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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1132

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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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No credible evidenc to back child soldier claim
By Diplomatic Editor Thet Khaing Myanmar has denied the allegations by the United Nations that its armed forces had forcibly recruited child soldiers. In a report to the UN Security Council last month, Secretary General Kofi Annan indicated Myanmar as one of the countries where "children are recrui...
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Cabinet reshuffle shortly; Thakur, Rajnath may be included
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan 27: A reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers with some inductions and exclusions is likely shortly in which former ministers C P Thakur and Rajnath Singh may find a berth. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee held consultations with Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, BJ...
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Appointment of A S Anand as NHRC chairman cleared
New Delhi (PTI), Jan. 27: Former Chief Justice of India Justice A S Anand will be the next chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) replacing Justice J S Verma. Justice Anand's name is understood to have been cleared by a high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Atal Bihari V...
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Milliyet: Turkish- American joint military plan concerning Iraq
The Turkish daily Milliyet said yesterday that the Presidium of the Turkish army staff and the American military officials have finalized joint plan concerning likely military operations against Iraq, and that the two sides reached an agreement concerning the passage of American units to Iraq throu...
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Govt to act as public consumes 5m slimming tablets per year
Bangkok, Jan. 27, (TNA): The Food and Drug Administration yesterday warned the public to avoid unethical slimming clinics which over-prescribed medication, saying that the Thai public already consumed 5 million slimming tablets each year. FAO secretary-general Dr Supachai Khunarattanapruek said tha...
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PM confident of policy on decisive drugs suppression
Bangkok, Jan 28 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday voiced confidence the government’s policy on decisive suppression of narcotics would produce a concrete result within three months as a result of full cooperation by many state agencies concerned. He said his government did not set...
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Drug Crisis: UN, govt turning blind eye to Wa : Kraisak lashes out over conspiracy to appese Rangoon
A leading senator yesterday accused the United Nations drug agency and the government of turning a blind eye to the illicit activities of the pro-Rangoon Wa army along the Thai border in an attempt to please the military government of Burma. Senator Kraisak Chonhavan blasted the government for not...
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Moragoda orders anti-MoU cut-out, out
The Island: Economic Reforms Minister and peace negotiator Milinda Moragoda has told 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. Minister Mil...
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To prevent unlawful LTTE acts: President asks IGP to act immediately
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a communication to the Inspector General of Police T. E. Anandarajah has expressed concern over continued LTTE abduction of children. She has said that over the last few months, repeated representations have been made to her by concerned parties rega...
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EU Pressures Myanmar Over Human Rights, Democracy
b>Brussels, Belgium (Reuters), Jan. 28: - The European Union ( news - web sites) chided Myanmar Monday over its lack of democracy and poor human rights record and also urged the southeast Asian country to open up its economy to market reforms, diplomats said. “Several EU countries raised their co...
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40 charred to death in bus-truck collision in Howrah district
Kolkata, India, (PTI), Jan. 28: At least 40 people were charred to death when a Kolkata bound luxury bus from Orissa collided head-on with a truck loaded with paint containers and caught fire after falling into a ditch on National Highway at Baliara in Howrah district, 40 km from here early this m...
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