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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 2994

FPO raises economic growth estimate to 5%

Bangkok, Dec 27 (TNA): The Fiscal Policy Office has raised its economic growth estimate this year to 5% from 4.8% since the local consumption and export continued to increase in the fourth quarter.
Visut Srisuphan, director-general of the office, said the upward revision of the growth projection was also attributed by the improved external economic condition and the gradual increase in production to accommodate the rising demand both locally and overseas.

Mega dam project for Shan State

By Win Kyaw Oo

A Thai company has reached agreement with the Myanmar government to build a massive hydro-electric dam on the Than Lwin River in southern Shan State.

Major General Trond Furuhovde, the SLMM Head, should Shut his Mouth.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Whilst the fourth round of the peace negotiation between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are around the corner in Thailand, Major General Trond Furuhovde, the Head of the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission should consider to shut his mouth, instead of his political punditry statements.

S.Lanka says shipped radio equipment to rebels

Colombo, (Reuters) Dec. 27 — Sri Lanka said on Friday it had issued a broadcasting license and transmission equipment to Tamil Tiger rebels in a transfer intended to strengthen a peace process to end nearly two decades of war.

Myanmar-Thailand to jointly build new power plant

Bangkok, Dec. 26: - Myanmar and Thailand have agreed to jointly build a new power plant in the southern Shan State of the former, according to a VOA news report.

Bangkokians spend 1.5 bn bt annually on foretelling fees: TFRC

b>Bangkok, Dec 25 (TNA): City residents have annually spent around 1.5 billion baht on foretelling service fees, according to Thai Farmers Research Center.

Myanmar, US at odds on drugs decision.

Myanmar and the United States have made different assessments about a decision due by President George Bush on cooperation with Washington in drug control. A statement issued by the Myanmar government last Tuesday (December24) said George Bush had declined to certify Myanmar as a country cooperating with the US in its campaign against narcotics.

BOT affirms rise in international reserve stems from capital inflow

Bangkok, Dec 26 (TNA): – Bank of Thailand’s Governor M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula yesterday affirmed an increase in the international reserve to US$38.1 billion now stemmed from foreign capital inflow, not from a change in asset prices only.

China helps Myanmar bolster Coco Island facilities

Rediff.com, Dec. 25: In a development likely to cause concern to New Delhi, Myanmar is expanding, with Chinese support, its naval facilities in Great Coco Island.

Protest to Rid EPDP from Delft Continues.

Delft, Dec.25: The protest to rid the Eelam People’s Democratic Party would steadfastly continue. Till they leave we will not give up." The people of Nedunthievu – Delft, have expressed their determination to continue with their protest until the final departure of the armed and other cadres of the Eelam People Democratic Party (EPDP) from their island.

Report: Naga Rebels, India PM to Meet

New Delhi,(AP), India: In a major step toward ending a five-decade rebellion in northeastern India, the prime minister will meet in New Delhi this week with leaders of the strongest guerrilla faction, a newspaper reported Monday.

Burma bolstering Coco naval set-up

b>London: In a development likely to cause concern to New Delhi, Burma is expanding, with Chinese support, its naval facilities on Great Coco Island, the site of a major signals intelligence facility situated near the strategically important Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Aided by China, Burma bolsters Coco Island force

London, Dec. 25: In a development likely to cause concern to New Delhi, Burma is expanding, with Chinese support, its naval facilities on Great Coco Island, the site of a major signals intelligence facility situated near the strategically important Andaman and Nicobar islands.

That was close. That dog nearly had me.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company. One day the dog starts chasing butterflies and before long he discovers that he is lost. So, wandering about he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch.

Saddam Hussein Message On The Eve Of Christmas

Baghdad, Iraq News Agency, Dec. 24: President Saddam Hussein has sent a message to all Christians all over the world.

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