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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 948

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Al-Jalabi: the military operation against Iraq will start very soon
The leader of the opposition Iraqi national Congress, Ahmad al-Jalabi, has expressed his conviction that the American military operation against Iraq will start shortly but is not known when it will end. He called on the Iraqi President to abide by International law. In a statement to the press fol...
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U.S. Ratifies Treaty Banning Child Combatants
New York, Dec. 23: Ratifying the treaty banning child combatants will enable the United States to exert real leadership in ending the use of child soldiers around the world, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch welcomed U.S. ratification of the treaty, which took place this morning. "...
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North and northeast of Thailand getting colder till New Year
Bangkok, Dec. 23 (TNA): Temperature in the northern and the northeastern part of the country will become steeply low during the festive season as the Meteorological Department warned Thais to be prepared for a cold winter. Thick fog covered Chiang Mai province, which is getting much colder particul...
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Oil price hike expected early next year
Bangkok, Dec 23 (TNA): Oil prices in the world market are expected to fluctuate and jump to higher levels early next year due to the fear of renewed war between the United States and Iraq, according to a senior oil executive. Manoon Siriwan, Senior Executive for Marketing and Lubricant Oil of Bang...
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Japan to write off Myanmar debts
By Atsushi Yamada, The Asahi Shimbun Bangkok: Japan will write off 150 billion yen in loans to Myanmar (Burma), but sone fear it may be opening itself up to international criticism for doing so. The Myanmar write-off is only one component of the government's efforts to ease the burden on heavily i...
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Sri Lankas Women Rebels Abandon Bullets for Bicycles
Geeta Sharma - OneWorld South Asia Batticaloa, Dec 23 (OWSA): In the Tamil dominated Batticaloa district in the south Asian island of Sri Lanka, aggressive women rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have embarked on an image makeover - morphing into docile champions of development...
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Pro-democracy activists under threat of arrest and deportation
Bangkok, Dec. 23: Burmese and ethnic minority pro-democracy activists taking refuge in Thailand are being threatened with arrest and deportation to military-ruled Burma. The Thai Army's Ninth Division has ordered all pro-democracy activists in Sangkhla Buri to leave Thailand immediately despite e...
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Alien workers miseries, injuries and conflicts.
Surat Thani, Dec. 24: Radio Free Asia recently contacted some Burmese workers employed at a fish processing plant in Surat Thani which is located south of Bangkok and was given the following details about the tragic death of one Moe Ko Oo. He was a youth aged 21. Native of Myanaung island, Arak...
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Marudamunai LTTE leader apologises to police
by Norman Palihawadana The Island: Marudamunai LTTE leader "Bava" has apologised to police for conducting an LTTE court in a state-controlled area in Kalmune, Internal Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said. The minister said that he instructed the police to continue such raids on any LTTE courts in...
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President expects to be briefed on top US visitor’s intentions
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga expects to be briefed on any decision the government may take regarding the expectation of visiting US Commerce Department Assistant Secretary William H.Lash for Sri Lankan support to refuel warships and other facilities if the US declares war on Iraq. Pr...
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Army turns down LTTE request to withdraw Batticaloa brigade hqrs.
by Divaina Corr. Sirimevan Kasturiaratchchi The Island:The Army has refused a request by the LTTE to withdraw the Batticaloa Brigade Headquarters and the high security zone surrounding it. The Batticaloa Brigade Headquarters of the Army is located at the Batticaloa Urban Council building and the Re...
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Govt. to make full statement on transmitter to LTTE
by Kesara Abeywardena The Island: The government will make a "comprehensive" statement within the coming week regarding the controversial issue concerning radio transmitting equipment handed over to the LTTE through the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo, cabinet spokesman Minister G. L. Peiris sa...
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Cabinet approves privatisation of bus companies despite President’s objections
Colombo, Dec.23: Cabinet on Wednesday approved the privatisation of six cluster bus companies despite objections by the President for lack of transparency. The President has received a number of complaints in this regard. She also pointed out that the appropriate procedure for privatising a state...
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The Night Before Christmas
Compiled by: V.Rajeny Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, except for my mouse. No kids lived with me, so I thought I would chatter. There'd be no damn reindeer, and so stupid clatter. There'd be no fat elf, coming through my chimney. I'll be alone...
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Bangkok to host grand fashion show on New Year countdown celebration
Bangkok, Dec 24 (TNA): – The government and the private sector will jointly organize a grand fashion show on the New Year's eve to promote Bangkok as a regional fashion hub. Industry Minister Somsak Thepsutin said that the the government through the Industry Ministry and the private sector would o...
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Santa And KSC Landing Team Set For Possible Christmas Eve Contingency
Kennedy Space Center, Fla, Dec, 23: .As children in Central Florida and around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, Santa and NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) landing convoy team are rumored to have conducted secret exercises to address any possible contingencies that might arise during Santa...
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Malaysian-Thai PMs inaugurate power linkage system
Kedah, Dec 22 (TNA): – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad on Saturday jointly inaugurated the power linkage system between the two neighbouring countries, according to TNA reporter. The inaugural ceremony of power linkage system was held at the Holiday...
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Malaysian PM:Thai-Malaysian cabinet meeting unique and productive
Hat Yai, Dec 23 (TNA): The Thai-Malaysian Cabinet Retreat, the brainchild of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is unique and productive for both governments, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Sunday. Although the meeting was informal, its substance was real and pertaining to...
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Malaysian-Thai cabinet meeting ends with success
Songkala, Dec 23 (TNA): A historic meeting of cabinet members of Malaysia and Thailand ended successfully yesterday with leaders of the two neighboring countries upbeat about more cooperation in energy, investment, and tourism. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathi...
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Gas Pipeline: It is going ahead: PM
Songkhla, Dec. 23: Thaksin tells Malaysian prime minister that controversial project will be approved despite violent opposition. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has assured Malaysia that construction of the controversial Songkhla gas-pipeline will go ahead despite violent opposition. Thaksin to...
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