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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1390

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Several foreign delegates due for talks with Govt., LTTE
by Dilanthi Jayamanne The Island:Several foreign delegates are scheduled to arrive in Colombo next week to hold discussions with the government and the LTTE prior to the next round of peace talks scheduled to commence on March 18 in Japan. The delegates include the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Ia...
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PA says its in favour of a peace with honour
The Island: The PA, clarifying their position regarding the peace effort, claimed that they were in favour of a peace with honour but, that they could not agree with some of the aspects in the peace talks between the government and the LTTE. "We will certainly not disrupt the government’s peace ef...
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The Women League of Burma on women who have struggled for justice, peace and equality.
The Women’s League of Burma pinpoints those women in Burma face violence of different forms. In a statement issued on the occasion of the International women’s day, the women's league points out that in Burma many women have been raped, trafficked for sexual and other exploitation, forced to become...
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Senator McConnell Condemns Burma for Use of Child Soldiers & gross abuse of human rights by Rangoon
Washington, March 06: Senator Mitch McConnell (Republican of Kentucky), the second most powerful Republican in the Senate, condemned Burma's military junta for using child soldiers to commit atrocities against ethnic minorities. McConnell, who is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcom...
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State Department Fails to Designate Partners as Violators of Religious Freedom
Washington, March 5: The U.S. State Department’s designation today of countries that deny religious freedom once again failed to single out some of the world’s most egregious violators, Human Rights Watch said today.
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"Open" house for Myanmar
New Delhi, March 5: George Fernandes has finally answered the question that has been bothering many of his supporters for years. He has said there is no contradiction in championing the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar and engaging with its junta. Fernandes was releasing Burma File: A Questi...
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Former IB Addl Director, three family members held
New Delhi, (PTI), March 06: A top former Intelligence Bureau official, his journalist son and two other family members have been arrested on charges of harassing and assaulting his daughter-in-law for dowry. J B Singh, former Additional Director of IB, his son Rakesh, along with wife and da...
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Conflicting Report: 21 more TN fishermen land in Sri Lankan custody
Ramanathapuram, (PTI), March 06: In yet another incident of Indian fishermen landing in troubled waters, 21 fishermen from Nagapattinam district were taken into custody at mid-sea by Sri Lankan Navy today even as 93 others arrested earlier this week were set free by a court in the Island natio...
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Sri Lanka new opposition alliance seeks to oust government
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 06: Accusing the Sri Lankan government of giving too many concessions to Tamil Tiger rebels and failing to control prices, the country's new opposition alliance will launch a campaign to unseat the regime, a lawmaker said Thursday. "Under the guise of a so-calle...
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Ruling party threatens to remove human rights commission
Bangkok, Mar 6 (TNA): The simmering tension between the government and the National Human Rights Commission on the government’s handling of drug suppression measures exploded yesterday, with members of the ruling Thai Rak Thai Party threatening to remove the commission for failing to toe the gover...
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Thailand to push for exports of halal food to Middle East
Bangkok, Mar 7 (TNA): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has scaled back plans to publicize Thailand’s halal food standard in the Middle East, but will, nonetheless, forge ahead with pushing for greater exports to a limited number of Middle Eastern nations. Presiding over a meeting of the Committ...
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Bumrungrad inks Burma deal
Bangkok, March 06:Bumrungrad Hospital International (BHI) last week signed an agreement to manage Burma's first privately licensed hospital, a statement released yesterday said. The US$20-million (Bt847 million) Pun Hlaing International Hospital in Rangoon is owned by Serge Pun and Associates,...
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"I was just doing my job": NHRC Pradit
Dr Pradit Charoenthaitawee, a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), yesterday said he was merely doing his job by reporting Thailand's human-rights violations to the United Nations. "The NHRC assigned me to do so," Pradit said at a press conference. Pradit also demanded his...
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Myanmar coup plotters headed for dustbin of history
By Aye Aye Win - Associated Press Writer Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), March 05: - A year ago, the news that relatives of former dictator Ne Win had been arrested for treason hit Myanmar like a thunderbolt. But what had been stunning news in a land grown largely blase to politics after four decades...
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Myanmar ethnic leader asks U.S. to inspect anti-drug efforts
Lauk-Kai, Myanmar, (AP), March 05: - An ethnic leader in northern Myanmar has declared the Lauk-kai region, known for opium poppy cultivation, free of the drug-producing crop and invited United States anti-narcotics officials to visit. To avoid misunderstanding, we would like to invite the Unit...
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Christian leader says Myanmar junta sympathetic to complaints of discrimination
By Uamdao Noikorn, Associated Press Writer Bangkok, Thailand (AP), March 06: The head of the World Council of Churches said Thursday that Myanmar's military government has agreed to investigate complaints of discrimination and abuse against Christians. WCC General Secretary the Rev. Konrad...
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Don’t rock peace boat by allowing encroachments on N-E state lands — Defence Secy.
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island:Defence Secretary Austin Fernando wants Lands Ministry to take immediate action to prevent encroachments on state lands in the North-East as it would jeopardise the Norwegian-led peace process. An authoritative security source said that the Defence Secretar...
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PA to back govt. decision to resume executions
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island:Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday extended his support to a disputed government decision to resume executions. "There was no reason for us to oppose the decision," he said, reminding that parliament adopted a motion by PA MP Bharatha Lakshman P...
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Since MoU no arrests under PTA: Over 1000 terrorist suspects released
The Island:Under a ceasefire agreement reached in February last year, the government has released over 1000 terrorist suspects, an authoritative source said yesterday, adding that the government was in the process of reviewing the remaining cases. During the same period no arrests have been made...
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Tiger radio dispute switched to court
By Susitha R. Fernando Daily Mirror:The controversy over the import of modern equipment for the LTTE radio station hit a new pitch yesterday when the Court of Appeal issued notice on the Norwegian Ambassador and the Minister of Mass Communication among others in a writ application asking for an...
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