a condition for allowing the resettlement of ethnic Tamils displaced during Sri Lanka's 19-year civil war, a top rebel official was quoted as saying Tuesday.

Austin Fernando - Karuna pow-wow tomorrow: Many contentious issues on agenda

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The government will have an opportunity to raise a gamut of contentious issues with the LTTE tomorrow (30) when Defence Secretary Austin Fernando meets with eastern province LTTE military ‘commander’ S. Muralidharan alias ‘colonel’ Karuna at Vavunathivu in Batticaloa.

News website to be evicted from its offices

Reporters Without Borders said today (27 Jan.)it was appalled at plans to evict Malaysia's Internet news website from its premises just days after police raided them, apparently for publishing criticism of the government, and warned that it threatened once again the country's chief source of independent news.

LTTE rejects Nambiar report

Colombo, Jan. 29: The Tamil Tigers have rejected former Deputy Indian Army Chief Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar's preliminary report on the controversial civilian resettlement within the High Security Zones (HSZs) in the Jaffna peninsula, saying they fiercely oppose any proposal requiring the de-commissioning of LTTE weapons.

Bush Says Saddam Continues to decieve the world.

Washington, Jan. 28: In his annual state of the union address, US President George W Bush has said America has a responsibility to isolate what he calls outlawed countries with weapons of mass destruction. Bush also alleged that Iraq is continuing to deceive the world about its weapons programme.

BIOTEC uses GM technology to develop ornamental plants

Bangkok, Jan 29 (TNA): – The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) is using the genetically modified (GM) technology as a scientific method to grow ornamental plants and herbs.

Where is our soldier, Army asks

Thailand, Jan 29: The army asked Burma yesterday to locate a Thai sergeant who went missing on Burmese soil about four years ago, an informed source said yesterday.

SPDC : TheTerror Regime

Khur Tai Korn Khaw

First, if there is any organization fitted to be labeled "terrorist", it is the Burmese military junta, the SPDC. Consider this facts: according to UNCHR there are nearly half a million internally displaced persons (IDP) within Shan, Karen, Karenni, Mon and Arakan States, due to the four-cuts policy of the SPDC. The military junta's earth-scorch tactics and terrorizing the populace have directly contributed to this horrible plight and displacement; it is not their own making.

EU supports forest management in Thailand

Bangkok, Jan 29 (TNA): - The European Union (EU) has offered a grant of Bt80 million to support forest management projects in Thailand.

Tamil Nadu govt denies reports of farmers eating - rat meat.

Chennai, (PTI), Jan. 29: Tamil Nadu government today denied reports that some farmers in the state had to resort to eating 'rat meat' owing to extreme poverty

Sri Lanka and Tigers to discuss Federalism during Berlin round

Colombo, (PTI), Jan 29: Sri Lanka's peace negotiators will discuss the structure of a federal state that will form the basis of a final settlement to the island nation's ethnic conflict when they meet in Berlin, the government's chief negotiator said today.

LTTE remove anti-MoU cut out on Moragoda’s order

The Island: Economic Reforms Minister and peace negotiator Milinda Moragoda ordered 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.

British Minister Mike O’Brien due tomorrow

The Island:British Foreign Office Minister Mike O’Brien will arrive in Colombo tomorrow (29) for a two-day visit.

China: Tibetan Executed, Others Await Trial

New York, Jan. 28: China's execution of one Tibetan and the
suspended death sentence upheld on appeal of another raise serious
concerns about due process, particularly in politically sensitive cases,
Human Rights Watch said today.

IAEA chief: no evidence of revived Iraqi nuclear arms program

The UN said: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has so far found no evidence that Iraq has revived the nuclear weapons program it had eliminated in the 1990s, the head of the UN agency told the Security Council yesterday, while stressing that more time was needed for a conclusive assessment.

India Frowns on Japanese Role in Sri Lanka

By Champika Liyanaarachchi - OneWorld South Asia

Colombo, Jan 28 (OWSA): - Japan, the top donor to 55 Asian countries, is said to be disturbed by neighboring India's disapproval of its wide-ranging peace promotion initiative in Sri Lanka.

No starvation deaths in Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, (PTI), Jan. 28: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today denied reports of starvation deaths in the state.

Exercise restraint, war no solution to Iraq crisis: Vajpayee

Ahmedabad, (PTI), Jan. 28: With America preparing for a possible war with Iraq, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today urged the US to exercise restraint asserting that war was not a solution to the Iraqi crisis.

Speak the truth and you die, says Burmese commander to Shan people

As tongues start wagging following surprise invitation by Rangoon to Amnesty International, the UK-based human rights organization, reports have arrived that people in southern Shan State were already warned of the expected visit and instructed to "cooperate with the Army" or risk being punished fatally.

A new "tie" between Wa and Rangoon

Bangkok, Jan. 29: 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.