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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2955

Sri Lanka elected Vice Chairperson of UN Human Rights Commission

Colombo, Jan. 22: Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva was elected without a vote as Vice Chairperson of the UN Commission on Human Rights

Myanmar wont permit anti-India activities from its soil

New Delhi, Jan. 23: Myanmar has reiterated that it would not allow its territory to be used for anti-India activities.

CBK-PM talks on structure of state

The Island: Prime Minister Ranil Wickre-mesinghe on Tuesday led a government delegation for talks with President Chandrika Kuma-ratunga at the Janadhipathi Man-diraya where they discussed a range of issues relating to the peace process and the proposed establishment of a Finance Commission, political sources said.

Shipping threatened by militants trained in LTTE tactics - expert

Singapore, Jan 21 (Reuters): Global shipping faces unprecedented threats from radicals linked to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network who have been trained in suicide attacks developed by Sri Lanka’s Tiger rebels, security experts said on Tuesday.

Tiger manpower before MoU 6000 - President’s spokesman: LTTE increases cadre by 10,000

by Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: President’s spokesman Harim Peiris yesterday said that the LTTE had increased its cadre force by 10,000 during the last twelve months since the signing of the ceasefire MoU between the government and the LTTE.

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma Expects European Union to take up Burma Issue.

Bangkok, Jan. 23: The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma in a statement has solicited the support of the European Union to positively raise issues with State and Peace Development Council (SPDC) when they meet in the forthcoming EU - ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Brussels.

Sri Lanka, Tigers stage joint meet to seek foreign aid

Colombo, (PTI), Jan. 23: The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tigers today staged a landmark meeting here to drum up international financial support for their fledgling peace process.

Thailand recognized as world's safety food source

Bangkok, Jan 23 (TNA): Thailand has been recognized as one of the world's food safety sources, as the country's food labaratories have been reliable to be of international standard, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

Pakistan expels four Indian embassy officials

Islamabad, (Reuters), Jan. 23: Pakistan on Thursday expelled three Indian diplomats and an official from its high commission in an expected tit-for-tat response to the expulsion of its officials by New Delhi.

1.9 Billion British Pounds Arms Deal Give India Power of Mass Destruction Across Pakistan and China

by Luke Harding

New Delhi, India, 20 Jan. (The Guardian): India last night
signed a 1.9 billion [UK] pounds deal with Russia to lease four long-
range nuclear bombers and two nuclear-capable submarines, in a move
which campaigners say will dramatically escalate the [India-Pakistan-
China] arms race on the [South Asian] subcontinent.

Indian ship rescues Myanmar men

Yangon, Jan. 20: Ten men from Myanmar have returned home after spending ten days adrift on a raft made of empty oil drums before being rescued by an Indian vessel in the Bay of Bengal, a lawyer said Monday.

Sri Lankan Rebels Still Recruit Child Soldiers

Champika Liyanaarachchi - OneWorld South Asia

Colombo, Jan 20 (OWSA): Despite assurances to the contrary, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is said to have inducted 333 child soldiers during the eleven month old ceasefire, with international truce monitors alleging the real figure could be four times higher.

Boundaries of Manipur will not be affected: Vajpayee

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 21: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today assured an all party delegation from Manipur that the boundaries of the state will not be affected in the wake of the ongoing peace talks between Centre and Nagaland.

India official: Myanmar says it won't support anti-India insurgent groups

By Ashok Sharma, Associated Press Writer

New Delhi, India, (AP), Jan. 21: Myanmar has assured New Delhi that it won't allow anti-India insurgent groups to operate from its territory, an Indian spokesman said Tuesday.

Dissidents to be forced out ahead of Burma talks

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

The Nation, Jan. 22: At least seven Burmese dissidents will be deported from Thailand today in a bid to clear the western border areas of anti-Rangoon groups before a visit to Burma by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra next month, police said yesterday.

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