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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2768

Reclusive Former Burmese Strongman Passes Away silently.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Dec. 05:For years, rumors abound as the ``Old Man'' had died. This type of rumor circulated periodically in Yangon. At last he is already dead. His passing away is being treated with mute silence by the present Burmese Army Generals. No details are still available regarding the former strongman’s cremation.

Thai Monarch urges National war against Narcotics trade

Bangkok, Dec 5: – Thai Monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday called on his subjects to wage a national war against the illicit drugs trade, saying the problem had caused incalculable losses and damages to the country for decades. In his annual traditional birthday address before cabinet ministers and a large number of well-wishers gathering at Dusidalai Hall, he said the narcotics problem had posed a grave threat to all sections of the society.

Bye.. Bye.. Tamil Eelam, Welcome back Federal state within a United Sri lanka.


Oslo, Norway, Dec. 05: Sri Lankan Government delegation and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have decided to explore a political solution founded on internal self-determination based on a federal
structure within a united Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Peace Talks began its focus on Core Issues.

Oslo, Norway, Dec. 04: – The delegates participating in the peace talks, both Government and the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka began negotiation on the core issue of regional autonomy on Tuesday on the second day of the third meeting of the first round of peace talks.

That was Fast.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

I wanted a haircut and phoned a salon early for an appoint-
ment but was told customers were taken on a walk-in basis
only. On Saturday I got there by 9 a.m and there were
already ten people waiting. I drove to another salon, but
it was booked solid. Still another had no openings.

Persecuted Muslims Fear Deportation to Military-Ruled Burma.

Over 4,000 undocumented Rohingya asylum seekers camping near local administration buildings in Teknaf, Bangladesh fear deportation to military-ruled Burma.

Thai Prime Minister urges ministries to step up cooperation in boosting exports

Bangkok, Dec 4 (TNA): – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had called on ministries concerned to step up cooperation and coordination in promoting the country’s exports, Deputy Government Spokeswoman Sansanee Nakphong disclosed yesterday.

Thai workers in Israel moved to safe places.

Bangkok, Dec 4 (TNA): - Thai laborers working in sensitive areas, threatened by conflicts between Israel and Palestine, have been moved to safe places, according to Labour and Social Welfare Minister Suwat Liptapallop.

It is incredible - just dont look

Dec. 04: Almost 40,000 people have travelled to the small South Australian towns of Ceduna and Lyndhurst for tonight's total solar eclipse.

SLMC leadership crisis: Hafrath, Athaullah suspension constitutional — Hakeem

By Kalinga Weerakkody

The Island: The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and Minister of Ports Rauff Hakeem yesterday reiterated that as the leader of the party the decision he took to suspend secretary of the party M. Hafrath and MP A. L. M. Athaullah from the party was done according to the party constitution.

SLMC crisis taken to CBK: Remove Rauff from cabinet — Hafrath

by Prasad Gunewardene

The Island: The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) M. Hafrath, who was sacked from the party by its leader Rauff Hakeem from Oslo, Norway on Sunday night, met President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Monday and conveyed that the Supreme Council of the party had sacked Rauff Hakeem and urged her to remove him from the cabinet of ministers as the portfolio was given to the party and not to Hakeem, authoritative sources disclosed on Monday night.

Lanka-Japan ties go to new heights

Daily Mirror:Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in Japan yesterday for a four-day visit which was expected to take close ties between the two countries to new heights in various fields.

Court restrains SLMC leader

By Susitha R. Fernando

Daily Mirror: The SLMC dissidents yesterday got an enjoining order from the Colombo District court restraining party leader Rauff Hakeem from functioning as party leader or exercising any powers till the court hears the case and takes a final decision.

Second court opened in LTTE-controlled East

Daily Mirror:The second Thamileelam law court in the eastern province was opened on Monday in the LTTE-controlled Kattaiparichchan village in the Muttur east area, the pro-LTTE Tamilnet website reported yesterday.

Detained journalist Win Tin again transferred to Rangoon general hospital

Burma: Dec. 03: Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) and the Burma Media Association (of Burmese journalists in exile) today voiced their concern about the health of detained journalist and pro-democracy activist Win Tin, who was transferred to Rangoon general hospital on 23 November.

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