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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1131

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PM sets to visit China and US
Bangkok, Jan 29 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is set to resume his official trips overseas this year, starting off by visiting the People Republic of China late next month and the United States in June. Speaking after the cabinet meeting yesterday, Government Spokesman Sitha Tivaree sai...
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British Minister Mike O’Brien due tomorrow
The Island:British Foreign Office Minister Mike O’Brien will arrive in Colombo tomorrow (29) for a two-day visit. He will be meeting with the Prime Minister, Ministers G. L. Peiris, Moragoda and other senior officials, to discuss the progress of the peace process and other matters of bilateral int...
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LTTE remove anti-MoU cut out on Moragoda’s order
The Island: Economic Reforms Minister and peace negotiator Milinda Moragoda ordered the SLMM to get the LTTE to remove a cut-out depicting one of its cadres with the slogan "The land of the heroes" at the entrance to Batticaloa town saying it was violation of the Government-LTTE MoU. The cut-out w...
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Austin Fernando - Karuna pow-wow tomorrow: Many contentious issues on agenda
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: The government will have an opportunity to raise a gamut of contentious issues with the LTTE tomorrow (30) when Defence Secretary Austin Fernando meets with eastern province LTTE military ‘commander’ S. Muralidharan alias ‘colonel’ Karuna at Vavunathivu in Battic...
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News website Malaysiakini.com to be evicted from its offices
Reporters Without Borders said today (27 Jan.)it was appalled at plans to evict Malaysia's Internet news website Malaysiakini.com from its premises just days after police raided them, apparently for publishing criticism of the government, and warned that it threatened once again the country's chief...
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LTTE rejects Nambiar report
Colombo, Jan. 29: The Tamil Tigers have rejected former Deputy Indian Army Chief Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar's preliminary report on the controversial civilian resettlement within the High Security Zones (HSZs) in the Jaffna peninsula, saying they fiercely oppose any proposal requiring the de-commissi...
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Bush Says Saddam Continues to decieve the world.
Washington, Jan. 28: In his annual state of the union address, US President George W Bush has said America has a responsibility to isolate what he calls outlawed countries with weapons of mass destruction. Bush also alleged that Iraq is continuing to deceive the world about its weapons programme....
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BIOTEC uses GM technology to develop ornamental plants
Bangkok, Jan 29 (TNA): – The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) is using the genetically modified (GM) technology as a scientific method to grow ornamental plants and herbs. Bunyanat Natwong, an official of Plant Genetic Engineering said that the global GM technolog...
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Where is our soldier, Army asks
Thailand, Jan 29: The army asked Burma yesterday to locate a Thai sergeant who went missing on Burmese soil about four years ago, an informed source said yesterday. Thai officials raised the issue at a meeting in Tachilek of the Thai-Burma Township Border Committee, co-chaired by Colonel Apichart...
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SPDC : TheTerror Regime
Khur Tai Korn Khaw First, if there is any organization fitted to be labeled "terrorist", it is the Burmese military junta, the SPDC. Consider this facts: according to UNCHR there are nearly half a million internally displaced persons (IDP) within Shan, Karen, Karenni, Mon and Arakan States, due to...
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EU supports forest management in Thailand
Bangkok, Jan 29 (TNA): - The European Union (EU) has offered a grant of Bt80 million to support forest management projects in Thailand. Andreas List, the European Commission's Charge d' Affaires in Thailand, told reporters here that the five-year financial support was aimed to fund small-scale for...
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Tamil Nadu govt denies reports of farmers eating - rat meat.
Chennai, (PTI), Jan. 29: Tamil Nadu government today denied reports that some farmers in the state had to resort to eating 'rat meat' owing to extreme poverty. Asserting that there was no such incident, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the assembly that her government would not allow such a si...
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Sri Lanka and Tigers to discuss Federalism during Berlin round
Colombo, (PTI), Jan 29: Sri Lanka's peace negotiators will discuss the structure of a federal state that will form the basis of a final settlement to the island nation's ethnic conflict when they meet in Berlin, the government's chief negotiator said today. "I will have discussions with Dr. Bal...
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Jaitley, Shourie, Thakur Sworn in as New Ministers in the Indian Union Cabinet
New Delhi, Jan. 29: Arun Jaitley and Dr C P Thakur on Wednesday returned to the Union Cabinet as Prime MInister Atal Behari Vajpayee effected an expansion-cum-reshuffle of his 39-month old Ministry. Arun Shourie was also sworn in as Minister for Information Technology. Senior BJP Leader and Rajya...
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Karen - Burmese Military Campaign - Karen could also be in an upbeat mood
On 23 January 2003, fighting broke out between the KNLA (Karen National Liberation Army), military wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), and the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) forces. Burmese troops under the command of the SPDC, fired mortar shells at KNU bases located near the Burma...
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15 Political Prisoners Disappeared from Burmese Detention and Feared Killed - AAPP
In the last Nine months of 2002, 15 political prisoners disappeared from various prisons in Burma where they were being detained. At least seven, and possibly all 15 are feared killed after being removed from prison by military authorities. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP...
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Japanese Assistance to the North and East not to LTTE - SCOPP
Colombo, Jan. 27: Peace Secretariat in Colombo refutes allegations that Japanese provided assistance to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) through one of their institutions. A press release issued by the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat announced: “Recent media reports alleged that Japanese a...
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Burma-Wa Powwow, details sketchy.
Some 4-500 Wa are still facing off besieging Burmese troops in the area north of the former Kuomingtang stronghold in eastern Shan State, according to a report by local Lahu and Shan sources. The area of dispute is between the Namyawng in the north and Namkai in the south, both being tributaries o...
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Asian Nations Must Adhere to Landmine Ban or Face More Mine Victims - Elizabeth Bernstein
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (Reuters): 27 January 2003 - At the opening of an Asia-wide meeting on landmines, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, called on Asian governments to adhere to the rapidly emerging international norm against the antipersonnel mine o...
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Sri Lanka President cracks whip on child soldiers
Colombo, (PTI) Jan. 27: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga today set a week's deadline for the country's police and military chiefs to crack down on the recruitment of child soldiers by Tamil Tiger rebels. In separate letters to police inspector general T. E. Anandarajah and army comma...
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