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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2404

Peace progress yardstick for Japan donor confab — Akashi

by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:Sri Lanka’s largest donor, Japan yesterday said that the donor conference for Sri Lanka in that country in mid 2003 would depend on the progress of the peace process.

NMRO writes to PM

The Island:The Northern Muslims’ Right Organization in a letter to Prim Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that nearly 100,000 Muslims were displaced from North due to the situation prevailed for nearly two decades. They were compelled to live in refugee camps and welfare centres and our organisation has been involved in various activities for their welfare.

SLMC group abandons boycott, returns to House

By Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The Island:The seven Sri Lanka Muslim Congress MPs who boycotted parliament for the last several days returned to the House yesterday when the budget debate resumed with their leader, Minister A.L.M. Athaullah, declaring they had faith in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and would vote for the budget.

Concerns over Indian nuclear plant

By Hemamala Wickramage - Sunday Leader

Sunday Leader:Environmental groups are concerned over reports of the construction of a nuclear power plant in Koondankulum in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. According to Executive Director, Environment Foundation Ltd (EFL), Hemantha Vithanage, the Indian government is currently in the process of building the power plant in the southern most tip of India and it will be around 50 kms off the Gulf of Mannar. "In the event of a nuclear fall out we are placed at a great risk. The Chernobyl disaster's impact affected an area of 100 km radius around the power plant in Ukraine," said Vithanage.

Peace committees begin work

The Sunday Leader:The Sub Committee on De-escalation and Resettlement will meet at Omanthai today, to discuss the resettlement of refugees and further find out what could be done regarding the High Security Zones (HSZ).

Screamed at the top of her lungs to get attention

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

It was your normal round of Halloween parties this weekend.
Well...almost completely normal. If you've never tried to
dance while wearing a three-foot-long sword then you're
missing out on an adventure.

Japan hopes to bolster Sri Lanka peace process with development aid

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 08 - A Japanese envoy said Friday his nation was ready to host a meeting of international donors to help Sri Lanka rebuild its war-ravaged north and east.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro insists on five democratic conditions for transition in Burma

There can be no credible democratic transition without five fundamental conditions. These are - the inclusion of all component of society in the political dialogue; immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners; the lifting the restrictions which continue to hamper the ability of political parties individual and groups; explicit discussion of political democratization that cannot take place without free elections and accountability through judicial mechanism of abuse committed by state agents.

TNA to support budget

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The IslandThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will support the budget as a whole but have its reservations on the votes of Defence Ministry, said TNA MP of the ACTC for Jaffna District Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam yesterday.

No development plan in budget, serious flaw — Ronnie

by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:The lack of a development plan is a serious flaw in the UNF budget, former Minister of Finance, Ronnie De Mel said yesterday.

Church bulletin bloopers : Ladies, forget not the rummage sale....

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All
ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the
B.S. is done. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the
congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake
breakfast next Sunday morning.

Opponents of the regime in Burma held for possession of banned newspapers

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have condemned the arrests of dozens of dissidents for their involvement in distributing newspapers that have been banned by the junta. Some of them have been held in undisclosed locations for more than ten days.

Success And Dangers In The Ongoing Thailand Talks – National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

There is near unanimity, both locally and internationally, that the government-LTTE talks that have been taking place in Thailand have been going better than anticipated. At the second meeting between the two sides in Thailand they prioritized issues and engaged in joint problem solving as partners rather than as enemies. Among the decisions taken by the government and LTTE at the second meeting, the setting up of three joint committees to deal with economic, security and political issues would be of great importance.

Govt. attacks Harris as he flies out to Male

By Kasun Yapa Karunaratne and Sunimalee Dias - Daily Mirror

Daily Mirror:British Journalist Paul Harris whose visa expired yesterday left for Male last night on flight UL503 despite a last-minute decision by the government to grant him a week to sort out matters after the Foreign Ministry charged he had acted illegally, impudently and made unwarranted allegations against the government.

Committees will help identify sources of tension – Prof. G.L. Peiris

Colombo, Nov. 07:The committees established during the second phase of the first round of peace talks held in Thailand were ‘a simpler and more effective mechanism when compared to the complexities associated with the mechanism of setting up a Joint Task Force’ This was stated by Prof. Minister G.L. Peiris at the Cabinet press briefing held today.

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