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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Myanmar report backs forced labor charges against TotalFinaElf

Geneva - According to agency reports, an international trade union organization has accused French energy giant TotalFinaElf of using forced labor in Myanmar, in a report published on Monday.

Safe passage provided to more LTTE cadres - Sri Lanka Army

Thirteen LTTE cadres (nine males and four females) along with their driver and an assistant, who arrived at Kaduwatta block, about 45 km. northwest of BATTICALOA, have been provided safe passage by Security Forces on 22 October around 12.35 p.m, according to Sri Lankan Army News release.<

Supreme Court ruling on nineteenth amendment announced in Parliament

Colombo October 23:The Supreme Court has ruled that Clause 6 of the 19th Amendment could not be validly enacted and that Clauses 2, 3, 4 and 5 have to be passed by a special majority in Parliament under provisions of Article 84(2) and approved by the People at a Referendum.

So-called constitutional expert; an expert in contradiction,” says Dr. Amunugama

Colombo,October 23: “The so-called constitutional expert is an expert in contradiction,” said Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Spokesman for the People’s Alliance (PA) – the main opposition party in Parliament. Referring to a news item in the Sunday Times of July 28, 2002 quoting Professor G.L. Peiris on the Constitutional powers of the President to remove a Minister, he lamented that Professor Peiris was fast acquiring a reputation as one who contradicts himself habitually.

U.S. official to assess progress of peace talks between Sri Lanka, rebels

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Oct 23 - A senior U.S. official will assess peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels when he visits the island nation this week, a U.S. Embassy official said Wednesday.

In Parliament on Tuesday: Govt extends borrowing limit by Rs 30 billion

by Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena : The Island

The Island:A bill to extend the borrowing limit, in the last budget, by Rs. 30 billion was debated along with an amendment to lower the port and airport development levy on articles imported into the country, for processing and re-export, to 0.75 per cent from the existing 1 per cent.

Debate delayed to formulate CWC amendment equalling stateless and foreign male parents

By Sumadhu Weerawarne - The Island

The Island:The government postponed the debate on amendments to the Citizenship Act as it failed to incorporate on time changes sought by the CWC. National organiser for the CWC, MP R. Yogarajan said that the government agreed to its proposal in principle, but had to postpone the bill as there wasn’t sufficient time to formulate it legally. "The government agreed to either include it in the bill or bring it forward as an amendment, but there was not enough time," he said.

President cancels meeting with Helgessen

The Island:President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday cancelled a scheduled meeting with visiting Deputy Norwegian Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen, political sources said.

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.

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