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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1128

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Thai Govt to burn huge lots of narcotics
Bangkok, Feb 1 (TNA): The government will burn over six tonnes of seized drugs this month, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has vowed to lead the nation in decisively cracking down narcotics. The government through the Ministry of Public Health has set February 12 as its first D-day this year...
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Island Capers: Realpolitik in presidential nod?
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s acid comment about Ms. Rosy Senanayake’s assignment as high commissioner to Malaysia — she told the foreign ministry that made the nomination that such appointments further undermine professionalism in the foreign service — has raised some quizzical ey...
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Tigers using Vietnam model of negotiations will give armed forces a ‘send off’ — V. Balakumaran
The Island: With the talks, the Tigers have achieved international recognition. Everyone is competing to help them and those who earlier banned them are now considering de-proscription. This was stated in a speech delivered by V. Balakumaran (formerly known as V. Balakumar), a senior leader of the...
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Batticaloa Sinhalese oppose LTTE regime
The Sunday Leader: The Sinhalese living in Batticaloa have categorically said that they will not accept any form of governance under the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Sinhala community speaking to The Sunday Leader said that they were not in any way prepared to accept and be under a...
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Plight of Trinco Sinhalese upsets MEP leader
By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The Sunday Leader:The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) delegation which visited Trincomalee on January 29 on a fact finding mission on the plight of the Sinhalese people in the area has found issues that need to be addressed urgently. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, MEP...
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Ominous hostage threat by LTTE
By Frederica Jansz in Batticaloa The Sunday Island: Chairman, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Batticaloa, Heikki Hulkkonen said last week that the LTTE has told the SLMM, for every child that escapes its baby brigades, it will take hostage another member of that family. Hulkkonen revealed...
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Announcement of new appointments and retirements in the Union of Myanmar.
Yangon Feb 01: Khin Nyunt, General Secretary-1, of the State Peace and Development (SPDC) has signed the Declaration No 1/2003, dated 15th Waning of Pyatho, 1364 ME - 1 February 2003, of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Mayanmar, assigning Lt-Gen Soe Win as Secretary-2 of th...
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Hijack thwarted on internal China flight - Xinhua
Beijing, (Reuters), Feb. 02: An unemployed Chinese man tried to hijack a plane during an internal flight on Sunday but was subdued, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The suspected hijacker, named as 39-year-old Dong Yue, was in custody and the Air China aircraft, flying from Beijing to t...
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ICC: Electing Best Judges is Critical: New Court Poised to Start Business
New York, Jan. 31: When states parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC) convene in New York next week to elect the court’s first 18 judges, they must put aside politics and vote only for the most highly qualified judges, Human Rights Watch said today. ”The court’s credibility and effective...
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Lebanon proposes Arab summit concerning Iraq, Moussa finds hope to avoid war
In its capacity as the chair of the rotating Arab summit, Lebanon has proposed to convene an Arab ministerial meeting in mid February in order to discuss the Iraqi crisis. In a press conference held yesterday in Beirut, the Lebanese foreign minister Mahmoud Hammoud said that he had conveyed this pr...
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Burmese Democratic Activists want an end of HR trainings for junta by Australia.
26 civil society organizations and groupings from Burma have today urged Australia to end its support for human rights trainings in Burma that had begun more than two years ago. In their open letter to Alexander Downer, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the groups, among which are Students and Youth Co...
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Woman discusses civilian peace force
By Bill Echlin - Record-Eagle staff writer Traverse City, Jan. 31: The idea of unarmed people standing between opposing forces isn't new - think of the man standing in front of a tank to shield protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989, or the anti-war "human shields" now headed to Baghdad. But a cor...
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Peace process checking infiltration from Lanka: Coast Guard
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 31: The ongoing Sri Lankan peace process alongwith patrolling has brought down infiltration and transactions across the country's southern maritime boundary even as the Indian Coast Guard is all set to take over from the Navy 'Operation Swan'along Maharashtra and Gujarat co...
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Three NSCN (I-M) activists shot dead by rival faction
Kohima, (PTI). Jan. 31: At least three NSCN (I-M) activists were shot dead by rival NSCN (K) functionaries in Nagaland's Zunheboto district, police said here today. Police said three bodies were recovered from Lumuthsami village under Akuloto police station limits yesterday. They said the inciden...
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India, Thailand to conclude extradition treaty
Bangkok, (PTI), Jan. 31: India today received full backing from Thailand in countering terrorism with the two countries deciding to conclude an extradition treaty and to share information about terrorists through an institutional mechanism. At the conclusion of discussions Deputy Prime Minister...
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Amnesty Meets Suu Kyi in First Myanmar Visit
Yangon (Reuters), Jan. 31: - Representatives from human rights watchdog Amnesty International, allowed entry for the first time to military-ruled Myanmar, met Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, her opposition party said. "The meeting lasted about two hours and took place at Suu Kyi's resid...
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How close we came to war with Cambodia
Bangkok, Feb. 01: From the moment Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra told reporters on Wednesday night that he would send Army commando units into Cambodia, Thailand was ready to go to war. A few minutes after the PM made his statement, eight F-16 fighter planes and two Chinook helicopters were on...
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Cambodia arrests newspaper publisher for inciting riots
Phnom Penh, Feb. 01: The Cambodian police on Friday arrested In Sivutha, publisher and editor of Rasmei Angkor, the Cambodian newspaper which ran a story accusing a Thai actress of making derogatory remarks on Cambodia and triggered massive anti-Thai riots. On Jan 18, the Rasmei Angkor published a...
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LTTE agrees to take up with leadership fate of detained soldier
The Island:The Muslim factor, provocative actions and child recruitment were the matters discussed at a meeting on recorded complaints and violations of the ceasefire agreement, held between representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and Sri Lanka Monitoring M...
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CBK will use powers to prevent violations by LTTE — Anura
by Kesara Abeywardena The Island: SLFP stalwart Anura Bandaranaiake declared in parliament yesterday that President Chandrika Kumaratunga would use her full powers as the executive President and Commander of the armed forces to direct the forces to prevent the LTTE from violating the ceasefire in...
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