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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1198

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Take Ceasefire Responsibilities Seriously
The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, in its latest media release, has appealed to both the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to take the ceasefire responsibilities seriously. The National Peace Council has also expressed it regret over the loss of life of th...
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Thais say make love not war
Bangkok, February 12, (TNA): The anti-war stance of ordinary Thais was shown into sharp relief today by the publication of a poll showing that nearly half the population of Bangkok believes that the US does not have sufficient reason to attack Iraq and 65 percent saying that war goes against relig...
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Makha Bucha Day celebrated in Bangkok
Bangkok, Feb 12 (TNA): The governmental and private sectors will co-host an event to mark the Makha Bucha Day at Sanam Luang in front of the Grand Palace. Yongyudh Thanapura, Secretary- General of Buddhism Organizations Council of Thailand said that the auspicious ceremony attended by the highly r...
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Drugs Crackdown: PM rejects call for rights monitors
Bangkok, Feb. 13: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday dismissed the suggestion that foreign human-rights groups investigate alleged extra-judiciary killings by police, who are hard pressed to produce results in the ongoing crackdown on narcotics. The idea of having a United Nations agency...
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Thaksin seeks sweeter sugar
Bangkok, (Bloomberg) Feb. 13:Thailand, the world's second-largest sugar exporter, plans to seek cooperation from Brazil and other top sugar producers to boost the sweetener's price, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said. “As a producer, we should be able to command the price,'' Thaksin said at a c...
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Myanmar marks 56th Union Day with calls for unity, democracy
Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 12: Myanmar's ruling junta urged ethnic unity and warned against "destructive elements" while the opposition renewed calls for democracy at ceremonies Wednesday marking the country's 56th Union Day anniversary. The holiday commemorates the signing of a 1947 agreement by eth...
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Myanmar urges national unity at 56th Union Day ceremony
Yangon, Myanmar: Myanmar's military government on Wednesday called for unity among ethnic minorities and warned against "destructive elements" at a ceremony marking the country's 56th Union Day anniversary. The holiday commemorates the signing of a 1947 agreement by ethnic leaders and the late in...
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Junta chief calls for patriotism, unity in Myanmar
Yangon, Feb. 12: The leader of Myanmar's junta called Wednesday for "unity and patriotism," to mark the country's 56th Union Day in Yangon. Blaming Myanmar's problems on "destructive elements inside and outside the country," junta chief Sr. Gen. Than Shwe said all ethnic groups in the country shou...
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Report released by Christian Solidarity Worldwide Confirms abuse of authority in Burma.
Child soldiers and gang-rape survivors In Burma give testimonies In the Christian Solidarity Worldwide Report. The report of the s Christian Solidarity Worldwide was just released on 11 February. According to an interview found in the report, a 14-year-old boy has told CSW of his experiences as one...
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Suu Kyi reiterates call for dialogue with junta
Yangon, February 13: Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), reiterated Wednesday her party's demand for dialogue with the country's junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). "In this auspicious time of Union Day, we urge the SPDC to start the dialogue as...
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U.S. slams LTTE over arms smuggling
Colombo (Reuters), Feb. 13: The United States said on Wednesday a recent attempt by Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels to smuggle weapons was highly destabilising and could cast doubt on their desire for peace. Three rebel weapons smugglers set their boat on fire and blew themselves up last week afte...
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Infosys Mentor of India to Advise Sri Lankan Govt on IT Policies
Mumbai, (PTI), Feb 12: Asia Pulse - Narayana Murthy, the chief mentor of Bangalore-based Infosys Technologies, has been roped in by neighbouring Sri Lanka to advise the island country's government on IT related policies and increasing IT penetration. "As an advisor, my role will be to guide how IT...
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Japanese peace envoy arrives in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Feb. 13: Yasushi Akashi, Japan's representative in charge of issues concerning Sri Lanka, arrived here Wednesday for a three-day visit packed with meetings and discussions revolving around the island's efforts to end almost two decades of war. Upon arriving, Akashi traveled to Kandy with...
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Sri Lanka will seek more Indian help in air force training, spokesman says
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 12: - Sri Lanka may ask neighboring India for more help in training air force personnel during this week's visit by the head of the Indian air force, a military spokesman said Wednesday. India's Air Chief Marshal Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy arrived Wednesday in Sri L...
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Malwatte Prelate meets Japanese peace envoy
By J.A.L. Jayasinghe - Daily Mirror The Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte Chapter yesterday requested the special Japanese Peace envoy Yasushi Akashi not to earmark Japanese assistance for any particular part of the country. "Please ensure that your assistance will benefit t...
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Jaffna Library: A burning issue
By S.S.Selvanayagam - Daily Mirror Tension mounts in the Jaffna town as the Mayor of Jaffna vows to go ahead with the scheduled opening of the re-constructed Jaffna public library tomorrow (Friday) amidst protests from a consortium of public organizations. Mayor Chellan Kandian told the Daily Mirro...
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Sri Lankan SEP replies to a right-wing supporter of the LTTE
In the following exchange, the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka replies to an email from a supporter of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) defending the organisation’s involvement in the peace negotiations with the Colombo government. The email was sent in response to an article by K....
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Terror alerts in Washington and London
London (Reuters), Feb. 13: - The United States and Britain are on their guard against attacks by al Qaeda, with anti-aircraft missiles and fighter jets on high alert in the U.S. capital and troops patrolling London's main airport. With the Bush administration denouncing an "unholy partnership" be...
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India may have 25 m AIDS cases by 2010: CIA
Washington, (PTI) Feb. 12: India is fast approaching dangerous levels of HIV infection with up to 25 million HIV-positive cases — more than any other country in the world — projected for the year 2010, US Central intelligence Agency (CIA) has said. India and China are expected to see a vast incr...
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Concerned at arrests in Myanmar, Annan says dialogue is key to reconciliation
UN News Centre, Feb. 12: – Voicing concern at the arrests by the Myanmar authorities of 12 members of opposition parties, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated his strong belief that national reconciliation should begin with a constructive dialogue between the Myanmar author...
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