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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

Sri Lanka Press: Bank Of Ceylon Chairman To Quit End Nov

Yahoo News: Colombo (Dow Jones) Nov. 21 --Ken Balendra will at the end of November resign as chairman of Sri Lanka's state-run Bank of Ceylon, the Daily Mirror reports quoting sources.

Sri Lanka to seek more international support, not just money, at Oslo meeting

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 21- The Sri Lankan government said Thursday it will seek not just money at next week's international donor meeting in Norway, but more political commitment for its plan to end the country's 19-year civil war.

Most still reluctant to see transvestites become ministers: Poll

Bangkok, Nov 21 (TNA) – Most city residents remain reluctant to see transvestites become ministers and national politicians, but accept their role in the show business, according to a poll by Ramkamhaeng Unviersity.

MOF urges all Thais to help country weather economic storm

Bangkok, Nov 22 (TNA) – Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak yesterday called on all Thai people to join forces to help the country weather the storm of external economic uncertainty next year.

India to be represented at Oslo meeting

By Amit Baruah - The Hindu

New Delhi Nov. 21. - An Oslo-based Indian diplomat will represent India at a political-level meeting of key Governments in Norway on November 25 to mobilise support for the Sri Lankan peace process.

Baghdad: suspension of Babel daily

Baghdad Nov. 21: The Iraqi ministry of information issued a decision banning the issuance of "Babel" daily, which is supervised by the son of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, for one month as from Yesterday, over violating the laws of the ministry of information.

Violent, undemocratic actions of EPDP cause of confrontation in Neduntheevu, says TNA

The Island:The Parliamentary Group of the Alliance of Tamil Parties said yesterday that it desires to keep the country informed of the background and circumstances relating to the confrontation now taking place at Neduntheevu in Kayts, between the public and some members of the EPDP, who claim to have entered Neduntheevu in order to recommence their political activity.

No dismantling of eastern military command-Rauff

by Dilanthi Jayamanne and Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:Minister of Port Development and Shipping Rauf Hakeem asserted that the eastern military command will not be dismantled.

Thailand To Set A New World Record On Aerobics

Bangkok Nov. 22:Thailand's Prime Minister will lead an attempt on world aerobics record to focus attention on health gains from physical activity. 70,000 strong aerobics session to highlight benefits of physical activity and gain entry in Guinness Book of Record will be launched today in Bangkok.

U.S. Needs to Screen Iraqi Opposition Allies :Denmark Charges Against Iraqi General Welcomed

New York, November 21, 2002: -- The charges brought by Danish police against a former Iraqi general underscores the need for the United States to screen its would-be allies in the Iraqi opposition, Human Rights Watch said today.

Burma to free 115 political prisoners

Bangkok. Nov.22:Burma's military government says 115 political prisoners will be released in the biggest single release since United Nations-brokered reconciliation talks began two years ago.

Sri Lanka hopes information technology will unite its people

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 20 - Sri Lanka intends to use information technology as a tool to unite this island nation as it moves toward ending a 19-year ethnic conflict, a top Cabinet minister said Wednesday.

Comfortable Bull - , she will see COM-FOR-DA-BULL

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A blonde and a brunette are running a ranch together in Louisiana. They decide they need a bull to mate with their cows to increase their herd. The brunette takes their life savings of $600.00 dollars and goes to Texas to buy a bull. She eventually meets with an old cowboy that will sell her a bull. "It's the only one I got for $599.00, take it or leave it.",
the cowboy says.

Wants EPDP Delft office shut: TNA backs out at Interior Ministry vote

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island: The government did not receive the TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) support on Monday when the Interior Ministry heads were passed by a majority of 32 votes. The TNA did not vote with government members in protest against recent attacks on Tamils in the east subsequent to a cease-fire agreement with the LTTE and as a part of its strategy to press the government to close down an EPDP office in the Delft island. Earlier in the day Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with a delegation of the TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to discuss the situation in the Delft island where violent LTTE inspired protests over the weekend subsequent to an EPDP decision to resume political activity there, left several persons wounded, political sources said yesterday. The EPDP pulled out of the island subsequent to an LTTE attack on its office on October 5.

Meeting on De-escalation and Normalisation held without hiccups.

Vavunatheevu, Sri Lanka, Nov.21: The Committee meeting on de-escalation and normalisation was held without any hiccups here, between the Government delegation and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) yesterday, presided over by Heikki Hulkkonen 0f the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).

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