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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2648

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Myanmar, Columbia and Nepal - castigated for the rampant use of child soldiers.

Coalition to stop the use of Child soldiers identifies Myanmar, Nepal and Colombia for recruiting children in the armed forces. It alleges that Myanmar state army uses Children in the state army. According to the press release children are recruited in Myanmar forcibly and by threat.

LTTEs insistence on taxes boomerangs: Govt. businesses in north face closure

by Sumadhu Weerawarne

The Island: Government businesses in the north may face closure with LTTE’s continuing to insist on "taxes". The LTTE which in the first few months after the opening of the A-9 highway exempted government entities has subsequently extended taxes to government establishments.

LTTE should permit full check on child recruits — Presidential spokesman

The Island: President’s spokesman Harim Peiris yesterday said that there should be "unfettered access" to LTTE camps by the UNICEF or representatives from the office of Olara Otunu to look into the child recruits of the LTTE.

Defence ministry delayed following president orders — Presidential spokesman

By Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: President’s spokesman Harim Peiris yesterday accused the Defence Minister and the Defence Ministry for delaying and not adhering to orders from the President to act swiftly on ceasefire violations by the LTTE.

All communities should co-exist peacefully - Sri Lankan President

Colombo, Feb. 12: The Haj festival is being held at a time when Sri Lanka is facing the challenge of establishing peace and unity, President Chandrika Bandaranaike said yesterday.

Feb. 12 - Burma Union Day message by Shan Democratic Union

On this day, February 12th -- twenty-six years ago -- the Union of Burma or "Burma", as it is generally known nowadays, was born.

Two journalists freed from detention in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Feb. 12: A radio station manager and a newspaper editor jailed in connection with last month's anti-Thai riots in Phnom Penh were released on bail Tuesday.

Justice Anand appointed Chairman of NHRC

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 12: Justice A S Anand, a retired Chief Justice of India, has been appointed Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), official sources said today.

Pak continues to back groups against India in Kashmir: CIA

Washington, (PTI) Feb. 12: The US has said Islamabad was backing groups against India in Kashmir and expressed concern over al Qaeda finding refuge in the hinterlands of Pakistan.

Lufthansa says - Sorry, to Thai Buddhists

Bangkok, Feb 12 (TNA): Lufthansa Airline on Wednesday expressed its apology to Buddhists in Thailand for a picture published in its journal, which is considered against the Buddhism, according to a radio news report.

Akashi role becomes focus of Sri Lanka political rivalry

Colombo, Feb. 11 (Kyodo): Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's uneasy ties to her prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, broke into the open on Tuesday, with Kumaratunga publicly challenging newspaper reports on the role of Japan's peace envoy Yasushi Akashi in Wickremesinghe's government.

Senior General Than Shwe holds discussions with Thai PM Dr Thaksin Shinawatra

Yangon, Feb 10: Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Prime Minister of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe held discussions with Thai Prime Minister Dr Thaksin Shinawatra at Annawa Yeiktha, Thandwe, Rakhine State, at 9 am today.

Children should not be used in adult wars: 12 February Anniversary of the UN -Child Soldiers Treaty

On the eve of the anniversary of the entry into force of an international treaty banning child soldiers, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers warned that the problem of child soldiers, far from being solved, is still prevalent.

Indians among fourteen pilgrims killed in haj stampede

By Mehrdad Balali

Mena, Saudi Arabia (Reuters), Feb. 11: Fourteen people were trampled to death in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in seething crowds marking Eid al-Adha, the most accident-prone part of the annual haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Hindutva encompasses all sections of society: Vajpayee

New Delhi, (PTI) Feb. 11: In the midst of a debate after Gujarat, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said Hindutva was neither a religion nor a way of worship but encompassed all sections of society.

Nuclear programme of Iran is for weapons and not power: US

Washington, (PTI), Feb. 11: The US insists that Iran's pursuit of a complete nuclear fuel cycle - from mining uranium to processing spent fuel - is for nuclear weapons and not for power as it claims.

PM to pay official visit to China next week

Bangkok, Feb 12 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is scheduled to pay an official visit to the People’s Republic of China during February 18-20.

2,000 expected at peace march

By Pravit Rojanaphruk & Pennapa Hongthong

Bangkok, Feb. 12: The anti-war movement is gathering momentum in Bangkok, with 2,000 people expected to demonstrate in front of the US Embassy on Saturday in what promises to be the biggest protest of its kind in recent years.

Bin Laden tape proves Iraqi nexus with terror: US

Washington, Feb. 11 (Xinhuanet) The United States said an audiotape aired on Arab television network Al-Jazeera on Tuesday proved that Osama bin Laden's terror network finds "common cause" with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Cambodia: Freedom of Expression Under Attack

New York and London, Feb. 11 -- Human Rights Watch and
Amnesty International today expressed concern about the impact of the
arrests of two journalists in Cambodia on the country’s climate for free