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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 102

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<b>CBK sets up commission to probe Millennium City safehouse raid</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday set the stage for another confrontation with the UNP-led United National Front (UNF) government by ordering the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission to probe the January 2 police raid on a Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) — run safehouse in the Millennium city, Athurugiriya, political sources said. The raid was carried out by ASP Kulasiri Udugampola of the Kandy police.

<b>Govt. –LTTE talks tales place in Kilinochchi</b>


Colombo August: 23 Another round of government-LTTE official level talks took place this morning at Kilinochchi.

<b>Strong US backing for Peace Process, a Message to Peace Opponents</b>


Colombo August 23: Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage’s one-day visit here yesterday is viewed as a public demonstration of strong U.S. endorsement to the current peace efforts and a warning to its opponents.

<b>South African Tamils, PASLO and me.</b>


I think it was in July 1995, I first met Tommy Padotan in Luanda, Angola. During that time, I was attached to an Angolan Government office for sometime. On that particular day, I was at the office of Eduardo Do Santos, the President of Angola. I was with the Angolan Minister and my friend Albino Malungo, at the President’s Office. When I was there, I first saw Tommy coming out with some people, from the President’s Cabinet after meeting him in a delegation.

<b>Giving Legal effect to President’s offer</b>


On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had a meeting with Lakshman Kdirgamar,former Foreign Minister and current President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s special advisor. He told him politely that the government had decided to proceed with the 18th amendment to the country’s Constitution.

<b>”He says he can't communicate with me.

A judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending
divorce, "What are the grounds for your divorce?"

<b>Peace official for talks on Development soon inKilinochchi </b>


Colombo August 22: The government peace official Bernard Gunatilake will go to Kilinochchi soon to talk with the LTTE about developing the north and east, cabinet spokesman Prof. G. L. Peiris said today.

<b>PA delegation briefs prelates on CBK’s decision on parliament</b>

The Island

A PA delegation yesterday met with Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi, Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter and Udugama Sri Buddarakkitha, Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter to brief them on President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s decision to assure parliament that she would not dissolve the House after December 5, a year after the last parliamentary elections in December, political sources said.

<b>Don’t de-ban LTTE yet: Buddhist organisations’ reps</b>

Cyril Wimalasurendre - The Island

Kandy: A meeting attended by representatives of a large number of Buddhist organisations in Kandy decided to request the Mahanayake Theros of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapter to advise the country’s political leadership not to lift the ban on the LTTE until they surrender the arms they have in possession.

<b>Imam of Holy Prophet’s Mosque of Medina to visit Sri Lanka</b>

The Island

The Imam of the Holy Prophet’s Mosque in Medina is to visit Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Minister of Port Development, Shipping, Eastern Development and Muslim Religious Affairs Rauff Hakeem.

<b>Cabinet discusses 18th Amendment despite CBK’s directive</b>

Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday discussed the proposed 18 th Amendment to the Constitution despite a directive by President Chandrika Kumaratunga not to take up constitutional matters at Wednesday’s meeting.

<b>Interior Minister is OIC, CI and constable — Mahinda Rajapakse</b>

Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

In Parliament on Wednesday: No-faith motion against Interior Minister John Amaratunga.The government held out that the motion which was certain to be defeated, had both cost money and parliamentary time.

<b>Buddhist priests and Youngsters disrupt Sarvodhaya Meditation</b>

Our Kandy Correspondent

A group of Buddhist priests and young men yesterday disrupted an-hour long meditation for peace, conducted by the Sarvodhaya Movement headed by its founder leader A. T. Ariyaratne.