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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

Top LTTE leaders remain silent as SEP defence campaign gathers support

By K. Ratnayake

World Socialist Web Site: October 23 - The leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has remained silent in the face of growing support for the campaign by the World Socialist Web Site to demand that it call a halt to threats and physical violence against members of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) on the northern Sri Lankan island of Kayts.

Asian Banks Too Timid To Lend - Companies Too Afraid To Borrow

Bangkok, October 23: Banks in Catch-22 - need to resume lending to stimulate economic revival Banks are afraid to lend, companies are reluctant to borrow, and the region's monetary authorities have given little or no indication how they will solve this credit crunch, according to a new comprehensive joint-study published today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Tamil Tigers not involved in the kidnapping in Akkaraipattu

Colombo October 21:In a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Inspector General of Police, T. E. Anandarajah said investigations were being continued to trace the persons, who were behind the abduction of Seeni Mohamed Abdul Wajeed.

Politics threaten Sri Lankan peace process

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News:Colombo (Reuters),October 21 - Sri Lanka's unfolding bid to end nearly two decades of war may be forced onto the back burner if domestic politics are thrown into fresh turmoil by a Supreme Court decision due on Tuesday.

SC determination on 19th amendment officially in House today

The Island:The Supreme Court determination on the 19th amendment to the constitution is expected to be officially announced in parliament today by Speaker Joseph Michael Perera.

SLMM takes over abducted PLOTE Jaffna councillor

The Island:A Jaffna Municipal Council member of the PLOTE was allegedly abducted by the LTTE on Sunday afternoon and was handed over to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) two hours later.

Helgessen-Ranil pow-wow on agenda for 2nd round

by Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen held a dinner meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last night where the discussion revolved around the agenda for the second round of peace talks to begin late this month and other development matters concerning the North and the East as well as the whole country. The formation of the Joint Task Force as a precursor for the interim administration to the North-East was also discussed.

Floods in the Western Province of Sri Lanka

Colombo:21st October According to Information Department's news release, torrential rains which lashed the country during the last few days has caused floods in the Western Province although the situation was not very serious.

New Company Policies Explained in the Circular:

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

The Boss of the company explained the,
New Company Policies Explained in the Circularas follows

Sickness And Related Leave:We will no longer accept a doctor
statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to

the doctor, you are able to come to work.

Public invited to comment on North East Emergency Reconstruction Project

October 21, 2002 The Provincial Council of the Northeast has invited the public to submit their comments and observations on the Council’s draft - Environmental Assessment and Management Framework.

Government delegation visits Akkaraipattu

Minister of Economic Reform, Science & Technology, Milinda Moragoda, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Austin Fernando, and Director General of the Peace Secretariat, Bernard Goonetilleke visited Akkaraipattu on Saturday, October 19, 2002. In Akkaraipattu, the delegation from Colombo was joined by Tamil National Alliance MP, Chandra Nehru.<

Air Force Kfir plane crashes at Kuliyapitiya

Colombo, October 22 A Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir aircraft crashed at this morning around 9 a.m. at Kuliyapitiya.<

Govt. needs people’s help to fight poverty: Bandula

by Dilanthi Jayamanne - The Island

The Island:"The government cannot eradicate poverty by itself, it needs the assistance of the people of the country," Minister of Rural Economy and Deputy Minister of Finance Bandula Gunawardane said addressing the second National Poverty Conference on Friday. He said people needed to completely change their attitude for the government to eradicate poverty.

LTTE office under siege by area residents

by Hemantha Randunu — Divaina Corr. - The Island

The Island:For the first time in the history of the LTTE, Tamil residents had attacked a LTTE office in their area.

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Burma is serious and should be contained urgently.

In a press statement, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma – the Government in exile states, “Humanitarian assistance from the international community (including HIV/AIDS programs) should be designed to contribute to positive democratic changes in Burma. International assistance that does not take into account the political situation in Burma will not only is ineffective, but it will aggravate the humanitarian crisis by prolonging military rule in Burma. The assistance provided must not support the military regime.”

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