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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1169

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Chief suspect in Katunayake bomb blast to be indicted
by Chitra Weerarathne The Island: The Attorney General will shortly indict, P. Nirmala Ranjan (Sea Tiger), the chief suspect of the Katunayake airbase bomb blast, in July 2001. Riyaz Hamza, State Counsel yesterday requested the Supreme Court for further time to finalise the documents, pertaining t...
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Ceremony at Independence Square marks national unity
By Kesara Abeywardena The Island: The 55th Independence anniversary was celebrated in a dignified ceremony that marked national unity and harmony at the Independence Square yesterday graced by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other dignitaries. The official...
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Black flags in the Jaffna as Sri Lanka president calls for a new start for war-battered nation.
By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 04: - For the first time in 20 years, Sri Lanka marked its independence day Tuesday without the specter of civil war. But in the once troubled Jaffna Peninsula, home to most of Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamil minority, the mood wa...
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Karens on the 56th Anniversary of KNU Day
February 5: Today is the 56th Anniversary Day of the founding of the Karen National Union (KNU). On this anniversary day, Karen National Union issued the following statement: 1. On the 5th of February 1947, 4 Karen organizations - the Karen National Association (KNA), the Karen Central Organizatio...
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Senior General Than Shwe sends felicitations to President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Yangon, Feb. 4: On the occasion of the Anniversary of the Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka which falls on 4 February 2003, Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council and Prime Minister of the Union of Myanmar, has sent messages...
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Pongal Celebration of All Myanmar Tamil (Hindu) Foundation held
Yangon, Feb. 3: Organized by All Myanmar Tamil (Hindu) Foundation held in commemoration of Pongal Celebration at Inya Lake Hotel yesterday. Present on the occasion were Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Brig-Gen Thura Aung Ko, Director-General of Department of Religious Affairs Dr Myo Myi...
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Writing Hindi or Tamil on mobile phones
By Frederick Noronha, Indo-Asian News Service Bangalore, Feb 5 (IANS): Indian languages are too complex to make it to the computer keyboard or make the most of cell phone power, right? Wrong! A Mumbai-based team of scientists has worked out an innovative solution using a strong dose of lateral thi...
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Khaplang olive branch to Muivah tribe
By Samir K. Purkayastha NSCN-K Council headquarters (somewhere in the jungles of Myanmar), Feb. 4: In a move reflecting his eagerness to end fratricidal clashes, insurgent leader S. S. Khaplang berated a section of his men for claiming that the Tangkhuls were not Nagas. "They are Nagas like any o...
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Mahesh Bhatt refuses to meet Bush
A Mid Day Correspondent New Delhi, Feb. 05: Noted film director Mahesh Bhatt has refused an invitation to attend the 51st National Prayer Breakfast meeting with US President George Bush in Washington on Thursday. "It occurs to me, on second thought, that participating in such sessions with the Pr...
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Demand to Decommission LTTE Weapons Gathers Steam in Sri Lanka
Champika Liyanaarachchi - OneWorld South Asia Colombo, Feb 4 (OWSA): With a rise in human rights violations against certain political and ethnic groups by Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the demand for decommissioning their weapons is gaining momentum here. "Judging by the eve...
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President calls for transparent, democratic approach
by Kesara Abeywardene The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga while congratulating the Prime Minister and his team for positive results achieved, recommended a "deep study of the causes for the setbacks and failures" encountered in the past one year in her Independence Day address to the natio...
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War on Drugs: Drug-runner killed and drugs Captured by Shan State Army
On 4th February 2003, at 08:20 hr, a clash broke out when Shan State Army (SSA) troops met with some drug runners at Ho Nam Toh; about 40 minutes walk from the SPDC's camp at San Su, opposite of Fang, Chiang Mai Province. SSA troops captured 1-drug runner, but dead and 280,000 tablets of amphetamin...
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Pay for colonial Britain sins, Indian tells Blair
London(IANS), Feb. 05): An 81-year-old Indian expatriate who was a freedom fighter is taking Prime Minister Tony Blair to court for failing to apologise for British colonisation of India. Ramen Bhattacharya, originally from Kolkata, has filed a case against Blair under the Race Relations Act beca...
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Thai Human Rights Commissioner on Burmese political activists.
By – K.T.Rajasingham Bangkok, Feb. 05: The Government is not interested in allowing Thailand to be used as base against Burma. The Army has insisted that it will not tolerate any foreign political activist to use of Thailand as a base for their political activities. Jaran Ditapichai explained thi...
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Some Tamil Children Rushing Marriage
Kalkudah, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 05: -- In this village of coconut groves and modest brick-and-clay homes, parents are rushing to marry off their children. But there are no elaborate celebrations, no brides draped in jewels and red saris in this mostly Tamil village of 150 families on Sri Lanka's e...
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India should join peace process: Sri Lanka veteran
By P. Jayaram, Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS): A top Sri Lankan opposition leader Wednesday urged India to give up its hands off policy towards Sri Lanka and get "actively involved" in the Norwegian brokered peace process which he fears may soon "go to pieces". Mahinda Rajapakse,...
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Phnom Penh provides temporary office for Thai envoys
Bangkok, Feb 5 (TNA): The Cambodian government has provided a temporary office for Thai envoys, and has asked that the Thai government send the country's charge d'affaires to Phnom Penh soon, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin told reporters on Wednesday that Phnom Penh's off...
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News Outlets Scramble to Cover Shuttle
By - Ken Thomas - Associated Press Writer Miami, Feb. 03: Banner headlines proclaiming "Columbia Lost" and "Shuttle Disaster" hit newsstands Saturday as newspapers across the country put out extra editions to chronicle the nation's worst space disaster in 17 years. Other papers expanded their...
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Shans deny Burmese Report about - Drug Free Border
In response to the New Light of Myanmar, 30 January, reporting the three townships across the Thai border was rid of the poppy cultivation in the 2002-2003 season, both Lahu and Shan sources maintained the reality was entirely the other way round. New Light of Myanmar issue dated 30 January repor...
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Man one day will land on Mars: Kalam
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 03: President A P J Abdul Kalam on Monday said the Columbia space shuttle mishap will not deter space scientists from their urge to explore and ultimately man will one day land on Mars. "Man one day will land in various planets. Man one day will land (even) on Mars (the...
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