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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 726

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Conscience Bill in November
by Zacki Jabbar - The Island Conscience voting on national issues which was to be part of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution but removed following requests by a section of the opposition will be presented to parliament in November as the 20th Amendment. Finance Minister K.N.Choksy told The Isla...
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Jana Bala or Peoples Strength and the new Political Game
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, September 9: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is depending on today’s show of strength to win his political battle with President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Named Jana Bala, People’s Strength, today’s demonstration is expected to draw a million persons and over 5000 buses from...
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Ferial starts a new controversy
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, September 9: Ferial Ashraff, widow of the founder of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), who is leading its national wing National Unity Alliance (NUA) has started a new controversy regarding Muslim representation at Thailand talks. “If Hakeem is taking part in the first ro...
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Sattahip Talks to take up High Security Zones
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, September 9: Sattahip talks beginning next Monday will take up the question of high security zones, Defence Secretary Austin Fernando said. He has instructed the army and the navy to provide him with detailed information of the High Security Zones in the north and the east, D...
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Dumb Packaging Labels
In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods. 1. On Sears hairdryer: "Do not use while sleeping." (Gee, that's the only time I have to work on my hair) 2. On a bag of Fritos: "You could be a winner! No pu...
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Britain picks Lankan brains in fight against terrorism
Sunday Times British security officers have sought advice from Sri Lanka on how to meet the threat from suicide bombers, the Guardian newspaper reported. British officers have visited Sri Lanka and Israel to learn from the experiences of two countries that have been in the front line of suicide bom...
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Thais ready with peace task forces
Sunday Times Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra's Government has given high priority for the upcoming peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE in the Sattahip Naval complex on the outskirts of the Pattaya beach resort. Three separate task forces have been set up to deal with sp...
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Norway seeks world aid to rebuild Lanka
Sunday Times Ottawa,Canada, Saturday (Reuters) - Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE will stand a better chance of success if international donors act now to help rebuild the war-damaged island, a senior Norwegian official said on Friday. Norway is brokering the talks, the fi...
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March for peace tomorrow
The Sunday Leader The United National Party (UNP) is expecting unprecedented crowds to attend the Jana Bala Meheyuma tomorrow, September 9. The walk has been organised to propagate solidarity for peace and democracy in the country. UNP General Secretary, Senarath Kapukotuwa said it will not be just...
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Local polls in NE on Sept. 25”
The Sunday Leader While the government has already decided to hold local government elections in the north and east, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is planning to request Prime Minister Ranil Wickr- emesinghe to postpone the elections further. Deputy Elections Commissioner S. Arund- adachelvam...
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I will marry them for you
A fellow is getting ready to tee-off on the first hole when a second fellow approaches and asks if he can join him. The first says that he usually plays alone but agrees to let the second guy join him. Both are even after the first couple of holes. The second guy says, "Say, we're about evenly mat...
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LTTE to remain in US list of terrorists
PTI News Friday , September 06, 2002 Colombo: The United States on Friday said LTTE would remain in its list of terrorist organisations until it renounced terrorism in "word and deed" but welcomed Sri Lanka's decision to lift the four-year ban on the outfit ahead of historic peace talks in Thailan...
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Sri Lankas opposition condemns lifting of ban on Tamil Tigers
By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka Fri Sep 6 :- Sri Lanka's opposition condemned on Friday the decision to legalize the Tamil Tiger rebel group ahead of peace talks, with one party threatening a campaign of agitation to try and overthrow the government. "The govern...
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Hakeem to lead delegation meeting Prabhakaran in Vanni
By Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island SLMC leader and Port Development Minister Rauff Hakeem who returned from London on Thursday night after meeting LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham said he would lead a delegation to Vanni to meet LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and also have parallel talks...
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Israeli military hardware for SL whenever need arises - Ambassador
By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island The Israli Ambassador for Colombo David Matnai who is stationed in Bangkok yesterday said that the Israel government would continue to support Sri Lanka on military matters including supplies if and when the need arose as it had been in the past. Ambassador Matnai...
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Govt.- LTTE agreement on sea movements: CBK calls for detailed report from PM
The Island President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has called for a detailed report from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the Government’s agreement with the LTTE regarding LTTE sea movements, a news release from the Presidential secretarial said. It added: "The President has in a letter...
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It is possible he could be out there practicing law somewhere
In a murder trial, the defense attorney was cross-examining a pathologist. Here's what happened: Attorney: Before you signed the death certificate, had you taken the pulse? Coroner: No. Attorney: Did you listen to the heart? Coroner: No. Attorney: Did you check for breathing? Coroner: No. Attorney...
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LTTE welcomes de-ban while PA and JVP condemn it
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, September 6: LTTE today welcomed the lifting of the ban on it as “encouraging” and “helping the journey of peace” while the main opposition People’s Alliance (PA) condemned it as “premature” and the third biggest political party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), vowed t...
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Sri Lanka optimistic ahead of Tiger talks
The Nation The Sri Lankan Ambassador to Thailand, Hewa Palihakkara, yesterday expressed optimism that the upcoming peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels would produce the much needed confidence to pave the way for further discussions. Speaking to the Nation Channel yesterda...
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World must push for peace in Sri Lanka
Editorial - The Nation The Sri Lankan government this week lifted a ban on the island's Tamil Tiger rebels, paving the way for peace talks that will be held at Sattahip Naval Base on September 16. As the host, Thailand has an important role to play. The much awaited talks will be the first official...
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