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

Than Shwe given hearty send-off

Myanmar Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe left Dhaka for Yangon on Wednesday concluding a two-day visit to Bangladesh, which yielded broad agreements between the two countries for boosting economic cooperation.

Ties with Myanmar - Editorial - The Independent

The two-day visit to this country of the Myanmar Premier General Than Shwe marks a turning point in bilateral relations. The visit, at the invitation of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, comes at a time when the need to expand trade and strengthen ties between the two neighbours is being felt ever more keenly, and Myanmar is slowly ending its self-imposed isolation and, as claimed by its leader, is also making a transition to democracy.

One of these days you are going to get caught.

Compiled by V.Rajeny

Each Friday night I drove my wife to the train station so
she could go visit her sister who was ill. Ten minutes
later, MY sister arrived by train so that she could help
with the house and kids over the weekend while my wife were
gone. On Sundays this procedure worked in reverse with my
sister departing by train 10 minutes before my wife arrived.

Govt urged to keep close watch on forex volatility

Bangkok, Dec 19 (TNA) The government should keep a close watch on foreign exchange rate volatility because it is believed the United States would turn to adopt a weak dollar policy like Japan to solve the economic woes, according to a leading economist.

A minor earthquake rocked this northern Thailand

Chiang Mai, Dec 19 (TNA): A minor earthquake rocked this northern province of Chiang Mai last night, but there were no reports of damages or casualties, according to a T.V. news report.

India turns down invitation for Kilinochchi UNHCR meeting

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: India will not take part in an UNHCR-summoned meeting in Kilinochchi tomorrow (20) to discuss a range of issues relating to the proposed repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees in India on a voluntary basis, an Indian spokesperson said yesterday.

Govt. confirms newspaper reports that LTTE attempted to smuggle arms.

The Island: The government yesterday confirmed recent newspaper reports that the LTTE made an attempt last week to smuggle in a consignment of arms and ammunition to North-East Sri Lanka.

Dinakara sealed

The Island:On a directive of the PA leadership, party paper Dinakara, a weekly was sealed on Tuesday night, informed sources said. The sources said that a former minister who handled the media was present when the press was sealed obviously on a directive from the top.

Embassy cover for LTTE equipment ‘unwise’ — Nowegian scholar

By Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: A visiting Norwegian scholar on conflict resolution Johan Gultung told an audience on Tuesday that the Norwegian Embassy’s action of giving cover to the importation of telecommunication equipment to the LTTE radio station Voice of Tigers was "unwise". He said that it could become a "very hard voice".

Why is Jaya still against LTTE?

Chennai, Dec 17: The MDMK today expressed surprise over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s stand that the ban on LTTE in India should continue.

Sri Lankas rebel-held town struggles to rise from ruins

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer

Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 17: Nadaraja Kandiah recalls with gratitude the stranger who welcomed the five members of his family when they fled the fighting in Kilinochchi. Others had to shelter under trees.

Nine killed in Sri Lanka firecracker store accident

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 17: At least nine people were killed and another 21 injured in a blast at a firecracker store in the heart of Sri Lankan capital Tuesday night, police said.

Lanka in UN list of child-soldering countries

The Island: United Nations, Dec. 16 (Reuters) — Despite global treaties, children are being recruited as soldiers by governments in the Congo, Burundi and Liberia and child-soldering is prevalent among rebel groups in Colombia, the Philippines, Uganda and Sri Lanka, a new United Nations report said on Monday.

Jon won’t comment

By Kesara Abeywardena

The Island:Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo Jon Westborg yesterday refused to comment on the controversy surrounding the communication equipment to the Voice of Tigers radio station which had come in a diplomatic container to the Norwegian Embassy and which had later been handed over to the LTTE.

Refusing to accompany minister’s son to night club was right decision — John

By Norman Palihawadane

The Island: The officers who had left the security division of Fisheries Minister Mahinda Wijesekera had reported to the Headquarters of the Ministerial Security Division, its Head, SSP, Jayantha Jayasinghe said.

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