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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 969

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Nepal: Victims of alleged human rights abuses under pressure
Amnesty International is extremely concerned for the safety of victims of human rights abuses who are being further persecuted by the military in Nepal. Two young women, Tarnum and Tabsum Maniyar, were today pressurized by army officials from Chisapani army camp to retract information given to Amn...
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Sri Lankas Tamil Tiger rebels reject call to put down arms
By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer Colombo, (AP), Dec. 26: - Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday rejected a call by Sri Lanka's military to disarm, saying the issue was "nonnegotiable" at this stage. In a strongly worded statement, the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam also accused the military of...
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Wives plead with SLMM for release of hubbies from LTTE custody
The Island: A group of wives have appealed to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to secure the release of their husbands from LTTE custody. The wives in a letter said that their husbands were active members of various political parties serving as full time workers. After the recent ceasefire...
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8 relieved of SLMC posts
The Island: A meeting of the High Command of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress held on Wednesday presided over by the SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem, removed the following persons from the posts they held on the charges of causing dissension in the party and thereby causing harm to the good repute of the party...
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Firewood collectors collected by LTTE, released on Rs. 40,000 ransom
By Norman Palihawadana The Island: Three persons collecting firewood in a Valaichchenai jungle were abducted and released on the payment of a forty-thousand-rupee ransom by the LTTE, police sources said. They had gone into the jungle after keeping their bicycles at the Punani railway station. The...
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Thaksin reassures continued host facilities for peace talks
The Island: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand said he was greatly pleased with the progress made in the Sri Lanka Peace Talks and assured continued host facilities in the Kingdom for this ground-breaking peace effort in a fellow Buddhist country. This assurance was given to Econo...
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Dawn of long awaited Peace seems nearer now - Archbishop of Colombo
Colombo, Dec. 26:We, Christians celebrate Christmas this year at a very significant moment of our country's history. The dawn of the long awaited peace seems nearer now than ever before. Especially within the past two decades we have been yearning and praying for the gift of peace, but it has been...
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FPO raises economic growth estimate to 5%
Bangkok, Dec 27 (TNA): The Fiscal Policy Office has raised its economic growth estimate this year to 5% from 4.8% since the local consumption and export continued to increase in the fourth quarter. Visut Srisuphan, director-general of the office, said the upward revision of the growth projection wa...
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Mega dam project for Shan State
By Win Kyaw Oo A Thai company has reached agreement with the Myanmar government to build a massive hydro-electric dam on the Than Lwin River in southern Shan State. The dam, expected to cost up to US$4 billion, will be the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asia, said Mr Swarng Champa, managing direc...
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Major General Trond Furuhovde, the SLMM Head, should Shut his Mouth.
By K.T.Rajasingham Whilst the fourth round of the peace negotiation between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are around the corner in Thailand, Major General Trond Furuhovde, the Head of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission should consider to shut his mouth, instead o...
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S.Lanka says shipped radio equipment to rebels
Colombo, (Reuters) Dec. 27 — Sri Lanka said on Friday it had issued a broadcasting license and transmission equipment to Tamil Tiger rebels in a transfer intended to strengthen a peace process to end nearly two decades of war. The announcement ended weeks of speculation over how the radio equipment...
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Myanmar-Thailand to jointly build new power plant
Bangkok, Dec. 26: - Myanmar and Thailand have agreed to jointly build a new power plant in the southern Shan State of the former, according to a VOA news report. The Myanmar Energy Ministry and NBX Group of Thailand agreed to jointly build the water-based power plant on Friday, said the VOA news r...
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Bangkokians spend 1.5 bn bt annually on foretelling fees: TFRC
Bangkok, Dec 25 (TNA): City residents have annually spent around 1.5 billion baht on foretelling service fees, according to Thai Farmers Research Center. The leading think tank disclosed the foreteller business continued to gain popularity despite the country’s economic slowdown. According to a su...
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Myanmar, US at odds on drugs decision.
Myanmar and the United States have made different assessments about a decision due by President George Bush on cooperation with Washington in drug control. A statement issued by the Myanmar government last Tuesday (December24) said George Bush had declined to certify Myanmar as a country cooperatin...
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BOT affirms rise in international reserve stems from capital inflow
Bangkok, Dec 26 (TNA): – Bank of Thailand’s Governor M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula yesterday affirmed an increase in the international reserve to US$38.1 billion now stemmed from foreign capital inflow, not from a change in asset prices only. He said the foreign capital continued to flow in the countr...
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China helps Myanmar bolster Coco Island facilities
Rediff.com, Dec. 25: In a development likely to cause concern to New Delhi, Myanmar is expanding, with Chinese support, its naval facilities in Great Coco Island. According to a report in the latest issue of the Jane's Defence Weekly, the project was launched on November 4, 2002. It involves the co...
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Protest to Rid EPDP from Delft Continues.
Delft, Dec.25: "The protest to rid the Eelam People’s Democratic Party would steadfastly continue. Till they leave we will not give up." The Tamil people of Nedunthievu – Delft, have expressed their determination to continue with their protest until the final departure of the armed and other cadres...
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Report: Naga Rebels, India PM to Meet
New Delhi,(AP), India: In a major step toward ending a five-decade rebellion in northeastern India, the prime minister will meet in New Delhi this week with leaders of the strongest guerrilla faction, a newspaper reported Monday. Leaders of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council...
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Burma bolstering Coco naval set-up
London: In a development likely to cause concern to New Delhi, Burma is expanding, with Chinese support, its naval facilities on Great Coco Island, the site of a major signals intelligence facility situated near the strategically important Andaman and Nicobar islands. - PTI -
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Aided by China, Burma bolsters Coco Island force
London, Dec. 25: In a development likely to cause concern to New Delhi, Burma is expanding, with Chinese support, its naval facilities on Great Coco Island, the site of a major signals intelligence facility situated near the strategically important Andaman and Nicobar islands. According to a report...
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