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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 his bodyguard. The LTTE also demanded that ‘colonel’ Theepan in charge of its cadres deployed in the Jaffna theatre must be allowed to carry his side arm to the meeting, informed sources said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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