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

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.”

Disparity in the midst of the human beings is the threat to the development

By K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, October 21:“Disabled persons are now viewed as independent individuals with much potential and not merely as recipients of welfare services. I would also like to note that in Japan efforts have been made to strengthen the legal framework for the benefit of persons with disabilities. The disabled persons’ fundamental law was amended and strengthened in 1993. There have been national efforts to develop disability plan and to bring about positive changes to various aspects to disabled people lives."

SLMC, CWC ready to call the shots

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island: UNF constituents, the SLMC and the CWC will take advantage of a disputed government decision to seek a fresh parliamentary mandate, subsequent to the Supreme Court determination on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, to press the UNP leadership for a non-contiguous unit of devolution covering all predominantly Muslim areas in the north-east and a halt to the Kotmale hydro-power project respectively, party sources said.

Life returns to normal in Akkaraipattu

The Island: As Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sleuths moved in to probe the incidents at Akkaraipattu, life returned to normal after two days of tension following the abduction of a Muslim youth last week.

CBK bound to dissolve on House resolution: UNP

The Island: The government’s announcement last week that it may opt for a general election has created a new constitutional debate, this time revolving around whether President Chandrika Kumaratunga would be bound by a parliamentary resolution to dissolve the assembly or whether she was free to reject the same.

Use the SC option -Fowzie

The Sunday Leader: Former Transport Minister and Colombo District PA legislator A.H.M.Fowzie says the UNF government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must now grab hold of an important clause of the Supreme Court decision on the 19th Amendment, that gives the option to parliament to postpone the dissolution of parliament for three years with a 2/3rd majority.

Govt. will not compromise — Malik

By Frederica Jansz - The Sunday Leaders

The Sunday Leader: The government has decided to present a resolution to parliament in November calling for a dissolution of parliament. The government has decided to reject the possibility of any compromise with President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in terms of the formula presented by the Supreme Court.

PM to reflect; polls unlikely

Sunday Times: Prime Minister Ranil Wickreme-singhe will reflect over the weekend on future strategy of his fledgling government following this week's major setback in the rejection of its moves to clip the President's wings with regard to her powers to dissolve Parliament.

Plans to evacuate migrant workers in West Asia

Sunday Times: The Sri Lankan government is working in consultation with West Asian countries to map out plans for protecting and evacuating our migrant workers in the event of a possible US attack on the region.

Appoint separate Governors to north and east, says SMP

By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times

Sunday Times: The Sinhala Mahajana Peramuna has called on the Government to appoint separate Governors to the North and East in a bid to bring about normalcy to the East.

TNA calls for restraint by Tamil people

By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times

Sunday Times: TULF General Secretary R. Sampanthan has appealed to the Tamil people to act with restraint and not do anything that might even slightly disturb the peace process. In an interview with The Sunday Times Mr. Sampanthan said he believed recent events in the East could in no way overturn the peace process which had a solid foundation. Excerpts:

Norways top mediator arrives in Sri Lanka to prepare for peace talks

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, October 20 - Norway's top mediator arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to help finalize preparations for the second round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, a diplomat said.

Action plan to revive health care facilities in N/E

A rapid action plan to revive and upgrade the deteriorating health care facilities in the North and East is now being prepared by the Health Ministry.

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