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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2345

Sri Lankan court ruling may mean snap election

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News:Colombo (Reuters), October 22 - Sri Lanka faces the prospect of a snap election and the possibility of peace talks being held up after a court ruled on Tuesday that the government must hold a referendum if it wants to amend the constitution.

Nordic peace monitors meet the reclusive rebel leader in Sri Lanka

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 22- Foreign peace monitors said Tuesday they were pleased with relations between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels as the two sides work toward a lasting peace after signing a truce in February.

World environmental Journalists to meet in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will become the global buzz on environmental issues when the
14th APFEJ World Congress of Environmental Journalists
ceremonially begins on October 27, over 100 journalists and other
environmentally-concerned officials and private individuals expected to be
flying in from 50 countries world over.

One rule here in heaven...dont step on the ducks

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven. When they get there, St. Peter says, "We only have one rule here in heaven...don't step on the ducks." So they entered heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It is almost impossible not to step on a duck, and although they try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally steps on one.

HSZ not on agenda

Daily Mirror As the proposed Joint Task Force will focus on the issues of de-mining and resettlement in the north and east, the question of high security zones would not be taken up at today's talks between the Norwegian peace delegation and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Military chiefs discuss joint committee

Daily Mirror:A decision taken during last month's direct talks between the government and the LTTE to set up a Military-LTTE joint committee to avoid friction or misunderstanding, will be discussed today at a top level defence meeting.

U.S Senator Rips Rangoon For "Inhumane Treatment" of Burmese People

The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee castigated Burma's military rulers for their "inhumane treatment" of the Burmese people in his speech to the Senate.

Top LTTE leaders remain silent as SEP defence campaign gathers support

By K. Ratnayake

World Socialist Web Site: October 23 - The leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has remained silent in the face of growing support for the campaign by the World Socialist Web Site to demand that it call a halt to threats and physical violence against members of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) on the northern Sri Lankan island of Kayts.

Asian Banks Too Timid To Lend - Companies Too Afraid To Borrow

Bangkok, October 23: Banks in Catch-22 - need to resume lending to stimulate economic revival Banks are afraid to lend, companies are reluctant to borrow, and the region's monetary authorities have given little or no indication how they will solve this credit crunch, according to a new comprehensive joint-study published today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Tamil Tigers not involved in the kidnapping in Akkaraipattu

Colombo October 21:In a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Inspector General of Police, T. E. Anandarajah said investigations were being continued to trace the persons, who were behind the abduction of Seeni Mohamed Abdul Wajeed.

Politics threaten Sri Lankan peace process

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News:Colombo (Reuters),October 21 - Sri Lanka's unfolding bid to end nearly two decades of war may be forced onto the back burner if domestic politics are thrown into fresh turmoil by a Supreme Court decision due on Tuesday.

SC determination on 19th amendment officially in House today

The Island:The Supreme Court determination on the 19th amendment to the constitution is expected to be officially announced in parliament today by Speaker Joseph Michael Perera.

SLMM takes over abducted PLOTE Jaffna councillor

The Island:A Jaffna Municipal Council member of the PLOTE was allegedly abducted by the LTTE on Sunday afternoon and was handed over to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) two hours later.

Helgessen-Ranil pow-wow on agenda for 2nd round

by Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen held a dinner meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last night where the discussion revolved around the agenda for the second round of peace talks to begin late this month and other development matters concerning the North and the East as well as the whole country. The formation of the Joint Task Force as a precursor for the interim administration to the North-East was also discussed.

Floods in the Western Province of Sri Lanka

Colombo:21st October According to Information Department's news release, torrential rains which lashed the country during the last few days has caused floods in the Western Province although the situation was not very serious.

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