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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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China eyes up Salawin: A Thailand - Myanmar electricity scheme

A Chinese company is interested in investing in a Thai project to build an electricity generating station on the Salawin dam, the energy minister revealed yesterday.

U.N. human rights expert arrives on Myanmar fact-finding trip

The U.N. human rights envoy to Myanmar arrived here late Wednesday to push for independent investigations into alleged rights violations against ethnic minorities in the country.

Curriculum Vitae of Begum Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh

Begum Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was born on 15 August 1945.

A lying the lifespan of govt. is 1 year 5 months — JVP

by Cyril Wimalasurendra

The lifespan of a government that lies to the people is only one year and five months, is our experience. This government has already completed one year and three months, observed the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Publicity Secretary MP Wimal Weerawanse at a party propaganda meeting at the Kandy Public Library auditorium on Monday 17 afternoon.

Colombo security beefed up as LTTE gunmen kill informant

by Kalinga Weerakkody

Police beefed up security in the city of Colombo yesterday as LTTE hit-and-run tactics to murder opponents looked re-activated with the third murder of a Tamil soldier soldier being carried out at Mt. Lavinia on Tuesday night.

Japan gets directly involved in Sri Lanka peace process

By Amal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka's latest round of peace talks entered their second day here today with Japan participating in the negotiations under the Norwegian-led initiative for the first time, diplomats here said.

Govt. says no to HSZ scale-down: LTTE wants reduced troop strength in military zones

Thushara Guneratne reporting from Hakone, Japan

The government delegation yesterday rejected an LTTE request to scale down the military presence in high security zones in Jaffna -- a move the rebel delegation said was necessary to expedite the resettlement of displaced people.

Bush says war on Iraq has begun

U.S. President George W. Bush said on Wednesday the United States and its allies had launched a war of no half measures on Iraq and it could be longer and more difficult than some had predicted.

Fact Box: Countries offering support for war against Iraq

More than 20 countries have offered logistical help ranging from airspace to troops for the U.S.-led war against Iraq which began on Thursday with a U.S. attack aimed at top members of the Iraqi leadership.

War begins with bombs in Baghdad

By Nadim Ladki

Explosions rocked Baghdad at dawn on Thursday as the United States launched a war to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Friendship road to bolster ties: Khaleda accorded red carpet reception at Yangon

Bangladesh and Myanmar today agreed to establish road-link between Dhaka and Yangon for easy communications and strengthening people-to-people contact in a landmark development in the relations between the two next-door neighbours.

Dhaka, Yangon to establish road link

Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday agreed to establish road-link between Dhaka and Yangon for easy communication and to strengthen people-to-people contact in a landmark development in relations between the two next-door neighbours.

Thailand supports UN role in upholding security, says FM

Thailand shared a common view with other ASEAN members that the United Nations still had a significant role in supporting and maintaining the global security at present and in the future, said Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai.

Security Jitters: 11 Iraqis to be expelled

Eight Iraqi nationals, most of whom have been accused of spying or being engaged in terrorism, will be expelled from Thailand, together with three low-ranking Iraqi diplomats, because their presence poses a threat to national security, a high-ranking security source said yesterday.

Sri Lanka to join Thailand for Visakha Bucha

The Sri Lankan government is to join Thailand in the celebration of Visakha Bucha Day in the middle of May, said the director-general of the Religion Department, Kla Somtrakool yesterday.

Extremists Incite Violence Against Christians at Anti-War Rallies in Pakistan

Anti-war rallies in Pakistan are being used by extremists to stir up
violence against the minority Christian community.

UK Foreign Secretary Suggests Immunity for Saddam: An Affront to His Victims

Any formal offer of guaranteed immunity for Saddam Hussein would be a travesty of justice, Human Rights Watch said today.

Iraq: Open letter to George Bush, Tony Blair, José Maria Aznar and Saddam Hussein

Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International is writing today to the Governments of the USA, UK and Spain who have declared their intention to launch military action against Iraq.

Iraq deadline passes, Baghdad quiet

A U.S. deadline for Saddam Hussein to quit Iraq or face war passed on Thursday, with no sign the Iraqi president had complied nor of instant military strikes in Baghdad.

Chandrika seeks action against airport official

President Chandrika Kumara-tunga has called for tough action against an airport official for allegedly helping the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to smuggle unchecked items through the international airport to the northern guerrilla held region.