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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 949

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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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Army wants bus passes restored
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: The army wants the government to restore bus passes for junior officers and men deployed in non-operational areas, military sources said yesterday. Earlier, army headquarters was told that the facility would not be available from next year. Defence Secretary Aust...
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Lanka protests to US over marine’s drunken manner
The Island: Sri Lanka yesterday protested to the US regarding an unprovoked attack by a US marine on a vehicle carrying a senior Foreign Ministry official near Kanatte junction, Borella on Thursday, official sources said. US Charge D’ Affairs Ms. Long Lee was told the serviceman’s behaviour was to...
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As long as LTTE retains military capability High security zones must continue — President
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday said that existing High Security Zones (HSZs) in the north-east should remain intact as long as the LTTE retains ‘a military capability’ to target key bases, particularly Palaly and KKS, a presidential aide said. Quoting...
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The Nation - Editorial: Let the truth about mass rapes be told
December 29: An investigative report by the US State Department disclosed by The Washington Post this week said that Burmese troops have systematically raped Shan women and girls. The report verified exactly what local groups - the Shan Human Rights Foundation and the Shan Women's Action Network...
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17 December Washington File: State Department Condemns Burma Militarys Use of Rape as Weapon
The United States is appalled by reports the Burmese military uses rape as a weapon against civilians in the ethnic regions of that country, according to the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). In a statement placed on its website, the bureau cited a report that...
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MCOT’s New Year celebration proves Thailand as a world tourist attraction
Bangkok, Dec 26 (TNA): A grand New Year celebration, to be organized by the Mass Communication Organization of Thailand (MCOT), and other 12 public and private agencies, will prove to the world that Thailand is a favourable tourist attraction, according to a T.V. news report. The grand New Year ce...
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Al-Sharq al-Awsat: CIA tempts Iraqis to split
London, Dec. 26: In its yesterday's issue, the London- based al-Hayat daily said that the US CIA made contacts in June this year in New York with three senior Iraqi weapons experts including Lt. Gen. Amer al-Saadi, the advisor for the Iraqi President in an attempt to convince them to split from Bag...
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