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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1554

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Swedish-Thai govts urged to promote bilateral trade and investment
Bangkok, Feb 28 (TNA): The Federation of Thai Industries and the Board of Trade see a need for the Swedish and Thai governments to promote bilateral trade and investment of the two countries. Speaking at a seminar on Export to Sweden, Piyabutr Cholvijarn, member of the board, said the trade value...
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Sri Lankan negotiator warns against high expectations
Colombo, Feb. 28:The government's chief peace negotiator warned Thursday that the country must not expect the peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels to continue at its initial rapid pace as the two parties were about to start discussing contentious issues. "There is one note of caution that I wa...
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Thaksin vows to review targets
By - Piyanart Srivalo & Wattana Kamchu Bangkok, Feb. 28: Prime Minister Thaksin Shina-watra said yesterday that he would review arrest targets that have been set in the war on drugs after a Channel 11 cameraman's assistant broke down and told him that his parents had been suspiciously murder...
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PM-Muslim delegation in pow-wow on separate representation
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday afternoon met with a multi-party Muslim parliamentary delegation to discuss a gamut of issues, particularly the inclusion of a separate independent Muslim delegation for the ongoing negotiations between the government and...
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LTTE bound by SLMM ruling — GL
The Island: Government’s chief peace negotiator G. L. Peiris yesterday said that it was the responsibility of the LTTE to adhere to the ruling of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission on the release of the soldier and the policeman in Tiger custody. Answering a question at the cabinet press briefing Mi...
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Norwegian Foreign Minister, Balasingham to visit Vanni for pre-talks consultation
By Kesara Abeywardena The Island:LTTE’s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Peterson and Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen will visit Vanni prior to the next session of peace talks to consult Tiger Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. Cabinet spokesman Minister G...
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Bala-Prabha to meet prior to crucial talks in Japan
Daily Mirror: LTTE Chief Negotiator Anton Balasingham is due to hold talks with Tiger Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in Kilinochchi in a few days to discuss the agenda for the next session of peace talks in Japan where matters relating to the economic aspect of power sharing are likely to be taken u...
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UNHCR Office in India comes under severe attack by the Scandinavian Burmese Committees.
Oslo, February 27: The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in India shows absolute disregard to the plight of the 50,000 Burmese refugees languishing in India. An allegation of this nature was conveyed in a letter by the Burmese Committees in the four Scandinavian countrie...
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Finance Minister Jaswant Singh unveils populist budget
New Delhi (Reuters), Feb. 28: Finance Minister Jaswant Singh unveiled a populist budget on Friday with a slew of measures to make life easier for the poor and the middle classes. But he also promised to maintain budget discipline, saying that fiscal consolidation was essential for economic growth....
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Supreme Court stays "fast-paced" trial proceedings against Jayalalithaa
New Delhi (PTI), Feb. 28: The Supreme Court today stayed the trial proceedings in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets cases against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on a petition filed by a DMK leader accusing the prosecution of being under the influence of the State Government and...
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Pallone introduces legislation supporting UNSC seat for India
Washington, (PTI), Feb. 28: A legislation has been moved seeking the US House of Representatives to go on record to support India's bid for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council. Democrat Congressman and founder member of the India Caucus, who has introduced the legislation said...
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Pallone introduces legislation supporting UNSC seat for India
Washington, (PTI), Feb. 28: A legislation has been moved seeking the US House of Representatives to go on record to support India's bid for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council. Democrat Congressman and founder member of the India Caucus, who has introduced the legislation said...
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Thai PM tries to start Burmese peace process
An alliance of Burma's rebel groups says it welcomes a promise from Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to instigate peace talks with the Rangoon government. Mr Thaksin says he tried to persuade the junta to negotiate with rebel groups during a visit to Rangoon earlier this month and the l...
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Thailand to destroy all landmines by April
Sa Kaeow, Feb. 28, (TNA): – Thailand is on track towards meeting its international obligations to destroy all landmines in its arsenal by the end of April, the director of the National Landmines Operations Centre announced today. Maj Gen Kitti Suksomsatharn expressed confidence that Thailand would...
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Chandrika gets closer to ousting Ranil government
Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 28: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party today announced that it was about to clinch a deal with the Marxists to oust the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) said it had four rounds of negotiations with the J...
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Lawyers on the prowl waiting for their prey.
Compiled by - V. Rajeny A barber gave a haircut to a priest one day. The priest tried to pay for the haircut, but the barber refused saying, "I cannot accept money from you, for you are a good man - you do God's work." The next morning the barber found a dozen bibles at the door to his shop. A po...
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Say a resolute “NO” to the offer of Col. Bekele Patrick. (Rtd.) from Congo.
Col. Blake Patrick is from Democratic Republic of Congo; formerly the country was known as Zaire, geographically located almost just below Central Africa claims that he was a close friend and confidante of the disgraced former president of the country Laurent Kabila. In an e-mail letter sent to the...
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UN body concerned over opium abuse in India
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 26: The UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) today said widespread illicit opium and cannabis cultivation and their abuse in India are still a matter of concern despite drastic steps to curb the menace. "Illicit opium poppy cultivation occures in India in the...
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Sri Lanka sets up VIP security modelled on India
Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 26: Sri Lanka today launched a new VIP security unit based on India's Special Protection Group (SPG) following advise from Indian experts, officials said. The new unit known as Protective Security Range (PSR) was established amalgamating the elite Prime Minister's Security Di...
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India backs Sri Lanka peace bid with cash: Minister
Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 26: Sri Lanka today said that India, which has extended a 200 million dollar credit line to the island nation, was supporting Colombo's peace bid despite domestic political compulsions. Sri Lanka's chief peace negotiator, G. L. Peiris said New Delhi was fully supportive of a...
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