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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

Bangkok-Gaya inaugural flight diverted

Kolkata, Dec 21: The inaugural Indian Airlines IC-730 Bangkok-Gaya-Kolkata flight was diverted to Kolkata due to delayed takeoff from the Thailand capital today.

Another hunger strike by detained Tamil youth

The Island:Over 78 Tamil youth, both from the plantations and the north-east, detained for long periods with no court proceedings filed against them for 7 or 8 years will begin a death fast this week demanding immediate unconditional release, a CWC spokesman said yesterday.

JVP wants CBK to end Oslo’s role

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The JVP is taking advantage of Norwegian Ambassador Jon Westborg’s direct involvement in the recent transfer of radio equipment to the LTTE to seek presidential intervention to terminate Oslo’s role in the peace process, political sources said.

Gold in Heaven: You brought pavement

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.

First meeting of Malaysian-Thai Interior officials to be held in Phuket

Bangkok, Dec 20 (TNA): Thailand will host the first meeting of senior officials of the Malaysian and Thai Interior Ministries in Phuket, according to Interior Minister Wanmuhamadnoor Matha.

Govt revenues increase in first two months of 2003 fiscal year

Bangkok, Dec 20 (TNA) The government’s revenues in the first two months of the 2003 fiscal year reached over Bt145 billion, or 11.7% higher than an earlier target, according to the Ministry of Finance.

Playboy Centerfolds Are Less Curvaceous

By Emma Ross, AP Medical Writer

London, (AP): The curves of Playboy centerfold models have gradually flattened out over the last 50 years, giving way to a more androgynous look, European researchers suggest.

Sri Lanka and China celebrate the Golden Jubilee of ‘Rubber-Rice Pact’

Colombo, (PRIU), Dec. 20:Sri Lanka and China this week celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic ‘Rubber-Rice Pact’ between the two countries.

Sinhas charges on SAARC summit - a deceitful sophistry: Pakistan

Islamabad, (PTI), Dec. 20: Pakistan today termed as "deceitful sophistry" India's assertion that Islamabad put off the SAARC summit on "specious" grounds.

Pakistani scientist offered Saddam nuclear designs

London, (PTI), Dec. 20: A Pakistani scientist approached Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for nuclear weapon designs and help in procuring bomb components soon after the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, document found by United Nations weapons inspectors has revealed raising new concerns about Pakistan's role in the proliferation of nuclear technology.

Sri Lanka PM Wants Free Trade Among Econ Group Nations

Colombo, Dow Jones: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Friday called for the establishment of free trade among member countries of a regional economic grouping.

Sermon atop fire engine by Suu Kyi to the local junta authorities.

Bangkok, Dec.21: Aung San Suu Kyi declared atop a fir engine, “I am here in the name of democracy which puts the people ahead of everything else. Our first priority is to serve and support the people – the police as well as other officials have the same responsibility. I cannot standby and watch my people being bullied by this manner”

Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees from India arrive back clandestinely to Talaimannar.

Sri Lankan Tamils who went to India as refugees clandestinely arrived back adopting the same method to Talaimannar.

Christmas Day Services - 2002: Archbishop Oswald Gomis to celebrate Christmas with midnight mass.

The Island:Christmas will be celebrated by all Christians in Sri Lanka. Heads of all Christian denominations will take part in Christmas Day services and Midnight Masses.

TNT-like explosive caused Pettah blaze — Govt. Analyst

By Norman Palihawadana and Shabana Ibrahim

The Island: The fire at Gasworks Street, Pettah had been caused by an explosive device similar to TNT used by legitimate and illegitimate forces, claimed Government Analyst W. D. G. Gunetilleke last night.

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