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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Indian ship rescues Myanmar men

Yangon, Jan. 20: Ten men from Myanmar have returned home after spending ten days adrift on a raft made of empty oil drums before being rescued by an Indian vessel in the Bay of Bengal, a lawyer said Monday.

Sri Lankan Rebels Still Recruit Child Soldiers

Champika Liyanaarachchi - OneWorld South Asia

Colombo, Jan 20 (OWSA): Despite assurances to the contrary, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is said to have inducted 333 child soldiers during the eleven month old ceasefire, with international truce monitors alleging the real figure could be four times higher.

Boundaries of Manipur will not be affected: Vajpayee

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 21: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today assured an all party delegation from Manipur that the boundaries of the state will not be affected in the wake of the ongoing peace talks between Centre and Nagaland.

India official: Myanmar says it won't support anti-India insurgent groups

By Ashok Sharma, Associated Press Writer

New Delhi, India, (AP), Jan. 21: Myanmar has assured New Delhi that it won't allow anti-India insurgent groups to operate from its territory, an Indian spokesman said Tuesday.

Dissidents to be forced out ahead of Burma talks

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

The Nation, Jan. 22: At least seven Burmese dissidents will be deported from Thailand today in a bid to clear the western border areas of anti-Rangoon groups before a visit to Burma by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra next month, police said yesterday.

Relations With Rangoon: Number of Burmese spies rising

The Nation, Jan. 22: A growing number of Burmese spies have infiltrated Thailand, blending in with illegal foreign workers and posing problems for local residents and the nation's security, according to an official report and intelligence sources.

Cabinet gives nod to Bangkok as Fashion City

Bangkok, Jan 21, (TNA): The government looks set to push Bangkok to the forefront of the world’s fashion industry, after endorsing plans to turn the capital into the fashion hub of Asia with financial support of Bt54 million.

Yawd Serk willing to testify on drugs trade

Wiwatchai Somkam

Chiang Mai, Jan. 22: The Leader of the Shan State Army expressed his willingness yesterday to cooperate with the United Nations and the international community to verify that his outfit is not involved in drug trafficking.

Furuhovde-Tamilchelvan pow-wow

by Sumadhu Weerawarne

The Island: Head of the SLMM Trond Furuhovde is scheduled meet LTTE’s S Tamilchelvan end of this month, ahead of the next session of peace talks where he will raise the issue of child recruitment. The tentative date for the meeting is January 29, 30 or 31, according to SLMM spokesperson Teitur Torkelsson, but a date has not yet been confirmed.

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.

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