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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

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Avoiding a Humanitarian Catastrophe in Iraq

With war in Iraq increasingly likely, the preparations for the humanitarian consequences of the conflict are woefully inadequate. Lack of funding, U.S. sanctions on the operations of humanitarian agencies in Iraq, and an understandable reluctance by the United Nations to accept war as inevitable have left humanitarian planning lagging, with potentially catastrophic consequences. The United States must publicly commit to respecting international humanitarian law and to providing the resources required to address the needs resulting from a war.

Myanmar government intervenes in bank crisis

Yangon, Feb. 21: Myanmar's government has begun lending money to private banks to resolve a crisis caused by a sudden withdrawal of deposits by panicked account holders, a private bank official said Friday.

Banks guarantee financial safety; people should do their work without any worry concerning banks.

Yangon, Feb. 21: Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council General Khin Nyunt addressed the Commerce Ministry’s third four-monthly and annual meeting this afternoon at the ministry.

Foiled plot prompts plea to members of political parties

Myanmar, Feb. 17 - 23: THE government has called on members of political parties to help its efforts for a peaceful transition to democracy by respecting the law. The request came in the wake of the arrest of some members of political parties in recent weeks in connection with an anti-government plot.

Banks safe, assures govt

By Moe Zaw Myint

Yangon, Feb. 17 - 23:The Central Bank of Myanmar has assured the public that private banks will not be affected by the collapse of four general services companies in Yangon.

The litigation and the judgment against Aung San Suu Kyi is a clear case of political interference.

Yangon, Feb. 21: Aung San Suu Kyi according to a statement issued by the National League for democracy clearly clarifies that she was victim of political vendetta. The leader of the Opposition and the Noble laureate denounced the decision of the court, which heard the litigation against her biased and unjust.

Vajpayee leaves for Kuala Lumpur NAM summit

New Delhi, Feb. 22: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left this morning for Malaysia to attend the 13th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Kuala Lumpur.

Burmese Government has not invited US Government for any Talks.

Washington, Feb. 20: State department denied that it has not officially received any invitation from Burma for any dialogue. US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher disclosed this at a press briefing held on last Thursday.

Thailand to host APEC

Chiang Rai Feb 22 (TNA): - Thailand will host the second meeting of senior officials of member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in May after the first meeting ended successfully yesterday, according to a senior Foreign Ministry official.

Mystery vessel sighted in Eastern seas

By Norman Palihawadana

The Island: Information regarding a mystery vessel sighted in the eastern seas was received by the Colombo Radio Shipping Services yesterday (21) morning.

JVP in sit down protest in the House

The Island: Parliament sittings were suspended for 20 minutes yesterday morning when JVP members sat in the aisle of the House as a mark of protest against Thursday’s police attack on their demonstration.

Sri Lanka: Regarding the torture and contempt of court case of Anthony Michael Fernando

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has carefully studied the complaint of torture made by Anthony Michael Emmanuel Fernando on 16 February 2003 and the previous contempt of court case against him.

Another NLD member arrested in Burma.

MMyint Ko Oo, a member of the NLD Youth in Hlaing Thayar township in Rangoon was arrested at 6:30 pm on 13th of February.

EU Presidency Declaration On Burma/Myanmar

Athens, Feb. 21: The EU notes with serious concern that reports of restrictions on freedom of expression and political arrests and detentions in Burma/Myanmar have increased since the Presidency Declaration of October 11, 2002.

Thai youths say no to premarital sex

Bangkok, Feb 21, (TNA): A question mark was raised today over the popular perception that Thailand’s youths are abandoning the strict moral code of previous generations with the publication of a survey showing that over 40 percent of young people living in Bangkok expressed disapproval of premarital sex.

PM On Extra-Judicial Killings: Police are just shooting back.

Bangkok, Feb. 22: Thaksin lashes out at criticism from rights groups; Kingdom's reputation slides as drug war's body count rises

441 rail accidents in 2001-02: Minister

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 21: There were 414 rail accidents during the year 2001-02 which include 280 derailments, 30 collisons, 88 accidents at level crossings, eight cases of fire in trains and eight miscellaneous accidents, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

India for peaceful resolution of Iraq issue: Vajpayee

Shimla, (PTI), Feb. 21: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said today that the Iraq issue should be settled in a peaceful manner through negotiations and if any action was required, it should be taken by the United Nations and not at the behest of one or two countries

Clinton cancels India trip due to security concerns

New York, (PTI), Feb. 21: Former US president Bill Clinton has cancelled his India tour scheduled for this month, due to "serious security concerns" caused by the situation in Iraq and terrorist threat to American citizens, sources said here.

Tamils celebrate truce anniversary, ignoring boycott calls

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 22: Residents in Northern Sri Lanka today celebrated the first anniversary of a truce between Tamil Tiger rebels and government and staged street marches, defying a call by some university students to boycott the event.