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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Hakeem under pressure not to attend talks

The Sunday Leader:Ports minister Rauf Hakeem is under pressure by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) High Command not to attend the second round of talks in Thailand.

National Coalition Government of Burma lauds CRPP for accepting new members to Parliament.

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) is heartened by the recent decisions taken by the Committee Representing the People's Parliament (CRPP) at a regular meeting in Rangoon on 23 October 2002. The legitimate body representing the whole people decided, among others, to bring in leaders of major ethnic political parties as members and expand the CRPP to accept new members.

Unfortunately the Norwegians failed to add the Sri Lankan foursome for Nobel Prize for Peace – 2002.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

The list of nominations, which this year included 117 indivi-
duals and 39 groups – unfortunately the Norwegians failed to add the Sri Lankan foursome – Chandrika Kumaratunge, Ranil Wickremasinghe, Velupillai Prabhakaran and Anton Balasingham, remains secret for 50 years!

Tipu Sultan - the Bangladesh is one of the four recipient of CPJ awards.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Tipu Sultan, the courageous journalist from Feni, Bangladesh, at present a freelancer for the daily “Prothom Alo,” a leading newspaper of Bangladesh, has been nominated by “The Committee to Protect Journalists,” to receive the prestigious 12th International Press Freedom Awards – 2002. Tipu Sultan is one of the four journalists nominated for such a rare honor by, The Committee for Protect Journalists, which stood very steadfastly with him from the very day he was attacked (25 January 2001).

Yasushi Akashi to participate in the peace process in Sri Lanka

Tokyo, October 25: Yasushi Akashi would participate in peace process in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, said the Press secretary Hatsuhisa Takashima of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

President’s invitation welcomed

The address will do much to remove fears that increasingly strained ties between the president and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe might derail the peace process just when it seemed to offer the best chance of resolving 19 years of civil war,” said Frances Harrison BBC’s Correspondent in Colombo about President Kumaratunga’s call for a joint effort to forge peace.

Rose Garden, venue for round two of Peace Talks

The second round of Peace Talks between the Government and the LTTE will be held from October 31 – November 3, at The Rose Garden, a prime Resort Nakhon Pathom - 40km from Bangkok.

Nation should urge Govt. to accept president’s offer — PA

By Dilanthi Jayamanne - The Island

The Island:The President extended a hand of friendship towards the UNF government in her address to the nation on Thursday night and the civil society would have to wait and see whether the government would accept it, media spokesman for the PA, MP Sarath Amunugama said at a press conference yesterday. "Should the government fail to accept the proffered hand, it would be the nation’s duty to pressurise it to take it," he said.

UNF to implement own agenda: Govt. will go ahead with people’s mandate — GL

By Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:Reacting to the President’s call to join hands, the government yesterday announced that it welcomed co-operation from other parties but maintained that the government would implement its own agenda.

JVP praises president for not meeting Helgesen

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:JVP Parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa praised President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Parliament yesterday for refusing to meet Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen.

Helgesen remains upbeat despite party politics in Colombo

By Scott Mcdonald - -Reuters

Daily Mirror:The peace talks are on track despite a power struggle between the president and prime minister and clashes in the country's east, a Norwegian mediator said.

Peoples Parliament of Burma nominated new ethnic Parliament members.

Rangoon, Burma October 26:The Committee Representing People's Parliament (CRPP) held its regular meeting at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Rangoon on 23 October.

Burma’s deteriorating crisis – Answer is Better Governance – Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate and the leader of the non-violent movement for human rights and democracy in Burma, strongly hoped and believed by millions of Burmese as the beacon of hope for the return of peace and normalcy in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, was freed on 16 May 2002, after 19 months under house arrest. After her release from the housed arrest she said, “It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power, corrupts those who wield it. Fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” Aung San Suu Kyi, in the 15 years she’s been on the world’s political arena she has displayed her steely will power, determination and has shown her own fearlessness.

New ICFTU evidence of increasing forced labour in Burma and multinational enterprise involvement

Brussels (ICFTU News): The release of political dissidents including the NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi combined with a purported opening of dialogue between the Burmese regime and opposition forces may seem to signify a softening stance from the notoriously brutal 15-year military dictatorship in Burma. Yet, in the run-up to the 21-22 October EU General Affairs Council’s 6-monthly Burma review, the ICFTU has released stark new evidence which contradicts this impression.

The poet in Ashraff made him understand the heart-beat of his people...” President

Colombo, October 24: "The poet in Ashraff gave him the ability to understand the heart-beat of his people. His humanity and artistic sensitivity enabled him to break through the shackles of ethnic and racial isolation moving into the realm of national unity, within a multi racial, multi lingual and multi cultural society. Ashraff did not remain only a visionary. He was a dynamic pragmatist.

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