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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

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Cambodia reassures tourists

Phnom Penh, Jan. 31: — Cambodian minister of tourism Veng Sereivudh said Thursday he does not expect the anti-Thai rioting in Phnom Penh would affect the inflow of foreign tourists to Cambodia.

PM praised for decisive action in protecting Thais in Cambodia

Bangkok, Jan 31 (TNA): Many public figures have praised Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his government for the decisive action in coping with the precarious situation arisen from Wednesday’s arson attacks on the Royal Thai Embassy and business interests in Cambodia, and threats to Thai people's lives in the country.

Burmese Army: SHRF Report - cataloguing acts of Violence – an Elegy

Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF’s) in its January 2003 monthly report conscientiously catalogued the acts of violence unleashed by the armed forces, as well as the sufferings undergone by the people in the Shan ethnic state in Burma. It is a can of woe, a sort of an elegy over the catastrophes and a documentation of atrocities faced by innocent people in the area.

Sri Lanka makes Middle East evacuation plans in case of Iraq war

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 30: Sri Lanka said Thursday it was preparing to pull out thousands of its nationals from the Middle East in the event war breaks out in Iraq.

Visiting British minister says decommissioning LTTE suicide cadres a must

by Harischandra Gunaratne

The Island: British Foreign Office Minister Mike O’Brien on Wednesday said that decommissioning of LTTE fighting cadres, at least its suicide cadres was an important factor but declined to comment further in view of the ongoing peace process.

Karen President Saw Ba Thin Sein appeal to all Karens peoples to build unity.

Jan. 31: “The Karen people have all the characteristics of a nation, but today they have been reduced to the status of a minority or an ethnic group. This is because the Karen people are not fully united.” Saw Ba Thin Sein President of the Karen National Union (KNU) said

STF cordons off hideout of Veerappan.

Chennai, Jan. 31: Veerappan could be caught very soon, Tamil Nadu police chief R Rajagopalan, who is camping in the Sathyamangalam forest, told a TV channel.

Thailand and India to exchange information about international terrorists

Bangkok, Jan. 31:Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has said that his country would form a committee with India to exchange information about international terrorists.

Amnesty officials meet with Suu Kyi.

Yangon (Myanmar), (AP), Jan. 31: Two representatives of Amnesty International met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday in the first-ever official visit to Myanmar by the London-based human rights organization, diplomats said.

Shattered Ties: King calls for common sense

Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 31: His Majesty the King intervened yesterday to help quell an angry protest in Bangkok after relations between Thailand and Cambodia soured further following the Kingdom’s decision to down?grade diplomatic relations with Phnom Penh.

Lanka warns agnst premature peace euphoria; praises India

Colombo,(PTI), Jan. 30: Asserting that the Sri Lankan government had a "strong backing" from India in resolving its decades old ethnic conflict, Colombo today warned against "premature euphoria" over the Norwegian-led peace bid and said the 11-month-old truce with the LTTE was not enough to heal the bitter battle wounds.

Inside Burma: Two NLD members imprisoned after exparte hearing.

The Rangoon North District Court sentenced Ma San San Maw and Ma Aye Ye Htay, Youth Wing members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) of Hlaingthaya Township for two years imprisonment.

U.N. Spotlights Child Soldiers in Burma, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Colombia and other countries.

New York, January 30: Governments and armed groups using child soldiers are under new scrutiny by the U.N. Security Council and must take immediate action to end child recruitment, Human Rights Watch said today.

Al-Watan: Al-Quseini: War against Iraq will retard development in Saudi Arabia, neighboring states

Saudi Arabia's minister of planning Khaled al-Quseini expressed his fear that an American war against Iraq will affect the march and objective of the development process in his country and other countries of the region.

It is not correct to say I wanted only Law Ministry: Jana

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 30: Former Law Minister K Jana Krishnamurthy today said it was not correct to say that he insisted on retaining Law Ministry before resigning yesterday but he would not disclose the reasons why he did not accept Prime Minister's offer of some other portfolio.

What Vajpayee did when - Police opened the fire!

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 30: Taking a break from mundane politics, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today took a trip down memory lane recalling the days of journalism in the absence of Hindi news agencies.

Not marrying not a big deal, says Vajpayee

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 30: Albeit in a jocular vein, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said chronic bachelorhood was not something to be highlighted even as he expressed displeasure over being referred to as "India's Prime Minister" within the country.

Tigers to free child soldiers

Colombo, (PTI), Jan. 30: Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels today agreed to release conscripted child soldiers and sought human rights education for its own members, foreign truce monitors announced today.

UNICEF chief in Sri Lanka for talks on child soldiers

Colombo,(PTI), Jan. 30: The executive director of UNICEF, Carol Bellamy, today met around 1000 children affected by the island's decades-old ethnic conflict ahead of her talks with the LTTE on the issue of child soldiers, UN officials said.

Tamil Tiger Rebels to Tackle Child Recruitment

Colombo, (Reuters), Jan. 31: Tamil Tiger rebels, under fire for recruiting children, have suggested a way to clear up such complaints, truce monitors said on Thursday ahead of a rebel meeting with the head of the U.N. Children's Fund.