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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2731

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Investigation on Licence to Rape – A ploy crumbles under the very feet of the Army Generals.

by K.T. Rajasingham

Bangkok, Dec. 03: The Burmese (Myanmar) Governments propaganda ploy on the allegation of the investigation of rape charges in the Shan state has fizzled out. In the height of the criticism pouring in against those barbaric acts of the Burmese soldiers for mercilessly raping women in the Shan state, the military government was forced to make amends by ordering some form of investigation. But their move failed miserably.

Britain: Iraq Guilty of Torture, Rape

By Jane Wardell, Associated Press Writer

London, Dec. 02: - The British government accused Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Monday of masterminding the widespread and systematic torture of his political opponents and other citizens to hold on to power.

Report Published By British Foreign and Commonwealth Office On Iraqi Regimes Human Rights Abuses.

Edited Transcript Of A Briefing Given By Foreign Office Officials and
DR Hussein Al-Shahristani, London, Monday 2 December 2002.

Sri Lankas top Muslim leader says crisis could lead to fall of government, stall Tamil peace talks.

By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec. 03: - The head of Sri Lanka's powerful Muslim political party warned Tuesday that a split in his party could bring down the government, jeopardizing peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, underway in Norway.

Sri Lankas peace talks to focus on security and contentious political issues

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Yahoo News: Oslo, Norway, Dec. 01 - Peace talks starting Monday between Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebel negotiators are expected to focus on maintaining a fragile cease-fire and taking concrete political steps to end the 19-year conflict that has taken more than 65,000 lives, diplomats and officials said.

Freak clash in Indias northeast kills eight people

By Wasbir Hussain, Associated Press Writer Yahoo News: Gauhati, India, Dec. 01 - Residents attacked army soldiers in a village in India's northeast, mistaking them for separatist rebels, and the clash that ensued left at least eight people dead and nine others wounded Sunday, police said.

More temples can be targeted: Vajpayee

Solan (HP), December 01, 2002: Accusing Pakistan of trying to destabilise India's economy through terrorism, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said government has information that terrorists might target more temples in the country.

I know, I know To make the gravy

Compiled by: V.Rajeny The Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story of Elijah the Prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the steer in pieces and laid it upon the altar.

Govt. accepts Tokyo as talks venue: Peace process tops PM agenda at talks with Japanese counterpart

by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: The Oslo-led peace process will be the top agenda when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe meets with his Japanese counterpart Junichiro Koizumi next week, an aide to Mr. Wickremesinghe said. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife Maithree.

Dutch support for North East development

The Island:The Government of the Netherlands has assigned Euro 2,700,000 - (two million and seven hundred thousand Euro, approximately LKR two hundred fifty seven million) out of its Dutch Development Co-operation budget as a grant, for support to the Government of Sri Lanka and Asian Development Bank funded programme: North East Community Restoration and Development - NECORD. The support will contribute towards the further creation of peace dividend.

President suggests only two extensions to Army officers

by Zacki Jabbar The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga, responding to a government proposal to restructure the army, has suggested that only two extensions of service be granted to officers.

Colombo Tuticorin Ferry service awaits India’s observations

by Himangi Jayasundere The Island: A shipping service which was to commence in early October between Sri Lanka and India is yet to kick off due to delays in finalising the agreement.

Sri Lanka peace negotiations continue in Oslo

Rolleiv Solholm - Norway Post Oslo, Dec. 02:Four days of Sri Lanka peace negotiations open in Oslo on Monday (today).

A blunder on Burma.

Editorial - Washington Times Editorial-Washington Times, Dec. 02: The State Department has a fairly abominable record when it comes to Southeast Asia, and last week brought a reminder of why that is. According to The Washington Post, department officials are close to recommending that the president remove Burma's designation as a major drug-producing country.
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