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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2993

India against Japan mediating in Sri Lanka

India against Japan mediating in Sri Lanka

The Island: New Delhi, Jan. 20 — India would like Japan to restrict its role in Sri Lanka to reconstruction and rehabilitation and not to extend it to problematic areas as playing "mediator" or "facilitator" in an already tortuous peace process.

Lankan Air Force spy plane crashes

Colombo, (PTI), Jan 22: An unmanned spy plane of the Sri Lankan Air Force crashed today during a test flight over the island's northern Jaffna peninsula, officials said.

India appeals Parliamentarians to work on ways to end terrorism

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 22: India today appealed to Parliamentarians world over to strengthen mutual cooperation to tackle terrorism which posed a threat to global peace and harmony and also work for further empowerment of democratic institutions.

Strong earthquake in Sumatra felt in Thailand

Bangkok, Jan 22 (TNA): A strong earthquake which rocked Sumatra Island of Indonesia this morning had a far effect, as it shaked high buildings in some areas in Bangkok and other provinces, according to local T.V. and radio news reports.

Israel - Myanmar sign air agreement

By - Tal Muscal

Jan. 21: Israel and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) signed an aviation agreement on Wednesday, allowing for the start of commercial flights between both countries.

India Expels Four Pakistanis from Embassy

New Delhi (Reuters): India Wednesday expelled two senior Pakistani diplomats and two officials from Islamabad's mission in New Delhi, ordering them to leave within 48 hours.

Lanka talks venue shifts to Europe

New Delhi, Jan 22: The fifth round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE, scheduled to be held in Thailand next month, would be held in a European country.

Okaz: Saudi intelligence denies preparing to topple Saddam Hussein

The chairman of the Saudi intelligence Prince Nawaf Bin Abdul Aziz has denied that his country had practiced pressure on Iraqi army officers to prepare for a coupe to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Malaysia: Restriction of freedom of expression hits the Internet

London, Jan. 20: The police investigation of the independent internet news site, Malaysiakini, under the Sedition Act calls into question the pledge by Malaysian authorities not to censor the internet, Amnesty International said today.

Thai dogs go for drugs training

Bangkok, January 20, (TNA): A new school opened its doors for the first time today in Bangkok to admit 50 pupils – but none of them are human.

Project to map Thai DNA variations

By - Pennapa Hongthong

Jan. 21: Thirty-two healthy Thais will be selected by a team of doctors at Ramathibodi Hospital as a group of sample subjects for a Bt3-billion national project to isolate and map 300,000 common DNA sequence variations among Thais.

Burmese generals are not in favour of an immediate dialogue.

By - K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Jan. 21: According to diplomatic sources, the chances of a dialogue between Aung San Suu Kyi, the Leader of the National League for Democracy and Burmese Army Generals are very bleak. The present political situation clearly indicates that the army generals who run the Government is not the least interested in entering into any such dialogues.

U.S. congressman, British lord, tour camp for Myanmar refugees

Mae La Refugee Camp, Thailand, (AP), Jan. 20: A British lord investigating human rights with a U.S. congressman branded Myanmar as "one large concentration camp" as they toured a refugee camp at the border in northwestern Thailand on Monday.

Burmese activists taken into custody for deportation

Some Burmese activists were arrested by Thai authorities this afternoon in Sankhalaburi, Thailand.

Myanmar foreign minister visits India, keen to attract trade and investment

By Ashok Sharma, Associated Press Writer

New Delhi, India, (AP), Jan. 20: India and Myanmar on Monday agreed to hold regular consultations and to cooperate on counterterrorism efforts, an Indian spokesman said.
Myanmar Foreign Minister Win Aung and his Indian counterpart, Yashwant Sinha, signed a protocol for the consultations, said Indian foreign ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna. Details for the consultations will be decided later.

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