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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2371

Wants EPDP Delft office shut: TNA backs out at Interior Ministry vote

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island: The government did not receive the TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) support on Monday when the Interior Ministry heads were passed by a majority of 32 votes. The TNA did not vote with government members in protest against recent attacks on Tamils in the east subsequent to a cease-fire agreement with the LTTE and as a part of its strategy to press the government to close down an EPDP office in the Delft island. Earlier in the day Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with a delegation of the TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to discuss the situation in the Delft island where violent LTTE inspired protests over the weekend subsequent to an EPDP decision to resume political activity there, left several persons wounded, political sources said yesterday. The EPDP pulled out of the island subsequent to an LTTE attack on its office on October 5.

Meeting on De-escalation and Normalisation held without hiccups.

Vavunatheevu, Sri Lanka, Nov.21: The Committee meeting on de-escalation and normalisation was held without any hiccups here, between the Government delegation and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) yesterday, presided over by Heikki Hulkkonen 0f the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).

Most Refugees Are in Developing Countries,

There are about 12 million refugees in the world, according to an analysis released by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently. Most of them -- 86 percent -- come from developing countries, and about 70 percent are hosted by developing countries.

Armed conflicts displaced 150,000 folk

By Zaff S. Solmerin - Today Correspondent

Of the 25 million internally displaced people in 40 countries reported by a United Nations representative, around 150,000 Filipinos form part of the list, earning for the Philippines the distinction of being the third country in Southeast Asia with the most number of internally displaced persons,・according to Kaloi Anasarias, staff member of Balay Inc., a nongovernment organization.

Situation in Bassein and Tharawaddy prisons in Burma

Some students imprisoned in Pathein Jail were released on the 5th November. According to information received in Bangkok, to the vacant wards, U Kyaw Mya and those transferred from Taungoo prison were moved.

Thai workers overseas send over Bt50 billion back home

Bangkok, Nov 21 (TNA)– Thai nationals working overseas have generated billions of revenues for the country, as they sent over Bt50 billion back home in the 2002 fiscal year alone, according to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.

Repo cut will have little effect on money market and forex: TFRC

Bangkok, Nov 21 (TNA)– The Bank of Thailand’s decision to cut the 14-day repurchase rate by 0.25% would have little effect on the money market and currency exchange rates, according to Thai Farmers Research Center.

Heroes Day Speech of Prabhkaran to be aired on the Sri LankanTelevision

Colombo, Nov. 21: In an unprecedented gesture of goodwill, the Sri Lankan state TV will telecast on Tuesday the annual "Heroes' Day" address by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

EPDP Office in Chavakachcheri Torched by armed wing of the LTTE.

Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Nov. 21 : Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE) armed cadres has gone berserk in Chavakachcheri and torched the has torched the office of the Eelam People’s Democratic Front. According to EPDP reports, two of its men too are missing after the violent incident said to be instigated by the LTTE.

Low visibility blocks meteor shower

Bangkok, Nov 19 (TNA) - Thai people, particularly those living in Bangkok, did not enjoy a new Leonid shower over the past two nights as expected due to low visibility, according to the Astronomy Association of Thailand.

Mike Tyson doing his homework

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

As part of his parole agreement, Mike Tyson has to go back
to school and finish grade five. This is Mike's Ebonics
homework vocabulary assignment. He must use each new word in
a sentence.

Partners for Justice and Peace - expression of solidarity between Baptist Churches and Naga People.

The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) and the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) are co-organizing a workshop “Partners for Justice and Peace” from the 25th and 26th of November 2002 at Hotel Japfü, Kohima.

Two Conflicting Reports On the visit to Burma by Ismail Razali, U.N. Special Envoy.

There emerges two conflicting reports on the recent visit of Ismail Razali
UN Special Envoy to Burma. According to the Myanmar Government spokesman, “The process is moving. But according to agency news report the United Nations envoy ended a visit to Myanmar on Saturday saying that he will soldier on with his mission to encourage reconciliation despite the ruling junta's failure to open talks with the opposition.

BIMST-EC Trade Ministers & Business Forum to meet in Colombo

Sri Lanka is hosting the 4th BIMST-EC Trade Ministers Meeting and the 2nd BIMST-EC Business Forum Meeting in Colombo from November 22 to 25, 2002.

Philippines agree to import rice and sugar from Thailand

Bangkok, Nov 20 (TNA) – The Philippines has agreed to import rice and sugar from Thailand in exchange of the latter’s support for the delay in sugar import tariff reductions to 0-5% under the ASEAN Free Trade Area pact.

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