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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 946

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Happy New Year!
Bangkok, Dec. 30-31 (PNA): -- That famous greeting will be heard from people everywhere around the world as we celebrate the coming of a new year -- 2003. But do you know that in the old days New Year's Day was not celebrated in January but in March, which is associated with spring? In fact, the c...
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Christ died between two thieves so I thought I’d do the same!
Compiled by: V.Rajeny After dozens of very expensive tests and weeks of hospitalization, the rich old man was told he had only 24 hours to live. He immediately called his doctor and his lawyer to his room. He asked the doctor to stand by one side of the bed and the lawyer to stand by the other. Af...
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Door to shut on refugees
Bangkok, Dec. 30: Thailand will end its role of sheltering and resettling refugees fleeing political conflicts. National Security Council chief Winai Phattiyakuhul said yesterday. “It is a big burden for the country to shelter these refugees. We have to invest personnel and resources to help them,...
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Chargesheet filed against Vaiko
Chennai,(PTI), Dec. 30: A chargesheet against MDMK chief Vaiko and eight others, arrested in July under POTA for their alleged remarks supporting the banned LTTE, was filed by Tamil Nadu police today. The chargesheet running into 440 pages was filed at the Designated POTA Court in suburban Poona...
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Tiger radio: CBK to deal directly with Norway PM
By The Sunday Times Diplomatic Correspondent Sunday Times: President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will write this week to Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Bondevik to apprise him of her serious concerns over the role played by their Embassy in Colombo in helping Tiger guerrillas acquire sophist...
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Army supports peace process
Sunday Times: Army Commander Lt. Gen. Lionel Balagalle yesterday defended the Army’s position on the issue on 'High Security Zones' in the Jaffna peninsula and said it firmly believes that advising the Government on matters of National Security is its public responsibility. The Army Commander was r...
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Core issues at next round of talks
By Dilrukshi Handunnetti The Sunday Leader: The crucial fourth round of peace talks between the Sri Lanka government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be held in Thailand from January 6-9 to discuss core issues including the unit of devolution. The decisive round, according to govern...
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Jaffna Library reopening postponed
The Sunday Leader: The reopening of the destroyed Jaffna Library which was restored at the cost of Rs. 120 million has been postponed. Sources said another Rs. 20 million was needed to complete the work and the cash strapped government was finding it difficult to fork out the sum immediately. The...
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PM brushes aside nicknames given by local media
Bangkok, Dec 28 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Saturday brushed aside nicknames given to him and his administration by the press, saying that the government will perform better next year. In his weekly radio programme, "Premier Thaksin Talks with the Public" this morning, the Thai lea...
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Thai army repatriates dissidents to Myanmar
Bangkok, Thailand, (AP), Dec. 28: - About 100 Myanmar exiles who had sought refuge in Thailand are hiding out in the jungles just inside Myanmar after being evicted by the Thai military, one of the exiles said Saturday. The Thai army has acknowledged deporting some Myanmar nationals, saying they...
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Tigers criticise presence of Army in Jaffna
Colombo, (PTI), Dec. 28: Sri Lanka’s peace process seemed to be heading for a major crisis after Tamil Tiger rebels flayed ceasefire monitors for justifying the heavy Army presence in the Jaffna peninsula by ruling out removal of high security zones on security grounds. LTTE chief negotiator Anton...
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He can not wear regular glasses; he only has one eye and one ear
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A policeman was interrogating 3 blondes who were training to become detectives. To test their skills in recognizing a suspect, he shows the first blonde a picture for 5 seconds and then hides it. "This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?" The first blonde answers, "T...
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20th world scout conference officially begins.
Chonburi, Dec 29 (TNA): The 20th World Scout Conference, held at Yao Beach of Sattahip district in this eastern province of Chonburi, was inaugurated last night with tightened security and well-prepared medical and public health services, according to TNA reporter. His Royal Highness Crown Prince M...
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Three Iraqis killed in a raid against Southern Iraq; Questioning head of Technology University
Baghdad, Dec. 27: The UN inspectors yesterday made the second special interview with one of the Iraqi scientists working in the Iraqi chemical, biological and nuclear programs. They yesterday questioned the chairman of the Technology university in Baghdad Mazin Muhammad Ali Jum'a after they had que...
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The doctor had both hands on my shoulders
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A man with stomach pain goes to the doctor. The doctor tells him it's constipation and he'll have to use suppositories. The man is instructed to drop his pants and bend over, whereupon the doctor shoves the tablet up his ass. "You'll have to do the same thing every six hours f...
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Preparation completed for 20th world scout gathering
Chonburi, Dec 27 (TNA) - Preparation for the 20th World Scout Conference, to be held in this eastern province of Chonburi, is now completed. All arrangements with tightened security measures have been completely prepared for visiting international scouts, according to a news report of iTV. The well...
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PM:2003 will be the year of dignity of Thais
Bangkok, Dec 27 (TNA): The dignity of Thais will be recognized in the international community in the year 2003, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin told reporters on Thursday that he would make 2003 become the year of dignity of all Thais in the international community, as the...
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Myanmar Rejects US State Department’s Accusation
Yangon, Dec. 27: Idea of Using Rape to Achieve Objectives Alien to Myanmar Culture It is Completely Illogical to Allege that it Could Commit Acts that Would Result in Discord Among the National Races . The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Union of Myanmar on 26 December issued a press release on...
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State Dept. Confirms Myanmar Rapes
Washington, (AP), Dec. 27: - The State Department has confirmed the systematic rape of ethnic Shan minority women and girls by the military in Myanmar and says it is appalled. Department officers located many of the victims, whose mistreatment over the last five years was detailed initially in June...
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Myanmar reiterates denials of using rape as weapon of war
By Grant Peck, Associated Press Writer Bangkok, Thailand, (AP) Dec. 27: - Stung by criticism from the U.S. State Department, Myanmar's military government issued a new denial of charges that its army uses rape as an instrument of war. "The notion of rape as a systematic national policy is abhorr...
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