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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

Life returns to normal in Akkaraipattu

The Island: As Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sleuths moved in to probe the incidents at Akkaraipattu, life returned to normal after two days of tension following the abduction of a Muslim youth last week.

CBK bound to dissolve on House resolution: UNP

The Island: The government’s announcement last week that it may opt for a general election has created a new constitutional debate, this time revolving around whether President Chandrika Kumaratunga would be bound by a parliamentary resolution to dissolve the assembly or whether she was free to reject the same.

Use the SC option -Fowzie

The Sunday Leader: Former Transport Minister and Colombo District PA legislator A.H.M.Fowzie says the UNF government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must now grab hold of an important clause of the Supreme Court decision on the 19th Amendment, that gives the option to parliament to postpone the dissolution of parliament for three years with a 2/3rd majority.

Govt. will not compromise — Malik

By Frederica Jansz - The Sunday Leaders

The Sunday Leader: The government has decided to present a resolution to parliament in November calling for a dissolution of parliament. The government has decided to reject the possibility of any compromise with President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in terms of the formula presented by the Supreme Court.

PM to reflect; polls unlikely

Sunday Times: Prime Minister Ranil Wickreme-singhe will reflect over the weekend on future strategy of his fledgling government following this week's major setback in the rejection of its moves to clip the President's wings with regard to her powers to dissolve Parliament.

Plans to evacuate migrant workers in West Asia

Sunday Times: The Sri Lankan government is working in consultation with West Asian countries to map out plans for protecting and evacuating our migrant workers in the event of a possible US attack on the region.

Appoint separate Governors to north and east, says SMP

By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times

Sunday Times: The Sinhala Mahajana Peramuna has called on the Government to appoint separate Governors to the North and East in a bid to bring about normalcy to the East.

TNA calls for restraint by Tamil people

By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times

Sunday Times: TULF General Secretary R. Sampanthan has appealed to the Tamil people to act with restraint and not do anything that might even slightly disturb the peace process. In an interview with The Sunday Times Mr. Sampanthan said he believed recent events in the East could in no way overturn the peace process which had a solid foundation. Excerpts:

Norways top mediator arrives in Sri Lanka to prepare for peace talks

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, October 20 - Norway's top mediator arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to help finalize preparations for the second round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, a diplomat said.

Action plan to revive health care facilities in N/E

A rapid action plan to revive and upgrade the deteriorating health care facilities in the North and East is now being prepared by the Health Ministry.

Peace ombudsman to deal with east?

by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:The government is considering the appointment of a peace ombudsman to deal with some of the problems arising in the east.

19th Amendment dead: President also has options — PA

by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:The People’s Alliance (PA) yesterday declared that the 19th Amendment was as "dead as a door nail".

Child Soldier Use : Denail by Burma- Not Credible.

New York, October 18: - The Burmese government's claim that it does not use child soldiers is contradicted by the evidence, Human
Rights Watch said today. Burma has said a recent Human Rights Watch
report is "just another example of attempts to tarnish the image of
Myanmar and the Myanmar Tatmadaw (military) in the eyes of the
international community."

Want an Elephant for just one hundred buck?

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Moskowitz met Finklestein on the street one day and said,
"Finkelstein, have I got a bargain for you! An elephant! A
whole living elephant for just one hundred dollars."

Licence to Rape: An Earth Shattering Revelation - Exclusive Interview

K.T.Rajasingham

Interview Asian Tribune conducted with Hseng Noung of SWAN, who is one of the researchers for "Licence to Rape," a well compiled documentation, which is an earth shattering revelation of how the Burmese military used rape as an instrument to terrorize innocent women into submission.

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