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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

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National Police Commission in Sri Lanka has glimmer hope for police reforms - AHRC

Asian Human Rights Commission has expressed its reservation about the constitution of the National Police Commission in Sri Lanka.

Nagaland Congress prepared to lay down office if required

Kohima, (PTI), Jan. 04: Welcoming the scheduled arrival of the NSCN(I-M) leadership in India, the ruling Congress in Nagaland today said it was willing to relinquish office if required for an honourable settlement of the Naga political problem.

Tamil Tiger delegates are on their way to Thailand.

Bangkok Jan. 04: Delegates representing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are on their way to leave for Thailand, to participate in the fourth session of the Peace Talks, to be held at Nakom Pathom, from Januray 06 – 09.

Swedish King visits world scouts

Chonburi, Jan 4 (TNA): Swedish King Carl Gustav XVI on Saturday visited world scout camps at Yao Beach in this eastern province of Chonburi amid well-placed safeguard and security measures provided by the Royal Thai Navy, according to TNA reporter.

Sri Lanka Gov't., Rebels to Restart Talks

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 04: Government negotiators will head to Thailand to restart peace talks with Tamil guerrillas aimed at ending the country's 19-year civil war, officials said.

Be cautious to ensure Norwegian facilitation - PM replies President

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has urged President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to be cautious in her intervention with the Prime Minister of Norway as the government should take due care to ensure the enthusiasm of the Norwegian facilitation of the peace process.

Thai Army Raided Karen Village in Sangkhlaburi

Bangkok, Jan. 03:The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) has expressed it's concern about reports that 65 Karen villagers from 19 families were issued a three-day deadline to evacuate their homes after a military raid on 24 December 2002 in Wia Ka Di Village, tambon Nong Lu, Sakhlaburi district, Kanchanaburi Province, western Thailand.

Jesuits deny existence of any violent oath

- By Aditi Khanna

New Delhi, Jan. 3: The Jesuits have vehemently denied the existence of the alleged "violent oath" of the Society of Jesus that speaks of "waging relentless war, secretly and openly, against all heretics... to extirpate them from the face of the whole earth."

Govt. hopes HSZ issue will not derail peace process

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island:While the government is to focus on human rights issues and the proposed federal structure for the North-East, the LTTE’s demand for the demilitarisation of the High Security Zones (HSZs), in the Jaffna peninsula is bound to overshadow the next round of Government-LTTE peace talks to be held in Thailand from January 6 to 9.

100,000 displaced families to be resettled

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Island:The government has embarked on a massive resettlement programme by which it plans on resettling 100,000 internally displaced families. The Commissioner General for co-ordination of Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation (RRR) and Secretary to the Prime Minister, Bradman Weerakoon has negotiated with the Netherlands government, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) acquiring US $ 22 million for livelihood assistance for displaced persons.

Four member team with Rauff for talks

The Island: Leader of the SLMC and Ports Minister Rauff Hakeem who will continue as a member of the government delegation for peace talks with the LTTE despite objections from the Athaullah faction has named a four member team of advisors to accompany him to Thailand.

Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing to pay State Visit to China

Yangon, 3 Jan: At the invitation of HE Mr Jiang Zemin, President of the People's Republic of China, Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council and Prime Minister of the Union of Myanmar, accompanied by wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing, will pay a State Visit to the People's Republic of China in the near future.

Myanmar junta head to visit China

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Jan. 03: - The leader of Myanmar's ruling military junta will pay a state visit to China next week in a bid to enhance the warm relations between the two neighbors, an official newspaper reported Friday.

Chinese Thais to organize Chinese New Year countdown

Bangkok, Jan 3 (TNA): Thai nationals with the Chinese origin plans to organize a grand Chinese New Year countdown here this year.

BMA organizes nine-temple tour in single day

Bangkok, Jan 3 (TNA): The City Hall launches a temple tour during weekends this month to bring people good luck at the start of the New Year.

British politicians and Iraq

Charles Kennedy, leader of the British Democratic Liberal party, which is considered the third largest political party in Britain, has urged the British prime minister Tony Blair yesterday to offer the UN inspectors for the Iraqi weapons enough time to reveal the fact on the Iraqi weapons program before taking any decision to attack Iraq.

Fourth Session of the First Round of Peace Talks

The fourth session of the peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will take place from 6-9 January 2003 at the Rose Garden Hotel in Nakhorn Pathom, Thailand.