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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

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Catastrophe In The Sky: Shuttle disaster - Columbia breaks up over Texas

Florida, Feb. 01: Almost exactly 17 years to the day after the Challenger explosion, the space shuttle Columbia, with seven astronauts aboard, broke up upon descent this morning over central Texas, just minutes before a scheduled landing at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

Announcement of new appointments and retirements in the Union of Myanmar.

Yangon Feb 01: Khin Nyunt, General Secretary-1, of the State Peace and Development (SPDC) has signed the Declaration No 1/2003, dated 15th Waning of Pyatho, 1364 ME - 1 February 2003, of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Mayanmar, assigning Lt-Gen Soe Win as Secretary-2 of the State Peace and Development Council.

Ominous hostage threat by LTTE

By Frederica Jansz in Batticaloa

The Sunday Island: Chairman, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Batticaloa, Heikki Hulkkonen said last week that the LTTE has told the SLMM, for every child that escapes its baby brigades, it will take hostage another member of that family.

Plight of Trinco Sinhalese upsets MEP leader

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

The Sunday Leader:The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) delegation which visited Trincomalee on January 29 on a fact finding mission on the plight of the Sinhalese people in the area has found issues that need to be addressed urgently.

Batticaloa Sinhalese oppose LTTE regime

The Sunday Leader: The Sinhalese living in Batticaloa have categorically said that they will not accept any form of governance under the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Tigers using Vietnam model of negotiations will give armed forces a ‘send off’ — V. Balakumaran

The Island: With the talks, the Tigers have achieved international recognition. Everyone is competing to help them and those who earlier banned them are now considering de-proscription.

Island Capers: Realpolitik in presidential nod?

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s acid comment about Ms. Rosy Senanayake’s assignment as high commissioner to Malaysia — she told the foreign ministry that made the nomination that such appointments further undermine professionalism in the foreign service — has raised some quizzical eyebrows.

Thai Govt to burn huge lots of narcotics

Bangkok, Feb 1 (TNA): The government will burn over six tonnes of seized drugs this month, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has vowed to lead the nation in decisively cracking down narcotics.

Burmese junta keeps an eye closed, as forceful Wa relocation continues with their blessings.

By K.T.Rajasingham

The forceful relocation program of the entire Wa population from their hereditary homeland near the China border to the Southern Shan state torturously continues up to date. It is alleged that Burmese military junta authorized this massive relocation program of moving out forcefully 126, 000 men, women and children over a distance of 400 kilometers to Eastern Shan state located south to the Thai – Burma border.<

India, Thailand call for concerted international action against terror

Bangkok, (PTI), Feb. 01: Carrying forward their fight against terrorism, India and Thailand today called for concerted international action to deal with the scourge and decided to institutionalise bilateral security cooperation while seeking to expedite conclusion of extradition treaty between the two countries.

Mystery plane over Chennai

Chennai/New Delhi, Feb. 1: A top official of Chennai airport today confirmed that an "unidentified aircraft", said to be a US Air Force Boeing 707, breached Indian airspace about 170 nautical miles east of the city airport yesterday.

LTTE threat letter to Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

By G.S. Radhakrishna

Hyderabad, Feb. 1: Chandrababu Naidu has become the country's first chief minister to receive a warning letter from LTTE boss V. Prabhakaran condemning his government's anti-people policies and the hostile attitude towards Tamils in the border areas of Chittoor and Nellore.

Head of Iraqi national monitoring department says Blix report not professional

The Iraqi News agency INA said "Iraq's head of national monitoring department major-gen. Hussam Mohammed Amin announced that the report submitted by chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to the UN security council on Monday was not professional and unobjective for it did not unveil us and British claims on existence of weapons of mass destruction."

Israeli astronaut brought joy to a troubled country

Jerusalem, Feb. 01: Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, gave a troubled country something to cheer about when he blasted off January 16 on the space shuttle Columbia. The apparent disaster just before landing Saturday brought back a familiar sense of dread.

Kalpana: From Karnal to Canaveral

New Delhi, Feb. 01: As the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated in course of its landing over Texas in the United States, it brought to a sad end the promising career of Kalpana Chawla, a small town girl who with her "big dreams" and indomitable spirit brought glory to the country.

Hun Sen to blame for violence, says Rainsy

Bangkok, Feb. 02: The anti-Thai rioting in Phnom Penh this week was organised by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen to divert attention from local problems, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said in Singapore yesterday.

Hijack thwarted on internal China flight - Xinhua

Beijing, (Reuters), Feb. 02: An unemployed Chinese man tried to hijack a plane during an internal flight on Sunday but was subdued, the official Xinhua news agency reported.