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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Burmese refugees in Thailand - €0.5 million for basic food basket and cooking fuel.

European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), Belgium has decided to grant Burmese refugees in Thailand - €0.5 million for basic food basket and cooking fuel.

90 LTTE cadre - marriage

by Norman Palihawadana

The LTTE which had placed strict restrictions on its cadres on having love affairs and marriage has finally yielded to a request by 90 of its cadres to get married at a common ceremony.

Drug dealers from Thailand flee to Burma Bangkok

More than a hundred of drug dealers from Thailand have fled to Burma amidst an on going fear they would fall victim to the government’s all out war against drug that so far claimed more then 1,500 lives, a Burmese rebel commander said yesterday.

LTTE - political office - withdrawals subside

The SLMM yesterday said that LTTE cadre withdrawal from government-controlled areas subsided by yesterday afternoon. "In fact the LTTE political office in Akkaraipattu that was closed on Tuesday was re-opened yesterday. Also the LTTE maintains that the cadre withdrawal was for workshops and seminars. So the tension is easing out," spokesperson for the monitors Teitur Torkelsson said.

Ten 130mm guns among cargo of LTTE-owned sunk ship

An LTTE-owned ship sunk about 185 nautical miles north-east of Mullaitivu on Monday afternoon by the navy was believed to be bringing in ten 130mm long-range guns with 140 boxes of ammunition, authoritative security sources said.

Oslo says talks on track

Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen who arrived in the country yesterday assured that Monday's incident, where the Navy sank an LTTE vessel would not derail the peace process.

Take up arms smuggling issue: President tells PM

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to take up the issue of the LTTE bringing arms secretly at the next session of peace talks in Japan, the Presidential Secretariat said yesterday.

Monks vow to save country from disaster

By Pujitha Wijetunge

The Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya (JSS) with the participation of more than 5000 bhikkus is planning to issue an edict on March 22 to highlight what they call 'the grave situation in the country'.

Declare assets, criminal record: Supreme Court tells poll candidates

The Supreme Court Thursday again made it mandatory for candidates in elections to declare their criminal antecedents, assets, liabilities and educational qualifications at the time of filing nominations.

Preparations afoot for holding trade fair in Myanmar from March 20

Preparations are afoot for holding a second single-country trade fair of Bangladesh in Myanmar from March 20 to explore export opportunities in the market of the next-door neighbour under a newly devised trading system.

Myanmar: Talks continue on ways to cooperate over forced labour issue

By Diplomatic Editor Thet Khaing

The government and the International Labour Organisation are holding talks to adopt an action plan on the eradication of forced labour, the ILO’s liaison officer in Yangon, Ms Hong-Trang Perret-Nguyen, said in a report last week.

Cow urine is patent-proof

By M. Rajendran - The Telegraph

Raghuvansh Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal today put the Lok Sabha in a flap with a demand that the government patent cow's urine before anyone else gets to it.

Top JeM Commander killed in Noida

A top militant of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, who planned to carry out a repeat of December 13 attack on Parliament and target India Gate and Mumbai bourse, was killed in an encounter with Uttar Pradesh police in adjoing township of Noida in the wee hours of today.

Is Trishul Missile being shelved?

Is the programme of surface-to-air Trishul missile, one of the five missiles being developed by Defence Resarch and Development Orgnaisation, being shelved? Defence Minister George Fernandes today appeared to indicate that in Rajya Sabha when he said Trishul missile had been delinked from user service, though it would be continued as a technology demonstrator.

Helicopter carrying Norwegian deputy foreign minister makes emergency landing due to bad weather

A helicopter carrying Norwegian deputy foreign minister Vidar Helgesen and top Sri Lankan government officials made an emergency landing in central Sri Lanka Wednesday evening due to bad weather, police said. No one was injured.

Sri Lanka seeks probe into sinking of Tiger ship

The Sri Lankan government Wednesday called for an independent investigation into the navy’s sinking of a Tamil rebel ship with 11 crew on board who were allegedly running guns.

PM determined to solve key problems

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra has been determined to address three key national problems over the next one and a half years.

Thaksin confirms death threats from drug gangs

Bangkok, March 13: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday confirmed reports that "foreign elements" have put a price on his head.

Myanmar top leader to visit Vietnam

Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council Senior-General Than Shwe will pay a state visit to Vietnam in the near future at the invitation of President Tran Duc Luong, said an official announcement here Wednesday.

Saharya to head review committee on POTA

Arun Saharya, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, will head a review committee to ensure that provisions under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) were not not misused, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani said in the Lok Sabha today.