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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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<b>Pluckers plucked tea; refused to take it to the factory</b>


Colombo August 2: Over half million tea and rubber workers are on a novel form of strike, where they do the normal work, but refuse to do anything extra, thus indicating to the managers their displeasure over the low wages they are paid.

<b>.. not at cabinet</b>

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunge was absent at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting and the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe lasted only fifteen minutes, reliable sources disclosed.

<b>Lanka-Pak. agreement begins a new chapter in co-operation - CBK</b>

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that a new chapter of co-operation for mutual benefit between Pakistan and Sri Lanka would open with the landmark free trade agreement that would be signed shortly.

<b>CBK omits Ravi</b>

The Island

Trade Minister Ravi Karunanayake was not invited to Wednesday’s banquet hosted by President Chandrika Kumaratnga in honour of visiting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, political sources said.

<b>Minister Thondaman’s cousin shot dead at Colpetty over Pundalu Oya estate dispute</b>

Norman Palihawadane - The Island

A cousin brother of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure Minister Arumugam Thondaman was shot dead by an unidentified gang inside his vehicle close to Pilawoos Hotel, Kollupitiya last Wednesday (31) night, Kollupitiya police said.

<b>Musharraf tells India to face realities on Kashmir</b>

Daily Mirror

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf who avoided Indian airspace and took a secret route in flying to Colombo charged yesterday that India was being unrealistic and hypocritical on the Kashmir issue and trying to reject the viewpoint of virtually the whole world.

<b>Don't question me on Anura's statements: Mahinda</b>

Kasun Yapa Karunaratne - Daily Mirror

Commenting on a statement alleged to have been made to a daily on July 26 by Anura Bandaranaike, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse said yesterday that the next Presidential Election was of importance to the UNP and the LTTE alone.

<b>Complaint against Eelam Bank</b>

Pujitha Wijetunge - Daily Mirror

A Sinhala Group led by Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Leader Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday met the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Trond Furuhovde and the Central Bank Governor A. S. Jayawardena to make a complaint against Eelam banks being set up by the LTTE in the North and East.

<b>Karikalan out</b>

Daily Mirror

The LTTE headquarters has summoned the entire top brass of the Batticaloa and Amparai districts, including the controversial Karikalan, to the Wanni while replacing two of his deputies,Thurai and Visu, the Tamil newspaper "Sudar Oli" reported yesterday

<b>PM considers dissolution if CBK row continues</b>

Ranga Srilal - Daily Mirror

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated he would move to have Parliament dissolved this month if President Chandrika Kumaratunga and opposition elements persisted in what he sees as an obstruction of the government's efforts to restore peace and revive the economy, government sources said yesterday.

<b>LTTE wants free movement</b>

Sunimalee Dias - Daily Mirror

The LTTE yesterday expressed reservations on holding direct peace talks prior to the full implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement, and called on for the removal of the Sri Lanka Navy to move away from the eastern seas.

<b>Pakistan pledges support to Sri Lanka "all the way"</b>

SHIMALI SENANAYAKE, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Thursday he would go "all the way" to help Sri Lanka protect its sovereignty by giving military aid to the South Asian neighbor.

<b>Sri Lanka, Pakistan to sign Free Trade Agreement </b>

AP World Politics

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday on his tour of the island nation, which a state-run newspaper called "a visit of promise."

<b>Actor’s Wife Chandrika , no doubt, too a Talented Performer</B>

Saba's News Review

I first came to know Chandrika as an actor’s wife, in which capacity she became known to common people, though she was a Bandaranaike, the daughter of two Prime Ministers. But none, perhaps except her classmates and friends at St. Bridget’s knew her histrionic talents, until her Pollonaruwa performance two Sundays back and her claim at a religious function in Veyangoda that she was a member of the school Sinhala and English dramatic societies.

<b>Pirabakaran - Wickeramasinghe Summit</b>


Colombo, August 2 Enthused by US President George Bush’s support and Indian backing for Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s peace moves, LTTE had commenced its preparatory work for a possible Wickremesinghe- Pirabaharan summit and subsequent talks in Thailand, said LTTE and government sources.

<b>Mangala acquitted of bribery charges</b>

The Island

Former Minister of Posts and Media Mangala Samaraweera was discharged of bribery and corruption charges by the Bribery Commission on Wednesday.