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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 830

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Sri Lanka rebels, government say peace momentum is - irreversible

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Berlin, (AP), Feb. 08: - After making progress on human rights, Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebel negotiators wrapped up a round of peace talks Saturday with fresh commitments on resolving the country's political future and said the momentum toward peace was now unstoppable.

No request from Tigers to leave trawler, say monitors on board: Defence, SLMM differ over explosion

by Namini Wijedasa

The Island: The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) yesterday disputed an official defence ministry claim that LTTE cadres on board the fishing trawler which exploded on Friday had first requested SLMM members to jump overboard before setting it on fire.

Govt expands political links with LTTE

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The government has expanded political links with the LTTE as the ongoing Oslo-led talks enter a crucial stage, political sources said.

Illegal Entry: Thai woman, infant freed from Burmese prison after 8 months

A Thai woman and her 14-month-old child have been freed after serving eight months in a Burmese prison on charges of illegal entry, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Roundup: Myanmar strengthens ties with ASEAN

Yangon, Feb. 09 (Xinhuanet, by Duan Tingchang ): To expand diplomatic space and attract more foreign investment from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Myanmar joined the ASEAN on July 23, 1997, thus becoming the ninth member of the regional grouping.

Thai prime minister to discuss drug trade with Myanmar leaders

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Feb. 09: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived on a two-day official visit to Myanmar Sunday and was expected to ask the ruling military junta to help stem the deluge of illegal drugs from Myanmar into neighboring Thailand.

For Cambodians, Angkor is heart and soul of nation

By Ed Cropley

Angkpr Wat, Cambodia (Reuters), Feb. 09: It's on the national flag, bank notes, beer cans, passport stamps, police badges, cigarette packets and newspaper mastheads.

Bush, Blair to give 48 hrs to Saddam to leave Iraq

London,(PTI), Feb. 09: Britain and America plan to give Saddam Hussein just 48 hours to flee Baghdad or face war, if UN weapons inspectors report this week that the Iraqi dictator is still refusing to disarm fully, The Sunday Telegraph reported Sunday.

Four Hindus killed in Pakistan

Islamabad,(PTI), Feb. 09: Four Hindus were killed by unidentified gunmen in a liquor shop in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta.

Navy searches for weapons

Naval authorities yesterday (Feb. 08) used divers to investigate the wreck of the blown up LTTE trawler. A high ranking officer of the Sri Lanka Navy who spoke in confidence to The Sunday Leader Saturday said the Navy was in the process of conducting diving operations in the waters off Iranaitivu. The entire exercise has been initiated he said, to locate further evidence and ascertain if the LTTE trawler was carrying more weapons than those originally seen by international monitors

LTTE earns Rs. 2 bn in taxes annually

The LTTE's tax revenue could be as high as Rs. 2.34 billion per year according to a recent study.

Shan National day jointly observed

The day leaders of the former Shan States - today's Shan State - rose up in defiance against their British masters in 1947 was being collectively celebrated by representatives from armed groups that had yet to conclude agreements with Rangoon.

Vajpayee accuses Pakistan of breaking promise

New Delhi (Reuters), Feb. 08: - Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee accused Pakistan on Saturday of failing to live up to promises to crack down on "cross-border terrorism" and said Islamabad did not seem to want better bilateral relations.

India, Russia agree to design, develop MTA at USD 250 million

Bangalore, (PTI), Feb. 08: India and Russia today agreed to jointly design and develop a multi-role transport aircraft (MTA) at an estimated project cost of USD 250 million.

It has been a challenging stint in India: Jilani

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 08: "I have no regrets. It has been a very challenging three-and-a-half years stint in India," expelled Pakistani Charge d'Affaires Jalil Abbas Jilani said today.

Thai PM admits to reshuffle

Bangkok, Feb. 08, (TNA): The government was thrown into confusion today by the prime minister’s apparently unilateral decision to reshuffle four or five Cabinet ministers belonging to his Thai Rak Thai Party, a move which the party’s chief advisor claimed no knowledge of.

Govt orders crackdown on Karen refugees

Mae Hong Son, Feb. 08, (TNA): – The government yesterday ordered Mae Hong Son officials to expel Karen refugees who were crossing the border in increasing numbers, claiming that there was no fighting currently taking place in the border regions and accusing the refugees of creating a host of problems for Thailand.

Thai-Burma relation: Border Shan temple reopening heralds passing of the abbot.

The recent reopening of a Shan monastery that straddles the disputed Thai-Burma boundary was superseded by the decease of its well-respected monk on 3 February.

Sidelines: Go West, young man, and stop the drugs

By - Sopon Onkgara

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra flies off today for informal negotiations with top Burmese junta leaders at their northern snow-covered mountain resort. High on the agenda are narcotics problems, but the visitor will also seek to discuss illegal Burmese workers entering Thailand.

Cabinet Moves: Somkid removed from finance post

By - Piyanart Srivalo

Bangkok, Feb. 09: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday raised eyebrows in and outside his government with a dramatic Cabinet reshuffle that cost Somkid Jatusripitak his job as finance minister and saw several other ministers - including Justice Minister Purachai Piumsombum - moved around.


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