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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

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Myanmar seeks US help in battle on drugs

By Aung Hla Tun
Yangon, (Reuters), March 04: Myanmar’s military government urged the United States on Sunday to help it fight drug production and trafficking, or risk losing out to powerful drug lords.

Rs. 900,000 fee and ransom: abducted businessman released

by Norman Palihawadana
A millionaire Tamil businessman abducted by an unidentified gang in order to obtain a ransom of Rs. 900,000/- was released by the Kotahena police with the assistance of the Wattala police within 24 hours of the abduction.

SLMM to rap Balasingham, Thamilchelvan

by Kesara Abeywardena
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission is expected to rap LTTE’s Chief negotiator Anton Balasingham and S. P. Thamilchelvan on the Tigers’ disregard for the ruling on the release of the soldier and the policeman in LTTE captivity at a meeting to be held in Kilinochchi on Wednesday.

President says her life is under threat again

by Zacki Jabbar President Chandrika Kumaratunga says there is a renewed threat on her life stemming from repeated accusations by the LTTE ‘s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham that she is an obstacle to the peace process between the government and LTTE.

LTTE demands Rs. 55 m. from Maheswaran

By Divaina Corrs. T.Chandrasekara and Ajith Alahakoon
The LTTE has demanded a sum of Rs 55million from T. Maheswaran the Minister of Hindu Cultural Affairs to be paid before March 31.

Top Oslo team coming for five days of talks

By Sunimalee Dias and Ranga Sirilal
A top Norwegian delegation will hold crucial talks with government and LTTE leaders ahead of the sixth session of talks in Japan.

Lapang sworn-in as Meghalaya chief minister

Shillong, March 04: D D Lapang, chairman of the newly formed 40-member Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), has been sworn in as Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

Indian fishermen attacked by Sri Lankans

Madurai, (PTI), March 04: In a mid sea clash, Sri Lankan fishermen attacked about 300 Indian fishermen, burnt their boats and hijacked at least 75 of them to Sri Lanka for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters.

Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels to hold first meeting on women's issues

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 04: The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels are set to hold their first meeting on women's issues as part of efforts to end a 19-year ethnic conflict, officials said Tuesday.

American - Myanmar Drug Survey: Together We Can Win the War on Drugs

Another step forward in the international war on drugs is taking place in Myanmar, where a joint Myanmar-U.S. Opium Yield Survey began on February 24. The survey, which runs through March 3, will provide vital, timely information on poppy production, and allow observers to evaluate ongoing crop substitution programs.

Tamil Tiger rebel leaders meet in northern Sri Lanka amid tight security

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 03: Chief Tamil Tiger negotiator Anton Balasingham met with the rebel group's leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran on Monday to plan negotiating strategies ahead of the sixth round of peace talks with Sri Lanka's government, officials said

US has failed to stop Pak against cross-border terrorism: PM

New Delhi, (PTI), March 03: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Monday said the "failure" of the United States to persuade Pakistan against indulging in cross-border terrorism showed Washington's "weakness and we will keep this in mind while evolving future strategy".

Lanka steps up return of refugees amid peace bid

Colombo, (AFP), March 04: Sri Lanka’s warring parties have agreed to speed up the return of refugees to the island’s war-torn regions as peace talks shift to contentious political issues, diplomats said Sunday.

Khaleda Zia to visit Myanmar this month

Dhaka, (AFP), March 04: Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will pay a two-day official visit to Myanmar this month, the first by a Bangladeshi premier to the eastern neighbour in a decade, officials sais Sunday.

Thailand ready to back new ASEAN secretary-general

Bangkok, March 04 (TNA): Thailand is ready to support the role of new secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in strengthening and consolidating the group, according to Foreign Minister Surakiate Sathirathai

Drug-Related Killings : Verify the toll, say diplomats

By - Supalak Ganjanakhundee
Bangkok, March 04: Bangkok-based diplomats yesterday asked Thailand to verify the number of deaths caused by the government's crackdown on narcotics, since they found the 1,000-odd killings in one month alarming, diplomatic sources said.

Drug Killings: Let UN come and see, says Thaksin

Bangkok, March 04: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra once again voiced strong criticism yesterday of reports that the UN Commission for Human Rights would dispatch a special envoy to gather information about the government's policies on extrajudicial and drug-related killings.

Myanmar leader meets Chinese delegation

Yangon, March 2 (Xinhuanet): Second Secretary of the MyanmarState Peace and Development Council Lieutenant-General Soe Win metwith visiting delegation of the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAIU) here Sunday afternoon.

New coalition keeps Nagaland waiting

The stage is set for Manik Sarkar to be sworn in as the chief minister of Tripura for a second term and D.D. Lapang to form a Congress-led government in Meghalaya, but Nagaland may have to wait a while before the victorious non-Congress alliance of four parties decides who will lead the new ministry.

IAF inducts IL-78 mid air refuellers

New Delhi, (PTI), March 03: The Indian Air Force Monday got a shot in the arm with the first of the six IL-78 mid-air refuellers joining the force making India only the sixth Air Force in the world to have such force multipliers.