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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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AIDS Vaccine Fails, Shows Promise

The experimental AIDS vaccine from San Francisco Bay Area biotech
company VaxGen doesn't protect most people from contracting the disease in its first major trial, but developers say it shows promise for
certain ethnic groups.

Transit point from Burma raided : One Thai soldier killed

Bangkok, Feb. 26: Close to a year after the village made headlines in the news with a clash between Wa and the Thai army, Paeksem in Chiangmai's Wianghaeng District, has made a rerun yesterday (25 February) by a shoot-out between local drug smugglers and Thai troops that had left one Thai officer killed.

Emergency Meeting of the Five Burmese Ethnic Military Alliance held.

Bangkok, Feb. 26: An emergency meeting of Military Alliance belonging to the Burmese ethnic nationalities, namely The Arakan Liberation Party, The Chin National Front, The Karenni National Progressive Party, The Restoration Council of Shan State, and The Karen National Union, which was attended by 17 representatives was held on 24 February, in a liberated area successfully.

Govt urged to step up campaign for gasohol use

Bangkok, Feb. 26 (TNA): The government should step up its campaign to encourage people to use gasohol as an alternative fuel in the midst of rising oil prices, according to BankThai Plc’s Research and Planning Office.

LTTE levies harvest tax

By T. Chandrasekera

The LTTE had installed seven offices to tax farmers who reap their harvest this Maha season in the East

Tigers to urge repeal of PTA at next round

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

The LTTE will take up the crucial issue of Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) at the next round of talks with the government to request it to repeal it early, said ACTC leader and MP Appathurai Vinayagamoorthy yesterday.

400 LTTE cadres train at Sampur camp

Four LTTE cadres who escaped from a training camp at Mutur and surrendered to the police have informed that there were 400 cadres being trained at the Sampur camp of the LTTE in Mutur.

Appraise new role, new vision for NAM – President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her address.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga addressing the NAM summit stressed the need for an appraisal of a new role, vision and plan of action for NAM, “focusing on the urgent need for sustainable economic development of each Member State.”<

Sri Lanka Catholic bishops discuss arms smuggling, child recruitment accusations with Tamil rebels

By Joe Ariyaratnam, Associated Press Writer

Jaffna, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 25: - Sri Lankan Catholic bishops met with Tamil rebels and expressed concern about arms smuggling and child recruitment in violation of a year-old cease-fire agreement, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Smugglers Eat Gem-Filled Condoms

Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters), Feb. 25: - Sri Lankan customs intercepted two Thai men attempting to smuggle out precious stones placed inside condoms and swallowed, officials said on Tuesday.
Acting on a tip-off, customs officials at Colombo airport took the two to hospital for an X-ray examination that revealed 10 condoms full of contraband.

War On Drugs: Police chief: govt blacklist flawed

Bangkok, Feb. 26: Police chief Sant Sarutanond distanced his force from the Interior Ministry's controversial drug-blacklist policy yester?day, amid a pub?lic uproar over the death of a nine-year-old boy killed in a sting opera?tion on Sunday.

14 Indonesians convicted for hijacking Japanese ship

Mumbai, (PTI), Feb. 25: Fourteen Indonesian pirates, charged with hijacking Japanese cargo ship 'Alandro Rainbow' in the Arabian sea three years ago, were sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment by a Sessions court here today.

Stage set for Assembly polls in four states

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 25: The stage is set for a fierce battle of the ballot in tomorrow's Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura in the first acid test for political parties this year.

13th NAM Summit closes with call for revitalization, peace

Kuala Lumpur, Feb. 25 (Xinhuanet) : The 13th Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) closed here late Tuesday evening, stressing the need to revitalize the Movement and issuing a clarion call for world peace.

Norway Burmese Supporting Groups flays Thailand.

Oslo, Feb. 26: Norwegian groups that are supporting the pro-democratic and ethnic organizations of Burma, have politely but firmly pointed out, that since of late, Thailand’s sudden slide towards the Burmese junta at the cost of the Burmese opposition groups in Thailand.

Examples of creativity provided by 6th grade class students on History

Compiled by: V. Rajeny

More examples of creativity provided by a 6th grade class
during history tests [these absolutely slay me]:

Minor Earthquake rocks northern Thailand

Chiang Rai, Feb 26 (TNA): A minor earthquake rocked Chiang Saen district of this northern resort province of Chiang Rai this morning, but there have yet been no reports of damages or casualties, according to a T.V. news report.