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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Alleged people smuggler to be extradited to Australia

The Federal Government says it has, for the first time, extradited an alleged people smuggler to Australia.

Earthquake in Xinjiang kills 42

Urumqi, Feb. 24 (Xinhuanet): A strong earthquake that struck at 10.30 a.m. Monday morning (Beijing time) in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has killed at least 42 people, according to early reports.

Burmese Military Government Leader General Than Shwe Cancel Trip to Summit

Rangoon, (Reuters) Feb. 23: Burmese Military Government Leader Than Shwe called off a visit to Kuala Lumpur for a summit of non-aligned nations yesterday in a move that diplomats said showed rising jitteriness over runs on bank deposits.

Local cease-fire monitor obtains bail for LTTE abductors of schoolgirls

by Shamindra Ferdinando

A leading lawyer and a local cease-fire monitor recently filed a motion in the Trincomalee Magistrates’ court requesting the release of two female Tigers, accused of abducting two 14-year-old girls at Sambaltivu, informed sources said. One of the abductors is only 16 years of age and the other 20.

ICRC believes records prevent enforced disappearance

The ICRC believes that by maintaining records of detainees during regular visits, the organisation has succeeded in preventing enforced disappearances and ill treatment.

Troops confront Tigers checking pilgrims

The Island: Troops yesterday afternoon surrounded a group of armed Tigers when they were checking a vehicle carrying a group of pilgrims on the Kuchchuveli-Thiriyaya road, police said. A contingent of navy personnel moved in immediately after receiving information that armed Tigers were operating in the government-administered area.

Car industry boom creates 32,000 jobs

Bangkok, Feb. 24 (TNA): Figures released today by the Ministry of Industry appear to back the government’s rosy economic growth forecast, showing that 3,289 new factories opened last year and that 120,950 new jobs were created, 32,000 of them in the automotive sector alone.

Sri Lanka union battles "peace dividend" reforms

By Chamath Ariyadasa

Colombo, Feb 24 (Reuters): A powerful Sri Lankan trade union is fighting to block economic reforms the government hopes will attract foreign aid as a "peace dividend" if it succeeds in ending the island's 19-year ethnic war.

World needs urgent and concerted action to address common threats - Kofi Annan

Kuala Lumpur, Feb. 24: “This Summit is taking place at a critical juncture, with the prospect of war in Iraq looming before us. However, I believe that war, even now, is not inevitable. “ This was emphasized by Kofi A. Annan, UN Secretary General

Myanmar talks with US? It will be fruitless .

By Lee Kim Chew

In an unprecedented move, Myanmar's military regime is seeking talks with the United States about the country's political future.

Death sentence by hanging painful, inhuman: JeM militant

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 23: Is the capital punishment by sending a person to the gallows "inhuman, barbaric, painful" and violated the right to life? The Parliament attack case convict and Jaish-e-Mohammed activist Mohammed Afzal, sentenced to death, believes so

Officials seize - Khun Sa assets.

Bangkok, Feb. 24: Anti-narcotics police and officials yesterday seized nearly 200 kilograms of jade and more than Bt200 million in other assets allegedly belonging to a drug-trafficking syndicate.

Police admit to ‘only’ 14 killings

Bangkok, February 23, (TNA): The National Police Bureau today stepped in to defuse the controversy over the huge number of extra-judicial killings carried out by police officers as part of the government’s war on drugs, saying that in fact police officers had killed ‘only’ 14 suspects.

Police seize Bt 80m assets of Burmese drug king’s relative

Bangkok, February 23, (TNA): – Police raids across the country this morning resulted in the confiscation of assets worth more than Bt80 million belonging to a relative of the infamous Burmese heroin warlord Khun Sa.

Thailand Drug War Sows Fear, Bloodshed

By Daniel Lovering - Associated Press Writer & Ban Huay Rua in Thailand

At dawn, two men with close-cropped hair arrived at Sairung Chuwong's farmhouse in a black sedan, claiming they had a search warrant.

Burma: Rule of fear and torture still blocks hope for democracy

By James Pringle - Rangoon

Burma's desperate bid for reform is left struggling after new arrests and threats to 'annihilate destructive elements'. James Pringle reports from Rangoon

Non-aligned nations line up against war with Iraq

By Simon Cameron-Moore

Kula Lumpur, (Reuters), Feb. 24: - Kings and presidents from non-aligned countries massed in Malaysia on Monday to show that the developing world that accounts for two-thirds of the U.N. wants a say in the Iraq crisis and to tell Baghdad to disarm.