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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 914

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SET hopes to increase market cap to 2.8 trillion next year.
Bangkok, Dec 20 (TNA): The Stock Exchange of Thailand sets a target to increase the market capitalization of the bourse to 2.8 trillion baht next year from 2 trillion expected for this year. SET president Kittirat na Ranong said he had an aspiration to see the market capitalization double to aroun...
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Sri Lankas Tamil-majority northeast cut off due to floods
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 19: Torrential rains have cut off roads in northeastern Sri Lanka, forcing Tamil Tiger rebels to take up relief and rescue work, news reports from the area said Thursday. Incessant rain in Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts brought tr...
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Government suspects Sri Lankas fire tragedy might not have been accident.
By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 19: A fire that killed 20 people and raged through a shopping hub in Sri Lanka's capital might have been caused by a grenade or hidden explosives, the interior minister said Thursday. The fire on Tuesday night was earlier b...
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Cambodians flock to relics of the Buddha
Hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to a Cambodian hilltop shrine north of the capital, Phnom Penh, to catch a glimpse of Buddha relics. The four and half million US dollar stupa was opened by King Norodom Sihanouk. The Buddha relics were brought to Cambodia from Sri Lanka in 1957 and had...
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General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing arrive back after state visit to Bangladesh
Chairman of State Peace and Development Council Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing arrive back after state visit to Bangladesh Together with Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing, Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council General Khin Nyunt and wife Dr Da...
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Long dreamed of highway from India through Myanmar gets go ahead for survey
By Thet Khaing and Win Kyaw Oo Myanmar:Thailand and India have agreed to begin survey work early next year for a highway linking the three countries, a senior official at the Foreign Affairs Ministry said last week. The decision was made at a meeting of officials from the three countries in Yangon...
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US State Dept: Chiang Mai Consulate has found evidence of Gang Rape of Shan Women.
Washington: The United States on Wednesday charged Burmese military with new counts of horrific gang rape and torture, resuscitating a controversy over allegations repeatedly denied by the junta in Rangoon. The State Department said the US consulate in the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai had foun...
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UNF to make positive gesture towards President
By M.Ismeth and Ranga Sirilal Daily Mirror: The UNF government is to respond positively to President Chandrika Kumaratunga's recent call for the strengthening of the cohabitation process, informed sources said. They said government leaders were of the view that the President's call was a hopeful si...
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JVP wants Norwegian Ambassador expelled
By Munza Mushtaq Daily Mirror:The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna yesterday appealed to President Chandrika Kumaratunga to declare the Norwegian Ambassador Jon Westborg persona non grata for importing radio communication equipment for the LTTE. The party's general secretary Tilvin Silva in a letter to Pr...
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London relations with Iraqi opposition; Blair meets al-Barazani and al-Talibani
London, Dec. 20:The British prime minister Tony Blair has discussed with the Iraqi Kurdish leaders in London yesterday the results of the conference the Iraqi opposition held this week, while a meeting for Iraqi opposition has started in Washington to draw the framework for the Iraqi authority foll...
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Thai military officer leads foreign monitoring team in Aceh
Bangkok, Dec 18 (TNA): A Thai military officer who was appointed to lead a foreign team being in charge of monitoring security in Aceh province of Indonesia in the post peace agreement period is scheduled to arrive in Aceh today. Maj. Gen. Kongsak Thavinant's arrival in Aceh is two-day behind an e...
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It is imperative that rights of all communities are fully upheld in any settlement - Jack Straw
"It is imperative that the rights of all communities are fully upheld in any settlement”, said British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in London Tuesday. The comments were made following Tuesday’s talks with G.L. Peiris, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Enterprise Development, Industrial Policy, Investment P...
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Total shutdown: Demands of modern life vie with moons rhythms in Sri Lanka
By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP): Every month, this entire island of 18.6 million people shuts down for the day. Offices, schools and cinemas are closed. Bars don't serve alcohol. Even cricket, the national passion, takes a break. It's Poya, the full moon, birthda...
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World Bank gives US$12.6 million to Sri Lanka to stop spread of AIDS
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP): The World Bank ( will provide US$12.6 million to Sri Lanka to fight the spread of the HIV virus and reduce the stigma attached with the disease, a bank statement said Wednesday. The island nation of 18.6 million people has a "narrow window of opportunity to prevent a nat...
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Death toll increases to 16 in Sri Lankas firecracker store blaze
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP): Rescue workers pulled another six bodies from a four-story building in the Sri Lankan capital Wednesday, bringing the death toll from a blaze in a firecracker store to 16, hospital and police officials said. Twenty-one people were injured in the fire that broke out late...
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Clear future for a united Lanka - Tyronne
Sri Lanka will be a role model to this part of the world by devolving powers within a united country ending a long ravaged war, Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said on Monday in Moratuwa. "We have commenced peace talks with the fathers of the suicide bombs at a time when the entire world is threa...
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Formal re-recording of National Anthem to be undertaken
A formal re-recording of the National Anthem, Sri Lanka Matha is to be undertaken with a view to review its dignity, in readiness for the 2003 Independence celebration. The chorus will be led by Pandit Dr. W. D. Amaradeva and Visharada Nanda Malini and with music provided by Rohana Weerasinghe. The...
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Victory Day – A Joyous day of Celebrations for the Bangladesh residents in Thailand.
"To become a nation is a greatest achievement. Bangladesh successfully realized this achievement by its victory on 16 December 1971. That was the greatest single event that led to the subsequent emergence of Bangladesh and also for the birth a of new nation, said Yongyos Adireksarn in his address....
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President hosts luncheon: Bilateral ties to grow further: Than Shwe
With a hope for deepening bilateral relations to reciprocate Bangladesh's goodwill, Myanmar Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe wished to turn Myanmar-Bangladesh border into one of peace, stability and prosperity. He noted that there exist no big problems in bilateral relations between the two...
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Yangoon agrees to reduce trade gap
Myanmar has agreed to extend Bangladesh all cooperation to reduce trade gap with Yangon and boost trade potentials under agreed minutes. As per the agreed minutes, the second Bangladesh Trade Fair-2003 will be held at Yangon by March. Bangladesh Commerce Minister and his visiting Myanmar counterpar...
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