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

Tourism remains likely to grow despite bomb attacks: TAT

Bangkok, Nov 14 (TNA) – Local tourism remains likely to grow 27.06% this year although it has been affected by bomb attacks in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali and the Philippines, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

UN Special envoy Razali in Rangoon - The last trip?

The mediator of Burmese affairs, the UN special envoy Mr. Razali Ismail has arrived in Rangoon on 12 November. The deputy SPDC Foreign Minister U Khin Maung Win welcomed him at the airport and later on, he met Secretary No.1 Khin Nyunt and Foreign Minister U Win Aung.

Suu Kyi tests Myanmar juntas nerve with Shan trip

Yangon (Reuters), Nov. 13 - Myanmar pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi left Yangon for Shan State in the east of the country on Wednesday in a trip likely to test the military junta's nerve while a key U.N. envoy is visiting.

At last, some good news from Burma - Editorial The Age

Tuesday 13 March 2001: Editorial Opinion - The AgeIn 1990 a democracy movement led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of the Burmese prime minister (General Thakin Aung San) who had been assassinated in 1947, won a landslide victory in the country's general election. But the military regime refused to allow Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy to rule. For much of the past decade, Ms Suu Kyi has been under house arrest and the Burmese military rulers have perpetrated a regime of unrelenting oppression and abuse of the human rights of its people. Now, in an extraordinary development revealed in The Age on Saturday, Burma's military rulers are holding secret talks with Aung San Suu Kyi about the framework for a transitional administration to return the country to civilian rule.

Dangerous scenario emerging in Govt., LTTE alliance, charges JVP

by SumadhuWeeerawarne and KesaraAbeywardena - The Island

The JVP on Tuesday condemned the government’s continuing dealings with the LTTE, even in the face of a 200 year prison sentence imposed on its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran by the Colombo High Court.

LTTEers in Australia urge Aussie govt. to lift ban

By Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

Thr Island:There has been a concentrated effort by the LTTE supporters in Australia to get the ban on the LTTE lifted since the ceasefire and more after the peace talks began between the government and the LTTE in Thailand. On November 5, Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) aired a special news item in its world news at 9.30 p.m. It has come at a time when calls are made for the Federal Government to lift the ban in Australia on the LTTE and at the same time the second round of peace talks ended in Thailand.

You get in and drive over her.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

The taxi stopped for a red light. As the light changed, an elderly woman was on her way across the street in front of the cab. Naturally the taxi didn't start up, but the driver of the car behind it, seeing only that the light was now green, let go with a series of furious blasts on his horn.

AIDS in India: Money Wont Solve Crisis : Rising Violence Against AIDS-Affected People

New York, November 13, 2002: A rising tide of violence against people affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India threatens to undermine the generosity of international donors, Human Rights Watch said today.The U.S.-based Gates Foundation this week announced a $100 million grant to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India.

New Phase of Asian Highway Announced

Bangkok, Nov 14: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asian and Pacific (UNESCAP) member and associate-member Governments have taken another step towards the finalization of an Asian Highway network, UNESCAP officials said here today. According to them, the draft proposes formal regional Government adoption of Asian Highway from Europe through Asia.

Iraq approves UN resolution, Russia prepares for talks on lifting sanctions

Baghdad Nov, 14:Iraq yesterday announced its consent of the UN security council resolution 1441 provides for the return of UN inspectors back to Iraq.

President proposes an Ethnic Reconciliation Commission, for Sustainable Peace

President Chandrika Kumaratunga, while admitting publicly for the first time that, the negotiation between the Sri Lankan Government delegation and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is progressing in the right direction, she also proposed that a National Commission for Ethnic Reconciliation and Sustainable Peace be immediately set up comprised of representatives of government, all political parties represented in Parliament, the major Non-Governmental Organizations and the LTTE.

LTTE Conducts war Exercises off the North coast of Mullaitivu

Whilst negotiating Peace with the Sri Lankan Government Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam unabatedly continue with war exercises of the coast of Mullaitivu.

Chamber of Commerce introduces Commercial Mediation process in line with international practice.

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce announces that it is now geared to handle mediations in all the three languages - English, Sinhala and Tamil, at its Commercial Mediation Centre.

Celebrations to mark 8th anniversary of presidency PM and Ministers keep away

by Dilanthi Jayamanne - The Island

The Island: Celebrations to mark the eighth anniversary of President Chandrika Kumaratunga took place at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday without Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, his ministers and government parliamentarians with the exception of CWC’s Housing and Plantation Infrastructure Minister Arumugam Thondaman and R. Yogarajan.

Speaker orders minister, govt. MP out of House chamber

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island: Speaker Joseph Michael Perera yesterday ordered Minister T. Maheswaran and UNP MP Olitha Prematirathna out of the parliament chamber, due to continuing disturbance from the two members.

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