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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2428

No dismantling of eastern military command-Rauff

by Dilanthi Jayamanne and Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Island:Minister of Port Development and Shipping Rauf Hakeem asserted that the eastern military command will not be dismantled.

Thailand To Set A New World Record On Aerobics

Bangkok Nov. 22:Thailand's Prime Minister will lead an attempt on world aerobics record to focus attention on health gains from physical activity. 70,000 strong aerobics session to highlight benefits of physical activity and gain entry in Guinness Book of Record will be launched today in Bangkok.

U.S. Needs to Screen Iraqi Opposition Allies :Denmark Charges Against Iraqi General Welcomed

New York, November 21, 2002: -- The charges brought by Danish police against a former Iraqi general underscores the need for the United States to screen its would-be allies in the Iraqi opposition, Human Rights Watch said today.

Burma to free 115 political prisoners

Bangkok. Nov.22:Burma's military government says 115 political prisoners will be released in the biggest single release since United Nations-brokered reconciliation talks began two years ago.

Sri Lanka hopes information technology will unite its people

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 20 - Sri Lanka intends to use information technology as a tool to unite this island nation as it moves toward ending a 19-year ethnic conflict, a top Cabinet minister said Wednesday.

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Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A blonde and a brunette are running a ranch together in Louisiana. They decide they need a bull to mate with their cows to increase their herd. The brunette takes their life savings of $600.00 dollars and goes to Texas to buy a bull. She eventually meets with an old cowboy that will sell her a bull. "It's the only one I got for $599.00, take it or leave it.",
the cowboy says.

Wants EPDP Delft office shut: TNA backs out at Interior Ministry vote

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island: The government did not receive the TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) support on Monday when the Interior Ministry heads were passed by a majority of 32 votes. The TNA did not vote with government members in protest against recent attacks on Tamils in the east subsequent to a cease-fire agreement with the LTTE and as a part of its strategy to press the government to close down an EPDP office in the Delft island. Earlier in the day Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with a delegation of the TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to discuss the situation in the Delft island where violent LTTE inspired protests over the weekend subsequent to an EPDP decision to resume political activity there, left several persons wounded, political sources said yesterday. The EPDP pulled out of the island subsequent to an LTTE attack on its office on October 5.

Meeting on De-escalation and Normalisation held without hiccups.

Vavunatheevu, Sri Lanka, Nov.21: The Committee meeting on de-escalation and normalisation was held without any hiccups here, between the Government delegation and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) yesterday, presided over by Heikki Hulkkonen 0f the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).

Most Refugees Are in Developing Countries,

There are about 12 million refugees in the world, according to an analysis released by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently. Most of them -- 86 percent -- come from developing countries, and about 70 percent are hosted by developing countries.

Armed conflicts displaced 150,000 folk

By Zaff S. Solmerin - Today Correspondent

Of the 25 million internally displaced people in 40 countries reported by a United Nations representative, around 150,000 Filipinos form part of the list, earning for the Philippines the distinction of being the third country in Southeast Asia with the most number of internally displaced persons,・according to Kaloi Anasarias, staff member of Balay Inc., a nongovernment organization.

Situation in Bassein and Tharawaddy prisons in Burma

Some students imprisoned in Pathein Jail were released on the 5th November. According to information received in Bangkok, to the vacant wards, U Kyaw Mya and those transferred from Taungoo prison were moved.

Thai workers overseas send over Bt50 billion back home

Bangkok, Nov 21 (TNA)– Thai nationals working overseas have generated billions of revenues for the country, as they sent over Bt50 billion back home in the 2002 fiscal year alone, according to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.

Repo cut will have little effect on money market and forex: TFRC

Bangkok, Nov 21 (TNA)– The Bank of Thailand’s decision to cut the 14-day repurchase rate by 0.25% would have little effect on the money market and currency exchange rates, according to Thai Farmers Research Center.

Heroes Day Speech of Prabhkaran to be aired on the Sri LankanTelevision

Colombo, Nov. 21: In an unprecedented gesture of goodwill, the Sri Lankan state TV will telecast on Tuesday the annual "Heroes' Day" address by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

EPDP Office in Chavakachcheri Torched by armed wing of the LTTE.

Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Nov. 21 : Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE) armed cadres has gone berserk in Chavakachcheri and torched the has torched the office of the Eelam People’s Democratic Front. According to EPDP reports, two of its men too are missing after the violent incident said to be instigated by the LTTE.

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