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

Lobbying continues for and against the participation of India in the Oslo Donor Conference

By K.T.Rajasingham

Asian Tribune reliably learns that a group of Sri Lankan expatriates in North America and a former Union Minister of India who is a maverick political leader from Tamil Nadu, and at present a don in the Harvard University, are behind the Indian Governments refusal to participate in the Sri Lankan donor Conference, scheduled to be held in Oslo, Norway on November 25.

Australia sends 113 Afghan asylum seekers home

Yahoo News: Canberra (Reuters), Nov. 17 - A group of 113 Afghan asylum seekers will return to their war-torn homeland on Sunday after more than a year in Australian-run detention camps, Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said.

CBK deeply committed to peace process

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Saturday said she was fully committed to the ongoing peace process. She said the present government has continued the process initiated by me to find a negotiated political solution to the ethnic problem that has enveloped our country in a climate of violence over the past decades.

Tigers block EPDP Delft office

by Shamindra Ferdinando and Norman Palihawadana of The Island

The Island:The EPDP yesterday accused the LTTE of blocking the re-opening of its Delft office which was closed down several weeks ago subsequent to an LTTE-led attack on it.

Architect of one-tambon one-product program visits Thailand

Bangkok, Nov 18 (TNA) – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his ministers yesterday hosted a welcoming dinner for Japan’s Oita Governor Morihiko Hiramatsu, who made an official visit to Thailand.

Change in economic policies in China is unlikely after leadership transfer

Udon Thani, Thailand, Nov 18 (TNA) - China is unlikely to alter its economic policies after a significant leadership transfer in the world's most populous country, according to local business leaders.

Burmese opposition leader visits Shan state

ABC Radio Australia, Nov. 18: Ethnic Shan rebels say that Burmese government troops had attacked one of their positions near the Thai border during a visit to their home state by opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Relics of Dutch Linger in Sri Lanka 400 Years On

By Lindsay Beck

Yahoo News: Colombo (Reuters), Nov. 16 - Hulftsdorp Hill is home to the law courts, Carl Muller is a well-known writer and Wolvendaal Street a bustling commercial avenue.

UNESCO to assist in Jaffna library uplift

The Sunday Leader: The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has come forward to provide technical assistance to the Jaffna library by providing reading facilities to the entire Jaffna peninsula and to promote wider access to information.

Rajitha slams CBK, Kadirgamar

The Sunday Leader: Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday slammed President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Presidential advisor Lakshman Kadirgamar for attempting to sabotage the peace process due to petty jealousies and hypocritical political motives.

Indias support for Oslo parley

The Sunday Leader:The government of India will this week come out with a statement strongly supportive of the government's peace process as well as the donor conference scheduled to be held on November 25 in Oslo.

Transport of essential items to un-cleared areas continues

One hundred and Nineteen lorry loads of food and other essential items had been dispatched to un-cleared areas in the northern province during the period 08 November – 14 November 2002, according to Sri Lankan Army News release.

Thai PM:Leader change in China would not affect bilateral relations

Bangkok, Nov 16 (TNA) - Change of the Chinese top leader is unlikely to affect bilateral relations between China and Thailand, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra.

Lionair introduces ‘Super Class Service’ to Jaffna passengers

The Island: Lionair operating the only western aircraft to Jaffna has introduced a ‘Super Class Service’ with hot meals, refreshments and beverages.

PM, Balasingham meet boost to peace process

The IslandA meeting between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and chief Tiger ‘diplomat’ Anton Balasingham in Oslo a week before the next round of face-to-face talks in Norway will give a tremendous boost to the peace process, political sources said.

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