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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 852

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Point Pedro students demand opening of road
by Namini Wijedasa - The Island Trouble is brewing again at Point Pedro as students of Hartley College and Methodist Girls School are demanding that the road to their schools be open to the public, warned M. Sripathy, Hartley College principal, last week. "The students want to open the road freely,...
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Blood and tears under the bridge as Lanka talks peace
by Amal Jayasinghe - The Island Colombo (AFP) — After decades of failing to decimate each other on the battlefield, Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tiger rebels retreat to a boardroom in Thailand this week to try and live together. The government has been pouring more than a third of its revenue t...
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Ranil, Vajpayee talks in New York
by Piyasena Dissanayake - The Island New York: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe here on a one-week official visits is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. Wickremesinghe will also meet with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for bilateral talks today at the New Yor...
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More power for new apex military body
The Island The government is expected to press President Chandrika Kumaratunga for the creation of a supreme military body in place of the Joint Operations Headquarters set up in mid 1999 to co-ordinate the war effort. The Defence Ministry said that a committee appointed by Defence Minister Tilak M...
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UNICEF, LTTE to hold regular meetings on child recruits
By Faraza Farook - Sunday Times UN child rights agency UNICEF is to obtain the release of more child recruits in LTTE custody, UNICEF's Sri Lanka Representative Ted Chaiban said. He said the LTTE had agreed to hold regular meetings with UNICEF, to investigate into pending cases and cases that would...
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LTTE gears for development
By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times With the commencement of the first round of peace talks round the corner, the LTTE has stepped up its activities in the Government controlled area by setting up the first office of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) in Jaffna on Wednesday. The TRO is engage...
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Prisoner swap postponed
By Amantha Perera - The Sunday Leader The prisoners of war exchange between the government and the LTTE is likely to be postponed beyond September 16, the start of the first round of peace talks. Minister G.L. Peiris told the media on Friday that he was not certain that the swap would take place b...
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Lion Air clueless of its last deadly flight
By Shezna Shums - The Sunday Leader Lion Air will recommence civilian flights to Jaffna despite not knowing what happened to the last Lion Air aircraft that disappeared off Mannar in 1998. Chairman, Lion Air, Chandran Ratnam said that he was still in the dark as to what really happened to the airc...
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Peace broker says Sri Lanka solution still distant
By Alister Doyle Oslo, Norway, September 14 (Reuters) - Peace in Sri Lanka is probably years away because Tamil Tiger rebels and government negotiators face enormous hurdles in talks starting on Monday, the chief Norwegian peace broker said on Friday. "We will certainly call for patience, and try t...
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Peace bid props up tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka
By Chamath Ariyadasa Colombo, Sept 13 (Reuters) - A burgeoning peace process between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas helped steady tourist arrivals in August, specially from Britain, officials said on Friday. The Sri Lanka Tourist Board said 35,475 tourists visited the island in A...
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Serious violations of MoU permitted by govt., charges CBK
The Island President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe referring to serious violations of the MoU committed by LTTE lamented that she could not think of any responsible government anywhere in the world that would have acted in the present manner in the name of...
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Safety for Colombo-Tuticorin shipping service
by Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island Experts in the shipping sphere of Sri Lanka have expressed their deep concern over the security arrangements and passenger safety measures which should be considered following the Ceylon Shipping Corporation’s proposal to operate a shipping service between Colombo...
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First round of talks will focus on agenda for future talks — GL
by Kesara Abeywardena - The Island Cabinet spokesman Minister G. L. Peiris yesterday said that the first round of talks with the LTTE to commence in Thailand next week would mainly focus on the agenda for future talks between the two parties. He added that problems relating to the implementation of...
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On charge of improper tender procedure: CBK opposes BoI proposal
by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island President Chandrika Kumaratunga was heading for another confrontation with the government — this time over the disputed privatisation programme — as she prepares to block a BOI proposal to set up a private petroleum refinery and power plant at Sapugaskanda. It w...
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Reply of Defence Minister Marapana to President Kumaratunga : Kumaratunga
The Island I refer to your letter dated 12th September 2002 addressed to the Hon. Prime Minister on the dangers to national security. As the Prime Minister had only a few hours before he left for New York he instructed me to apprise Your Excellency on certain aspects referred to in the quoted lette...
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Sri Lanka war grew from ethnic cauldron
Colombo, Sri Lanka- Sri Lanka's 19-year civil war was born of ancient animosity between two ethnic groups with distinct languages, culture and history. The Sinhalese make up 74 percent of Sri Lanka's 18.6 million people. They are mostly Buddhist and are generally concentrated in the south and centr...
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Expose the short sighted programme of the Government- Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne.
The social struggle against the government id gathering momentum. The trade unions and mass organizations have got together to halt the social repressive programme of the government which includes privatization , removal of pension schemes , revision of Labour Laws etc. Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne...
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Prime Minister leaves for US as Colombo Stock Market surge
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, September 14: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left on Friday morning to New York to drum up support for the peace process and attract foreign investment, while Colombo stock market surged to a five-year high, trumpeting investor optimism. Wickremesinghe wants to tell the...
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Piraba who is fighting to protect the Tamil soil, loses his own
From our Jaffna correspondent This joke is doing its rounds in Jaffna. The joke is about Sinhala tourists visiting Pirabaharan’s ancestral home in Valvettithurai and taking handfuls of soil from his compound as souvenir. Hundreds of Sinhalese visit the house daily. Piraba who started the armed stru...
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Good morning, folks! What an unusual weekend.
Compiled by V.Rajeny My good friend Billy and his wife hosted a birthday party for their two-year-old daughter Isabel Saturday afternoon. Being a conscientious God-father I went out Saturday morning to buy her a birthday present. My original thought was to simply get a gift certificate from some ba...
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