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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 915

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British band to perform in support of Sri Lanka peace process
Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP), Dec. 12: - Sri Lanka is to host its first international pop concert in years, with the British reggae band UB 40 performing Saturday in Colombo to support the country's peace process. The island nation has fought a civil war for nearly two decades and is now negotiating a p...
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Tamil Tiger rebels return to Sri Lanka after peace talks in Norway
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 12: Tamil rebel negotiators returned Thursday after peace talks in Norway and discussions in Switzerland on how to set up a federal power-sharing system that Sri Lanka hopes will end 19 years of civil war. After touching down on the island's only international airpor...
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Govt to press Yemen to import more rice
Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA): The government would attempt to press Yemen to import more rice from Thailand in a bid to reduce trade deficit, Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik disclosed yesterday. Speaking after a meeting with Mohamed Taramustafa, Yemen ambassador to Thailand, he said the discussion fo...
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Soldier killed in shootout with Wa
By Wiwatchai Somkam - The Nation Chian Mai, Dec. 13:Military intelligence officers predicted there would be more clashes between drug traffickers and Thai soldiers following a fierce gunfight between a Thai patrol and a Wa drug caravan on the northern border that left one Thai trooper and three in...
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Japan to open market for Thai mangosteens
Bangkok, Dec 13 (TNA): - Japan will soon open its market for mangosteens from Thailand, as quality of the Thai fruit has been improved to a satisfactory level, according to Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Sora-ath Klingprathum. Sora-ath told TNA here on Thursday after meeting with Japanese A...
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Permitting LTTE upgrade radio station ridiculous: Restore Wanni Sevaya — Opposition
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: The opposition wants the government to restore the special radio service which was closed down following a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE, particularly as it recently allowed the LTTE to acquire state-of-the-art equipment to boost its clandestine Voice of Ti...
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NJC conveys concern over Swiss accord of equal status to LTTE
The Island:The following is the full text of the letter, the National Joint Committee of Sinhala organisations sent to the ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka. "According to media reports, the Government of Switzerland has, in a press release, stated that its support for the peace process was b...
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Hakeem will continue pivotal role in peace process - Kandy MC
by Cyril Wimalasurendre The Island: Kandy — SLMC Kandy Municipal Councillor Asmin Marikkar on Wednesday (11) stressed that party leader Rauf Hakeem would continue to play a pivotal role in the peace process. "No one can stop him from being a part of the process," he told a press briefing organised...
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About Curious Sound only told to Monks
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, "My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?" The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, and even fix his car. As the man tries to fall a...
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We do not claim anything apart from our historical rights in Nagaland. – Th. Muivah
By K.T.Rajasingham Th. Muivah, the General Secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) informed the Asian Tribune, that they have accepted the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and decided to visit India shortly, for further talks with the Indian Gove...
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Sri Lankas top opposition party demands Tamil rebels surrender arms
By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 13: Sri Lanka's main opposition party Friday demanded Tamil Tiger rebels surrender their weapons as part of the island nation's peace negotiations to end 19 years of civil war. "We strongly demand that decommissioning of (...
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Shinawatra accompanies Khaleda to Chiang Mai: We must unite as Asians to face global challenges: PM
Chiang Mai, Thailand, Dec 12: Prime Minister Khaleda Zia suggested utilising excellent political relations prevailing between Bangladesh and Thailand as a common tool in facing together global challenges stemming from rapid changes following globalisation, stringent international trade terms and th...
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Bangladesh-Thailand to sign MOU on stock markets
Chiang Mai, Dec 13 (TNA): Bangladesh and Thailand will this week sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in stock markets, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin told TNA in this northern resort province of Chiang Mai on Thursday that the MOU would be signed during...
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Celebrations in Sinai to mark the Anniversary of St. Catherine
Egypt, Dec. 13: The holy land of Sinai recently witnessed an international celebration to mark the martyrdom of St. Catherine of Alexandria. The celebration was held at the foot of Mount Moses, where St. Catherine's monastery is located. The monastery, which was originally ordered to be built by th...
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Condoleezza Rice – Will you stay out of China.
Compiled by: V.Rajeny Here is a recent conversation between our president G.W. Bush and his national security advisor Condoleezza Rice. "In the immortal words of Yoda: "Be afraid. Be very afraid." George B.: Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening? Condoleezza R.: Sir, I have the report here about...
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Seized N.Korean Scud Ship Bound for Mideast -Spain
Madrid, (Reuters), Dec. 11: - A North Korean ship carrying hidden Scud missiles and about 85 drums of chemicals was bound for a Middle East port when it was intercepted in the Arabian Sea by Spanish warships, Spain said on Wednesday. Spanish Defense Minister Federico Trillo told a news conference...
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Yemen Protests Seizure of North Korean Ship; Says Scuds Were Bound for Its Army
By Thom Shanker with Terence Neilan New York Times: Washington, Dec. 11 — Yemen said today that Scud missiles found on a North Korean ship were destined for its army, and issued formal protests over the vessel's seizure to the United States and Spain, the official news agency Saba said. ``The shipm...
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U.S. releases to Yemen its shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles after standoff
By Ahmed Al-HaJ Associated Press Writer cantonrep.com: San'a, Yemen (AP), Dec. 11: - The U.S. Navy released the shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles it seized, sending the vessel and its cargo on their way Wednesday to the original destination of Yemen. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer s...
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Sri Lanka Seeks Ways To Better Utilize India Credit Line
Colombo -(Dow Jones), Dec. 11:- Sri Lanka plans to set up a facilitation bureau to better utilize a $100 million credit line received from the Indian government in April 2001, the Minister of Industries said Wednesday. The funds under the credit line are available to the Sri Lanka government for th...
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Northern Sri Lanka town hit by violence, police arrest 14 .
By Joe G. Ariyaratnam, Associated Press Writer Yahoo News: Jaffna, Sri Lanka (AP), Dec. 11. - Police used tear gas and truncheons to disperse about 300 protesters who threw stones at the office of a pro-government political party in a northern stronghold of the rebel Tamil Tigers, officers said We...
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