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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2864

Gas Pipeline: It is going ahead: PM

Songkhla, Dec. 23: Thaksin tells Malaysian prime minister that controversial project will be approved despite violent opposition.

Displaced Sinhalese: Ministry appeals for information

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Island: The Ministry of Rehabilitation Resettlement and Refugees (MRRR) has appealed to the organisations and parties interested in the welfare of internally displaced Sinhala families to hand in information regarding them. A MRRR spokesman said yesterday that many nationalist organisations had accused the Ministry of having overlooked most of the Sinhala IDP’s during the national survey conducted by it.

Athaullah faction expels Hakeem from SLMC: I am still the lawful leader, says Hakeem

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island:The latest twist in the crisis engulfing the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has led to the Athaullah faction expelling SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem from the party with Hakeem describing the meeting as illegal and that he is not answerable to a desperate group of power hungry politicians.

Sri Lanka marks a year without bloodshed

Colomb, (AFP) Dec. 22: Sri Lanka is set to mark a full year without major ethnic bloodshed as government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels notch up their longest ceasefire in the decades-old separatist war, officials said Sunday.

Bhutan may use military force against rebels from India

By Wasbir Hussain, Associated Press Writer

Gauhati, India, (AP) Dec. 22: - Bhutan's king said he would use military force against separatist rebels from India if they don't close their base camps and leave the Himalayan kingdom, according to a news report Sunday.

India launches major tea promotion campaign in Israel

Tel Aviv,(PTI), Dec. 22: India has launched a major promotion campaign of its tea here with the introduction of high quality "Masala Chai" targeting the seven-million-dollar Israeli tea market.

Experience is the best Teacher

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

O'Casey had dated many a lass, but he finally became entranced
with Maureen O'Riley. He wooed her and pursued her, but she
would not give in and go to bed with him. Finally he proposed
marriage and she accepted.

Bishop condemns Virgin Mary rape documentary

London, Dec. 23: A Catholic bishop today criticised a British television documentary that suggests the Virgin Mary may have been raped by a Roman soldier.

Abducted EPRLF man found dead

By Sunil Jayasiri & S.S.Selvanayagam

Daily Mirror:The body of a senior member of the EPRLF(Varatharajah Perumal group), Poopalapillai Alaguthurai (35) abducted allegedly by the LTTE on December 16 was found on Saturday in the Mandoor River with injuries supposedly sustained due to torture.

Police raid LTTE court in Kalmunai

Daily Mirror:The Kalmunai headquarters police arrested a 65-year-old pensioner allegedly serving as an LTTE judge when the police surrounded a house at Marie Amman Road in Pandiruppu on a tip-off,police sources said.

Afghanistan: Seven German Soldiers Killed In Crash

Kabul, 21 Dec., (RFE/RL): Seven German soldiers serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan were killed today when their helicopter crashed near Kabul.

Ne Win relatives continue to languish in Insein jail, as courts keep them waiting

Yangon, Dec.21: The fate of four relatives of former Burmese strongman Ne Win, who were sentenced to death for plotting a coup, continues to hang in the balance with their patriarch.

PM:Govt to do the best in 2003

Bangkok, Dec 22 (TNA): – The government will continue to perform its best in the year 2003, no matter whatever external factors will be, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Government should build confidence in financial sector – Ajith Cabraal

Colombo, (PRIU) Dec. 20:What the Government should do now is step-in to manage carefully the steps in building confidence in the overall financial sector,” Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Management Consultant and the former Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) told the PRIU today. Cabraal’s comments were in response to the Central Bank announcement regarding the liquidation of Pramuka Savings & Development Bank Ltd (PSDB).

Burmese opposition groups to brace critical period shortly.

Bangkok Dec. 22: The Democratic forces that are outside Burma and are in Sanglaburi, in Thailand are bracing for a harder time in the near future. All those offices of Burmese various organizations are asked to shut down and the persons connected with such office to leave forthwith.

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