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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

British Minister Mike O’Brien due tomorrow

The Island:British Foreign Office Minister Mike O’Brien will arrive in Colombo tomorrow (29) for a two-day visit.

LTTE remove anti-MoU cut out on Moragoda’s order

The Island: Economic Reforms Minister and peace negotiator Milinda Moragoda ordered the SLMM to get the LTTE to remove a cut-out depicting one of its cadres with the slogan "The land of the heroes" at the entrance to Batticaloa town saying it was violation of the Government-LTTE MoU.

Austin Fernando - Karuna pow-wow tomorrow: Many contentious issues on agenda

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The government will have an opportunity to raise a gamut of contentious issues with the LTTE tomorrow (30) when Defence Secretary Austin Fernando meets with eastern province LTTE military ‘commander’ S. Muralidharan alias ‘colonel’ Karuna at Vavunathivu in Batticaloa.

News website to be evicted from its offices

Reporters Without Borders said today (27 Jan.)it was appalled at plans to evict Malaysia's Internet news website from its premises just days after police raided them, apparently for publishing criticism of the government, and warned that it threatened once again the country's chief source of independent news.

LTTE rejects Nambiar report

Colombo, Jan. 29: The Tamil Tigers have rejected former Deputy Indian Army Chief Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar's preliminary report on the controversial civilian resettlement within the High Security Zones (HSZs) in the Jaffna peninsula, saying they fiercely oppose any proposal requiring the de-commissioning of LTTE weapons.

Bush Says Saddam Continues to decieve the world.

Washington, Jan. 28: In his annual state of the union address, US President George W Bush has said America has a responsibility to isolate what he calls outlawed countries with weapons of mass destruction. Bush also alleged that Iraq is continuing to deceive the world about its weapons programme.

BIOTEC uses GM technology to develop ornamental plants

Bangkok, Jan 29 (TNA): – The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) is using the genetically modified (GM) technology as a scientific method to grow ornamental plants and herbs.

Where is our soldier, Army asks

Thailand, Jan 29: The army asked Burma yesterday to locate a Thai sergeant who went missing on Burmese soil about four years ago, an informed source said yesterday.

SPDC : TheTerror Regime

Khur Tai Korn Khaw

First, if there is any organization fitted to be labeled "terrorist", it is the Burmese military junta, the SPDC. Consider this facts: according to UNCHR there are nearly half a million internally displaced persons (IDP) within Shan, Karen, Karenni, Mon and Arakan States, due to the four-cuts policy of the SPDC. The military junta's earth-scorch tactics and terrorizing the populace have directly contributed to this horrible plight and displacement; it is not their own making.

EU supports forest management in Thailand

Bangkok, Jan 29 (TNA): - The European Union (EU) has offered a grant of Bt80 million to support forest management projects in Thailand.

Tamil Nadu govt denies reports of farmers eating - rat meat.

Chennai, (PTI), Jan. 29: Tamil Nadu government today denied reports that some farmers in the state had to resort to eating 'rat meat' owing to extreme poverty

Sri Lanka and Tigers to discuss Federalism during Berlin round

Colombo, (PTI), Jan 29: Sri Lanka's peace negotiators will discuss the structure of a federal state that will form the basis of a final settlement to the island nation's ethnic conflict when they meet in Berlin, the government's chief negotiator said today.

Jaitley, Shourie, Thakur Sworn in as New Ministers in the Indian Union Cabinet

New Delhi, Jan. 29: Arun Jaitley and Dr C P Thakur on Wednesday returned to the Union Cabinet as Prime MInister Atal Behari Vajpayee effected an expansion-cum-reshuffle of his 39-month old Ministry.

Karen - Burmese Military Campaign - Karen could also be in an upbeat mood

On 23 January 2003, fighting broke out between the KNLA (Karen National Liberation Army), military wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), and the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) forces. Burmese troops under the command of the SPDC, fired mortar shells at KNU bases located near the Burma-Thailand border.

15 Political Prisoners Disappeared from Burmese Detention and Feared Killed - AAPP

In the last Nine months of 2002, 15 political prisoners disappeared from various prisons in Burma where they were being detained. At least seven, and possibly all 15 are feared killed after being removed from prison by military authorities.

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