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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

Japan seeks to help Sri Lanka peace process, pledges more aid

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 18: Japan wants to play a more active role in Sri Lanka's peace process, a visiting Japanese envoy said Saturday.

Six monks on mission to promote Buddhism

The Island: Senior Buddhist monks from six Asian nations, including India, met in Colombo last Thursday to find ways of encouraging people to become Buddhists and understand the religion’s teachings.

UN, Govt, LTTE discuss refugee returns

Geneva -(AFP): The UN refugee agency has held talks with the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels on how to handle the return of tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people after nearly two decades of civil war, a spokesman said here on Friday.

HSZ review fuels fresh controversy

by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: A two-phased blueprint to resettle the displaced in the Jaffna peninsula including in the High Security Zones (HSZs) has run into further controversy with a government decision to involve a retired Indian General who commanded UN troops in what was previously Yugoslovia, in a further review of the HSZs, political and security sources said.

United Nationalities Alliance of Burma insist on Talks and coordination

The United Nationalities Alliance in a statement emphasized that dialogue and coordination alone would disentangle the political mess in which Burma is in today.

Prabha lauds WB

Sunday Times: LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has lauded the World Bank for taking control over monitoring of funds provided by international donor agencies and countries for rehabilitation and reconstruction activities in northern and eastern parts of the country.

Hands off Muslim affairs, Hakeem tells LTTE

By Nilika Kasturisinghe Sunday Times: Brushing aside LTTE chief negotiator Anton Blasingham's comments regarding the legitimacy of the SLMC leadership, Minister Rauff Hakeem yesterday called on the LTTE to desist from "interfering unduly in civil administrative matters in Muslim areas".

Sangha should keep clear of politics

By Risidra Mendis The Sunday Leader: The Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero bitterly condemned clergy getting involved in politics.

Conception immediately following the ceremony.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny My friend's sister was to be married on short notice but still wanted an elaborate wedding. The invitations were ready to be mailed when someone noticed that there were no inserted cards inviting guests to the reception. Undaunted, the mother of the bride typed up a note, made 280 copies and enclosed one with each formal invitation.

Enemies of Iraq would face suicide at the gates of Baghdad – Saddam Hussien.

Baghdad, Jan 17: A defiant Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq, called on his people yesterday to rise up and defend the nation against a new U.S.-led attack and promised that Iraq's enemies would face "suicide" at the gates of his capital. The 40-minute televised address, delivered on the 12th anniversary of the Gulf War, revealed no sign that Saddam was prepared to step down or bow to demands of the United Nations, which has sent inspectors to determine if Iraq has given up its weapons of mass destruction.

Thaksin plans Myanmar visit to seek cooperation in drugs suppression

Bangkok, Thailand, (AP), Jan. 17: - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra plans to visit Myanmar next month for talks on building cooperation in the war against drugs.

Win Aung, Myanmar foreign ministerWould arrive in India on 19.

Yangon, Myanmar, Jan. 17: - Myanmar Foreign Minister Win Aung will go to neighboring India next week for bilateral talks to improve warming relations between the two countries, an official said.

Lt-Gen Soe Win, Lt-Gen Ye Myint present New Year gifts to heads of Naga nationals in Lahe

Yangon, 16 Jan: Members of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Soe Win and Lt-Gen Ye Myint of the Ministry of Defence attended the Naga Traditional New Year Festival for 2003 in Lahe on 15 January morning and presented gifts to Naga national race leaders.

THAI signs Burma deal

By Choosak Jirasakunthai Bangkok, Jan. 18: Thai Airways International and Myanmar Airways International yesterday signed a code-sharing agreement for the Bangkok-Rangoon route. The agreement takes effect next month.

Foreigners and hill tribes to tie knot up mountain

Bangkok, Jan. 17, (TNA): – For some people a remote mountaintop in Thailand’s northernmost province is a romantic adventure into the wilderness – for others, it is part of everyday life.
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