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

Church bulletin bloopers : Ladies, forget not the rummage sale....

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All
ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the
B.S. is done. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the
congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake
breakfast next Sunday morning.

Opponents of the regime in Burma held for possession of banned newspapers

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have condemned the arrests of dozens of dissidents for their involvement in distributing newspapers that have been banned by the junta. Some of them have been held in undisclosed locations for more than ten days.

Success And Dangers In The Ongoing Thailand Talks – National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

There is near unanimity, both locally and internationally, that the government-LTTE talks that have been taking place in Thailand have been going better than anticipated. At the second meeting between the two sides in Thailand they prioritized issues and engaged in joint problem solving as partners rather than as enemies. Among the decisions taken by the government and LTTE at the second meeting, the setting up of three joint committees to deal with economic, security and political issues would be of great importance.

Govt. attacks Harris as he flies out to Male

By Kasun Yapa Karunaratne and Sunimalee Dias - Daily Mirror

Daily Mirror:British Journalist Paul Harris whose visa expired yesterday left for Male last night on flight UL503 despite a last-minute decision by the government to grant him a week to sort out matters after the Foreign Ministry charged he had acted illegally, impudently and made unwarranted allegations against the government.

Committees will help identify sources of tension – Prof. G.L. Peiris

Colombo, Nov. 07:The committees established during the second phase of the first round of peace talks held in Thailand were ‘a simpler and more effective mechanism when compared to the complexities associated with the mechanism of setting up a Joint Task Force’ This was stated by Prof. Minister G.L. Peiris at the Cabinet press briefing held today.

Budget lacks human quality - Former Finance Minister

Colombo, Nov. 07:Ronnie de Mel, a veteran Parliamentarian and a former Finance Minister who presented 11 Budgets in Parliament from 1977 to 1988 said, “A budget in a developing country like ours should have two aspects; structural and human.”

Budget designed to attract the interest of the Global Capital

The budget contains some of the most right wing proposals and it locked itself to some of the so-called development projects designed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB) and World Trade Organization (WTO) states Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, Presidium Member, New Left Front.

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce endorses the budget 2003.

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce endorses the budget 2003 announced at a time the country is emerging from a nineteen-year conflict. The Chamber also recognizes the steady and consistent progress achieved during the last ten months in many areas such as growth, interest rates, inflation and the stock market. These factors together with an increased level of stability have led to an improvement in overall business confidence.

Sri Lanka refuses to extend British journalist resident visa

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - The Sri Lankan government has refused to extend the visa of the correspondent for the London-based newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the journalist said Thursday.

Alleges LTTE pressure on Govt. to refuse visa extension: British journalist forced to leave Lanka

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Island:British journalist and London Daily Telegraph Colombo correspondent Paul Harris is being forced to leave the country on grounds that he is a "threat to national security" allegedly on LTTE pressure applied on the government.

Refusing visa extension to journalist, erosion of media freedom — President’s Office

The Island:The President’s Office on Wednesday expressed serious concern over the government decision not to extend the visa of the Colombo correspondent of the London "Daily Telegraph". The following is the full text of the statement issued by Harim Peiris, presidential spokesman.

Different type of Laughter - British - German and Americans.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

It is said that when you tell an Englishman a joke, he will
laugh three times. First - when you tell it, to be polite.
Second - when you explain it, to be polite. And third - in
the middle of the night when he wakes up and finally gets it.

Report on ‘sub-standard’ rice sent to north scheduled to be submitted yesterday

by Dilanthi Jayamanne - The Island

The Island:The eight-member committee appointed to look into the quality of 3,000 metric tons of rice shipped to the North for the internally displaced persons (IDP) was scheduled to forward its report to the Chairman of Inter-Ministerial Food Security (IMFS) and Adviser Sustainable Development, K. H. J. Wijedasa yesterday (November 7). The committee was appointed following a complaint made by the Jaffna Government Agent (GA) to the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Refugees (MRRR) that the rice was not fit for human consumption.

Asian Political Parties would establish people to people link in the future

by K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Nov. 08:The 2nd. International Conference of Asian Political Parties, scheduled to be held in Bangkok, on 22-24 November, is expected to be the forerunner to a future Asian Solidarity Organization. The novel idea to hold an institutionalized forum for the Political Parties in Asia was commended yesterday, by no less a person other than Suranand Vejjajiva, Secretary General of the Conference, who is considered the “Human Dynamo,” working tirelessly behind the scene to make the conference a grand success.

Sri Lanka says peace and reforms to drive economy

By Chamath Ariyadasa

Yahoo News: Colombo (Reuters), Nov. 06 - Rapidly growing hopes for a permanent end to two decades of war and wider economic reforms should boost Sri Lanka's economy by 5.5 percent next year, the island nation's finance minister said on Wednesday.

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