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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Bangkok governor spurns human rights committee

Bangkok, Feb. 4, (TNA): The maverick Bangkok governor today brushed aside a request by the National Human Rights Committee to give an explanation over the way he had dealt with demonstrators against Pak Mul dam, describing the committee as ‘interfering’.

India should join peace process: Sri Lanka veteran

By P. Jayaram, Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS): A top Sri Lankan opposition leader Wednesday urged India to give up its hands off policy towards Sri Lanka and get "actively involved" in the Norwegian brokered peace process which he fears may soon "go to pieces".

Some Tamil Children Rushing Marriage

Kalkudah, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 05: -- In this village of coconut groves and modest brick-and-clay homes, parents are rushing to marry off their children.

Thai Human Rights Commissioner on Burmese political activists.

By – K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Feb. 05: The Government is not interested in allowing Thailand to be used as base against Burma. The Army has insisted that it will not tolerate any foreign political activist to use of Thailand as a base for their political activities. Jaran Ditapichai explained this.

Pay for colonial Britain sins, Indian tells Blair

London(IANS), Feb. 05): An 81-year-old Indian expatriate who was a freedom fighter is taking Prime Minister Tony Blair to court for failing to apologise for British colonisation of India.

War on Drugs: Drug-runner killed and drugs Captured by Shan State Army

On 4th February 2003, at 08:20 hr, a clash broke out when Shan State Army (SSA) troops met with some drug runners at Ho Nam Toh; about 40 minutes walk from the SPDC's camp at San Su, opposite of Fang, Chiang Mai Province. SSA troops captured 1-drug runner, but dead and 280,000 tablets of amphetamine. Two other runners escaped, probably wounded.

President calls for transparent, democratic approach

by Kesara Abeywardene

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga while congratulating the Prime Minister and his team for positive results achieved, recommended a "deep study of the causes for the setbacks and failures" encountered in the past one year in her Independence Day address to the nation yesterday.

Demand to Decommission LTTE Weapons Gathers Steam in Sri Lanka

Champika Liyanaarachchi - OneWorld South Asia

Colombo, Feb 4 (OWSA): With a rise in human rights violations against certain political and ethnic groups by Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the demand for decommissioning their weapons is gaining momentum here.<

Mahesh Bhatt refuses to meet Bush

A Mid Day Correspondent

New Delhi, Feb. 05: Noted film director Mahesh Bhatt has refused an invitation to attend the 51st National Prayer Breakfast meeting with US President George Bush in Washington on Thursday.

Khaplang olive branch to Muivah tribe

By Samir K. Purkayastha

NSCN-K Council headquarters (somewhere in the jungles of Myanmar), Feb. 4: In a move reflecting his eagerness to end fratricidal clashes, insurgent leader S. S. Khaplang berated a section of his men for claiming that the Tangkhuls were not Nagas.

Writing Hindi or Tamil on mobile phones

By Frederick Noronha, Indo-Asian News Service

Bangalore, Feb 5 (IANS): Indian languages are too complex to make it to the computer keyboard or make the most of cell phone power, right?

Pongal Celebration of All Myanmar Tamil (Hindu) Foundation held

Yangon, Feb. 3: Organized by All Myanmar Tamil (Hindu) Foundation held in commemoration of Pongal Celebration at Inya Lake Hotel yesterday.

Senior General Than Shwe sends felicitations to President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Yangon, Feb. 4: On the occasion of the Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka which falls on 4 February 2003, Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council and Prime Minister of the Union of Myanmar, has sent messages of felicitations to Her Excellency Madame Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and to His Excellency, Honourable Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Karens on the 56th Anniversary of KNU Day

February 5: Today is the 56th Anniversary Day of the founding of the Karen National Union (KNU).

Black flags in the Jaffna as Sri Lanka president calls for a new start for war-battered nation.

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 04: - For the first time in 20 years, Sri Lanka marked its independence day Tuesday without the specter of civil war.

Ceremony at Independence Square marks national unity

By Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: The 55th Independence anniversary was celebrated in a dignified ceremony that marked national unity and harmony at the Independence Square yesterday graced by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other dignitaries.

Chief suspect in Katunayake bomb blast to be indicted

by Chitra Weerarathne

The Island: The Attorney General will shortly indict, P. Nirmala Ranjan (Sea Tiger), the chief suspect of the Katunayake airbase bomb blast, in July 2001.

Phnom Penh Riots: Normal ties must wait

Supalak Kanjanakundee & Marisa Chimprabha

Bangkok, Feb. 05: Thailand will "to some degree" accept Cambodia's apology and explanation for last week's anti-Thai riots but it will take time to restore bilateral relations as the rampage, which destroyed the Thai embassy and scores of Thai-owned businesses, has badly hurt Thai people's feelings, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday.

Phnom Penh provides temporary office for Thai envoys

Bangkok, Feb 5 (TNA): The Cambodian government has provided a temporary office for Thai envoys, and has asked that the Thai government send the country's charge d'affaires to Phnom Penh soon, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.