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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2342

Rose Garden, venue for round two of Peace Talks

The second round of Peace Talks between the Government and the LTTE will be held from October 31 – November 3, at The Rose Garden, a prime Resort Nakhon Pathom - 40km from Bangkok.

Nation should urge Govt. to accept president’s offer — PA

By Dilanthi Jayamanne - The Island

The Island:The President extended a hand of friendship towards the UNF government in her address to the nation on Thursday night and the civil society would have to wait and see whether the government would accept it, media spokesman for the PA, MP Sarath Amunugama said at a press conference yesterday. "Should the government fail to accept the proffered hand, it would be the nation’s duty to pressurise it to take it," he said.

UNF to implement own agenda: Govt. will go ahead with people’s mandate — GL

By Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:Reacting to the President’s call to join hands, the government yesterday announced that it welcomed co-operation from other parties but maintained that the government would implement its own agenda.

JVP praises president for not meeting Helgesen

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:JVP Parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa praised President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Parliament yesterday for refusing to meet Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen.

Helgesen remains upbeat despite party politics in Colombo

By Scott Mcdonald - -Reuters

Daily Mirror:The peace talks are on track despite a power struggle between the president and prime minister and clashes in the country's east, a Norwegian mediator said.

Peoples Parliament of Burma nominated new ethnic Parliament members.

Rangoon, Burma October 26:The Committee Representing People's Parliament (CRPP) held its regular meeting at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Rangoon on 23 October.

Burma’s deteriorating crisis – Answer is Better Governance – Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate and the leader of the non-violent movement for human rights and democracy in Burma, strongly hoped and believed by millions of Burmese as the beacon of hope for the return of peace and normalcy in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, was freed on 16 May 2002, after 19 months under house arrest. After her release from the housed arrest she said, “It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power, corrupts those who wield it. Fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” Aung San Suu Kyi, in the 15 years she’s been on the world’s political arena she has displayed her steely will power, determination and has shown her own fearlessness.

New ICFTU evidence of increasing forced labour in Burma and multinational enterprise involvement

Brussels (ICFTU News): The release of political dissidents including the NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi combined with a purported opening of dialogue between the Burmese regime and opposition forces may seem to signify a softening stance from the notoriously brutal 15-year military dictatorship in Burma. Yet, in the run-up to the 21-22 October EU General Affairs Council’s 6-monthly Burma review, the ICFTU has released stark new evidence which contradicts this impression.

The poet in Ashraff made him understand the heart-beat of his people...” President

Colombo, October 24: "The poet in Ashraff gave him the ability to understand the heart-beat of his people. His humanity and artistic sensitivity enabled him to break through the shackles of ethnic and racial isolation moving into the realm of national unity, within a multi racial, multi lingual and multi cultural society. Ashraff did not remain only a visionary. He was a dynamic pragmatist.

Parliament boycott- three more Muslim MPs join

Colombo, October 24: Three MPs of the National Unity Alliance (NUA) – Ministers Ferial Ashraff, Cegu Isadean and M L A M Hisbullah today decided to join the 9 others who are currently boycotting Parliament.

Join hands with me, leaving aside all political and other differences - President

Colombo, October 24: President Chandrika Kumaratunga in an address to the nation today on National Television, invited Sri Lankans to leave aside all political and other differences and join hands with her to formulate a programme for Peace acceptable to all the Sinhalese, Muslims, Malays, Burghers, the Tamils and their representatives including the LTTE, as well as a dynamic and workable Economic Development Plan designed to benefit all sections of the Nation.

Pathirana resigns saying PA return to power looks bleak

by Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:SLFP stalwart from Galle district and former Leader of the House Richard Pathirana who locked horns with President Chandrika Kumaratunga recently has sent his resignation as the SLFP organiser of the Akmeemana electorate to party General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena.

Cabinet meets for fifteen minutes minus CBK

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Island:The cabinet of ministers on Wednesday met for about fifteen minutes in the absence of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Govt. to finalise its delegation this week: Karuna in LTTE’s expanded delegation

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island:The LTTE has expanded its delegation to next week’s face-to-face talks in Thailand with the government by including a senior military commander, V. Karuna, in charge of cadres deployed in the Ampara-Batticaloa sector.

New Islamic bank due to open doors in January HQ in Bangkok, 12 branches in South

Wichit Sirithaveeporn - Bangkok Post

Bangkok Post:A new Islamic bank will be established in January with an initial paid-up capital of 500 million baht and a registered capital of one billion baht.

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