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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway, Vidar Helgesen to Visit Sril Lanka.

A Norwegian Delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen will visit Sri Lanka 20-24 October. Helgesen will travel to Hambantota on Sunday 20 October to meet Members of Parliament from the district and local authorities. He will also have a meeting with Hambantota Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the visit to Hambantota is to get a broader understanding of the economic situation in the area and the challenges the people in this part of the country area are facing.

Rules out referendum : Govt. to opt for general election

The Government will opt for a general election in preference to a referendum for the sake of political stability which is essential to bring peace and prosperity to the country.

Committee of Inquiry into Akkaraipattu incidents commence sitting on Oct.21st

Committee of inquiry into appointed by the Minister of Interior Hon. John Amaratunga to inquire into incidents near S.T.F Camp at Kanjiramkudah, Akkaraipattu on 9th October 2002 will commence public sittings on 21st October at the Tirukkovil Divisional Secretariat.

President Chandrika condemns Bali attack

Colombo, oct. 16:"I am convinced more than ever that, all governments and peoples must unite to eradicate this scourge of terrorism, which respects no boundaries, nor states large or small, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said in a letter to Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri today. She also wrote a separate letter to the Prime Minister of Australia, expressing her condolences for the large number of Australians killed in the violent incidents in Bali.

Policemen wanted over assault on LTTE group surrender

by Hemantha Randunu - The Island

The Island:Commanding Officer of Special Task Force detachment at Kanjirankudah, Akkaraipattu, Eric Perera, a sub inspector and two police constables wanted in connection with the assault on a group of LTTE cadres transporting sand in a lorry surrendered to the Akkaraipattu Magistrate last Tuesday (15).

Period for president’s power to dissolve parliament could be extended by simple amendment - S.C

The Island:A simple amendment could extend from one year to three years, the power of the President to dissolve the Parliament. Beyond that any change needs a referendum before the people, the Supreme Court had said, in the determination on the 19th amendment to the Constitution, sources said. The ‘cross over’ rights of MPs, without losing their seats in parliament had been said to be totally unconstitutional.

SC decision to be announced prior to parliament being informed: 19th Amendment: Referendum needed

by Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The IslandIn a latest development concerning the 19th amendment to the constitution President Chandrika Kumaratunga was in consultation with several senior lawyers close to her yesterday to explore whether the much-awaited Supreme Court determination on the bill which was delivered to her on Tuesday night could be made public before it is announced in Parliament, Presidential Secretariat sources said.

A man climbed into the car when others pushing it.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A man stood on the side of the road hitch hiking on a very dark
night in the middle of a storm. The night was rolling and no
cars passed. The storm was so strong; he could hardly see a few
feet ahead of him. Suddenly he saw a car come towards him and

Burma: World Highest Number of Child Soldiers

b>New York, October 16, 2002: Burma has the largest number of child soldiers in the world and the number is growing, Human Rights Watch said in an extensive new report released today. The overwhelming majority of Burma's child soldiers are found in the national army, which forcibly recruits children as young as 11, although armed opposition groups use child soldiers as well.

Murasoli Maran condition serious

Chennai Online, Chennai, Oct 17:The health condition of Union Industries and Commerce Minister Murasoli Maran is "presently serious with bilateral lung involvement along with systemic setback in his general condition," a medical bulletin issued by the Apollo Hospitals, where he is undergoing treatment, said today.

Curfew re-imposed in three AGA divisions to ensure calm

Akkaraipattu, October 17: In order to maintain calm and to prevent recurrence of any incidents, a curfew has been re-imposed from 3 p.m. today (Oct 17) until 6 a.m. tomorrow (Oct 18). The curfew is being enforced in the same three (3) AGA divisions as yesterday, i.e. Akkaraipattu, Addalachchenai, and Alayadivembu in the Ampara District.

Balasingham arrives, Helgessen due this weekend

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen is expected to arrive in the country during the weekend and discuss the agenda for the next round of talks with both the government and the LTTE. Norwegian Special envoy Eric Solheim is expected to follow in a fortnight ahead of the scheduled discussions.

SLMC says dissidents reduced to five: Hakeem assures PM of all coming back

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The IslandLeader of the SLMC and Ports Minister Rauff Hakeem under fire from a section of his party over his stand on an Eastern Muslim Unit has assured Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that the dissidents could be brought back to the party fold.

Nobel Prize for Peace: Why Norway discriminated against Sri Lankan Foursome?


Is there anyone around who could give an explanation, why Norway discriminated against the Sri Lankan foursome, Chandrika – Ranil and Prabha – Anton and denied them the award of the Nobel Prize for Peace for the year 2002? If anyone of you knows the reasons, then kindly feel free to write to us.

He did not save his money for 75 years, then what?

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A small tourist hotel was all abuzz about an afternoon
wedding, where the groom was 95 years old and the bride
was just 23 years old. The groom looked pretty feeble and
the feeling was that the wedding night might kill him since
his young bride was a healthy, vivacious woman.

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