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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2492

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Take Ceasefire Responsibilities Seriously

The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, in its latest media release, has appealed to both the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to take the ceasefire responsibilities seriously.

Sri Lanka will seek more Indian help in air force training, spokesman says

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 12: - Sri Lanka may ask neighboring India for more help in training air force personnel during this week's visit by the head of the Indian air force, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

Malwatte Prelate meets Japanese peace envoy

By J.A.L. Jayasinghe - Daily Mirror

The Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte Chapter yesterday requested the special Japanese Peace envoy Yasushi Akashi not to earmark Japanese assistance for any particular part of the country.

Jaffna Library: A burning issue

By S.S.Selvanayagam - Daily Mirror

Tension mounts in the Jaffna town as the Mayor of Jaffna vows to go ahead with the scheduled opening of the re-constructed Jaffna public library tomorrow (Friday) amidst protests from a consortium of public organizations.

Sri Lankan SEP replies to a right-wing supporter of the LTTE

In the following exchange, the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka replies to an email from a supporter of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) defending the organisation’s involvement in the peace negotiations with the Colombo government. The email was sent in response to an article by K. Ratnayake, a member of the World Socialist Web Site editorial board, on the LTTE’s call for the SEP supporters to be “wiped out” on the northern island of Kayts.

Terror alerts in Washington and London

London (Reuters), Feb. 13: - The United States and Britain are on their guard against attacks by al Qaeda, with anti-aircraft missiles and fighter jets on high alert in the U.S. capital and troops patrolling London's main airport.

India may have 25 m AIDS cases by 2010: CIA

Washington, (PTI) Feb. 12: India is fast approaching dangerous levels of HIV infection with up to 25 million HIV-positive cases — more than any other country in the world — projected for the year 2010, US Central intelligence Agency (CIA) has said. India and China are expected to see a vast increase in their HIV-positive population, George Tenet, CIA director said.

Concerned at arrests in Myanmar, Annan says dialogue is key to reconciliation

UN News Centre, Feb. 12: – Voicing concern at the arrests by the Myanmar authorities of 12 members of opposition parties, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated his strong belief that national reconciliation should begin with a constructive dialogue between the Myanmar authorities and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

MOC:Cambodia to compensate damages of Thai firms

Bangkok, Feb. 13 (TNA): - The Cambodian government has pledged to take full responsibility for damages of Thai private businesses in Phnom Penh, according to Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik.

Muslim Pilgrims Start Trek Home as Haj Winds Down

Mena, Saudi Arabia (Reuters), Feb. 13: Muslim worshippers began leaving holy Islamic sites in Saudi Arabia Thursday, the fifth and final day of the haj pilgrimage which was overshadowed this year by a looming U.S.-led war on Iraq.

Japanese peace envoy arrives in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Feb. 13: Yasushi Akashi, Japan's representative in charge of issues concerning Sri Lanka, arrived here Wednesday for a three-day visit packed with meetings and discussions revolving around the island's efforts to end almost two decades of war

Infosys Mentor of India to Advise Sri Lankan Govt on IT Policies

Mumbai, (PTI), Feb 12: Asia Pulse - Narayana Murthy, the chief mentor of Bangalore-based Infosys Technologies, has been roped in by neighbouring Sri Lanka to advise the island country's government on IT related policies and increasing IT penetration.

U.S. slams LTTE over arms smuggling

Colombo (Reuters), Feb. 13: The United States said on Wednesday a recent attempt by Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels to smuggle weapons was highly destabilising and could cast doubt on their desire for peace.

Thais say make love not war

Bangkok, February 12, (TNA): The anti-war stance of ordinary Thais was shown into sharp relief today by the publication of a poll showing that nearly half the population of Bangkok believes that the US does not have sufficient reason to attack Iraq and 65 percent saying that war goes against religious teachings.

Makha Bucha Day celebrated in Bangkok

Bangkok, Feb 12 (TNA): The governmental and private sectors will co-host an event to mark the Makha Bucha Day at Sanam Luang in front of the Grand Palace.

Drugs Crackdown: PM rejects call for rights monitors

Bangkok, Feb. 13: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday dismissed the suggestion that foreign human-rights groups investigate alleged extra-judiciary killings by police, who are hard pressed to produce results in the ongoing crackdown on narcotics.

Thaksin seeks sweeter sugar

Bangkok, (Bloomberg) Feb. 13:Thailand, the world's second-largest sugar exporter, plans to seek cooperation from Brazil and other top sugar producers to boost the sweetener's price, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said.

Myanmar marks 56th Union Day with calls for unity, democracy

Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 12: Myanmar's ruling junta urged ethnic unity and warned against "destructive elements" while the opposition renewed calls for democracy at ceremonies Wednesday marking the country's 56th Union Day anniversary.

Myanmar urges national unity at 56th Union Day ceremony

Yangon, Myanmar: Myanmar's military government on Wednesday called for unity among ethnic minorities and warned against "destructive elements" at a ceremony marking the country's 56th Union Day anniversary.

Junta chief calls for patriotism, unity in Myanmar

Yangon, Feb. 12: The leader of Myanmar's junta called Wednesday for "unity and patriotism," to mark the country's 56th Union Day in Yangon.