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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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Miraculous escape for Naidu as chopper makes emergency landing

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 22: BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu had a providential escape this afternoon when the helicopter he was travelling in developed a serious technical snag and had to make an emergency landing at Tuenseng in Nagaland.

Cease-fire MoU no plain sailing

by Amal Jayasinghe

The Island - Colombo, (AFP): Sri Lanka’s warring parties who are still officially foes mark their first full year of a foreign-monitored truce with bloodshed giving way to brinkmanship.

To mark first anniversary of truce Ceremonies in South, hartal in North

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The LTTE brought life in Batticaloa district to a standstill yesterday in protest against what they described as the government’s failure to fully implement the cease-fire agreement reached an year ago, as the government marked the first anniversary of the pact with a series of events.

A Terrorist Hit-Team of the Burmese SPDC Carried Out A Mass Killings

On 18th January 2003, Saturday, 10 Karen loggers were killed in jungles near the town of Mong Nai, 280 miles northeast of Rangoon. The SPDC instantly accused the Shan State Army which as the culprit for this killing. But later it was learned from the civilians in nearby areas, that these killings were carried out by the SPDC's a special commando unit or so-called Hit-teams.

LTTE groups mark truce day with hartals

Life in the Northern and Eastern provinces was crippled yesterday as Tamil rebels staged protest campaigns in various parts of the two provinces, claiming that they were not satisfied with the progress of the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

Tigers flout pledge on child soldiers

Forced conscription of child soldiers by the LTTE continues despite a categorical assertion to the contrary by its delegation to this month's Berlin Peace talks.

Duty on LTTE’s satellite equipment not fixed yet

By Ayesha R. Rafiq

The Customs Department has forwarded a preliminary report to the Finance Ministry on the issue of Customs duty payable on the VoT satellite communication equipment imported for the LTTE.

Pakistan is "epicentre of terrorism" - Sinha

By Simon Cameron-Moore

Kuala Lumpur, (Reuters), Feb. 23: - Branding Pakistan an epicentre of terrorism, Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha on Sunday ruled out talks to improve ties with his arch-rival and said the United States must exert more pressure on its ally.

Sri Lanka seeks foreign pressure to tame Tigers

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 23: On the first anniversary of a ceasefire with separatist Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka's Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe brushed aside opposition to his peace moves, saying talks did not mean "kneeling down" to the rebels and there was no "alternative".

PM attends NAM summit

Bangkok, Feb 23 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has left for Malaysia to attend the 13th Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit.

Cop detained by LTTE

The Island: SLMM spokesman Teitur Torkelsson yesterday said a policeman who moved across the front-line at Muhamalai last week had been detained by the LTTE. But they have promised to release the policeman soon, he said.

Athaullah wants MoU expanded

The Island: Highways Minister A. L. M. Athaullah wants the government, the LTTE and Norway to expand the cease-fire agreement reached an year ago, to accommodate equal representation of the Tamil-speaking Muslims.

Nawaz Sharif permitted to go to London for heart surgery

Islamabad, (PTI), Feb. 22: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been permitted by the Pakistan Government to go to London for heart surgery.

New Norwegian chief of international peace monitors arrives in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 22: - The newly appointed head of an international mission monitoring a cease-fire in Sri Lanka arrived in the island on Saturday, an official said.

Tamils cite shortcomings of Sri Lankas year-old truce

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 22: While the Sri Lankan government celebrated Saturday the first anniversary of a cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels, residents of the Tamil town of Jaffna shut themselves in to protest that the truce has not yet normalized life in the former war zones.

Govt: Thailand to soon become tourism hub in Asia

Bangkok, Feb. 22 (TNA): The government has set what it calls a promising target--to develop Thailand as a tourism hub in Asia over the next three years, according to a radio news report.

Over 800 police officers implicated in drugs trade

Bangkok, Feb. 22, (TNA): The National Police Bureau has recently dealt with 600 police officers implicated in the drugs trade, with investigations currently pending against over 200 more, a bureau spokesman announced today.

War On Drugs: UN will examine killings

Bangkok, Feb. 23:Banharn joins outcry over rights abuse as death toll in anti-narcotics campaign hits 833

Trafficking Of Women: Govt seeks Japanese crackdown

By -Pravit Rojanaphruk, & Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat

Bangkok, Feb. 23: Ambassador to Tokyo launches campaign to highlight the plight of Thais forced into prostitution there.

Myanmar government says it has bailed out failing private banks.

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Feb. 22: Breaking a silence on Myanmar's bank crisis, the government said it had bailed out crippled private banks after a panicked rush by depositors to withdraw their funds, official newspapers reported Saturday.