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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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You cannot tell the difference between a blessing and the Last Rites

One afternoon he noticed a strange sight. Just before the
first race, a Priest visited one of the horses in the stable
area and gave it a blessing. Bernie watched the horse race
very carefully, and, sure enough, the blessed horse came in

Lanka fears Iraq war, raises fuel prices

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 13:: Amid fears of a US-led war in Iraq, Sri Lanka today increased fuel prices by nearly six per cent, citing a sharp rise in crude oil prices in the international market.

PM to attend NAM summit

b> Bangkok, Feb 13 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will attend the upcoming summit of the Non Alignment Movement (NAM), to be held in Malaysia later this month, according to Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai.

Sihanouk slams apology

King Norodom Sihanouk has condemned an apology from the Cambodian ambassador in the United States to his Thai counterpart for the anti-Thai riots in Phnom Penh, calling it "an unpardonable act of treason".

Shan leader pours cold water on Thaksin offer

Shan State Army leader Colonel Yawd Serk yesterday dismissed recent reports that the Burmese military government had given a green light to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to push for a dialogue between the junta and rebel armies, saying the generals in Rangoon were not sincere.

S.Lankan govt, Tamil rebels make progress on human rights issues

Colombo, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet): The Sri Lankan government and the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels have made significant progress on human rights issues, the chief government peace negotiator said Thursday.

50 days have passed, soldier still LTTE captive

The Island: Sri Lanka Army soldier H. S. Nimal Kumara who was taken into LTTE custody in December last year still remains in LTTE captivity due to the failure of the Sri Lanka government to secure his release.

Army jeopardising peace talks - LTTE

The Island: The LTTE condemned the attack on unarmed female cadres in Manipay on Wednesday by soldiers and warned that such incidents would "seriously jeopardize" the Norwegian peace process, TamilNet quoted the London based Tamil Guardian. Earlier the LTTE blamed the Navy for last Friday’s incident off Delft where three cadres committed suicide.

Myanmar Promises Fair Trial for Arrested Activists

Yangon (Reuters), Feb. 14: Myanmar's military government on Friday promised a fair trial for opposition activists arrested on charges of plotting to blow up a prison and a railway station.

Lawmaker Says Burma Must Stop Brutality Against Minorities

Washington, Feb. 13: Joseph Pitts, Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania decried Burma's campaign of genocide in the floor of House of Representative on 12 February

Thailand hosts APEC customs conference

Chiang Mai, Feb. 14 (TNA): Thailand is hosting an APEC conference on customs practices in this northern resort province of Chiang Mai, aimed to promote cooperation and joint activities of customs departments of the 21-member grouping, according to TNA reporter.

Rebel pressure halts reopening of Jaffna library

By Lindsay Beck

Colombo (Reuters), Feb. 13: Pressure from Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels has forced authorities to postpone the reopening of the Jaffna Library, a cultural icon for the country's Tamils, lawmakers said on Thursday.

Burmese General is given a discourse on Democracy by Dr Sein Win, Prime Minister of NCGUB.

Washington, Feb. 13: Prime Minister Dr Sein Win of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) flays the Burmese junta for its covert attempt to link them with weapons, violence and terrorist camps.

SSA Leader, Sao Yawd Serk: On the mediatory role proposed by Thai Prime Minister

Chiang Mai, Feb. 13: According to a news item that appeared in a Bangkok based newspaper, it said that, "Rangoon has agreed to let Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to help and persuade its ethnic rebels to come to the negotiating table". Although it was a perfect and brilliant offer of the Prime Minister, the result wholly depends on the sincerity of the Burmese Generals, in which only time can decide.

Iraq: Prepare for Humanitarian Crisis

New York, February 13, Iraqi civilians could face tremendous
hardship if war disrupts their access to food and water or forces them
to join hundreds of thousands of people already displaced from their
homes, Human Rights Watch said today.

Bahraini activists head for Iraq in a solidarity trip

A Bahraini activist has announced that 100 Bahraini activists will head for Iraq on the dock of a ship on February 17 in a one- week solidarity trip to Iraq.

Hope of Cassino in Pattya city effectively dashed

Thailand, Feb. 13: – As reported by the Bangkok Post: “The prime minister yesterday effectively dashed Pattaya resort city's hope of running the country's first legal casino, when he said he did not want Thais to be addicted to gambling.

Water ice on Mars poles, but not a drop to drink

By Deborah Zab

Mars' north and south poles are loaded with frozen water trapped under a crust of "dry ice" -- frozen carbon dioxide -- but this is not necessarily good news for any earthly visitor looking for a drink, scientists reported on Thursday.

Second Indian woman chosen for NASA space mission

Ahmedabad, (PTI), Feb. 13: Space missions have something "Indian" about them, once again.

Advani plans to pen analysis of Indian politics

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 13: A voracious reader and a political pamphleteer during the Emergency, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani plans to pen an analysis of political developments in the country since independence but is unable to pursue it for want of time.