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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1225

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Iraq: Prepare for Humanitarian Crisis
New York, February 13, Iraqi civilians could face tremendous hardship if war disrupts their access to food and water or forces them to join hundreds of thousands of people already displaced from their homes, Human Rights Watch said today. A 25-page briefing paper released today by Human Rights Watc...
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Bahraini activists head for Iraq in a solidarity trip
A Bahraini activist has announced that 100 Bahraini activists will head for Iraq on the dock of a ship on February 17 in a one- week solidarity trip to Iraq. The chairman of the Bahraini people's committee in support of the Iraqi people Hassan al-Alli said that the " committee called for the organi...
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Hope of Cassino in Pattya city effectively dashed
Thailand, Feb. 13: – As reported by the Bangkok Post: “The prime minister yesterday effectively dashed Pattaya resort city's hope of running the country's first legal casino, when he said he did not want Thais to be addicted to gambling. "Thaksin Shinawatra said gambling was a source of social ill...
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Water ice on Mars poles, but not a drop to drink
By Deborah Zab Washington, (Reuters), Feb. 14: - Mars' north and south poles are loaded with frozen water trapped under a crust of "dry ice" -- frozen carbon dioxide -- but this is not necessarily good news for any earthly visitor looking for a drink, scientists reported on Thursday. That is beca...
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Second Indian woman chosen for NASA space mission
Ahmedabad, (PTI), Feb. 13: Space missions have something "Indian" about them, once again. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently appointed Sunita Lyn Williams, a graduate of US Naval academy and, a close relative of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya, as backu...
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Advani plans to pen analysis of Indian politics
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 13: A voracious reader and a political pamphleteer during the Emergency, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani plans to pen an analysis of political developments in the country since independence but is unable to pursue it for want of time. "I have been wanting to share my exp...
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India to make Bangla accept that illegal migration is a fact
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 13: India will try to persuade Bangladesh accept that large-scale illegal immigration from that country was a problem being faced by New Delhi for a long time during talks Foreign Minister Mohd Morshed Khan will have with Indian leaders on Friday, highly-placed sources s...
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Report: Rebel leader warns belt flap could jeopardize peace process in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 13: - A Tamil rebel leader warned that a flap over whether women in their ranks should be allowed to wear military-style belts in areas controlled by government troops could "seriously jeopardize" a year-old truce, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Sri Lankan army h...
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Council members in Tamil town in Sri Lanka resign to protest rebel threats
By Joe Aryaratnam, Associated Press Writer Jaffna, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 13: - All 23 members of the town council in Tamil-dominated Jaffna resigned Thursday alleging they had been threatened by Tamil Tiger rebels seeking to postpone the reopening of a public library torched by anti-Tamil mobs nea...
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Burmese General is given a discourse on Democracy by Dr Sein Win, Prime Minister of NCGUB.
Washington, Feb. 13: Prime Minister Dr Sein Win of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) flays the Burmese junta for its covert attempt to link them with weapons, violence and terrorist camps. The popular Prime Minister of the exile Burmese Government, has categorically r...
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Rebel pressure halts reopening of Jaffna library
By Lindsay Beck Colombo (Reuters), Feb. 13: Pressure from Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels has forced authorities to postpone the reopening of the Jaffna Library, a cultural icon for the country's Tamils, lawmakers said on Thursday. The library was gutted in 1981 after ethnic majority Sinhalese poli...
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Lanka fears Iraq war, raises fuel prices
Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 13:: Amid fears of a US-led war in Iraq, Sri Lanka today increased fuel prices by nearly six per cent, citing a sharp rise in crude oil prices in the international market. Government spokesman GL Peiris said that the administration is concerned that a possible US-led war in Ir...
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PM to attend NAM summit
Bangkok, Feb 13 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will attend the upcoming summit of the Non Alignment Movement (NAM), to be held in Malaysia later this month, according to Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai. Surakiart told TNA on Thursday that Premier Thaksin would attend the NAM summ...
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Sihanouk slams apology
King Norodom Sihanouk has condemned an apology from the Cambodian ambassador in the United States to his Thai counterpart for the anti-Thai riots in Phnom Penh, calling it "an unpardonable act of treason". Within a day of the riots but prior to an official statement from Phnom Penh, Cambodian Ambas...
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Shan leader pours cold water on Thaksin offer
Shan State Army leader Colonel Yawd Serk yesterday dismissed recent reports that the Burmese military government had given a green light to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to push for a dialogue between the junta and rebel armies, saying the generals in Rangoon were not sincere. "Although it was...
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S.Lankan govt, Tamil rebels make progress on human rights issues
Colombo, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet): The Sri Lankan government and the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels have made significant progress on human rights issues, the chief government peace negotiator said Thursday. Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L Peiris who heads the government's peace team in the Norwegia...
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50 days have passed, soldier still LTTE captive
The Island: Sri Lanka Army soldier H. S. Nimal Kumara who was taken into LTTE custody in December last year still remains in LTTE captivity due to the failure of the Sri Lanka government to secure his release. H. S. Nimal Kumara of the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Unit was seized by the LTTE on Decemb...
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Army jeopardising peace talks - LTTE
The Island: The LTTE condemned the attack on unarmed female cadres in Manipay on Wednesday by soldiers and warned that such incidents would "seriously jeopardize" the Norwegian peace process, TamilNet quoted the London based Tamil Guardian. Earlier the LTTE blamed the Navy for last Friday’s incide...
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Myanmar Promises Fair Trial for Arrested Activists
Yangon (Reuters), Feb. 14: Myanmar's military government on Friday promised a fair trial for opposition activists arrested on charges of plotting to blow up a prison and a railway station. The 12 arrests announced this week have been seen as a sign of growing tension between the ruling generals a...
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Lawmaker Says Burma Must Stop Brutality Against Minorities
Joseph Pitts, Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania decried Burma's campaign of genocide in the floor of House of Representative on 12 February. He pointed out in the American Parliament that the the international community has failed to recognize that there is, under international legal defini...
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