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Wedding bridges political divide in Burma.

Rangoon, October 27:The son of an elected member of Myanmar's opposition party and the daughter of a recently retired senior
military officer married here Sunday in a rare event
bridging Myanmar's political divide.

No House time for LTTE talk by TNA: PA, JVP

The Island:The PA and the JVP yesterday said the TULF-led TNA should not expect the opposition to allocate time for its members if the alliance wants to speak on behalf of the LTTE.

LTTE holds on to Pesalai murder suspects

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island:The LTTE has declined to handover two suspects including an ex-LTTE cadre wanted in connection with the murder of his 19-year-old wife, whose charred body was found near a refugee camp at Pesalai last week.

SLFP canvassing support to form alternative government

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti - The Sunday Leader

The Sunday Leader:The main opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) is busy canvassing support from government legislators to form an alternative government, in the event the President decides to dissolve the House.

Hakeem under pressure not to attend talks

The Sunday Leader:Ports minister Rauf Hakeem is under pressure by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) High Command not to attend the second round of talks in Thailand.

National Coalition Government of Burma lauds CRPP for accepting new members to Parliament.

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) is heartened by the recent decisions taken by the Committee Representing the People's Parliament (CRPP) at a regular meeting in Rangoon on 23 October 2002. The legitimate body representing the whole people decided, among others, to bring in leaders of major ethnic political parties as members and expand the CRPP to accept new members.

Unfortunately the Norwegians failed to add the Sri Lankan foursome for Nobel Prize for Peace – 2002.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

The list of nominations, which this year included 117 indivi-
duals and 39 groups – unfortunately the Norwegians failed to add the Sri Lankan foursome – Chandrika Kumaratunge, Ranil Wickremasinghe, Velupillai Prabhakaran and Anton Balasingham, remains secret for 50 years!

Tipu Sultan - the Bangladesh is one of the four recipient of CPJ awards.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Tipu Sultan, the courageous journalist from Feni, Bangladesh, at present a freelancer for the daily “Prothom Alo,” a leading newspaper of Bangladesh, has been nominated by “The Committee to Protect Journalists,” to receive the prestigious 12th International Press Freedom Awards – 2002. Tipu Sultan is one of the four journalists nominated for such a rare honor by, The Committee for Protect Journalists, which stood very steadfastly with him from the very day he was attacked (25 January 2001).

Yasushi Akashi to participate in the peace process in Sri Lanka

Tokyo, October 25: Yasushi Akashi would participate in peace process in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, said the Press secretary Hatsuhisa Takashima of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

President’s invitation welcomed

The address will do much to remove fears that increasingly strained ties between the president and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe might derail the peace process just when it seemed to offer the best chance of resolving 19 years of civil war,” said Frances Harrison BBC’s Correspondent in Colombo about President Kumaratunga’s call for a joint effort to forge peace.

Rose Garden, venue for round two of Peace Talks

The second round of Peace Talks between the Government and the LTTE will be held from October 31 – November 3, at The Rose Garden, a prime Resort Nakhon Pathom - 40km from Bangkok.

Nation should urge Govt. to accept president’s offer — PA

By Dilanthi Jayamanne - The Island

The Island:The President extended a hand of friendship towards the UNF government in her address to the nation on Thursday night and the civil society would have to wait and see whether the government would accept it, media spokesman for the PA, MP Sarath Amunugama said at a press conference yesterday. "Should the government fail to accept the proffered hand, it would be the nation’s duty to pressurise it to take it," he said.

UNF to implement own agenda: Govt. will go ahead with people’s mandate — GL

By Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:Reacting to the President’s call to join hands, the government yesterday announced that it welcomed co-operation from other parties but maintained that the government would implement its own agenda.

JVP praises president for not meeting Helgesen

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:JVP Parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa praised President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Parliament yesterday for refusing to meet Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen.

Helgesen remains upbeat despite party politics in Colombo

By Scott Mcdonald - -Reuters

Daily Mirror:The peace talks are on track despite a power struggle between the president and prime minister and clashes in the country's east, a Norwegian mediator said.

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