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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

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Sri Lanka marks unprecedented breakthrough toward ending ethnic conflict

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Oslo, Norway, Dec. 05: - After a bitter 19-year war, Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels reached a breakthrough in their quest for peace Thursday, agreeing on a way to govern their ethnically divided island as one nation.

Exiled Iraqis discuss future of Iraq

Dec. 06: Exiled Iraqis, who met to plan for the form of life in Iraq following any war that will result in toppling President Saddam Hussein, said that the country might need every thing, including a new currency to mobile telephone networks.

Obituary: General Ne Win

December 06, 2002: Strongman who seized power in Burma in 1962 and dragged the country into poverty and despair over two-and-a-half decades

Release all 1,400 political prisoners: Demands Burmese National Coalition Government.

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, brings to the notice of the international community, the politics duplicity of the stage managed smoke and mirror shows of the Burmese generals and exposes that only 59 political prisoners were released and not 115, as earlier publicized with much fanfare by State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) of Burma. The NCGUB in a statement has demanded the immediate release of 1400 political prisoners who languishing in the high security jails scattered all over in Burma.

Federal Solution Requires Bipartisan Backing – National Peace Council

The National Peace Council welcomes the announcement by the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the close of the third session of peace talks in Oslo this week, that a federal model could form the basis for a final settlement to the ethnic conflict.

United States welcomes the Political agreement reached in Oslo at the Peace Talks.

Washington, Dec 5 (AFP): - The United States on Thursday saluted the Sri Lankan government, Tamil Tiger rebels and facilitator Norway for reaching an historic peace deal to end a brutal three decades old civil war.

May the prayer for peace be answered - PM

The Island:Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a message to mark Ramadhan festival said: I am happy to send this message of greetings to the Muslims of Sri Lanka who are celebrating Eid-Ul-Fitr, after faithfully observing the fast during the month of Ramazan

Police probes 3 EPDP members missing from Batticaloa office

By Norman Pahilawadane

The Island: Kattankudi police in Batticola had initiated investigations into the three members of the EPDP attached to the Batticaloa political office gone missing from last Wednesday (04).

General Ne Win was given a pariah cremation in Burma.

Former Burma’s military dictator General Ne Win (91), who died on Thursday, 05 December, at 7.30 in the morning, was cremated on the same day, in the afternoon, at the Ye Way cemetery, about 15 miles north of Yangon. A playboy autocrat, who ruled Burma for more than 25 years, ultimately, disgraced, kept under house arrest and even after his death, he was given a pariah cremation.

Thai Premier vows to step up narcotics suppression

Bangkok, Dec 6 (TNA): – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday pledged to step up efforts to suppress drugs in compliance with His Majesty the King’s call for a national war against the illicit narcotics trade. The premier said His Majesty had been concerned about the drugs problem in the country all along.

Tibetan faces death for blasts

Chinese authorities are to execute a Tibetan man for a series of explosions earlier this year.

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s Message for Ramazan 2002

"I extend my warm and sincere wishes to all the Muslims of Sri Lanka on this Id-ul-Fitr. Today marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramazan, a period of contemplation, compassion and self-control for the followers of Islam."

You have a problem getting out of sand traps?

Compiled by : V.Rajeny

An Octogenarian who was an avid golfer moved to a new town
and joined the local Country Club. He went to the Club for
the first time to play but was told there wasn't anybody he
could play with because they were already out on the course.

To honour war heroes is not against the peace process

Colombo, Dec. 05:Dr. Narme F. Wickremesinghe, Chairperson, Rana Viru Seva Authority, has told the state electronic media that it is not against the peace process to give coverage to national occasions honouring the battle heroes of the Nation.

Presidential Truth Commission Report handed over to President

The final Report of the Presidential Truth Commission on Ethnic Violence appointed by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in 2001 was handed over to the President on the afternoon of 04th Decemberat President’s House, by the former Chief Justice Hon. S. Sharvananda, the Chairman of the Commission.

Impunity 10 years after Mumbai riots - a lesson Gujarat should learn? – Amnesty International

"How much longer will the victims have to wait until justice is done for the massacres in Mumbai in 1992," Amnesty International asked today (6 December) remembering the tragic bloodshed of the Mumbai riots 10 years ago.