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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1531

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World needs urgent and concerted action to address common threats - Kofi Annan
Kuala Lumpur, Feb. 24: “This Summit is taking place at a critical juncture, with the prospect of war in Iraq looming before us. However, I believe that war, even now, is not inevitable. “ This was emphasized by Kofi A. Annan, UN Secretary General. Kofi Annan in his message delieverd to the XIII Sum...
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Sri Lanka union battles "peace dividend" reforms
By Chamath Ariyadasa Colombo, Feb 24 (Reuters): A powerful Sri Lankan trade union is fighting to block economic reforms the government hopes will attract foreign aid as a "peace dividend" if it succeeds in ending the island's 19-year ethnic war. "We have kept the labor reforms in check," said S....
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Car industry boom creates 32,000 jobs
Bangkok, Feb. 24 (TNA): Figures released today by the Ministry of Industry appear to back the government’s rosy economic growth forecast, showing that 3,289 new factories opened last year and that 120,950 new jobs were created, 32,000 of them in the automotive sector alone. While the number of new...
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Troops confront Tigers checking pilgrims
The Island: Troops yesterday afternoon surrounded a group of armed Tigers when they were checking a vehicle carrying a group of pilgrims on the Kuchchuveli-Thiriyaya road, police said. A contingent of navy personnel moved in immediately after receiving information that armed Tigers were operating...
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ICRC believes records prevent enforced disappearance
The Island: The ICRC believes that by maintaining records of detainees during regular visits, the organisation has succeeded in preventing enforced disappearances and ill treatment. The ICRC in a statement dealing with its activities in year 2000 said: "It maintains an ongoing dialogue with detain...
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Local cease-fire monitor obtains bail for LTTE abductors of schoolgirls
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: A leading lawyer and a local cease-fire monitor recently filed a motion in the Trincomalee Magistrates’ court requesting the release of two female Tigers, accused of abducting two 14-year-old girls at Sambaltivu, informed sources said. One of the abductors is on...
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Burmese Military Government Leader General Than Shwe Cancel Trip to Summit
Rangoon, (Reuters) Feb. 23: Burmese Military Government Leader Than Shwe called off a visit to Kuala Lumpur for a summit of non-aligned nations yesterday in a move that diplomats said showed rising jitteriness over runs on bank deposits. Deposit runs started early this month at all 20 privately...
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Earthquake in Xinjiang kills 42
Urumqi, Feb. 24 (Xinhuanet): A strong earthquake that struck at 10.30 a.m. Monday morning (Beijing time) in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has killed at least 42 people, according to early reports. More than 1,000 houses and school buildings collapsed in a village in Bachu Coun...
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Non-aligned nations line up against war with Iraq
By Simon Cameron-Moore Kula Lumpur, (Reuters), Feb. 24: - Kings and presidents from non-aligned countries massed in Malaysia on Monday to show that the developing world that accounts for two-thirds of the U.N. wants a say in the Iraq crisis and to tell Baghdad to disarm. Malaysian Prime Minister...
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Miraculous escape for Naidu as chopper makes emergency landing
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 22: BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu had a providential escape this afternoon when the helicopter he was travelling in developed a serious technical snag and had to make an emergency landing at Tuenseng in Nagaland. Naidu, who is on a three-day campaign tour of Nagaland, Me...
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Nawaz Sharif permitted to go to London for heart surgery
Islamabad, (PTI), Feb. 22: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been permitted by the Pakistan Government to go to London for heart surgery. Sharif, currently living in exile in Saudi Arabia, underwent an angiograph test yesterday in a hospital at Jeddah and would shortly go to London to under...
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New Norwegian chief of international peace monitors arrives in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 22: - The newly appointed head of an international mission monitoring a cease-fire in Sri Lanka arrived in the island on Saturday, an official said. Tryggve Tellefsen, a retired army major general, succeeds another Norwegian, Trond Furuhovde, as the head of Sri Lanka...
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Tamils cite shortcomings of Sri Lankas year-old truce
By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 22: While the Sri Lankan government celebrated Saturday the first anniversary of a cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels, residents of the Tamil town of Jaffna shut themselves in to protest that the truce has not yet normalize...
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Govt: Thailand to soon become tourism hub in Asia
Bangkok, Feb. 22 (TNA): The government has set what it calls a promising target--to develop Thailand as a tourism hub in Asia over the next three years, according to a radio news report. When presiding over a workshop on Thailand's target to become a tourism centre in Asia, which was held here yes...
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Over 800 police officers implicated in drugs trade
Bangkok, Feb. 22, (TNA): The National Police Bureau has recently dealt with 600 police officers implicated in the drugs trade, with investigations currently pending against over 200 more, a bureau spokesman announced today. Pol Maj Gen Phongsaphat Phongcharoen said that even prior to the governme...
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War On Drugs: UN will examine killings
Bangkok, Feb. 23:Banharn joins outcry over rights abuse as death toll in anti-narcotics campaign hits 833 United Nations Human Rights Com-missioners will shortly examine Thailand's war against drugs that has killed more then 800 people in the past three weeks, leading human-rights activist Senator...
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Trafficking Of Women: Govt seeks Japanese crackdown
By -Pravit Rojanaphruk, & Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat Bangkok, Feb. 23: Ambassador to Tokyo launches campaign to highlight the plight of Thais forced into prostitution there.
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Myanmar government says it has bailed out failing private banks.
Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Feb. 22: Breaking a silence on Myanmar's bank crisis, the government said it had bailed out crippled private banks after a panicked rush by depositors to withdraw their funds, official newspapers reported Saturday. In reality, all banks have collateral. The government has g...
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Myanmar: International community should do more, says Russian envoy
By Carsten Stormer Yangon, Feb. 17 - 23: THE international community should provide more assistance to Myanmar, the Russian ambassador, Mr Oleg Kabanov, said last week. Myanmar should be the beneficiary of as many international projects as possible, said Mr Kabanov. "It would be better for the co...
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Athaullah wants MoU expanded
The Island: Highways Minister A. L. M. Athaullah wants the government, the LTTE and Norway to expand the cease-fire agreement reached an year ago, to accommodate equal representation of the Tamil-speaking Muslims. Athullah, a key member of the SLMC parliamentary group which opposes leader Rauff Ha...
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