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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Diary of a Reporter : On the prowl

By Frances Bulathsinghala

Paris: At first sight, the restaurant run by one Subramanium in the La Chappelle area of Paris (where most Tamil firms are located) seems like any other eatery.

Thai PM to visit Myanmar

Bangkok, Feb. 03, (TNA): In a move that is likely to anger campaigners for human rights in Myanmar, the prime minister today announced that he would pay an official visit to Rangoon on February 9 to discuss drugs, immigrant labour and tourism.

Congress issues candidates' list for Nagaland assembly polls

Kohima, (PTI), Feb. 03: The ruling Congress in Nagaland on Monday announced names of its candidates for the ensuing assembly elections in the state slated for February 26.

Sri Lankan opposition leader to meet Indian leaders

By P. Jayaram - Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) Mahinda Rajapakse, leader of the opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament, is here at the invitation of the Indian government to discuss the pace of peace talks in his country that is worrying New Delhi.

Address the Burmese issue jointly and collectively for a speedy resolution – Yongyos Adireksarn.

By - K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Feb. 03: Thousands of Burmese remaining as refugees in Thailand causes pain of mind and grief and this tragic situation continues in Thailand for the last so many years without any perceivable solution, to bring an end to this human tragedy. Human beings when they flee their country to safeguard their ‘right to life,’ unfortunately it has turned into a distress call, which has to be addressed collectively by the international community urgently for a remedy, said Yongyos Adireksarn

Controversy over LTTE leader getting office in Eastern Campus

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: Controversy surrounds a decision of the eastern university to furnish a senior LTTE leader with an office room in the university.

SU call for Central Bank bomb victims

The Island: The Sihala Urumaya calls on those affected by the LTTE attack on the Central Bank on January 31st 1996, to set up an organisation to seek justice for the loss caused to them. Former Central Bank Governor and SU President Dr. Neville Karunathilake will be governor of the organisation.

Destroyed Tamil library raised from ashes.

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, (AP), Sri Lanka, Feb. 02: - In a bid to win back the confidence of Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority, the government has renovated the public library in war-torn city of Jaffna, nearly 22 years after it was burned down by anti-Tamil mobs.

Sri Lankan govt says it is not time for disarming Tamil rebels

COLOMBO, Jan. 30 (Xinhuanet): A Sri Lankan government minister said Thursday that time has not arrived yet to call for disarming of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels who have waged a bloody ethnic war in the country.

4 suspects shot dead on day 1 of drug war

Bangkok, Feb. 03: Four drug suspects were shot dead, 264 others taken into custody and 727,742 methamphetamine tablets seized on Saturday - the first day of the government's war on narcotics, police said yesterday.

Ministry prepared to refinance foreign debts

Bangkok, Feb 3, (TNA): The Ministry of Finance is preparing to refinance USD2.546 billion in foreign borrowings in order to reduce interest payments, the director of the Public Debt Office announced yesterday.

MFA:Thai team to survey damages in Phnom Penh

Bangkok, Feb 2 (TNA): A team of Thai delegates to survey damages of the Thai Embassy and other Thai interests in Phnom Penh will leave for the Cambodian capital this week, as the Cambodian government has requested that its foreign minister be granted an audience with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, according to Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai.

US Army Chief arrives on a two day visit to India

New Delhi, (PTI)< Feb. 02: US Army Chief General Eric K Shinseki today arrived here on a two-day visit during which he will be extensively briefed about continuing

India to raise Israeli Trained four Battalions of Counter-Insurgency Special Force.

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 02: With Islamabad showing no signs of relenting on infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir, the Government has given a go ahead to raising of four more battalions of Special Forces, who would be trained in Israel for specialised counter insurgency strikes.

Kumaratunga asks LTTE to stop recruiting child soldiers

Colombo, (PTI) , Feb. 03: Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said her cohabitation government had fulfilled its peace promises, but LTTE rebels were not co-operating and recruited child soldiers.