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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

Hakeem will continue pivotal role in peace process - Kandy MC

by Cyril Wimalasurendre

The Island: Kandy — SLMC Kandy Municipal Councillor Asmin Marikkar on Wednesday (11) stressed that party leader Rauf Hakeem would continue to play a pivotal role in the peace process. "No one can stop him from being a part of the process," he told a press briefing organised by the SLMC’s Socio-Economic Foundation.

About Curious Sound only told to Monks

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, "My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?" The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, and even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound. The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was but they say, "We can't tell you. You're not a monk."

We do not claim anything apart from our historical rights in Nagaland. – Th. Muivah

By K.T.Rajasingham

Th. Muivah, the General Secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) informed the Asian Tribune, that they have accepted the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and decided to visit India shortly, for further talks with the Indian Government. This was disclosed in an answer to the questioner sent to Muivah who is at present staying in a European country.

Sri Lankas top opposition party demands Tamil rebels surrender arms

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 13: Sri Lanka's main opposition party Friday demanded Tamil Tiger rebels surrender their weapons as part of the island nation's peace negotiations to end 19 years of civil war.

Shinawatra accompanies Khaleda to Chiang Mai: We must unite as Asians to face global challenges: PM

Chiang Mai, Thailand, Dec 12: Prime Minister Khaleda Zia suggested utilising excellent political relations prevailing between Bangladesh and Thailand as a common tool in facing together global challenges stemming from rapid changes following globalisation, stringent international trade terms and the 11th September terrorist incident.

Bangladesh-Thailand to sign MOU on stock markets

Chiang Mai, Dec 13 (TNA): Bangladesh and Thailand will this week sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in stock markets, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Celebrations in Sinai to mark the Anniversary of St. Catherine

Egypt, Dec. 13: The holy land of Sinai recently witnessed an international celebration to mark the martyrdom of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

Condoleezza Rice – Will you stay out of China.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Here is a recent conversation between our president G.W. Bush
and his national security advisor Condoleezza Rice. "In the
immortal words of Yoda: "Be afraid. Be very afraid."

Seized N.Korean Scud Ship Bound for Mideast -Spain

Madrid, (Reuters), Dec. 11: - A North Korean ship carrying hidden Scud missiles and about 85 drums of chemicals was bound for a Middle East port when it was intercepted in the Arabian Sea by Spanish warships, Spain said on Wednesday.

Yemen Protests Seizure of North Korean Ship; Says Scuds Were Bound for Its Army

By Thom Shanker with Terence Neilan

New York Times: Washington, Dec. 11 — Yemen said today that Scud missiles found on a North Korean ship were destined for its army, and issued formal protests over the vessel's seizure to the United States and Spain, the official news agency Saba said.

U.S. releases to Yemen its shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles after standoff

By Ahmed Al-HaJ Associated Press Writer San'a, Yemen (AP), Dec. 11: - The U.S. Navy released the shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles it seized, sending the vessel and its cargo on their way Wednesday to the original destination of Yemen.

Sri Lanka Seeks Ways To Better Utilize India Credit Line

Colombo -(Dow Jones), Dec. 11:- Sri Lanka plans to set up a facilitation bureau to better utilize a $100 million credit line received from the Indian government in April 2001, the Minister of Industries said Wednesday.

Northern Sri Lanka town hit by violence, police arrest 14 .

By Joe G. Ariyaratnam, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Jaffna, Sri Lanka (AP), Dec. 11. - Police used tear gas and truncheons to disperse about 300 protesters who threw stones at the office of a pro-government political party in a northern stronghold of the rebel Tamil Tigers, officers said Wednesday.

British Foreign Office Minister Mike OBrien spoke to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien spoke to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 9 December about the current situation in Burma.

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.

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