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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 949

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Powerful satellite equipment for LTTE in VOT cargo
Sunday Times:Amid the raging controversy over broadcasting equipment the LTTE has acquired duty free through the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo, another serious irregularity has now surfaced. They have been allowed to acquire sophisticated VSAT satellite communications equipment completely unrelated...
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Myanmar: Trade ties Expanded with China
The bilateral trade between China and Myanmar has kept growing this year, and China has become the third largest trade partner of Myanmar, after Singapore and Thailand, according to the statistics of Myanmar. During the first ten months of this year, the bilateral trade volume amounted US$499 milli...
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Cloned Babies Arriving Soon?
New York: -- The race to produce the first birth of a human clone is nearing the finish line -- if you believe the public pronouncements. Last month, it was an Italian fertility doctor, Dr. Severino Antinori, who promised a cloned baby boy in January. On Thursday, it was a scientist who belongs to...
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Bangkok-Gaya inaugural flight diverted
Kolkata, Dec 21: The inaugural Indian Airlines IC-730 Bangkok-Gaya-Kolkata flight was diverted to Kolkata due to delayed takeoff from the Thailand capital today. The delay in the takeoff of the flight launched with much fanfare by Indian Airlines led to its termination here as Gaya Airport has no n...
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Another hunger strike by detained Tamil youth
The Island:Over 78 Tamil youth, both from the plantations and the north-east, detained for long periods with no court proceedings filed against them for 7 or 8 years will begin a death fast this week demanding immediate unconditional release, a CWC spokesman said yesterday. CWC Deputy Leader M. S....
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JVP wants CBK to end Oslo’s role
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: The JVP is taking advantage of Norwegian Ambassador Jon Westborg’s direct involvement in the recent transfer of radio equipment to the LTTE to seek presidential intervention to terminate Oslo’s role in the peace process, political sources said. "We want the pres...
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Gold in Heaven: You brought pavement
Compiled by: V.Rajeny There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him. An angel heard his plea and appeare...
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First meeting of Malaysian-Thai Interior officials to be held in Phuket
Bangkok, Dec 20 (TNA): Thailand will host the first meeting of senior officials of the Malaysian and Thai Interior Ministries in Phuket, according to Interior Minister Wanmuhamadnoor Matha. The Minister told TNA on Thursday that the meeting would be held in the southern resort province of Phuket in...
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Govt revenues increase in first two months of 2003 fiscal year
Bangkok, Dec 20 (TNA) The government’s revenues in the first two months of the 2003 fiscal year reached over Bt145 billion, or 11.7% higher than an earlier target, according to the Ministry of Finance. Somchai Sajjapong, Deputy Finance Ministry Spokesman, told TNA on Thursday that the government’s...
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Playboy Centerfolds Are Less Curvaceous
By Emma Ross, AP Medical Writer London, (AP): The curves of Playboy centerfold models have gradually flattened out over the last 50 years, giving way to a more androgynous look, European researchers suggest. Analyzing every Playboy centerfold since the first one in 1953, they found the models' weig...
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Sri Lanka and China celebrate the Golden Jubilee of ‘Rubber-Rice Pact’
Colombo, (PRIU), Dec. 20:Sri Lanka and China this week celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic ‘Rubber-Rice Pact’ between the two countries. "The ties of friendship that bind Sri Lanka and China date back into the mist of time. Establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries...
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Sinhas charges on SAARC summit - a deceitful sophistry: Pakistan
Islamabad, (PTI), Dec. 20: Pakistan today termed as "deceitful sophistry" India's assertion that Islamabad put off the SAARC summit on "specious" grounds. Indian External Affairs Minister Yaswant Sinha's statement in Parliament that Pakistan was responsible for summit postponement was "deceitf...
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Pakistani scientist offered Saddam nuclear designs
London, (PTI), Dec. 20: A Pakistani scientist approached Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for nuclear weapon designs and help in procuring bomb components soon after the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, document found by United Nations weapons inspectors has revealed raising new concerns about Pakistan's...
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Sri Lanka PM Wants Free Trade Among Econ Group Nations
Colombo, Dow Jones: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Friday called for the establishment of free trade among member countries of a regional economic grouping. "By opening up trade and strengthening economic cooperation, we can increase productivity at home and improve our ability to c...
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Sermon atop fire engine by Suu Kyi to the local junta authorities.
Bangkok, Dec.21: Aung San Suu Kyi declared atop a fir engine, “I am here in the name of democracy which puts the people ahead of everything else. Our first priority is to serve and support the people – the police as well as other officials have the same responsibility. I cannot standby and watch m...
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Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees from India arrive back clandestinely to Talaimannar.
Sri Lankan Tamils who went to India as refugees clandestinely arrived back adopting the same method to Talaimannar. According to Sri Lankan Army news website Seventeen Sri Lankan refugees reported at 1 p.m. on 19 December 2002 to the general area south of Urumalai, about 1.5 km. west of Talaimanna...
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Christmas Day Services - 2002: Archbishop Oswald Gomis to celebrate Christmas with midnight mass.
The Island:Christmas will be celebrated by all Christians in Sri Lanka. Heads of all Christian denominations will take part in Christmas Day services and Midnight Masses. His Grace the Archbishop, Rt. Rev. Oswald Gomis, will celebrate his first Christmas with a Midnight Mass at St. Lucia’s Cathedra...
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TNT-like explosive caused Pettah blaze — Govt. Analyst
By Norman Palihawadana and Shabana Ibrahim The Island: The fire at Gasworks Street, Pettah had been caused by an explosive device similar to TNT used by legitimate and illegitimate forces, claimed Government Analyst W. D. G. Gunetilleke last night. He said that the explosion had been caused to a s...
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Legal action against transmitter to LTTE?
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: Strongly accusing Norway for collaborating with the LTTE in boosting the group’s clandestine radio — Voice of Tigers (VOT) — the PA yesterday said it was considering legal action against the government. A former media minister and PA spokesman Sarath Amunugama sa...
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I am glad to see you believe in yourselves.
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A professor stood before his class of twenty senior organic biology students, about to hand out the final exam. "I want to say that it's been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you've all worked extremely hard and many of you are off to medical school after summer....
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