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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2762

TNA abstain from voting; wants EPDP Delft office shut

Colombo Nov. 20:Tamil National Alliance, a constituent party of the UNF government abstained from voting on Monday when the Interior Ministry financial allocation was put to the vote during the committee stage debate.

President delegates powers to deal firmly with communal violence

Colombo, Nov. 20: President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday appointed Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana, as Presidential Representative to examine the cause of the civil disturbances that took place in the Southern and North Western Provinces and maintain law and order.

LTTE asks EPDP to vacate Jaffna

Colombo, Nov 20: Civilian groups loyal to the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka have given an ultimatum to the anti-LTTE Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) to vacate northern Jaffna peninsula by December 31.

Sub Committee on Humanitarian and Rehabilitation decides to Appeal for financial Support

Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, Nov. 18: The first meeting of the Sub-Committee on Immediate Humanitarian and Rehabilitation Needs in the North and East (SIHRN) of Sri Lanka, took place in Kilinochchi, one of the two districts in the Vanni region of Sri Lanka in North which is under the complete control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE) the Tamil militant outfit at the Government Agent’s Office.

TULF appeals to CBK, PA to lend meaningful support to peace process

The Island:The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in a special statement appealed to President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the People’s Alliance to lend their active and meaningful support to the peace process.

Diyawadane Nilame calls for resettlement of Sinhala displaced persons in NE

by Dilanthi Jayamanne - The Island

The Islad: The Diyawadane Nilame of the Dalada Maligawa, Neranjan Wijeratne called upon the Ministry of Rehabilitation Resettlement and Refugees (MRRR) to resettle the internally displaced Sinhalese in the North and East. In a letter sent to the Minister of Rehabilitation Resettlement and Refugees Jayalath Jayawardane last Tuesday he requested the Minister to resettle the Sinhala IDP’s in their places of origin.

EPDP wants LTTE out too

The Island: The EPDP said yesterday that it would vacate Delft if the LTTE also vacated the area.

Most Thais want to - loy krathong - with PM:Poll

Bangkok, Nov 19 (TNA) - Most Thai people want to float their krathongs today with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, according to a recent survey.

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to inaugurate the meeting of Asian political parties

Bangkok, Nov 19 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will preside over the opening ceremony of the second meeting of Asian political parties, to be held here this week.

Lobbying continues for and against the participation of India in the Oslo Donor Conference

By K.T.Rajasingham

Asian Tribune reliably learns that a group of Sri Lankan expatriates in North America and a former Union Minister of India who is a maverick political leader from Tamil Nadu, and at present a don in the Harvard University, are behind the Indian Governments refusal to participate in the Sri Lankan donor Conference, scheduled to be held in Oslo, Norway on November 25.

Australia sends 113 Afghan asylum seekers home

Yahoo News: Canberra (Reuters), Nov. 17 - A group of 113 Afghan asylum seekers will return to their war-torn homeland on Sunday after more than a year in Australian-run detention camps, Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said.

CBK deeply committed to peace process

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Saturday said she was fully committed to the ongoing peace process. She said the present government has continued the process initiated by me to find a negotiated political solution to the ethnic problem that has enveloped our country in a climate of violence over the past decades.

Tigers block EPDP Delft office

by Shamindra Ferdinando and Norman Palihawadana of The Island

The Island:The EPDP yesterday accused the LTTE of blocking the re-opening of its Delft office which was closed down several weeks ago subsequent to an LTTE-led attack on it.

Architect of one-tambon one-product program visits Thailand

Bangkok, Nov 18 (TNA) – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his ministers yesterday hosted a welcoming dinner for Japan’s Oita Governor Morihiko Hiramatsu, who made an official visit to Thailand.

Change in economic policies in China is unlikely after leadership transfer

Udon Thani, Thailand, Nov 18 (TNA) - China is unlikely to alter its economic policies after a significant leadership transfer in the world's most populous country, according to local business leaders.

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