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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

Swiss govt. places Lanka on equal terms with LTTE: recognises Karuna as Military Commander of East.

The Island:The government of Switzerland has recognised Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna as the "Military Commander of East Sri Lanka" and said that Swiss support for the peace process was based on "principles of equality with both sides".

Hafrath, Subairdeen, Athaullah sacked from SLMC High Command

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island: The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) on Monday sacked its rebel General Secretary A. L. M. Hafrath MP and other dissident members S. Subairdeen, A. L. M. Athaullah MP and Deputy Leader A. Uthuman Lebbe from its decision making body - the High Command.

Three Escaped Tiger Girls are lodged safely at Gangodawila Rehabilitation Center.

Batticaloa, Dec. 10: Three Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) female cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who managed to escape from LTTE clutches and arrived at the Army camp at Batticaloa town on 07 December around 10 a.m. have been referred to the Rehabilitation Center at Gangodawila by authorities.

Ensure principles of democracy, pluralism and human rights - India

New Delhi, Dec. 10: The Indian side noted the positive signals that have come out from the latest round of talks in the Oslo Peace Process,” the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a statement at the conclusion of the two-day official visit to Colombo by Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwar Sibal.

Human Rights more significant in Sri Lanka than ever before – President

Colombo, Dec. 10: “The people of Sri Lanka commemorate Universal Human Rights Day this year at a time when its significance has increased than ever before,” President Chandrika Kumaratunga said in her International Human Rights Day message today.

International year of Freshwater to be launched by the United Nations.

Paris, December 10: - The International Year of Freshwater, 2003, will receive its official launch at a ceremony at the United Nations in New York on December 12. The aim of the year is to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and managing freshwater. The UN General Assembly resolution proclaiming the Year was initiated by the Government of Tajikistan and supported by 148 other countries.

Civil Societies and Rights Organizations pledges support for the UN Human Rights Commission

Bangkok Dec. 10: Asia is the region where the most crucial tragedy had taken place in which international community can witness, declares the civil society and Human Rights Organization in Thailand and Asia- pacific. In a letter addressed to Sergio Vieria de Mello, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights nearly 22 organizations in this region has signed it.<

Human Rights Violation is the Way of Life in Burma.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Bangkok, Dec.11: In Burma more than 50 percent of the budget allocation goes to meet the military expenses, which includes the purchase of sophisticated modern lethal weapons to kill those democratic minded, ordinary, innocent Burmese, who long for a change in the country. Dr. Sann Aung, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office (East) of the National Coalition Government of Burma, made this critical observation yesterday, at a human rights panel discussion.<

Bottom Deodorant – To apply push up bottom

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A blonde woman walks into a pharmacy and asks the
assistant for some bottom deodorant. The assistant, a little
bemused, explains to the woman that they don't sell bottom
deodorant, and never have. The blonde, unfazed, assures
the lady behind the counter that she has been buying the
stuff from here on a regular basis, and would like some more.

Overwhelming liquidity in banking system drops significantly

Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): – The overwhelming liquidity in the banking system has dropped to less than 500 billion baht as a result of the issue of the country-saving bonds and the increase in new lending and restructured loans, according to the Bank of Thailand.

Bangladesh frees Channel 4 journalists.

Dhaka, Dec. 11: Bangladesh has released two European journalists from Britain's Channel 4 television station, who were detained last month on suspicion of spreading anti-state propaganda.

Sri Lanka formally accepts federal formula to end civil conflict with Tamil Tigers

By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec. 09: - The government said Monday it formally supported the establishment of a federal system through which it would share power with the Tamil Tiger rebels and end 19 years of bloody civil war.

Today - Nagas celebrate Human Rights day in Kohima.

Kohima, India, Dec. 10: United Nations 54th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights is celebrated today at Kohima. The Naga Students' Federation (NSF) and the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights are organizing the celebrations. Kohima Science College, located at Jotsoma will host, in what will be, a busy day for the Nagas, especially in Kohima.

Kofi Anan appeal to recommit on the application of Rule of Law.

Today is the 54th anniversary of the Human Rights day. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Anan, in his message on the Human rights day emphasized on the application of the Rule of Law He said that that everyone should come forward nurture, develop, strengthen and defend the Rule of Law. He further said that everyone should come forward to rededicate to that mission.

Do not hesitate, for anything and everything Bomb Iraq

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

If we cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq.
If the markets hurt your Mama, bomb Iraq.
If the terrorists are Saudi
And the bank takes back your Audi And the TV shows are bawdy,
Bomb Iraq.

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