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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 823

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Australia sends 113 Afghan asylum seekers home
Yahoo News: Canberra (Reuters), Nov. 17 - A group of 113 Afghan asylum seekers will return to their war-torn homeland on Sunday after more than a year in Australian-run detention camps, Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said. Ruddock said the 110 men, one woman and two children boarded...
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CBK deeply committed to peace process
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Saturday said she was fully committed to the ongoing peace process. She said the present government has continued the process initiated by me to find a negotiated political solution to the ethnic problem that has enveloped our country in a climate of v...
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Tigers block EPDP Delft office
by Shamindra Ferdinando and Norman Palihawadana of The Island The Island:The EPDP yesterday accused the LTTE of blocking the re-opening of its Delft office which was closed down several weeks ago subsequent to an LTTE-led attack on it. "A group of EPDP cadres returned to the island on Saturday to...
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Architect of one-tambon one-product program visits Thailand
Bangkok, Nov 18 (TNA) – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his ministers yesterday hosted a welcoming dinner for Japan’s Oita Governor Morihiko Hiramatsu, who made an official visit to Thailand. Mr Morihiko is recognized as an architect of the one-tambon (sub-district) one-product program in Ja...
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Change in economic policies in China is unlikely after leadership transfer
Udon Thani, Thailand, Nov 18 (TNA) - China is unlikely to alter its economic policies after a significant leadership transfer in the world's most populous country, according to local business leaders. Arch Taolanont, Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, told TNA in this northeastern province o...
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Burmese opposition leader visits Shan state
ABC Radio Australia, Nov. 18: Ethnic Shan rebels say that Burmese government troops had attacked one of their positions near the Thai border during a visit to their home state by opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. They say the three-pronged attack took place on a Shan State Army frontline posit...
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Relics of Dutch Linger in Sri Lanka 400 Years On
By Lindsay Beck Yahoo News: Colombo (Reuters), Nov. 16 - Hulftsdorp Hill is home to the law courts, Carl Muller is a well-known writer and Wolvendaal Street a bustling commercial avenue. A glance at a city map could fool visitors into thinking they are in a European capital. But the city is Colom...
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UNESCO to assist in Jaffna library uplift
The Sunday Leader: The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has come forward to provide technical assistance to the Jaffna library by providing reading facilities to the entire Jaffna peninsula and to promote wider access to information. The total budget for this...
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Rajitha slams CBK, Kadirgamar
The Sunday Leader: Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday slammed President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Presidential advisor Lakshman Kadirgamar for attempting to sabotage the peace process due to petty jealousies and hypocritical political motives. Commenting on the allegations made by Kumaratun...
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Indias support for Oslo parley
The Sunday Leader:The government of India will this week come out with a statement strongly supportive of the government's peace process as well as the donor conference scheduled to be held on November 25 in Oslo. Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda and Ports Development Minister Rauf Hake...
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Transport of essential items to un-cleared areas continues
One hundred and Nineteen lorry loads of food and other essential items had been dispatched to un-cleared areas in the northern province during the period 08 November – 14 November 2002, according to Sri Lankan Army News release. Accordingly, these consignments had reached areas in Kilinochchi and M...
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Thai PM:Leader change in China would not affect bilateral relations
Bangkok, Nov 16 (TNA) - Change of the Chinese top leader is unlikely to affect bilateral relations between China and Thailand, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra. Thaksin told TNA on Friday that the government would send a message to Chinese Vice President Hu Jin Tao to congratulate him...
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Lionair introduces ‘Super Class Service’ to Jaffna passengers
The Island: Lionair operating the only western aircraft to Jaffna has introduced a ‘Super Class Service’ with hot meals, refreshments and beverages. The 48-seater British Aerospace HS 748 Rolls Royce engines, is the newest aircraft now flying to Jaffna. The Directorate of Civil Aviation certified L...
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PM, Balasingham meet boost to peace process
The IslandA meeting between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and chief Tiger ‘diplomat’ Anton Balasingham in Oslo a week before the next round of face-to-face talks in Norway will give a tremendous boost to the peace process, political sources said. The meeting will take place in the sidelines o...
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LTTE demands pass for top Tiger’s bodyguard
by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island The Island: The LTTE refused to send a key military commander to a crucial security meeting at army controlled Tellipallai to review existing security measures in the Jaffna peninsula and the islands unless the government agrees to permit him to be escorted by h...
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Rehabilitation sub committee meets tomorrow in Kilinochchi
The first sub-committee level meeting on immediate humanitarian and rehabilitation needs in North and the East between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam will take place tomorrow, Monday November 18. According to the Press release issued by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colom...
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Thai PM invites local political parties to jointly host meeting of Asian political parties
Bangkok, Nov 17 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Saturday invited political parties in Thailand to join his Thai Rak Thai Party in jointly host the second meeting of Asian political parties, to be held in the kingdom later this month. In his weekly radio programme, "Premier Thaksin Talk...
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Presidents party says peace talks leading to division of Sri Lanka
By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer Yhoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 15 - Sri Lanka's opposition party on Friday questioned Norway's neutrality in peace talks between the government and the Tamil rebels and expressed concern that the talks may lead to creation of a separate Tamil state....
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Norway no longer impartial - Kadirgamar
Colombo, Nov. 15:“The PA views with concern the role currently being played by the Norwegian Government in the negotiation process and we feel that they are no longer visibly impartial,” former Foreign Minister and Presidential Advisor Lakshman Kadirgamar said today. He said that the destiny of S...
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President briefed on second round of talks
Colombo, Nov. 15: Minster Milinda Moragoda today briefed President Kumaratunga on the outcome of the second round of talks between the Government and the LTTE which concluded November 3 at the Rose Garden Resort near Bangkok, Thailand. Presidential Advisor, Lakshman Kadirgamar was present at the b...
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