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

Monthly archive

High Court orders release of arrested Tamil Nadu employees

The Madras High Court today ordered the release of all arrested state government employees for participating in the indefinite strike immediately on furnishing a bond of Rs 1,000 each.

5,000-year-old skeleton unearthed in south China

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed a 5,000-year-old skeleton at a neolithic site in Dongguan city of South China's Guangdong province.

Over 2000 Tamil Nadu govt employees released

Over 2000 Tamil Nadu government employees, who were arrested under ESMA in various parts of the state in connection with their indefinite strike which commenced from July 2, were released today on the directions of the Madras High Court.

Chiang Rai to host 5-nation drugs suppression meeting

Senior officials from five nations are to converge on the northern city of Chiang Rai later this month to press home their intention of solving the region’s drugs problems.

Twins' surgeon: Op should have been done in stages

A neurosurgeon who assisted in the failed attempt to separate adult conjoined twins from Iran said that the operation should have been done in several stages instead of one procedure.

Former Iraqi information minister: Saddam plans to win back control

Former Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf said he believes deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is making plans from his hiding place to win back control of Iraq.

Tiger rebel killed in apparent revenge attack

A Tamil Tiger rebel was gunned down in eastern Sri Lanka in what appeared to be a retaliatory attack for a spate of killings blamed on the Tigers.

House in chaos over interim administration

by Kesara Abeywardena and Saman Indrajith

Parliament sittings ended in chaos on Thursday afternoon as Opposition PA and JVP MPs created an uproar preventing Parliamentary Affairs Minister A. H. M. Azwer from making a reply on the interim administration proposals for the North-East.

Tigers rake in Rs. 2 billion annually on Route A-9

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The LTTE after signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sri Lanka government had imposed a tax of Rs. 350 from luxury bus passengers and Rs. 150 from normal bus passengers at their checkpoints in uncleared areas located on the A-9 road. This area is located between Omanthai and Muhamalai.

President won't take corrupt UNPers

by Kasun Yapa Karuanaratne

The PA said, President Chandrika would not enlist any MPs connected with corruption and advised the UNP to take action against its errant MPs without fearing that they might cross over to the PA.

PA allegations horrify Tamil MPs

The Tamil National Alliance comprising four Tamil political parties called for a parliamentary debate on what it described as 'malicious fabrications' by the People's Alliance that drivers and other staff of TNA MPs- acting as LTTE agents- might allegedly attack PA MPs in or around parliament

Ghostwritten Article Series of the Burmese Junta: Goebbels - Clean Bowled.

An abrupt end came to the serialized article that appeared in the Burmese junta’s “The New Light of Myanmar”. Readers are of the opinion that the Burmese generals must have found out that there are no takers in the international arena for their propaganda ploy. This must have discouraged them to give up their ghostwriting venture to discredit Daw Aung San Suu Kyi the National League for Democracy and the hearts and minds of millions of Burmese pro-democracy activists all over.

Arab countries to join hands with Thailand in tourism promotion

A number of Middle Eastern and North African countries have expressed interest in joining hands with Thailand in promoting Thai tourism.

Ethnic leaders say Italy, UK agree to up pressure on Burma

Karen and Shan ethnic representatives yesterday said they have made headway in getting the European Union to put more pressure on the military government of Burma for political reform and national reconciliation

Singapore to ease ban on chewing gum

Singapore has moved to ease a long-standing ban on the import and sale of chewing gum following the signing of a free-trade agreement with the United States in May this year, the Trade and Industry Ministry said.

Myanmar pro-democracy groups in India use Internet to report on junta's excesses

Democracy advocates in Myanmar are operating more and more from neighboring countries such as India, where they use the Internet to campaign against the military government.

Thailand draws up desertification prevention plan

The Land Development Department is drawing up a national plan aimed at preventing Thailand from turning into a desert, amid United Nations concern over growing desertification in the region.