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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Myanmar Arrests 12 Activists

Yangon (Reuters), Feb. 10: - Myanmar's military government said on Monday it arrested 12 opposition activists for plotting to create unrest in a further sign of deteriorating relations between the ruling generals and the pro-democracy movement.

Failure to address Muslim grievances will justify another struggle for freedom - Hakeem

M. A. Kaleel, Kalmunai Corr.

The Island: "We should approach peace talks cautiously and with trust. If we play our cards well, we will win our rights. If the peace talks failed to address the North-East Muslims’ grievances, then it would justify another struggle for freedom with the support of the international community," observed Minister Rauf Hakeem inaugurating a two day workshop on "Trends of peace talks and the role of the Muslim Congress" at the auditorium of Addalaichenai National College of Education last week.

18-hour wait was tragic — CBK

The Island: The President issuing a statement in the aftermath of the blowing up of the LTTE vessel carrying arms said that the outcome would not have been so tragic had there not been an 18-hour wait.

Shan politician detained

The No. 2 man of Burma's second largest party was recently summoned and held by Rangoon's military intelligence authorities, said sources from northern and eastern Shan State this morning.

PM says Rangoon eager to cooperate

Bangkok, Feb. 10: Burma’s ruling junta is eager to cooperate with Thailand on all matters, especially combating drugs, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday before leaving on an informal 24hour visit to the country

Reshuffle aims to improve peformance efficiency, says PM

Bangkok, Feb 10 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday reasoned the latest minor cabinet reshuffle was made for the sake of the government’s better performance efficiency.
Speaking before departure for Myanmar in his unofficial two-day visit, he said as a head of the management team, he must be confident of the performance success. To achieve that, he needed to have a good teamwork.

US pulls out diplomats from countries surrounding Iraq: Report

London, (PTI) Feb. 09: Amid possibility of a US-led attack against Baghdad, America has pulled out all but its most senior diplomats from countries surrounding Iraq, according to a media report.

NSCN (I-M) intimidating voters, alleges Jamir

Kohima, (PTI), Feb. 09: Nagaland Chief Minister S C Jamir today accused Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (I-M) of intimidating voters in certain areas as electioneering for the February 26 state assembly polls gathered steam amidst fear of violence in some parts.

Scientists gene-engineer first human stem cells

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Corre

Washington,(Reuters), Feb. 10: Scientists said on Sunday they had, for the first time genetically manipulated human stem cells -- a first step towards making the body's so-called master cells into a useful tool.

Wet Paint – did the magic.

Compiled by - V. Rajeny

When I worked for the security department of a large retail
store, my duties included responding to fire and burglar
alarms. A side door of the building was wired with a
security alarm, because it was not supposed to be used by

Visit of Amnesty International to Myanmar – A Brief Observation.

By - K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Feb. 10: Amnesty International has urged the Myanmar’s ruling junta to release those political prisoners, totaling somewhere between 1200 to 1300, who are at present languishing in various prisons in Myanmar. The human rights organization has characterized many of them, “as prisoners of conscience.” When elaborating on the term - prisoners of conscience, Amnesty International described “ - that is people imprisoned solely for their peaceful political or religious beliefs – who have not used or advocated for the use of violence.”

Sri Lanka appoints task force for Gulf war evacuation

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 10: Sri Lanka today appointed a high-powered task force to evacuate 170,000 of its nationals employed in Kuwait if war breaks out in neighbouring Iraq.

CRA asks Karnataka to release 4,500 cusecs of water to TN

New Delhi,(PTI) Feb. 10: The Cauvery River Authority (CRA) today directed Karnataka to release 4,500 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu per day for three more days.

Myanmar-Thailand agree to cooperate closely in key areas

Bangkok, Feb 10 (TNA): Myanmar and Thailand have agreed to cooperate closely in three key areas, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Expelled Indian, Pakistani diplomats drive home

By Myra MacDonald and David Brunnstrom

New Delhi / Islamabad (Reuters), Feb. 10: Top diplomats from India and Pakistan drove home across the subcontinent on Monday after tit-for-tat expulsions that further soured tense relations between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Amnesty International on its first Myanmar Visit.

Bangkok, Feb. 10: The two Amnesty International delegates, who visited Myanmar for the first time, on their return from Yangon, held a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, to report about their visit. The press conference was held this morning, at Amari Boulevard Hotel located in Bangkok.

Thai charge d affaires leaves for Phnom Penh

Bangkok, Feb 10 (TNA): - Thai charge d' affaires to Cambodia Kosit Chatpaiboon left for Phnom Penh this morning, as a Thai team is still surveying damages of the Thai Embassy and other Thai interests in the Cambodian capital following arson attacks against the Thai assets late last month, according to radio news reports.