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

Sri Lankas powerful Buddhists reject government move to share power with Tamil rebels

By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec. 07: An influential Buddhist group on Saturday opposed a government move to share power with the Tamil rebels, saying only the majority Sinhalese have the right to make decisions in the island nation.

Swamy welcomes Centres stand

By Our Special Correspondent

Chennai, Dec. 7: The Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, has welcomed the "present stand" of the Centre, made public today, that the LTTE will remain a banned organisation.

New Voice of Tigers with govt. approval

Sunday Times:The government last month granted approval to the LTTE to clear six tons of equipment to set up a modern Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio broadcasting station. Representatives of the LTTE cleared the container load of cargo from the Colombo Port on November 26 on their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's birthday.

400 convicts in LTTE prisons

By Chris Kamalendran

Sunday Times :Some 400 persons convicted by LTTE courts are being held in LTTE controlled prisons in Mullaitivu.

The inside story of Eelam Courts: We have a strong legal system says LTTE legal chief

By - Chris Kamalendran in Kilinochchi

Sunday Times : Tamil guerrillas have put into operation a full-fledged legal system in areas dominated by them in the north and East and are looking forward to expand it. The guerrillas have put into place a 'law college' to train their lawyers, put up as many as 17 courts including a special bench, similar to the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka. The only difference being that the final decisions regarding the appeals are referred to LTTE chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Iraq Hands UN Dossier, Denies It Has Banned Weapons

By Haitham Haddadin

Baghdad (Reuters), Dec. 07: - Iraq handed the United Nations a huge dossier on its military programs on Saturday, denying Iraq has any banned weapons and setting the stage for a confrontation with Washington.

Turkey triumphs at controversial Miss World

By Andrew Cawthorne

London (Reuters), Dec. 07: - Turkish beauty Azra Akin won Miss World on Saturday in a contest hurriedly moved to Britain from Nigeria after deadly Muslim-Christian riots sparked by controversy over the pageant.

If God Be With Us - The Naga Nation.

Mumbai – Dec 08: In commemoration of the 54th United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10th December 2002, , the Naga Students' Federation and the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights will be hosting the premiere of "If God Be With Us - The Naga Nation" directed by Shankar Borua and produced by Mumbai based Highlight Films at Science College Auditorium, Jotsoma.

CBKs funds not disclosed

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

The Sunday Leader: The public accounts of the President's Fund have not been disclosed to parliament from 1994 to 1999, government sources said.

Nearly 200,000 vacancies available Malaysian jobs for Lankans

The Sunday Leader: Sri Lanka has been chosen as one of the few countries within the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to enter into an agreement with Malaysia for Sri Lankans to find jobs, Labour Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

I am studying how people respond to embarrassing situations.

Compiled by : V. Rajeny

A very shy guy goes into a bar and sees a beautiful woman
sitting at the bar. After an hour of gathering up his
courage he finally goes over to her and asks, tentatively,
"Um, would you mind if I chatted with you for a while?"

Iraqi opposition member confirms Baghdad had liquidated al-Mayahi

An Iraq opposition member on Friday accused the Iraqi intelligence of killing another Iraqi opposition member who was found strangled in the Lebanese city of Tyre, south Lebanon.

Govt organizes New Year gifts festival to promote community products

Bangkok, Dec 8 (TNA) - The government will organize a grand New Year gift festival next week, aimed to promote community products under the one tambon (one sub-district), one product scheme, according to Deputy Prime Minister Prommin Lertsuridej.

Nagappa body found in Karnataka forest

Chennai, Dec 8: Even as the state was agog with rumours that former Karnataka minister H Nagappa had been released by forest brigand Veerappan and that there had been an encounter with the outlaw, reports started pouring in that his body had been found in the deep forests of Kollegal today.

Sri Lanka to Explore a New Government

By Amy Waldman

In a development that seems to put even more distance between Sri Lanka and the war that has killed 64,000 of its people, negotiators for its government and Tamil rebels agreed yesterday to explore a federal model for the country.

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