Skip to Content

Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

Monthly archive

S.Lanka negotiators urge world to remain committed

By George Nishiyama

The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels ended their latest round of talks on Friday, with both urging the world to stay committed to the peace process on their island despite the U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Govt.-LTTE agree to improve security at sea

At the close of the sixth round of talks in Hakone, Japan the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE agreed to improve the security situation at sea, enforce better compliance with the Ceasefire Agreement, strengthen the mandate and the capacity of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and abide by their rulings in the wake of incidents in the run-up to the sixth session of peace talks.

Dhaka-Yangon direct diplomacy to expand ties

The Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to talk direct over phone for easy official communication, whenever needed, to follow up the accords struck between the two countries during Begum Zia’s tour.

PM:Govt prepares sufficient measures to cope with impacts of war

People should not be worried about impacts of the current Gulf war, as the government has prepared sufficient measures to cope with its impacts on Thailand, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

All seven crewmen aboard British helicopters dead-- military spokesman

All seven crewmen aboard two British naval helicopters that collided over international waters in the Gulf on Friday are dead, BBC Television reported, quoting a British military spokesman.

British soldiers surrender in town near Nasiriyadh: Iraqi minister

An unspecified number of British soldiers have surrendered in a small town near Nasiriyadh in southern Iraq, Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf said on Saturday.

13 articles found during excavation in Ayodhya

Thirteen articles, including four small pieces of terracotta, one foot-mark on a black marble block, one small human head on stone and one-and-a-half inch long copper piece, were found during the excavation at the acquired land in Ayodhya by the ASI team today.

War Progressing Well: Bush

US President George W Bush Friday said the US led forces were making "progress" in its armed campaign in Iraq and that it will stay on till the objectives like ridding Iraq of the weapons of mass destruction are achieved The objectives also include freeing the Iraqi people so that they can live in a society that is "hopeful and democratic" and poses no threat to its neighbourhood, he told the media after a meeting with Congressional leaders on the Iraq war.

Saddam believed to have been in bombed bunker

U.S. intelligence struggled with fragmentary evidence on the fate of Saddam Hussein Friday, though agreeing that he and not a look-alike had appeared in a video recording aired after an attack on his compound.

U.S. says Nassiriya in southern Iraq captured

U.S.-led forces have captured the southern Iraqi town of Nassiriya, U.S. military spokesman Stuart Upton told Reuters on Saturday.

President rejects plea to dissolve parliament

By Ranga Sirilal

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has rejected a plea by a group of PA stewards widely looked on as her confidantes to dissolve Parliament to make way for a mid- term general election, an informed source told the Daily Mirror yesterday.

All-party polls in LTTE areas

From Thushara Gunaratne

The LTTE wound up Japanese-hosted peace talks here today by agreeing to allow rival groups to contest local elections in areas under its control.

Foreign Ministry on situation in Iraq...

Sri Lanka has consistently urged Iraq to comply fully with the United Nations Security Council resolutions obliging it to eliminate weapons of mass destruction.

Thaksin cool on Iraqi Embassy closure

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra played for more time yesterday, refusing to commit Thailand to a request from the United States that friendly governments close down Iraqi embassies in their countries.

US-led massive bombing campaign on Iraq starts

Dozens of deafening explosions rocked central Baghdad at the start of an intensive bombing campaign by US-led forces Friday night, while loud speakers of mosques across the Iraqi capital were blaring out"Allah Akbar (God is great)" as prayers for peace.

S.Lankan Tamil rebels deny involvement in Chinese trawler sinking

Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday denied accusations by the navy that they were involved in the sinking of a Chinese trawler in the northernsea of the country.

U.S. fires 320 cruise missiles in latest strike

U.S. warships launched as many as 320 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Friday to strike military targets around Baghdad, the commander of the Kitty Hawk battle group said.

Over 5,600 private industries run successfully in Myanmar

Over 5,600 industries or 14 percent of Myanmar's private ones are running successfully, said the Myanmar Industrial Development Committee Friday.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia inaugurates Bangladesh Trade Fair-2003

Bangladesh Trade Fair-2003, sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the Union of Myanmar and the Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in Myanmar, was opened at Yangon Trade Centre in Mingala Taungnyunt Township at 9.45 am today. Visiting Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia opened the trade fair.

Myanmar opposition says Iraq war caused by dictatorship

March 21: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party said Friday the war in Iraq (news - web sites) is the result of its dictatorial leadership, but that conflict still might have been avoided through peaceful means.