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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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POW swap highlights Sri Lanka peace bid

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels swapped prisoners-of-war on Saturday in the latest move to push ahead a peace process that has already silenced the guns after 19 years of war.

Assertive Women in Fairly Tales

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent,
self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat, contemplating
ecological issues, on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant
meadow near her castle.

Release of Tamil detainess languishing in prisons held under PTA, to be expedited


b>Colombo, September 28: Sri Lanka will expedite the release of Tamil detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Saturday. This declaration is made subsequent to government’s direction to law enforcement agencies not to enforce any provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, has stepped up the review of cases under this law.

Reminders of a not too distant past

The Sunday LeaderThey were once hunting the big bad Tigers entering the city to blow up everything to smithereens. Nowadays they just stand by the road side, look at vehicles, inspect the odd suspicious one and apprehend moonshine.

We must demand for what we need right now.

The Sunday LeaderNational Unity Alliance (NUA) Boss and Parliamentarian Ferial Ashraff last week rejected a statement made by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Chief and Ports Minister Rauf Hakeem that he would look into the issues of the Muslims, once peace is found in the country.

Top British official meets LTTE leaders

Sunday TimesThe most powerful British official responsible for disbursing funds for development projects worldwide, yesterday held wide-ranging talks with Tiger guerrilla political leaders.

Tamil alliance waits for Balasingham

Sunday TimesThe TNA is awaiting a meeting with LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham who is due in the Wanni next month.

All communities must sacrifice for peace — Mohamed

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The Island:Western Region Development Minister M. H. Mohamed yesterday said that all communities — Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, must be able to make sacrifices for the cause of peace.

Government, rebels swap prisoners in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri LankaSep 28 - Tamil Tiger rebels claimed they handed over the last of their government prisoners of war on Saturday, as the two sides in Sri Lanka's bitter ethnic conflict moved closer to peace by exchanging captives.

Sri Lanka, Rebels Swap Prisoners

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri Lanka (AP)_ Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged prisoners of war Saturday as part of the ongoing peace process, and the rebels claimed they had no more prisoners in custody.

On the Spot Report: Where have the furniture gone?

From Guna Kajananth in Jaffna

Guna Kajanathan, in Part 3 of the four part report, visualizes the existing situation in the Jaffna peninsula. He traveled extensively in the peninsula. Met the people and talked to them. The returnees told him of their plight. They complaint that they everything they had in their houses are now missing. They are wondering that the Army occupied several of their houses and how come that furniture in a house occupied by the army personnel could vanish in the thin air. Sri Lankan Army has to give either an acceptable explanation or come forward to pay compensation.