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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

Govt. hopes HSZ issue will not derail peace process

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island:While the government is to focus on human rights issues and the proposed federal structure for the North-East, the LTTE’s demand for the demilitarisation of the High Security Zones (HSZs), in the Jaffna peninsula is bound to overshadow the next round of Government-LTTE peace talks to be held in Thailand from January 6 to 9.

Jesuits deny existence of any violent oath

- By Aditi Khanna

New Delhi, Jan. 3: The Jesuits have vehemently denied the existence of the alleged "violent oath" of the Society of Jesus that speaks of "waging relentless war, secretly and openly, against all heretics... to extirpate them from the face of the whole earth."

Thai Army Raided Karen Village in Sangkhlaburi

Bangkok, Jan. 03:The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) has expressed it's concern about reports that 65 Karen villagers from 19 families were issued a three-day deadline to evacuate their homes after a military raid on 24 December 2002 in Wia Ka Di Village, tambon Nong Lu, Sakhlaburi district, Kanchanaburi Province, western Thailand.

Be cautious to ensure Norwegian facilitation - PM replies President

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has urged President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to be cautious in her intervention with the Prime Minister of Norway as the government should take due care to ensure the enthusiasm of the Norwegian facilitation of the peace process.

Sri Lanka Gov't., Rebels to Restart Talks

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 04: Government negotiators will head to Thailand to restart peace talks with Tamil guerrillas aimed at ending the country's 19-year civil war, officials said.

Swedish King visits world scouts

Chonburi, Jan 4 (TNA): Swedish King Carl Gustav XVI on Saturday visited world scout camps at Yao Beach in this eastern province of Chonburi amid well-placed safeguard and security measures provided by the Royal Thai Navy, according to TNA reporter.

Tamil Tiger delegates are on their way to Thailand.

Bangkok Jan. 04: Delegates representing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are on their way to leave for Thailand, to participate in the fourth session of the Peace Talks, to be held at Nakom Pathom, from Januray 06 – 09.

Indian President Kalam Calls for International Space Force to Save the Earth.

Nagaland Congress prepared to lay down office if required

Kohima, (PTI), Jan. 04: Welcoming the scheduled arrival of the NSCN(I-M) leadership in India, the ruling Congress in Nagaland today said it was willing to relinquish office if required for an honourable settlement of the Naga political problem.

Fourth Session of the First Round of Peace Talks

The fourth session of the peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will take place from 6-9 January 2003 at the Rose Garden Hotel in Nakhorn Pathom, Thailand.

Govt urged to closely monitor possible Mid-East war and deflation

Bangkok, Jan 2 (TNA):– The government must closely monitor a possible war in Middle East and deflation this year to prepare itself for the unfavorable situation, which could unavoidably affect the economy, according to Thai Farmers Research Center.

Mubarak calls for settling the Iraqi issue according to UN resolutions

Cairo, Jan 02:President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has renewed his country's total rejection to any military act against Iraq or undermining its unity and territorial integrity. He warned that any attack against Iraq will inflect losses on the region as a whole.

Manned spacecraft planned for this year - official

Jan. 02:China expects to launch its first manned spacecraft in the second half of this year, a senior aerospace official said Wednesday.

Scouts hit a high orbit in science city

By Jessada Salathong

Bangkok, Jan. 03: Making rockets, digging up dinosaur fossils and decoding DNA are activities you're not likely to see happening all in the same place, but then this is a Scout Jamboree.

DMK would reject Hindutva: Karunanidhi

Chennai, (Stify News) Jan. 02: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi on Thursday indicated that his party would reject the Hindutva ideology outright if it went against the ideals of his party.

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