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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

Pathirana resigns saying PA return to power looks bleak

by Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:SLFP stalwart from Galle district and former Leader of the House Richard Pathirana who locked horns with President Chandrika Kumaratunga recently has sent his resignation as the SLFP organiser of the Akmeemana electorate to party General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena.

Cabinet meets for fifteen minutes minus CBK

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Island:The cabinet of ministers on Wednesday met for about fifteen minutes in the absence of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Govt. to finalise its delegation this week: Karuna in LTTE’s expanded delegation

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island:The LTTE has expanded its delegation to next week’s face-to-face talks in Thailand with the government by including a senior military commander, V. Karuna, in charge of cadres deployed in the Ampara-Batticaloa sector.

New Islamic bank due to open doors in January HQ in Bangkok, 12 branches in South

Wichit Sirithaveeporn - Bangkok Post

Bangkok Post:A new Islamic bank will be established in January with an initial paid-up capital of 500 million baht and a registered capital of one billion baht.

Myanmar oppositions parliament expands with new members represent Mon, Shan and Zomi ethnicities

Yangon, Myanmar, October 25 - According to Agency reports - In a move that may test the tolerance of Myanmar's military regime, the country's pro-democracy movement said Thursday it is enlarging its self-proclaimed surrogate parliament — an assembly the government considers illegal. The parliament to be expanded, the Committee Representing People's Parliament, or CRPP decided last Wednesday with new members represent the Mon, Shan and Zomi ethnicities. Wednesday.

I have come back only to serve the Nation – Chamlong.

by K.T.Rajasingham

Major General Chamlong Srimuang, a celibate, also a vegetarian who eats one vegetarian meal a day and has no worldly possessions, said, “I am not back in politics and I am not a member of any political party.” He told “Asian Tribune,” “I have come back only to serve the Nation.” The two times Bangkok Governor and the former Deputy Prime Minister said “Thailand’s Prime Minister Dr.Thakshin Shinawatara has asked me to assist him and that is why I am here as Special Advisor.” Chamlong, always seen wearing simple Mo Hom shirt – a blue color collarless, but round neck simple coarse shirt, usually worn by people in the North of Thailand, and also said to be the peasant shirt, today leads an ascetic life. It is learnt that, as a special advisor to the Prime Minister, he is not receiving any emolument from the government for his services.

Will neutrality be compromised?: Norway govt representative to address pro-LTTE peace conference

By Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

The IslandA representative of the Norwegian government is scheduled to address a pro-LTTE ‘Peace Conference’ to be held On October 30 in Norway which will be addressed by leading LTTE members of that country as well as their active supporters.

Myanmar report backs forced labor charges against TotalFinaElf

Geneva - According to agency reports, an international trade union organization has accused French energy giant TotalFinaElf of using forced labor in Myanmar, in a report published on Monday.

Safe passage provided to more LTTE cadres - Sri Lanka Army

Thirteen LTTE cadres (nine males and four females) along with their driver and an assistant, who arrived at Kaduwatta block, about 45 km. northwest of BATTICALOA, have been provided safe passage by Security Forces on 22 October around 12.35 p.m, according to Sri Lankan Army News release.<

Supreme Court ruling on nineteenth amendment announced in Parliament

Colombo October 23:The Supreme Court has ruled that Clause 6 of the 19th Amendment could not be validly enacted and that Clauses 2, 3, 4 and 5 have to be passed by a special majority in Parliament under provisions of Article 84(2) and approved by the People at a Referendum.

So-called constitutional expert; an expert in contradiction,” says Dr. Amunugama

Colombo,October 23: “The so-called constitutional expert is an expert in contradiction,” said Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Spokesman for the People’s Alliance (PA) – the main opposition party in Parliament. Referring to a news item in the Sunday Times of July 28, 2002 quoting Professor G.L. Peiris on the Constitutional powers of the President to remove a Minister, he lamented that Professor Peiris was fast acquiring a reputation as one who contradicts himself habitually.

U.S. official to assess progress of peace talks between Sri Lanka, rebels

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Oct 23 - A senior U.S. official will assess peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels when he visits the island nation this week, a U.S. Embassy official said Wednesday.

In Parliament on Tuesday: Govt extends borrowing limit by Rs 30 billion

by Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena : The Island

The Island:A bill to extend the borrowing limit, in the last budget, by Rs. 30 billion was debated along with an amendment to lower the port and airport development levy on articles imported into the country, for processing and re-export, to 0.75 per cent from the existing 1 per cent.

Debate delayed to formulate CWC amendment equalling stateless and foreign male parents

By Sumadhu Weerawarne - The Island

The Island:The government postponed the debate on amendments to the Citizenship Act as it failed to incorporate on time changes sought by the CWC. National organiser for the CWC, MP R. Yogarajan said that the government agreed to its proposal in principle, but had to postpone the bill as there wasn’t sufficient time to formulate it legally. "The government agreed to either include it in the bill or bring it forward as an amendment, but there was not enough time," he said.

President cancels meeting with Helgessen

The Island:President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday cancelled a scheduled meeting with visiting Deputy Norwegian Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen, political sources said.

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