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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

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Asian countries discuss protection of the Bay of Bengal

Bangkok, Feb 19 (AFP): Eight Asian countries are meeting in Thailand to discuss the protection of the threatened resources of the Bay of Bengal which feeds millions of people, the UN's food agency said Tuesday.

Declaration regarding restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi travel, detention and arrests in Burma

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union concerning restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi's freedom to travel and the continuing politically inspired detentions and arrests in Burma.

World Bank assists demining efforts in northeastern Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 19: - The World Bank ( news - web sites) has agreed to provide US$500,000 (47.5 million rupees) to clear land mines in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northeast, the finance ministry said Wednesday.

Warrant sought for Laotian ruby man

Bangkok, Feb. 20: Officers from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) are seeking a warrant to arrest a Laotian gem broker for allegedly forging and using forged documents in a bid to swindle the "Chaiyo ruby" from its owner, police said yesterday.

The Mystery Of The Ruby

Bangkok, Feb. 20: The 21.8kilogram gem, worth as much as $500 million, has become the centre of an international dispute involving an exdiplomat from Laos, a Singaporebased company and a Thai police general amid allegations of fraud and reports that it has disappeared from a vault in the Siam Commercial Bank’s headquarters. Here are the main players’ accounts of their roles in the controversy.

Scientists challenge view sex fuels Africa AIDS crisis

By Patricia Reaney

London (Reuters), Feb. 20: - Africa's AIDS epidemic may not have been fuelled mainly by sexual transmission of the HIV virus but by unsafe medical injections and blood transfusions, a team of international researchers said on Thursday.

Cabinet approves launching of INSAT-4A, 4B Spacecraft

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 19: In a boost to Information Technology and broadcasting sector, the Union Cabinet tonight approved launching of INSAT-4A and 4B Spacecraft.

India warns against radicalisation of public opinion on Iraq

United Nations, (PTI), Feb. 19: Strongly advocating a peaceful resolution of the Iraq issue, India has warned against danger of radicalization of public opinion around the world if military action is taken against Baghdad.

302 Iranian Soldiers Die in Plane Crash

By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer

Tehran, Iran, (AP), Feb. 20: An Iranian military plane carrying 302 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran on Wednesday, killing all on board in the country's worst plane crash ever, state-run media reported.

Myanmar leader seeks Delhi support

Chennai Feb. 19. A leader of Myanmar's opposition group, the National League for Democracy (NLD), Dr. Swe, has urged the Indian Government to help in "reviving the dialogue between the Burmese military junta and the NLD" as a means of restoring democracy in that country.

Sri Lankan police drag out hearings over LTTE’s threats against SEP

By Nanda Wickremesinghe - World Socialist Web Site

20 February 2003: Despite continuing threats by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) against members of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) on Kayts Island in northern Sri Lanka, three court cases earlier this month confirm that the police are in effect shielding the LTTE. Reluctant to act at all, police officials have dragged out proceedings and downplayed the LTTE’s actions.

Pakistan air force chief, 16 others die in plane crash

Islamabad, (Reuters), Feb. 20: - The commander of Pakistan's air force, Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir, and 16 other people were killed when a military plane crashed in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, the air force said.

Thailand performance in APEC Peer review - Impressive.

Chiang Rai, Thailand, Feb. 20: An independent APEC assessment has concluded that despite the recent economic crisis, Thailand is half way towards achieving its free trade goals in only 7 years of the set 24 year reform and liberalization schedule.

14 killed in attack in Philippines

Manila, Feb.20: — At least 14 civilians were killed and nine others wounded when about 50 armed men attacked a remote town in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Norte on Wednesday night, police said Thursday.

Myanmar invites U.S. to hold political dialogue

Yangon, (Reuters), Feb. 20: Myanmar's ruling military invited the United States on Thursday to enter dialogue on the country's political future, a surprise move apparently aimed at warding off the threat of further economic sanctions.

How many Bangladeshis are there in India?

By Rezaul H. Laskar, Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS): Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister L.K. Advani says 20 million Bangladeshis have infiltrated into India, but his ministry seems to have no firm figures for aliens from Bangladesh who have made this country their home.

Moodys satisfied with Thailand hefty international reserve

Bangkok, Feb 20 (TNA): Moody’s Investors Service, one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies, had been satisfied with the high level of Thailand’s international reserve, but still wanted to keep monitoring the government’s public debt management, said an informed source at the Finance Ministry.

Sino-Thai free trade area expected to be set up this year

Bangkok, Feb 20 (TNA): An ambitious plan to set up the Sino-Thai Free Trade Area has been in well progress, and is expected to be successfully set up in coming months.

Tamil guerrillas fail to show up at government meeting to bring together ethnic groups in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 19:- Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday stayed away from a program launched by the government to promote trust among various ethnic groups.

Experts: Sri Lanka to depend heavily on foreign aid to rebuild country

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 19: - The Sri Lankan government will rely heavily on international aid to mend its war-damaged economy, rather than put pressure on an already overstretched budget, financial experts said Wednesday.