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

LTTE to allow other parties to preach in N-E

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The Island:Tamil political parties on Tuesday welcomed LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham’s statement that other political parties would be allowed to enter the democratic political process in the North East.

Zimbabwe to lose $160m in Lankan arms deal

by Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

The Island:According to a recent report in the Financial Gazette, the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) could lose nearly $160 million dollars because a middleman it engaged five years ago to run weapons to Sri Lanka on its behalf has refused to forward monies paid for the supplies. The Financial Times has established that the Sri Lankan army, which made a down payment of about $99 million for the weapons, is said to have also refused to pay the outstanding debt.

Change in decision to set up Interim Admin., JTF a PA victory- Kadirgamar dropped

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island: Former Foreign Minister and President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s nominee for the peace process Lakshman Kadirgamar on Tuesday night (5) told a PA parliamentary group meeting at the presidential secretariat that the government and the LTTE appeared to have dropped their disputed decision to set up an interim administration in the north-east and a Joint Task Force (JTF) to handle rehabilitation and reconstruction in the region.

We have succeeded in increasing growth rate - Minister Choksy

We have succeeded in increasing growth rate - Minister Choksy
Finance Minister K. N. Choksy, PC presenting the budget yesterday said The economy is expected to record a growth rate of about 5.5 percent, reflecting recovery in all major sectors. Inflation should decline further to 8 per cent. This should result in a further easing of interest rates and reduced pressure on wages.<

Fifty-nine Political Parties from 22 Countries to participate in the biggest Conference.

by K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Nov. 07The Second International Conference of Asian Political Parties, scheduled for November, is to be attended by representatives of 59 political parties in 22 countries. The Conference is expected to be one of the leading and important event for Asia, which would lay the foundation for the future Asian Solidarity, and for an Asia without borders and barriers.<

Archbishop Oswald Gomis, a scholar with a distinction of many firsts.

Colombo, Nov. 05:"His Grace is a simple clergyman who has a great love for his country and made a noteworthy effort to contribute to peace and ethnic and religious harmony by forging a greater understanding between our peoples,” President Chandrika Kumaratunga said at a ceremony in Colombo today to felicitate Archbishop Oswald Gomis on his elevation to the position of the Archbishop of Colombo and Metropolitan Bishop of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka.

Japanese envoy in Sri Lanka to assess peace process

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - A visiting Japanese envoy met Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday to discuss Tokyo's help in rebuilding the island nation's war-ravaged northeast, officials said.

U.S., Britain, UN Hail Sri Lanka Peace Talk Gains

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News: Colombo (Reuters) - The United States and Britain, which have banned the Tamil Tigers, praised the progress of Sri Lanka's peace talks on Tuesday and said they would participate in an aid conference to rebuild areas damaged by two decades of war.

Pregnant Tiger cadre commits suicide

by Hemantha Randunu, Divaina corr - The Island.

The IslandA pregnant female Tiger cadre had committed suicide by swallowing a cynide capsule at Rupaskulam LTTE camp in Ampara.

Asgiri Nayaka Thero confers blessings on LTTE

by Cyril Wimalasurendre in Kandy - The Island

The IslandThe Mahanayake Thero of Asgiriya while blessing the UNP government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe for efforts to restore peace in Sri Lanka conferred his blessings on the LTTE for their flexibility to come to the negotiating table seeking solution to the country’s major problem.

Iraqi oil for SL tea?

by Himngi Jayasundera - The Island

The IslandMinister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake is exploring possibilities of trading tea for oil with Iraq

LTTEers may face contempt charges

Daily MirrorSome groups are planning to take legal action against certain LTTEers who challenged the recent judgment sentencing Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran to 200 years imprisonment.

Japanese Prime Minister insists Than Shwe to Further the efforts on Democratization.

The Government of Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi already have had 107 meetings. Aung San Suu Kyi is free to engage in political activity in any part of the country and she is free to travel to any part of the country, and she has been traveling to various parts of the country for political activities.

Changed from Republican to Democrat when the eyes were opened.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

American President George Bush was out jogging one morning
when he came across a little boy sitting on the White House
lawn with a box full of newborn puppies. They were so cute
and the President stopped to look at them.

LTTE Supporters in Canada and Australia Should Give Up, Threat and Intimidation

Asian Tribune Editorial Board

Asian Tribune has been forced into this unwanted controversy by V.Thangavelu, an accountant by profession and since of late claims to be an Eelam Tamil journalist and supposed to be one of the stalwart of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Canada.. Thangavelu was desultory in the presentation of his criticism against a Sri Lankan Tamil journalist Selliah Nagarajah, who at present resides in Australia with his wife and two children.

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