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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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Thai embassy worker sacked

The Immigration Service has sacked an official at New Zealand's embassy in Thailand over a cash-for-visas scam involving Cambodian nationals.

Tigers end Sri Lanka peace talks stand off

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas today ended uncertainity over their participation at next week's peace talks and prepared to leave for Japan Sunday, Tamil sources said today.

European truce monitors rush to complete inquiry into Sri Lanka naval clash

By Shimali Senanayake - Associated Press Writer

European monitors supervising Sri Lanka's cease-fire said Friday they hoped to complete their inquiry into a deadly clash between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels ahead of upcoming peace talks.

Sri Lanka to set up unit to handle Muslim issues in peace process

The government plans to set up an office to address Muslim issues in Sri Lanka's north and east as part of efforts to broker a lasting peace on the island, a senior official said Friday.

Mizo CM meets Issac Swu, other insurgent leaders

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga had a meeting with NSCN(I-M) leader Issac Chishi Swu and other insurgent leaders of the northeast in Bangkok and said today he was optimistic that the Centre-Naga peace process would continue smoothly and dialogue with other rebels would commence soon.

Security tightened in Delhi after Mumbai blast

Police in the Indian capital have intensified security at all public places, especially railway stations, bus stands and markets, following a bomb blast in Mumbai that killed 11 people.

Time to opt for war or peace — PM

by Cyril Wimalasurendre

At this crucial moment we have to decide whether we are going back to the nasty war again sacrificing lives of the youth of this country or whether we are going to save the lives of the youth and develop the country through the path of peace, observed observed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing a largely attended meeting at the Kandy Central Market premises on Wednesday (12).

Prabhakaran abstains from talks, Norway at pains to keep peace

Adding uncertainty to Sri Lankan peace process, LTTE Chief V Prabhakaran did not meet a Norwegian Minister who flew in to salvage the next round of talks in Japan after the rebels hinted at pulling out following the sinking of one of their vessels by the Navy.

Norway envoy shuttles to keep Tigers talking

By Amal Jayasinghe

Norwegian officials travelled to northern Sri Lanka Thursday to salvage the peace process as the sinking of a Tamil Tiger ship cast doubt over talks due to open in Japan next week.

Sri Lanka banks on Indian oil in case of war in Iraq

India has offered to supply Sri Lanka’s oil requirements in the event of any disruption caused by a war in Iraq, a senior government minister said Thursday.

Exiled Myanmar group calls for release of ailing prisoners

An exiled Myanmar rights group called on the United Nations Thursday to pressure Yangon’s military rulers to release more than 100 ailing political prisoners held throughout the country.

Shans sorry they missed the Princess

Shans on the Chinese border regretted they were not able to welcome Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in person when she arrived there on 11 March, according to sources in northern Shan State.

Hydro Project: PM backs damming of Salween - Acknowledges environmentalists "would not be happy"

By Watcharaphong Thongrung

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday gave the first public indication of government support for the proposed hydroelectric dams on the Salween River, saying they had to go ahead despite widespread opposition.

Russia ready to adopt account trade with Thailand

Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik yesterday disclosed Russia was ready to adopt the account trade with Thailand to boost bilateral trade of the two countries.
Speaking after meeting with representatives of the Thai-Russian Trade Association, the minister said he was informed that the account trade with Russia could be put in place immediately as commercial banks there were well-prepared to support the process.

Kite festival in Songkhla to start on Saturday

This weekend, the southern province of Songkhla will be colorful with various kites flying over the blue sky, as it is time for an aerial gathering to kick off.