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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 Foreign Office Minister Mike OBrien spoke to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Mike O'Brien spoke to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 9 December about the current situation in Burma. Following the call Mike O'Brien said: 'I spoke today with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the Burmese democracy movement and Nobel Prize winner, as par...
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Myanmars feared Wa fighters resent
Pangsang , Myanmar (AFP): Myanmar's ethnic Wa, former head hunters reviled by foreign governments as a ruthless narco-army flooding the world with heroin, insist they have abandoned drugs and bitterly resent their reputation. "Give us a chance to prove ourselves," pleaded Pauk Yu Yi, one of four br...
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MOC to promote Hom Mali rice in China
Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA):The Ministry of Commerce will join forces with rice exporters to promote Thai Hom Mali or jasmine rice in China, according to a senior official. Rachen Pachanasunthorn, Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade told TNA that Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik woul...
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Thai PM remains confident of economic strength
Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA): – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday reiterated the Thai economy would not be adversely affected if the United States experienced economic malaise and got in a heap of non-performing loans as many feared. The optimism about the local economy was made upon a report of...
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Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission used its powers to bite the victims and not its perpetrators.
Asian Human Rights Commission based in Hong Kong has railed against the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka as “a disappointing Institution.” It alleged the statutory body functioned in such a way often violating the principles of international and national law in dealing with torture ca...
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Thailand-Myanmar to hold meeting on drugs suppression
Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA) – Thailand and Myanmar will hold a bilateral meeting on cooperation in narcotics suppression during December 13-14 to discuss obstacles and ways to coordinate efforts to cope with the drugs problem. A source at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board said the meeting would...
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Bangladesh PM goes to Thailand today
Dhaka, Dec. 12: Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia goes to Thailand today on a three-day landmark trip opening a new air-route between the two countries. Thai Prime Minister Dr Thaksin Shinawatra will fly in to Chittagong earlier in the day to take her to his country’s resort city Chiang Mai f...
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Thai PM inaugurates Chiang Mai-Chittagong route
Chiang Mai, Dec 12 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Thursday inaugurated a new air-route linking Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand with Chittagong port city of Bangladesh, according to T.V. news reports. The inaugural ceremony was held this morning at the Chiang Mai Airport, said the...
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Protest paralyzes Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula
Clombo, Sri Lanka (AP) Dec - 12:- Shops and offices were closed, public transport stopped and people remained indoors on Thursday in the Tamil rebel-held Jaffna peninsula in a shutdown to protest disputed allegations that police fired on civilians this week. One man was arrested on Thursday after o...
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Court begins case involving LTTE attack on Socialist Equality Party
By Deepal Jayasekere World Socialist Web Site: Dec. 10. The Magistrates Court on Kayts Island in northern Sri Lanka began hearing charges on December 4 against Karthikesu Amirthalingam, a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who is accused of assaulting Nagarajah Kodeeswaran. Kod...
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MOC:Website of major rice exporting countries to be opened soon
Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): A new website linking information among major rice exporting countries, including Thailand, will be opened soon, according to an official report. The official report of the Ministry of Commerce's Department of Foreign Trade, which was sent to TNA, said that Thailand was esta...
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Thai PM downplays concern on effect from possible US-Iraq war
Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday expressed confidence Thailand would not be adversely affected as many worried if the war between the United States and Iraq broke out. In particular, he believed oil prices would neither overly increase nor the fuel shortage would...
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Study Faults Australia for Accepting Refugees - By Invitation Only.
Sydney, December 10, 2002: Many refugees who come uninvited to Australia are compelled to do so because they cannot find effective protection anywhere else, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released to mark International Human Rights Day. The 94-page report, "By Invitation Only: Australian...
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Row over handing over of uncensored Iraqi declaration to US
United Nations, (PTI), December 10, 2002: Resentment is brewing within the UN Security Council after its President handed over the first copy of uncensored version of the Iraqi declaration to the United States, ignoring other members. The remaining permanant members and all non-permanent members...
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Myanmar burns massive quantity of opium poppy seeds
Yangon, Myanmar, Dec. 10: - Myanmar's military authorities have burned more than 8,500 kilograms (18,700 pounds) of opium poppy seeds, stimulant pills and other drugs in their latest show of determination to stamp out the drug trade, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The event was part of a new drug e...
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Swiss govt. places Lanka on equal terms with LTTE: recognises Karuna as Military Commander of East.
The Island:The government of Switzerland has recognised Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna as the "Military Commander of East Sri Lanka" and said that Swiss support for the peace process was based on "principles of equality with both sides". Following is the text of a press release of the Sw...
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Hafrath, Subairdeen, Athaullah sacked from SLMC High Command
by Zacki Jabbar The Island: The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) on Monday sacked its rebel General Secretary A. L. M. Hafrath MP and other dissident members S. Subairdeen, A. L. M. Athaullah MP and Deputy Leader A. Uthuman Lebbe from its decision making body - the High Command. An SLMC spokesman t...
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Three Escaped Tiger Girls are lodged safely at Gangodawila Rehabilitation Center.
Batticaloa, Dec. 10: Three Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) female cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who managed to escape from LTTE clutches and arrived at the Army camp at Batticaloa town on 07 December around 10 a.m. have been referred to the Rehabilitation Center at...
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Ensure principles of democracy, pluralism and human rights - India
New Delhi, Dec. 10: The Indian side noted the positive signals that have come out from the latest round of talks in the Oslo Peace Process,” the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a statement at the conclusion of the two-day official visit to Colombo by Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwar Siba...
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Human Rights more significant in Sri Lanka than ever before – President
Colombo, Dec. 10: “The people of Sri Lanka commemorate Universal Human Rights Day this year at a time when its significance has increased than ever before,” President Chandrika Kumaratunga said in her International Human Rights Day message today. The UN declared December 10 as the International Hum...
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