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

Thailand agrees with other ASEAN members to jointly counter terrorism

Bangkok, Jan 23 (TNA): - Thailand and other member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to assist each other in case of any terrorist attack, according to a news report of Antara News Agency.

Myanmar villagers flee after government attack on ethnic rebels

Ya Phaw, Thailand, (AP), Jan. 23: - About 400 villagers in neighboring Myanmar fled into Thailand on Thursday to escape fighting between government troops and ethnic Karen guerrillas, witnesses said.

Britain criticizes Myanmars treatment of Suu Kyi

London, (AP), Jan. 23: A British official talked with opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar on Thursday, and criticized the country's military government for limiting her freedom to operate freely.

Poppy survey in the Shan State, in March

THE joint teams of the government and the United Nations will conduct a survey on opium poppy cultivation in Shan State in March, a senior police official said.<

Japan envoy upbeat about Sri Lanka peace process

Japan's envoy in charge of issues concerning Sri Lanka ended a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, praising the ongoing efforts to end Asia's longest-running civil war.

Norway appoints new head for Sri Lanka cease-fire monitors

Oslo, Norway, (AP), Jan. 23: Norway announced the appointment of a new head of international monitors keeping track of a cease-fire in Sri Lanka between the government and Tamil rebels Thursday.

DSR to provide security for foreign dignitaries

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: Under a plan to revamp Sri Lanka’s VIP security apparatus, the government has established a Diplomatic Security Range (DSR) to take charge of security of all embassies and visiting foreign dignitaries while amalgamating the Prime Ministerial Security Division (PMSD) with the Ministerial Security Division (MSD). It will be known as the Special Protection Range (SPR). But the Presidential Security Division (PSD) would not be subjected to a security review.

WHO, NEPC agreement on health recovery programmes

The Island: An agreement to collaborate in the implementation of a World Bank funded North East health system recovery programme was signed between the North East Provincial Council (NEPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) last week at the Chief Secretary’s Office in Trincomalee. The agreement was signed by S. Rangarajah, Chief Secretary representing the NEPC and by Dr. Kan Tun, WHO Representative in Sri Lanka in the presence of senior officials of the NEPC and the WHO.

CBK mum on Japanese role in peace process

by Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: President’s spokesman Harim Peiris on Wednesday declined to comment on the expanded involvement of the Japanese Government in the peace process while it was reported that the Indian Government had objected to such an involvement by the Japanese. "At this moment I will not deal with the matter," he said.

Tiger child abductions boomerang: Mother refuses to live unless LTTE releases son

The Island: A mother of a fifteen-year old son from Batticaloa has threatened to commit suicide by setting herself ablaze unless her LTTE abducted son is released, the army website reported.

Lankan peace talks scaled down to 2 days

Colombo: (AFP), Jan. 23: Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway on Thursday announced that the next round of talks would be scaled down to two days while the venue was being shifted from Thailand to Europe.

Thailand has potential to become heart of Asia, says MOF

Bangkok, Jan 24 (TNA): Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak yesterday expressed confidence Thailand had a potential to become the heart of Asia given its geological advantage, saying the government would attempt to develop the country into the trade hub of ASEAN first.

President opposes People’s Bank privatization

Colombo, Jan. 23: President Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaratunga opposes efforts to privatize the People’s Bank, established 40 years ago on the initiative of the late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranike, the Presidential Secretariat announced Monday.

Khatami visit to boost India-Iran ties

By - Maya Mirchandani

New Delhi, Jan. 23: Iranian President Syed Mohammad Khatami is the chief guest for the Republic Day parade this year.

Karen - Burmese Border Clash: 600 Tak villagers flee mortar shelling - 6 Burmese Soldiers killed.

Mae Sot, Jan. 24: – At least six soldiers were killed yesterday in a clashes with ethnic Karen rebels as 1,000 villagers in Burma and Thailand fled the fighting and shelling, Thai military sources and eye witnesses revealed.

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