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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 863

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<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. Political sources said that President Kumaratunga who is in...
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<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. The Imam, Ash-Sheik Salaah Bin Muhammad Al-Budhai...
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<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 surre...
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<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 aft...
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<b>Peace official for talks on Development soon inKilinochchi </b>
T.Sabaratnam 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. Gunatilake heads the Peace Secretariat, the government body handling the peace pr...
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<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?" She replied, "About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property." "I mean," he continued, "What are your relations like?" "I have an aunt and uncle living here in town, and...
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<b>Giving Legal effect to President’s offer</b>
T.Sabaratnam 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...
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<b>South African Tamils, PASLO and me.</b>
K.T.Rajasingham 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...
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<b>Strong US backing for Peace Process, a Message to Peace Opponents</b>
T.Sabaratnam 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. "I am here to physically demonstrate the U.S. support for this proce...
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<b>Govt. –LTTE talks tales place in Kilinochchi</b>
T.Sabaratnam Colombo August: 23 Another round of government-LTTE official level talks took place this morning at Kilinochchi. Peace Secretariat Chief Bernard Gunatilake and LTTE political head S. B. Thamilselvan discussed development programs in the LTTE held Vanni, LTTE sources in Vavuniya said....
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<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. Sarvodhaya Movement, which was prevented from holding the meditation within the Dalada Maligav...
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<b>Baddegana Sanjeewa was more powerful than a minister — SB</b>
Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island In Parliament on Tuesday -No-Confidence Motion against Interior Minister John Amaratunga - The second day of the debate continued with the government and the opposition trading customary charges against each other. The opposition accused the In...
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<b>Defeat designs endangering sovereignty — JVP</b>
The Island Lifting the proscription on the LTTE, removal of all military camps in the North and East, and the implementation of other agreements hidden from the general public before scheduled talks between the government and that organisation take place from September 12-17, as demanded by the LTT...
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<b>Independent Commissions will be in place soon, PM assures CPA</b>
Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gave an assurance to the seven member Commonwealth Parliamentary Association delegation that the independent commissions would be set up soon. The PM responding to a query on the delay in appointing the commi...
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<b>Body of suspect in Thonda’s cousin’s killing and another body at Welikada</b>
Norman Palihawadana - The Island Police yesterday found two bodies in the Welikada police area. "One of them was handcuffed," police said, adding that the others’ hands were tied.The victims were identified as Sanath Kumarasiri alias Rajagiriye Sana. Initial investigations have revealed that they...
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<b>Govt. request for handing over chief suspect in Madhu killing forwarded to LTTE — Monitors</b>
Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) yesterday said that the mission has forwarded a government request to the LTTE to hand over a suspect wanted in connection with late last month’s triple killings at Thatchanamaruthamadhu near Madhu. "We directed the Vavuniya...
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<b>Govt. briefs party leaders: 18th amendment before parliament in early September </b>
Prasad Gunewardene - The Island The government yesterday briefed political party leaders in Parliament on the proposed eighteenth amendment to the constitution designed to prune down the powers of the Executive President in dissolving parliament after one year, for all parties to unitedly work on n...
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<b>"Ummm...Dick Gephardt."</b>
A few weeks ago Mason and I and a couple other people were sitting around a table at a bar drinking beer when Mason suggested we play a game called "The Word Game." What happens is that one person says a word, followed by the next person, and so on in an effort to form sentences. The idea is that t...
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<b>US Deputy Secretary Armitage first Visit Jaffna, Before Talking with the PM</b>
T.Sabaratnam Colombo August 22.: Richard Armitage, the US Deputy Secretary of State, who arrives this morning at Katunayake International Airport, will fly to Jaffna after a formal “handshake” with Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando, Foreign Ministry said yesterday. From Palaly, Armitage, the highes...
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<b>Armitage watches demining and goes to the frontlines in Jaffna</b>
Our Jaffna Correspondent Perspiring Richard Armitage, the US Deputy Secretary of State, watched this morning a 10-minute drill by dogs sniffing for landmines, the biggest impediment to the return of normalcy in the war scarred Jaffna. Local and American experts involved in combing every inch of la...
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