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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

Monthly archive

Netaji's service book as C E of Calcutta Corporation salvaged

Kolkata Municipal Corporation has salvaged the service book of Subhas Chandra Bose during his tenure as chief executive of the Calcutta Corporation in 1924 and decided to hand over the rare documents to the National Library for better preservation.

Sri Lanka says peace talks may restart in September

By Scott McDonald

Stalled peace talks to end two decades of ethnic war in Sri Lanka could restart in September after the Tamil Tiger rebels respond to a government proposal on power-sharing.

ASEAN finance ministers support China's position on yuan

Finance ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expressed their support for China's position to maintain the stability of the yuan.

Firing squad to be replaced by lethal injection

Thailand is to carry out its last executions by firing squad in October, before switching to the use of lethal injection, a senior Justice Ministry official revealed.

Tamil American files case against USA Patriot Act

A non-profit group has filed a case in a Los Angeles court, along with a Tamil American doctor, protesting the provisions of the USA Patriot Act and calling for its repeal.

Indian PM confirms intention to sign FTA agreement

Deputy Prime Minister Korn Dhabbarangsi disclosed that Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee confirmed his intention to come to sign a free trade area agreement with Thailand in October.

UNICEF steps up plan for Sri Lanka child soldiers

Construction has started on a transit centre for released child soldiers as part of a plan with Tamil Tiger rebels to rehabilitate children recruited during Sri Lanka's 20-year ethnic war.

SC seeks Laloo's undertaking before allowing him to visit Pak

Clearing the first hurdle, the Supreme Court ordered the CBI at Patna to give former Bihar Chief Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav his passport for renewal but sought an undertaking from him for smooth conduct of trial of fodder scam cases during his visit to Pakistan.

Intelligence sources say 40 killed by LTTE

by Kalinga Weerakkody

Intelligence sources revealed that 40 intelligence operatives attached to the three security forces and police have been assassinated by the LTTE since the signing of the MoU on February 22, 2002.

Mangala to sue FM over 'fingerprint’ issue

by Priyalal Chaminda

Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera has sued the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tyronne Fernando and all other Cabinet Ministers for agreeing to permit United Kingdom High Commission in Colombo to finger print Sri Lankans seeking visa to the UK.

Swadeshi to light up Kataragama Devalaya

Swadeshi Industrial Works, the market leader in the herbal personal care products segment, has undertaken to illuminate the Kiri Vehera and Kataragama Devalaya, during annual Esala festival.

Madhu procession dedicated for peace

By Poorna Rodrigo

Inter religious peace foundation had organised a procession representing all religions when the Madhu statue will be taken in a procession to Vauniya on August 8.

MoU with E Timor set for signing

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

Thailand and East Timor will sign a memorandum of understanding on the Thailand-Timor Leste Technical Cooperation Plan.

PM mocks US complaint over dissident clampdown

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat & Piyanart Srivalo

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra lashed out sarcastically at the US Senate, after it accused the government of acting against democratic principles by attempting to silence Thai-based Burmese dissidents.

Lankan Parliament in Uproar Over British Visa Regulation

The Sri Lankan Parliament had to briefly suspend sittings yesterday following protests over the British government’s pilot project to fingerprint visa applicants.

US urges Tamil Tigers to resume peace talks

The United States has warned Tamil Tigers separatists in Sri Lanka they are undermining hopes for peace, with talks between the government and the rebels in limbo.

PA: Release of more than 300 Palestinian prisoners by Israel - '\'theatrical step'\'

More than 300 Palestinian prisoners were freed, as part of what Israel described a "a good-will measure" and the Palestinian Authority termed "inadequate." The prisoners were handed over to the PA at four West Bank checkpoints and one in Gaza Strip, where families gave them a welcome home.

India to sign free trade pact with Thailand

India is all set to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Thailand in October during Prime Minister Vajpayee's visits there.

Thailand in bid to host international movie directors’ meeting

Thailand is pinning its hopes on a huge influx of tourism revenue after submitting a bid to host a meeting of international movie directors.