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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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Dr. Supachai welcomes start of WTO work on Bhutan accession

Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, on 18 February 2003, welcomed the start of serious work on the accession of Bhutan with the delivery of the country's Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime to the WTO. He said that this development signaled Bhutan's keen interest in commencing its accession process.

Sri Lanka PM upbeat on peace but sees hurdles ahead

By Lindsay Beck

Colombo, (Reuters), Feb. 21: Sri Lanka's prime minister said he was satisfied with progress on the island's peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels, but cautioned a final settlement to the 19-year-long ethnic war was still a long way off.

4 LTTEers nabbed while abducting a student

by Norman Palihawadane

The Island: Four LTTE cadres were arrested when abducting a student at Kodigamam, Jaffna last Wednesday (19), Kodigamam police said.

UNF Govt. is justifying LTTE activities, says JVP member

By - Wanduramba Divaina Corr. Pram Wickremarachchi

The Island: Today the UNF Government is justifying and approving all LTTE activities, said Baddegama Pradeshiya Sabha JVP member Lelaratne Gunawardena.

Police unable to probe child conscription in uncleared areas — IGP

By Shabana Ibrahim

The Island: IGP, T. E. Anandarajah yesterday said that the police were in the process of investigating a series of cases involving forced child conscription in government-held areas in the North and East, but the police were unable to inquire into the cases in the LTTE-held uncleared areas. "We are still investigating the matter.

Myanmar mired in worst financial crisis : Riot police deployedin Yangon

By Harish Mehta - In Bangkok

Bangokok, Feb. 21: Riot police are out in force in Yangon as the country's worst financial crisis continues to spiral out of control even as the central bank pulls out all the stops to stem a bank run.

Banking scare in Burma traced to drugs - SHAN News Agency

According to a drug control officer in eastern Shan State, the ongoing financial panic that had put the whole banking system in Burma to a standstill began when a key drug operator was arrested last late year.

Myanmar central bank intervenes in effort to halt bank crisis

Yangon, Myanmar (AP), Feb. 21: - Myanmar's central bank has injected huge amounts of local currency notes into three major private financial institutions in an attempt to halt a crisis that has led to runs on the country's 20 private banks.

AFP gets - warning, from Govt

Bangkok, Feb. 21, (TNA): The Thai government on Friday sent a warning message to Agence France-Presse (AFP) over its published comments on a recent visit to China of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Myanmar opposition leader found guilty in tussle with cousin

Yangon, Myanmar,( AP), Feb. 21: - Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi faced a possible jail term Friday after being found guilty in a domestic dispute.

Public health milestone reached as leprosy declared eliminated in Myanmar

By Nang San Noom

Myanmar, Feb. 10 - 16: Myanmar has reached a significant milestone in its public health programs with the announcement last week that the country had reached its goal of eliminating leprosy.<

Myanmar media black out news of bank runs

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Feb. 20: - A media blackout has been imposed on coverage of a banking crisis which has led to runs on Myanmar's 20 private banks, editors said Thursday.

More foreign investors keen on investment in Thailand

Bangkok, Feb 21 (TNA) More foreign investors have shown interest in investment in Thailand as could be witnessed by a significant increase in applications for investment promotions in January, according to the Board of Investment.

Burma: Dam in Karen State will still flood Shan State

The choice of the dam site of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand in Karen State will inundate parts of Karenni and Shan states upstream region, according to an informed source from Thailand-based environmental group today.

Peace Secretariat on the appointment of Committees in the Eastern Province.

Colombo, Feb. 20: The Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) in Sri Lanka clarifies the reasons for not appointing any Sinhalese members in the committees that are to be appointed in the Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

Thailand: Extrajudicial killing is not the way to suppress drug trafficking

Amnesty International today expressed grave concern about hundreds of reported killings of drug trafficking suspects by the Thai security forces since 1 February 2003 -- the day when Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced a "war on drugs". The effect of the government's campaign against drugs trafficking has been a de facto shoot-to-kill policy of anyone believed to be involved in the drugs trade.

Clarification on Thailand by the High Commission on Human Rights.

In response to recent articles that have been published by a number of
publications from Thailand, in which it was reported that the
UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights had asked to send a special representative to Thailand following
reports of alleged extra-judicial killings of persons suspected of
trafficking in drugs, the Office of the High Commissioner clarifies their position.

Statement by the New Mon State Party of Burma at its Fifth Conference.

The New Mon State Party, a political party representing the Mon ethnic group at the conclusion of its Fifth Conference declared that it will elevate its struggle to a higher level in order to achieve its goal for the establishment of a New Mon State with full authority and in the process negotiate, and do everything necessary to gain support and unity of its people.

31 IAF pilots killed, 68 planes lost in crashes in 3 years

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 20: As many as 31 pilots were killed and the IAF lost 68 aircraft in crashes during the past three years till last Monday, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Indian nationals in Iraq asked to be ready to leave: Khanna

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 20: Indian nationals in Iraq have been asked to switch into a state of readiness to leave the country at a short notice in case of a war, Minister of State for External Affairs Vinod Khanna said today.