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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Bridge to Rameshwaram a reality soon, says Karu

By Chandani Kirinde - Sunday Times

Sunday Times:The bridge linking Sri Lanka and India will soon become a reality, Power and Energy Minister Karu Jayasuriya said.

Paul Harris hopes to return

By Harinda Vidanage - Sunday Times

Sunday Times:The British High Commission in Colombo had opted to stay out of the controversy regarding the Daily Telegraph correspondent Paul Harris. A spokesman for the High Commission said they did not do anything on this matter but advised Mr. Harris to abide by the law.

LTTE returning gold to 40,000 families

By Chris Kamalendran - Sunday Times

Sunday Times:In a different form of a golden hand shake with the people,the LTTE has decided to return the gold it had collected from about 40,000 families for the war effort six years ago.

Reactions on Pinheiro report

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma express his concerns about slow release of political prisoners, the condition of Burma's prisons and the humanitarian conditions and security situation of civilians and refugees living in border areas, particularly in the Shan state at the UN general assembly in New York, on Nov 6, 2002.

Appeal againsts Court Sentence, by Ne Win family members.

Rangoon, Nov.10:According to sources in Burma, Rangoon Supreme Court will hear an appeal on Tuesday November 12, relating to the death sentences given to former military dictator Ne Win's relatives, U Aye Zaw Win and his three sons for the coup attempt.

Peace progress yardstick for Japan donor confab — Akashi

by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:Sri Lanka’s largest donor, Japan yesterday said that the donor conference for Sri Lanka in that country in mid 2003 would depend on the progress of the peace process.

NMRO writes to PM

The Island:The Northern Muslims’ Right Organization in a letter to Prim Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that nearly 100,000 Muslims were displaced from North due to the situation prevailed for nearly two decades. They were compelled to live in refugee camps and welfare centres and our organisation has been involved in various activities for their welfare.

SLMC group abandons boycott, returns to House

By Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The Island:The seven Sri Lanka Muslim Congress MPs who boycotted parliament for the last several days returned to the House yesterday when the budget debate resumed with their leader, Minister A.L.M. Athaullah, declaring they had faith in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and would vote for the budget.

Concerns over Indian nuclear plant

By Hemamala Wickramage - Sunday Leader

Sunday Leader:Environmental groups are concerned over reports of the construction of a nuclear power plant in Koondankulum in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. According to Executive Director, Environment Foundation Ltd (EFL), Hemantha Vithanage, the Indian government is currently in the process of building the power plant in the southern most tip of India and it will be around 50 kms off the Gulf of Mannar. "In the event of a nuclear fall out we are placed at a great risk. The Chernobyl disaster's impact affected an area of 100 km radius around the power plant in Ukraine," said Vithanage.

Peace committees begin work

The Sunday Leader:The Sub Committee on De-escalation and Resettlement will meet at Omanthai today, to discuss the resettlement of refugees and further find out what could be done regarding the High Security Zones (HSZ).

Screamed at the top of her lungs to get attention

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

It was your normal round of Halloween parties this weekend.
Well...almost completely normal. If you've never tried to
dance while wearing a three-foot-long sword then you're
missing out on an adventure.

Japan hopes to bolster Sri Lanka peace process with development aid

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 08 - A Japanese envoy said Friday his nation was ready to host a meeting of international donors to help Sri Lanka rebuild its war-ravaged north and east.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro insists on five democratic conditions for transition in Burma

There can be no credible democratic transition without five fundamental conditions. These are - the inclusion of all component of society in the political dialogue; immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners; the lifting the restrictions which continue to hamper the ability of political parties individual and groups; explicit discussion of political democratization that cannot take place without free elections and accountability through judicial mechanism of abuse committed by state agents.

TNA to support budget

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The IslandThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will support the budget as a whole but have its reservations on the votes of Defence Ministry, said TNA MP of the ACTC for Jaffna District Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam yesterday.

No development plan in budget, serious flaw — Ronnie

by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:The lack of a development plan is a serious flaw in the UNF budget, former Minister of Finance, Ronnie De Mel said yesterday.

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