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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2965

Peace committees begin work

The Sunday Leader:The Sub Committee on De-escalation and Resettlement will meet at Omanthai today, to discuss the resettlement of refugees and further find out what could be done regarding the High Security Zones (HSZ).

Screamed at the top of her lungs to get attention

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

It was your normal round of Halloween parties this weekend.
Well...almost completely normal. If you've never tried to
dance while wearing a three-foot-long sword then you're
missing out on an adventure.

Japan hopes to bolster Sri Lanka peace process with development aid

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 08 - A Japanese envoy said Friday his nation was ready to host a meeting of international donors to help Sri Lanka rebuild its war-ravaged north and east.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro insists on five democratic conditions for transition in Burma

There can be no credible democratic transition without five fundamental conditions. These are - the inclusion of all component of society in the political dialogue; immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners; the lifting the restrictions which continue to hamper the ability of political parties individual and groups; explicit discussion of political democratization that cannot take place without free elections and accountability through judicial mechanism of abuse committed by state agents.

TNA to support budget

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The IslandThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will support the budget as a whole but have its reservations on the votes of Defence Ministry, said TNA MP of the ACTC for Jaffna District Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam yesterday.

No development plan in budget, serious flaw — Ronnie

by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:The lack of a development plan is a serious flaw in the UNF budget, former Minister of Finance, Ronnie De Mel said yesterday.

Church bulletin bloopers : Ladies, forget not the rummage sale....

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All
ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the
B.S. is done. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the
congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake
breakfast next Sunday morning.

Opponents of the regime in Burma held for possession of banned newspapers

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have condemned the arrests of dozens of dissidents for their involvement in distributing newspapers that have been banned by the junta. Some of them have been held in undisclosed locations for more than ten days.

Success And Dangers In The Ongoing Thailand Talks – National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

There is near unanimity, both locally and internationally, that the government-LTTE talks that have been taking place in Thailand have been going better than anticipated. At the second meeting between the two sides in Thailand they prioritized issues and engaged in joint problem solving as partners rather than as enemies. Among the decisions taken by the government and LTTE at the second meeting, the setting up of three joint committees to deal with economic, security and political issues would be of great importance.

Govt. attacks Harris as he flies out to Male

By Kasun Yapa Karunaratne and Sunimalee Dias - Daily Mirror

Daily Mirror:British Journalist Paul Harris whose visa expired yesterday left for Male last night on flight UL503 despite a last-minute decision by the government to grant him a week to sort out matters after the Foreign Ministry charged he had acted illegally, impudently and made unwarranted allegations against the government.

Committees will help identify sources of tension – Prof. G.L. Peiris

Colombo, Nov. 07:The committees established during the second phase of the first round of peace talks held in Thailand were ‘a simpler and more effective mechanism when compared to the complexities associated with the mechanism of setting up a Joint Task Force’ This was stated by Prof. Minister G.L. Peiris at the Cabinet press briefing held today.

Budget lacks human quality - Former Finance Minister

Colombo, Nov. 07:Ronnie de Mel, a veteran Parliamentarian and a former Finance Minister who presented 11 Budgets in Parliament from 1977 to 1988 said, “A budget in a developing country like ours should have two aspects; structural and human.”

Budget designed to attract the interest of the Global Capital

The budget contains some of the most right wing proposals and it locked itself to some of the so-called development projects designed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB) and World Trade Organization (WTO) states Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, Presidium Member, New Left Front.

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce endorses the budget 2003.

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce endorses the budget 2003 announced at a time the country is emerging from a nineteen-year conflict. The Chamber also recognizes the steady and consistent progress achieved during the last ten months in many areas such as growth, interest rates, inflation and the stock market. These factors together with an increased level of stability have led to an improvement in overall business confidence.

Sri Lanka refuses to extend British journalist resident visa

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - The Sri Lankan government has refused to extend the visa of the correspondent for the London-based newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the journalist said Thursday.

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