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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2646

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Political crisis builds as Sri Lanka government tries to curb president powers

Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 12: - Ignoring protests by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the government is pushing ahead with legislation to take away her powers to dissolve Parliament and order fresh elections.

Then I am afraid the work virus has already corrupted your life.

Compiled by - V.Rajeny

There is a new virus going around, called "work". If you receive any sort of "work" at all, whether via email, internet or simply handed to you by a colleague, DO NOT OPEN IT.

Terrorism can be defeated only if all nations unite against it- Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General

We cannot begin today without reflecting on yesterday’s anniversary – on the criminal challenge so brutally thrown in our faces on 11 September 2001. The terrorist attacks of that day were not an isolated event. They were an extreme example of a global scourge, which requires a broad, sustained and global response. Broad, because terrorism can be defeated only if all nations unite against it.

Anandasangaree confident north-east local elections will be postponed

The Island

TULF leader V.Anandasangaree was confident that the government would put off local government elections in the North-East excluding predominantly Sinhala areas in Ampara scheduled for September 25. The Jaffna Municipal Council was among 53 local bodies scheduled to go for elections.

Jaffna gets new GA

The Island

Jaffna GA K. Shanmuganathan had been replaced by Additional GA named T. Vaithilingam on a request made by the Tamil National Alliance, sources said.

Sri Lanka’s economy at critical juncture - IMF

The Island

Washington (Reuters): — Sri Lanka’s economy is at a critical juncture and with the recovery there fragile and subject to significant risks, major adjustments are needed, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

Unidentified group kidnaps four school children

The Island

Jaffna Peninsula. Four students, two boys and two girls from the general area of Anaicottai, about 6 km northwest of Jaffna town were kidnapped this morning (12) around 8.30 at Anaicottai Subramaniyam Vidyalaya by an unidentified group which drove in a tinted-glass vehicle.

19th amendment gazetted: Last minute change to accommodate seven PA MPs

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The government gazetted the 19th Amendment on Wednesday night after effecting an eleventh hour change on a request by seven People’s Alliance(PA) parliamentarians.

Bindunuwewa massacre: We were not aware of happenings at rehab camp — witness

by Jayani Wegadapola - The Island

Police Constable Kusum Malake de Silva giving evidence before the Trial-at-Bar in the Bindunuwewa case on Tuesday said that he along with some other officers only heard some noises and that they were not aware of what was happening inside the Rehabilitation Camp.

Sri Lanka Woos UK Firms Before Peace Talks, US Forum

Colombo, September 12 -(Dow Jones):- A top Sri Lankan government delegation visited the U.K. this week in a bid to attract investment to the island that is making strides toward ending a 19-year ethnic war, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Peace Talks - A Turning Point in Sri Lankan History.


From now on the focus will be on Sattahip talks for it is going to be the turning point in Sri Lankan history. It is going to reshape Sri Lanka. It is going to create constitutional and administrative structures that reflect the multi-ethnic character of Sri Lanka. More importantly, it is going to take the country away from the Mahawamsa myth that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala- Buddhist country.