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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

Council of Muslims wants equal representation in JTF

The Island:The Council of Muslims (COM) has urged the government to ensure equal representation for the Muslims in the proposed Joint Task Force for the North-East

Thailand May not Host the 3rd Round Peace Talks.

Bangkok, October 30 Thailand is expected to inform its inability host the 3rd Round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The 3rd Round of talks is scheduled to be held 2nd – 5th of December 2002.

Allow the presence of the International Committee of the Red Cross in conflict areas in Myanmar

Geneva October 30: Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation in Myanmar, completed his third fact-finding mission to that country.

LTTE Refuses to release the Confiscated Lorry of Sinhalese businessman Subasinha.

Omanthai October 30:The failure on the part of the LTTE to release a lorry load of goods that was to be dispatched to Jaffna for sale has forced the businessman R.A.J Subasinha to lodge a complaint at Vavuniya Police.

Fourth batch of LTTE cadres ferried to Vakarai in the East.

A batch of 78 cadres from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on two boats commenced its fourth sea movement on Tuesday (29) morning around 8.00 a.m. from Mullaitivu to Vakarai with Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) representatives on board.

Second Round of Peace Talks to begin Tomorrow at an Optimistic Note


Bangkok, October 30: The delegates belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government arrived here in the Bangkok International airport yesterday (Wednesday). As reported by the “Asian Tribune,” yesterday, both the delegation came yesterday and they all came on the same commercial flight from Colombo.

Translated to give bizarre meanings.

Compilrd by V.Rajeny

These are the nominees for the Chevy Nova Award. This is given
in honor of the GM's fiasco in trying to market this car in
Central and South America. "No va" means, in Spanish, "No go."

Kumar warns of Jihad forces in East

By Sunimalee Dias - Daily Mirror

Daily Mirror:An extremist Jihad organisation is emerging in the east due to increased estrangement of Muslim youth from their political leaders, a leading conflict resolution analyst has warned.

Sri Lanka clamps curfew in part of Colombo

Yahoo News:Colombo (Reuters) October 30 - Sri Lanka clamped a curfew on a part of Colombo on Wednesday after clashes between Muslims and majority Sinhalese over the building of a mosque left some houses and vehicles burning, witnesses said.

PM to discuss Muslim demands with relevant persons.

The Island:Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to discuss the demand by nine SLMC parliamentarians for an independent unit of devolution for the Muslims under a permanently merged North-East province and Muslim representation at the Government-LTTE peace talks with the "relevant persons" before giving them an answer.

5 LTTEers issued passports to attend 2nd round

The Island:The Immigration and Emigration Department yesterday issued passports to five LTTEers including its Ampara-Batticaloa military commander, V. Karuna and political wing leader, S. P. Thamilchelvan, authoritative sources said.

Thomson Foundation Trains Journalists In Iran, Thailand and Egypt.

The Cardiff-based Thomson Foundation is currently training journalists
from countries on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, and in Iran
and Egypt, during October and November, according to the
foundation's web site.

Astronaut with cigarette in his lips cut a sorry figure.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

NASA planned a mission that involved three astronauts
spending two years in space. Because of the extended
duration, each was allowed to take 200 pounds of
baggage, with no restrictions.<

On What type of Passports, LTTE Officials are traveling today to Thailand?

By K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, October 29:On what passports, the LTTE delegates are traveling today to Thailand? Are they being provided with Sri Lankan diplomatic passports? These are the nagging questions that are being raised in the midst of the Sri Lankan expatriate community. According to diplomatic sources, who wish to remain anonymous, told the “Asian Tribune” that, the two LTTE delegates who are going to Thailand to participate in the 2nd Round of Peace Talks with the Sri Lankan Government representatives, are entitled to hold diplomatic passports, as they are high ranking officials of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which is being recognized by the Sri Lankan Government as their “Talking-partners” in search of durable peace in the country.

Peace Conference scheduled for Today In Norway, is postponed

Bangkok, October 29:The Conference on Sri Lanka, which was scheduled to be held today at the Center for Peace Studies, University of Tromso, Norway, is suddenly postponed to February 2003. This was disclosed to Asian Tribune Rune Henriksen, the coordinator of the Conference. No reason was given for the postponement of the scheduled conference.

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