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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2312

Karuna gives Hakeem undertaking at Thailand Peace Talks: LTTE to return N-E Muslim lands in two mont

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Island:The LTTE has undertaken to hand over land and property belonging to Muslims now being cultivated or occupied by Tamils in the North-East province back to the Muslims in about two months' time.

Karenni, Rangoon begin preliminary peace talks

The NationA Burmese ethnic rebel group has started preliminary peace talks with the military government, seven years after their cease-fire broke down, rebel officials said yesterday.

Asian Leaders to arrive in Bangkok for the 2nd Asian Political Parties Conference.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Nov. 05:The second international conference of Asian political parties, scheduled for November, is expected to be attended by representatives of 59 parties in 22 countries. Several Asian Leaders are expected to attend the conference. The Conference is expected to be one of the leading and important events for Asia.

Proposed defence reforms will remove security powers – Presidents Secretariat

The Island:The Presidential Secretariat on Friday said that the defence sector reforms proposed by the government would remove all powers and functions relating to security from the executive head of state. The release added that the committee report did not contain recommendations on the extension of services of army officers or a procedure for army procurements as requested by the President.

Hindu Congress’ Deepavali message

The Island:The All Ceylon Hindu Congress in its Deepavali message said:

Groaner Of The Day: (groooaaaaan...........)

Compiled by V.Rajeny

One day this mechanic was working late under a car and some brake
fluid dripped into his mouth. "Wow! That stuff isn't too bad tasting",
he thought. Next day he told his buddy about tasting the brake fluid.
"Not bad," he said. "Think I'll have a little more today."

Tell the LTTE to Stop all Terrorist Activities Once for All.

My wish is that LTTE cadres should desist from terrorist activities. The
Tamil liberation struggle presently led by the LTTE has been tarnished
because of these mindless terrorist activities. It is time that all Sri
Lankan Tamils, particularly those expatriates living in Western democracies, tell the LTTE to stop all terrorist activities once for all.

Sri Lanka foes win credit in search for cash

Yahoo News: Nakhon Pathom, Thailand (AFP) Nov. 04 - Sri Lanka's warring parties opened talks at a Thai resort to seek foreign cash, but an unexpected political deal has earned them credit ahead of a crucial meeting of international aid donors.

Burma/Myanmar – Common position and Council conclusions

The Council adopted a Common Position amending its Common Position in order to take into account changes in the composition of the regime in Burma/Myanmar and extending it for another six months. The Common Position includes restrictive measures (visa ban, assets freeze) against a number of persons.

Thangavelu Take up Cudgel - a desultary move.

I am in agreement with those who criticize the LTTE as long as that criticism is valid. But I am not in agreement when the LTTE is criticized unfairly.” Writes V.Thangavelu, a Sri Lankan Tamil Journalist from Canada. This was written in response to the news item appeared in the Asian Tribune dated 31 October
Save Journalist Nagarajah, from threat by Tamil tormentors in Australia.

More men are riding my invention than yours

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

The inventor of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Corporation,
Arthur Davidson, died and went to heaven. At the gates,
St. Peter told Arthur, "Since you've been such a good man and
your motorcycles have changed the world, your reward is you
can hang out with anyone you want in Heaven."<

Recent Maligawatte riot was intended to chase the Muslims out of Colombo.

Though Muslim leaders participate in the government, the Government miserably has failed to address the grievances of the Muslims. Therefore the unrest in the midst of the Muslim youth is understandable.<

Appeal to assist fallen heroes

The Sunday Leader:The Ceylon War Veterans Association of World War II has appealed to the public to increase their contributions to the present day soldiers who have scarified their lives for the sake of their motherland. The Remembrance Day falls on November 10.

Moves to impeach CBK

By Dilrukshi Handunneti - The Sunday Leader

The Sunday Leader: A group of government legislators led by several ministers are canvassing opposition support to successfully move an impeachment motion against President Chandrika Kumaratunga in parliament, authoritative government sources said.

Peace only through negotiations

By Marianne David - The Sunday Leader

The Sunday Leader: While over one third of people in Jaffna stated that they believe peace will be achieved soon, a majority believed that it could only be achieved through negotiations stated Social Indicator October 2002.

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