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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1497

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Myanmar leader seeks Delhi support
Chennai Feb. 19. A leader of Myanmar's opposition group, the National League for Democracy (NLD), Dr. Swe, has urged the Indian Government to help in "reviving the dialogue between the Burmese military junta and the NLD" as a means of restoring democracy in that country. Dr. Swe, who is on a tour...
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Sri Lankan police drag out hearings over LTTE’s threats against SEP
By Nanda Wickremesinghe - World Socialist Web Site 20 February 2003: Despite continuing threats by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) against members of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) on Kayts Island in northern Sri Lanka, three court cases earlier this month confirm that the police a...
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Pakistan air force chief, 16 others die in plane crash
Islamabad, (Reuters), Feb. 20: - The commander of Pakistan's air force, Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir, and 16 other people were killed when a military plane crashed in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, the air force said. Air force spokesman Air Commodore Sarfraz Ahmed Khan told Reuters the debri...
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Thailand performance in APEC Peer review - Impressive.
Chiang Rai, Thailand, Feb. 20: An independent APEC assessment has concluded that despite the recent economic crisis, Thailand is half way towards achieving its free trade goals in only 7 years of the set 24 year reform and liberalization schedule. The findings were presented in the 'Individual Act...
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14 killed in attack in Philippines
Manila, Feb.20: — At least 14 civilians were killed and nine others wounded when about 50 armed men attacked a remote town in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Norte on Wednesday night, police said Thursday. Police said 11 were killed on the spot when the armed men swooped in on K...
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Myanmar invites U.S. to hold political dialogue
Yangon, (Reuters), Feb. 20: Myanmar's ruling military invited the United States on Thursday to enter dialogue on the country's political future, a surprise move apparently aimed at warding off the threat of further economic sanctions. The move follows U.S. criticism of Myanmar's human rights reco...
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How many Bangladeshis are there in India?
By Rezaul H. Laskar, Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS): Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister L.K. Advani says 20 million Bangladeshis have infiltrated into India, but his ministry seems to have no firm figures for aliens from Bangladesh who have made this country their home. Min...
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Moodys satisfied with Thailand hefty international reserve
Bangkok, Feb 20 (TNA): Moody’s Investors Service, one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies, had been satisfied with the high level of Thailand’s international reserve, but still wanted to keep monitoring the government’s public debt management, said an informed source at the Finance Minis...
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Sino-Thai free trade area expected to be set up this year
Bangkok, Feb 20 (TNA): An ambitious plan to set up the Sino-Thai Free Trade Area has been in well progress, and is expected to be successfully set up in coming months. Returning from his two-day official visit to Beijing, scheduled between February 18 and 19, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said...
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Ratan Tata to hold talks with Sri Lanka premier
Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 20: India's leading industrialist Ratan Tata will hold talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss possible investments by the Tata group in the island nation. Sri Lanka's constitutional affairs minister G L Peiris said Wednesday that the visit of Ra...
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Royalist politican killed in Cambodia
A high-ranking politician in Cambodia's opposition royalist party has been shot and killed by unidentified gunmen. FUNCINPEC party politician Om Radsady, 51, died in hospital after being shot twice as he left a restaurant. While he was not a candidate in the elections, Mr Radsady is believed to be...
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Mae Hong Son business suffers after ban on Burmese
Mae Hong Son, February 18, (TNA): The Mae Hong Son Chamber Commerce today urged the provincial administration to reconsider a ban on small-scale Burmese traders buying goods in the province, saying that the local economy was suffering as a result. Mr Phoolsak Sunthornphanichakij, chamber president...
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Mystery deepens a Laos denies using ruby as collateral
Bangkok, Feb. 18, (TNA): Rumours that a ruby worth several billion baht had disappeared from a Thai bank safe after being deposited there by the Lao government as collateral for a railway construction project were thrown into fresh confusion yesterday by a denial by the Lao ambassador that such a...
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PM thanks Chinese counterpart for continued support
Beijing, Feb 19 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday expressed thank to his Chinese counterpart Zhu Rongji for continued support for the establishment of Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in his first-day official visit to People’s Republic of China. The Thai premier met the Chinese...
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Editorial: Climate of distrust is all-pervasive
Shan State Army leader Colonel Yawd Serk was right to dismiss suggestions that Thailand could play a mediating role between Burma's ethnic groups and the generals in Rangoon. Yawd Serk accused the Burmese junta of not being sincere with their offers of negotiation. He deemed the green-light for the...
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India: No meeting with Pakistan leader at NAM summit
New Delhi, Feb. 18 (Xinhuanet):- India on Tuesday ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf during the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Kuala Lumpur. Asked about the possibility of a face-to-face meeting between t...
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Boost to Naga unity bid
By Jahansher Firoze Dimapur, Feb. 18: In a positive response to S.S. Khaplang's call for unity, the NSCN (I-M) today said the rival insurgent leader's statement could be the stimulus for a new campaign to reconcile warring Naga groups. "If we are all concerned about Naga unity, things should move...
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Hu Jintao cautiously emerges from Jiang shadow
By Benjamin Kang Lim Beijing, Feb 19 (Reuters): China's Communist Party chief, Hu Jintao, moved the wife of an Inner Mongolian herdsman to tears when he braved temperatures of minus 35 degrees Celsius to visit the couple's tent home last month. In the days that followed, Hu's predecessor, Jiang Ze...
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Huge uranium deposits found in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad, (PTI) Feb. 18: Huge deposits of uranium have been found in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, state minister for Mines and Geology Uma Madhav Reddy told the state assembly here Tuesday. Replying to Hari Babu (BJP) and others during question hour, Uma said an estimated 11.026 mill...
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India, Pak grants visas to each others new Dy High Comm
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 18: India and Pakistan Tuesday granted visas to each other's new Deputy High Commissioner who will replace envoys expelled by the two countries earlier this month. While Indian High Commission in Islamabad cleared the visa for Pakistani diplomat Munnawar Saeed Bhatti, the...
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