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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2430

Balasingham arrived this morning and rushed to meet Pirabaharan in Vanni


Colombo, October 15 The LTTE chief peace negotiator Anton Balasingham arrived in Colombo Wednesday morning and was soon flown to Vanni thus paving way for the second round of Sattahip talks beginning 31 this month.

Opposition Marxists blame government for violence in eastern Sri Lanka

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Oct 13 - The opposition Marxist party on Sunday blamed the government for failing to prevent casualties in a clash last week between police and protesters that killed at least seven people in eastern Sri Lanka.

Govt inquiry into camp attack

The Island:Interior Ministry Secretary M. N. Junaid has appointed a three member committee to inquire into the incidents that occurred at Kanjirankudah, Akkaraipattu on October 9.

CBK’s inquiry likely

The Island:The Office of the President was expected to appoint a special committee to inquire into the recent incidents in the north-east subsequent to the cease-fire agreement, political sources said. The committee was also expected to make recommendations on ways and means of avoiding such incidents, the sources said.

President in security talks on Trinco

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island:As a general cessation of public activities ordered by the LTTE paralysed government-held regions in the north-east over the weekend subsequent to last week’s incidents in the east, President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday met with the National Security Council (NSC) at Janadhipathi Mandiraya to discuss what she described as a ‘deteriorating’ situation.

Appoint two governors for north, east: Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera

The Island:Ven. Elle Gunawansa yesterday urged the government and the Oslo-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to take urgent steps to restore normalcy in the north-east. Expressing grave concern over the worsening situation in the region, the thera said the ongoing LTTE-inspired attacks, protests and a general shut down were aimed at provoking the security forces and the LTTE.

LTTE to change Kalmunai leaders

by Norman Palihawadana - The Island

The Island:A high level LTTE inquiry into the attack on the STF camp at Kanjirankudah, Akkaraipattu has commenced. Action has been taken to transfer out Kalmunai LTTE leaders, police sources said.

Outrage at Bali bombs, fingers pointed at al Qaeda

By Dean Yates

Yahoo News:Bali, Indonesia (Reuters) - Bomb blasts ripped through nightclubs on the resort island of Bali, killing at least 183 revellers, mostly foreign tourists, and triggering outraged calls for Indonesia to round up Muslim militants

A definition to honesty

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Burma’s Internally Displaced: No Options for a Safe Haven - Refugees International

Refugees’ International Advocate Veronika Martin and human rights lawyer Betsy Apple recently completed an assessment mission to the Thai-Burmese border. There are few fates worse than being an internally displaced person (IDP) in Burma. According to their reports, IDPs inside Burma are divided into two categories: those living under the strict control of the Burmese government in “relocation sites,” and those living in hiding in the jungle from the Burmese army. Both options present a high risk of human rights abuses, a lack of food, and limited or no access to healthcare and education.

SLT commissioned first phase of Jaffna project

The IslandThe Project Hope, which was launched last February by Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) intended to develop the dilapidated telecommunication network in Jaffna. Phase 1 of the project was commissioned last week by Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, Minister of Mass Communication. T. Maheshwaran, Minister of Hindu Affairs also graced the occasion.

CBK ‘letting off steam’

by Namini Wijedasa - The Island

The IslandAnura Bandaranaike claimed last week that his sister had only been "letting off steam" at her more recent public meetings and that her bribery allegation against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been an off-the-cuff response to endless needling by certain government elements.

Call for triple murder suspect ignored: LTTE pushes for judicial rights

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island:The LTTE wants the government to accept its right to expand its ‘judicial activity’ in the north-east. The LTTE recently took over Kilinochchi Court Complex which was closed for over a decade, informed sources said, adding that the group wants to use the building as its ‘Wanni court complex’.

Detainees’ cases to be transferred to the north

The Sunday Leader:The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has welcomed the decision taken by the Attorney General’s Department to transfer pending cases of detainees held in prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to the Jaffna High Court.

CBK threatens MSD director with death

The Sunday Leader:President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week threatened Director Ministerial Security Division, SSP Jayantha Jayasinghe with death after the CID commenced investigations on a complaint made by Jayasinghe into a missing T-56 weapon taken possession of by her former PSD chief Nihal Karunaratne.

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