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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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The one in the second column, it is me.

Compiled by - V. Rajeny
After four years of separation, my wife and I finally divorced amicably. I wanted to date again, but I had no idea of how to start, so I decided to look in the personals column of the local newspaper. After reading through all the listings, I circled three that seemed possible in terms of age and interest, but I put off calling them.

LTTE arrests father for failing to hand over son

A complaint was made to the Eravur police that father was abducted in reprisal by the LTTE, as he failed to hand over his son to the Tigers. The Sri Lanka Army website reported that a complaint was made by the spouse that the husband was taken Thursday from his residence

Balasingham returns the legal way

by Shamindra Ferdinando
Chief Tiger negotiator Anton Balasingham returned from London and was taken by a VIP helicopter to Kilinochchi yesterday afternoon as the government, the TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and a group of Muslim MPs prepared for urgent consultations with the group on a range of issues ahead of a crucial round of talks in Japan in three weeks time. The next round was scheduled to begin on March 18.

Tamil Tiger chief negotiator arrives in Sri Lanka ahead of peace talks

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 02: - The Tamil Tiger rebels' chief negotiator arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday for a meeting with rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran ahead of a sixth round of peace talks with the government later this month, officials said.

In Britain Nine NRIs among top 300 millionaires

London, (PTI), March 02: Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, tycoons Hinduja brothers and industrialist Lord Swraj Paul are among the nine NRIs figuring prominently among Britain's top 300 millionaires, in the latest rich list published today.

Jamir to resign Monday

Kohima, (PTI), March 02: S C Jamir said Monday he would resign as Nagaland Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee president Monday in the wake of the Congress debacle in the assembly polls, paving the way for formation of a coalition government in the state by the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN).

Vaiko party flip

Chennai, March 2: The Sattankulam Assembly bypoll result and Vaiko's continued detention under the anti-terror law appear to have forced a change in the MDMK's political strategy.

Significant drop in poppy cultivation in Myanmar, claims Home Ministry.

Significant Decrease in Poppy Cultivation and Production in East/South-East Asian Countries as Constant Efforts Made with Greater Momentum.

UNHCR ready for refugee exodus in case of Iraq war: high commissioner

Kabul, March 2 (Xinhuanet): United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Rund Lubbers said on Sunday that his agency was ready to deal with a possible exodus from Iraq in case of a US-led war against Saddam Hussein.

Police drug arrests reach 29,501

Bangkok, March 03: Police have arrested 29,501 suspects on drug-related charges in the past month of the government's war on drugs, which saw a death toll of 1,035, with four policemen killed and nine others injured, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Searching for the truth in Myanmar

By Rafael D. Frankel
Yangon, Myanmar, March 02: -- In a totalitarian nation where the grapevine has replaced the media as the trusted source of information, two rumors this month--one false, one true--have stirred this nation's simmering cauldron of discontent.

Drug rehab programs to begin on Monday

Bangkok, March 2, (TNA): – Despite the fact that the government’s anti-drugs crusade has been running for over a month, rehabilitation of addicts is only going to get underway on Monday, the justice minister revealed today.

Coffin business gets new life as drug corpses mount up

Nakhon Sri Thammarat, March 2, (TNA): – With the death toll from the government’s war on drugs now standing at over 1,000, one business has got a new lease of life.

Afghanistan displaces Myanmar as top heroin producer: US

Washington, March 1 (AFP): Afghanistan has toppled Myanmar as the world's top source of illicit opium, but the southeast Asian state is streaking ahead as the region's prime producer of amphetamines, the United States said Saturday.

UN envoy urges change of policy on Burma

A UN envoy has urged the international community to drop its high expectations for transition in Burma, and instead recognise the incremental changes taking place.

Dhaka, Yangon to set up taskforce for road link

Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday decided to set up a task force to work out details of the proposed road link between the two close neighbours.