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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 830

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Seesaw Political Battle in Sri Lankan politics continues
T.Sabaratnam I was puzzled when I heard around 10.45 on Wednesday night that the four-year ban on the LTTE would be lifted that midnight. “The gazette notification has been sent to the Government Printer,” my informant said. “Why two days early? They promised to lift the ban ten days before Septemb...
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Nallur festival attracts record number of devotees spread worldwide
Guna Kajananth in Jaffna The concluding days of the historic Nallur festival, yesterday and today, brought here several thousands of Jaffna Hindu expatriates spread worldwide. Over a thousand Sinhala Buddhists too flocked to witness the Ther (Chariot) and Theertham (Water cutting) festivals, pinnac...
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Sri Lanka Aims To Lift Exports,Narrow Trade Gap With Expo
By Zaithoon Bin Ahamed;Dow Jones Newswires COLOMBO -(Dow Jones)- An annual three-day trade exhibition that recently opened in Colombo will hopefully boost Sri Lanka's exports and in turn help bridge a yawning trade gap this year, ministers said Wednesday. The exhibition, which opened Wednesday, wi...
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Sri Lanka president wants peace talks - and ban on rebels
By Scott McDonald - Reuters Colombo (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga wants peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels but will continue opposing the lifting of a ban on the guerrillas, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Kumaratunga's stance puts her at odds with the government that ha...
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Parents and Relatives Meet Women Cadres
From Our Batticaloa Correspondent It was an emotional get together. Parents and relatives hugged and kissed their beloved ones, who had dedicated homeland. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in a rare turn of events, organized a get together between its women fighters and their families. Two...
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That pine tree was only 3 feet tall
A young man, who was also an avid golfer, found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompa...
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Sri Lanka lifts ban on LTTE paving way for Thai talks
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, September 5: In an astute political maneuver Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe lifted last midnight the four-year ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) clearing the way for the September 16 peace talks in Thailand. He did it with the blessings of Sri Lanka’s tw...
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Not everything in the name of peace — CBK: Take over Defence portfolio, Sangha urges CBK
The Island The Jathika Sangha Sabhava which held a meeting in protest of the de-ban on the LTTE at the BMICH on Monday proceeded to the President’s House to hand over a petition requesting the President to take over the Defence portfolio to prevent a division of the country. The chief organiser of...
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Army commander and others accused of improper storing of explosives
By Cyril Wimalasurendre, Kandy Corr. - The Island The Kandy Special Crime Investigation and Operation Unit yesterday (03) filed action against the Sri Lanka Army Commander Lionel Balagalle, a Brigadier and six others at the Kandy Chief Magistrate’s Court accusing them of keeping explosives in stock...
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Bishop recommends President-PM MoU
The Island Bishop of Colombo, Bishop Duleep de Chickera yesterday called for a memorandum of understanding between the President and Prime Minister to ensure a structured process for consultation on major issues, especially economic development, violence, law and order and the peace process. He cau...
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Rauf Hakeem – Anton Balasingham discussed about the Talks in London
Rauf Hakeem Sri Lankan Minister of Ports and the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress met with LTTE’s Chief Negotiator and theoretician Anton Balasingham yesterday in London. A press release issued by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Hakeem and Balasingham discussed matters...
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Why Rajasingham did not mention the past failures of Mr. & Mrs. Balasingham?
Letter to the Editor - Kanthan - London Hi Editor This is a comment to K T Rajasingham's Article “Scavenging Vultures are encircling – Beware,” which appeared in his column – Direct Talks, dated 01st September 2002, on Sri Lanka's Peace talks in Thailand, writes Kanthan from London. Asian Tribune...
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Upgrading To Husband 1.0
Dear Tech Support: Recently, I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed that the new program began making unexpected changes to the accounting software, severely limiting access to wardrobe, flower and jewelry applications that operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. No mention of th...
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Tamil Eelam Sports Secretary asked Murali to help develop cricket in Jaffna
From Guna Kajananth in Jaffna Tamil Eelam Sports Secretary Iniyavan called on Sri Lanka’s top spin bowler Muthiah Muralitharan, who is chasing a world record to become the leading wicket taker in the world, to help develop cricket in the Jaffna peninsula and in Vanni. Iniyavan told Muralitharan tha...
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Chandrika retracts to avert a crisis.
By: T. Sabaratnam In what government sources called a major climb down, President Chandrika Kumaratunga told the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that, she is ready to shed her power to unilaterally dissolve parliament after December 5. President Kumaratunga who met Wickremesinghe along with her...
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Sri Lankan government imposes longer hours on female workers
By Saman Gunadasa - World Socialist Web Site 4 September 2002 The United National Front (UNF) government in Sri Lanka has rammed through new labour laws that drastically increase the working hours of female workers. The Factories (Amendment) Bill passed on August 13 allows employers to impose up to...
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World Bank and U.N. promise dlrs 65 million aid to war-ravaged Sri Lanka, govt says
By ShimaliI Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka - The World Bank and United Nations have promised dlrs 65 million in aid to help rebuild Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northeastern region, a top government official said Monday. Brandmon Weerakoon, secretary to the prime minister, trav...
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Sri Lanka Buddhist clergy says ban on Tamil rebels should continue
AP World Politics Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's powerful Buddhist clergy on Monday opposed a promise by the government to lift a four-year ban on a Tamil rebel group ahead of peace talks, saying the rebels have not abandoned their separatist agenda. The resolution by the National Federation of B...
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US team here to identify Lankan military training needs
The Island A team from the National Defence University and the office of the Secretary of Defence of the United States of America is visiting Sri Lanka. They will be here until September 4. The team, headed by Ambassador Robin Raphel, Senior Vice President of the National Defence University and for...
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Ranil’s men speak of my handbag while allowing unofficial ‘Eelam’ – CBK
by Cyril Wimalasurendare - The Island Kandy — While an unofficial separate Eelam administration is allowed in the North and East Ranil Wickremesinghe’s colleagues speak of my handbag and a camera and removal of my Executive Presidential Powers, said President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge addr...
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