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Court begins case involving LTTE attack on Socialist Equality Party

By Deepal Jayasekere

World Socialist Web Site: Dec. 10. The Magistrates Court on Kayts Island in northern Sri Lanka began hearing charges on December 4 against Karthikesu Amirthalingam, a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who is accused of assaulting Nagarajah Kodeeswaran.

Overwhelming liquidity in banking system drops significantly

Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): – The overwhelming liquidity in the banking system has dropped to less than 500 billion baht as a result of the issue of the country-saving bonds and the increase in new lending and restructured loans, according to the Bank of Thailand.

Bottom Deodorant – To apply push up bottom

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A blonde woman walks into a pharmacy and asks the
assistant for some bottom deodorant. The assistant, a little
bemused, explains to the woman that they don't sell bottom
deodorant, and never have. The blonde, unfazed, assures
the lady behind the counter that she has been buying the
stuff from here on a regular basis, and would like some more.

Human Rights Violation is the Way of Life in Burma.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Dec.11: In Burma more than 50 percent of the budget allocation goes to meet the military expenses, which includes the purchase of sophisticated modern lethal weapons to kill those democratic minded, ordinary, innocent Burmese, who long for a change in the country. Dr. Sann Aung, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office (East) of the National Coalition Government of Burma, made this critical observation yesterday, at a human rights panel discussion.<

Civil Societies and Rights Organizations pledges support for the UN Human Rights Commission

Bangkok Dec. 10: Asia is the region where the most crucial tragedy had taken place in which international community can witness, declares the civil society and Human Rights Organization in Thailand and Asia- pacific. In a letter addressed to Sergio Vieria de Mello, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights nearly 22 organizations in this region has signed it.<

International year of Freshwater to be launched by the United Nations.

Paris, December 10: - The International Year of Freshwater, 2003, will receive its official launch at a ceremony at the United Nations in New York on December 12. The aim of the year is to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and managing freshwater. The UN General Assembly resolution proclaiming the Year was initiated by the Government of Tajikistan and supported by 148 other countries.

Human Rights more significant in Sri Lanka than ever before – President

Colombo, Dec. 10: “The people of Sri Lanka commemorate Universal Human Rights Day this year at a time when its significance has increased than ever before,” President Chandrika Kumaratunga said in her International Human Rights Day message today.

Ensure principles of democracy, pluralism and human rights - India

New Delhi, Dec. 10: The Indian side noted the positive signals that have come out from the latest round of talks in the Oslo Peace Process,” the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a statement at the conclusion of the two-day official visit to Colombo by Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwar Sibal.

Three Escaped Tiger Girls are lodged safely at Gangodawila Rehabilitation Center.

Batticaloa, Dec. 10: Three Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) female cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who managed to escape from LTTE clutches and arrived at the Army camp at Batticaloa town on 07 December around 10 a.m. have been referred to the Rehabilitation Center at Gangodawila by authorities.

Hafrath, Subairdeen, Athaullah sacked from SLMC High Command

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island: The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) on Monday sacked its rebel General Secretary A. L. M. Hafrath MP and other dissident members S. Subairdeen, A. L. M. Athaullah MP and Deputy Leader A. Uthuman Lebbe from its decision making body - the High Command.

Swiss govt. places Lanka on equal terms with LTTE: recognises Karuna as Military Commander of East.

The Island:The government of Switzerland has recognised Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna as the "Military Commander of East Sri Lanka" and said that Swiss support for the peace process was based on "principles of equality with both sides".

Myanmar burns massive quantity of opium poppy seeds

Yangon, Myanmar, Dec. 10: - Myanmar's military authorities have burned more than 8,500 kilograms (18,700 pounds) of opium poppy seeds, stimulant pills and other drugs in their latest show of determination to stamp out the drug trade, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Row over handing over of uncensored Iraqi declaration to US

United Nations, (PTI), December 10, 2002: Resentment is brewing within the UN Security Council after its President handed over the first copy of uncensored version of the Iraqi declaration to the United States, ignoring other members.

Study Faults Australia for Accepting Refugees - By Invitation Only.

Sydney, December 10, 2002: Many refugees who come uninvited to Australia are compelled to do so because they cannot find effective protection anywhere else, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released to mark International Human Rights Day.<

Thai PM downplays concern on effect from possible US-Iraq war

Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday expressed confidence Thailand would not be adversely affected as many worried if the war between the United States and Iraq broke out.

MOC:Website of major rice exporting countries to be opened soon

Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): A new website linking information among major rice exporting countries, including Thailand, will be opened soon, according to an official report.

Bangladesh frees Channel 4 journalists.

Dhaka, Dec. 11: Bangladesh has released two European journalists from Britain's Channel 4 television station, who were detained last month on suspicion of spreading anti-state propaganda.