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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Virus-like attack cripples Internet in Asia

Bangkok, (AP), Jan. 25: A virus-like computer infection quickly spreading through the world's digital networks interrupted Internet service in parts of Asia on Saturday, slowing Web browsing and e-mail services in several countries, including India.

Global pressure is on LTTE

Chennai Jan. 25. "There are compelling factors for the LTTE to realise that a separate state is not achievable. The international community will not allow that to happen. Similarly, the Sri Lankan Government has also realised that there can be no solution without the LTTE and if they give up the separate state demand, the just entitlements of the minority Tamils will have to be met," the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), R. Sampanthan, said here today.

Thai Govt to develop Phuket Airport as new aviation hub

Phuket, Jan 25 (TNA) - The government has planned to develop a regional airport in this southern resort island of Phuket as a new aviation hub in the South, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Nambiar’s Dec. report takes realistic view of HSZ dilemma

The Island: Any review of the scope and content of the High Security Zones will only come about if the LTTE deposits its weapons to neutral supervision and initiates measures to withdraw from front-line positions into nominated areas, says a report released in December by Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar, retired chief-of-staff of the Indian army.

Sihala Urumaya asks government if LTTE could have its own army

The Island: The Sihala Urumaya yesterday asked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Defence Minister Tilak Marapana why they still haven’t declared that the LTTE won’t be permitted to maintain their own army in any future power-sharing arrangement.

Sri Lanka to hold referendum before signing peace deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, says report

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 26: Sri Lanka's government plans to hold a referendum before signing a final peace deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was quoted as saying by a state-run newspaper Sunday.

Nepal anti-rebel police chief shot dead

By Gopal Sharma

Kathmandu (Reuters), Jan. 26: - Suspected Maoist rebels shot dead the chief of Nepal's anti-rebel police force and his wife on the outskirts of Kathmandu early on Sunday, police and officials said.

Security forces on alert as India celebrates Republic Day amid fears of terrorist attacks

By Nirmala George, Associated Press Writer

New Delhi, India, (AP), Jan. 26: - Tens of thousands of troops and police patrolled the streets of the Indian capital as India showed off its military might Sunday at the annual Republic Day parade amid fears of terrorist attacks.

Cambodia: Government intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders

London, Jan. 24: Amnesty International is concerned at a recent reported decision by the Cambodian authorities to sue Eva Galabru, local representative for the environmental Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Global Witness, for "disinformation", a charge that carries a maximum three year prison sentence.

Saudi Arabia prepares to receive 2.5 million pilgrims

Saudi Arabia, Jan. 24: Saudi officials said that more than 300,000 Muslims have so far arrived in Saudi Arabia, most of them arrived by air in order to perform al-Haj religious rituals.

Border visitors from China, Thailand help boost tourism: Windfall as 500,000 people visited Myanmar

Myanmar is poised to realize a long-held ambition for its tourism industry with news last week that almost half a million people visited the country in 2002 generating US$100 million in foreign revenue.

Lifeline for Asian and African Sea Turtles: First meeting of new multilateral environment agreement

Bangkok, January 25: - Marine turtles in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean stand to benefit from a new international agreement designed to ensure their long-term survival.

My boyfriend goes here

Compiled by - V. Rajeny

I went with my daughter to visit a prestigious university.
Our student guide pointed out the nationally ranked library
and state-of-the-art science facilities. She told us that
the professors were the best in the country, and she re-
commended my daughter apply early to improve her chances
for admission. "We get so many applicants," she boasted,
"because of the stature of the school."

Protecting Burmese Refugees in Thailand – Refugees International

Each month an estimated two to three thousand Burmese enter Thailand, adding to the approximately two million already living there. While many of them are seeking economic opportunity in the Thai economy, many are fleeing gross human rights abuses, including rape, torture, extrajudicial execution, forced labor, and forced relocations, committed by the army of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). Burmese seeking refuge in Thailand, primarily ethnic minority peoples from eastern Burma, have had limited or no access to a status determination process for the past year, and thus no legal access to refugee status or protection. The Royal Thai Government classifies all Burmese newly entering Thailand as "illegal migrants," leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and forced relocation back to Burma.

Berlin new venue for Sri Lanka peace talks

Colombo, Jan. 25: Sri Lanka's fifth round of peace talks will shift to Germany from Thailand and be shortened to two days because of the poor health of the Tamil Tigers' London-based chief negotiator, mediator Norway said yesterday.

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