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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

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Eleven held for echoing PM's call

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday made a second call for the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, while police in Bangkok arrested 11 Burmese dissidents for asking for the same.

Thailand on alert for suicide bomb attacks

Thailand says it has been warned by international intelligence agencies of potential suicide bomb attacks on its territory, but authorities did not say who has been cited as suspects.

Lankan President warns of country going back to war

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party today warned that the country will slip back to war within two weeks as the Tamil rebels were planning a major attack in the eastern province.

Saddam's luxury train discovered

The luxurious train which the deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein used has been delivered to the state-run Iraqi Railways.

Text of Vajpayee's end-of-visit statement in China

My discussions with President Hu Jintao, Chairman Jiang Zemin, Premier Wen Jiabao and other senior representatives of the new Chinese leadership were most cordial and fruitful. We got the distinct message from these meetings that China fully reciprocates our desire for mutual goodwill and for a comprehensive expansion of our cooperation in all areas.

Japan trying to confirm whereabouts of Suu Kyi

Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Yuji Miyamoto is trying to confirm the whereabouts of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, following a revelation by a United Nations envoy that she was being held in a prison in Yangon earlier this month, Senior Vice Foreign Minister Tetsuro Yano said.

Kalam asks forces & police not to use information on internet

Advising the security forces and law and order agencies not to use information on internet, President A P J Abdul Kalam said today that such a course would prove deterimental to the national security and suggested that the country must develop its own operational system and software.

Naidu rejects VHP temple law demand

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today sought to pressure the BJP into bringing a legislation to facilitate construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, but the party said it had no intention of forcing the hands of its allies.

More drugs to be destroyed by year end

The government will destroy more narcotics by the end of this year after nearly six tonnes of seized drugs were burned yesterday to mark the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, according to a T.V. news report.

Sahaf freed by US forces after questioning

Ex-Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf re-emerged Thursday on Arab television screens claiming the U.S. freed him after questioning.

No decision yet on troops to Iraq: PM

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said no decision has yet been taken on the question of deployment of Indian troops to Iraq.

Myanmar junta blasts EU boycott

Myanmar’s military government on Thursday hit out at European diplomats for boycotting an annual drug-burning ceremony in protest over the continuing detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Two LTTEers surrender to army

Two Tamil youths who had fled the LTTE had sought refuge at the Omanthai army checkpoint.

Govt. to submit fresh interim admin. proposals in two weeks

By Rohan Mathes

Cabinet spokesman Minister G.L. Peiris yesterday said that the government was working hard to formulate a statement containing fresh proposals pertaining to the North-East interim administration structure, for the presentation of it to the LTTE via the Norwegian representatives in two weeks time.

NCUB welcomes Japanese government halting of aid to Burma’s Generals.

The National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) has welcome the Japanese Government’s decision to halts its aid to the Burmese government controlled and run by the army generals.

Prisoner kept in handcuffs and in a straitjacket for 466 days

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) based in Hong Kong demanded that in North Korea, "Torture and inhuman treatment of prisoners must end immediately." Further in its statesment issued the press makes a startling revelation of a prisoner who was kept in handcuffs and in a straitjacket for 466 days in violation of ROK's international obligations.

Mae Hong Son monitors Myanmar student exiles

The Mae Hong Son provincial governor has ordered that Myanmar student exiles be closely watched, after reports groups that students might be planning a fresh wave political demonstrations calling for democracy in their homeland.

US backs eradication of methamphetamines from SE Asia

The United States has praised Thailand for its efforts to clamp down on drug trading, and has signaled readiness to back Southeast Asia in a campaign to eradicate methamphetamines from the region by 2015, a senior official at the US Embassy announced yesterday.

\"60 per cent construction material ready for Ram temple\"

Unmindful of the outcome of the efforts being made by Hindu and Muslim religious leaders to resolve the vexed Ayodhya issue, artisans are engaged in carving pillars and stones for the proposed Ram temple at workshops here and in Rajasthan.

Gambling Reform: 'Don't legalise casinos'

By Wichit Chaitrong

The National Econ-omic and Social Advisory Council said, it opposed a move to legalise casinos and football gambling but supported the integration of the underground lottery into the government lottery.