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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2128

President Chandrika Returns to Colombo, Amidst Crisis

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 30: President Chandrika Kumaratunga returned from London this morning, to face the constitutional crisis, which threaten to slim her powers and the impending political crisis which imperil her party.

Prisoner Exchange Delayed by a Week

By: T. Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 30 : Prisoner exchange scheduled for tomorrow had been postponed by a week, government and LTTE sources said today.

LTTE leaders living outside Sri Lanka would participate in the inaugural session at Bangkok

The Tamil Tigers said on Wednesday that, they will send a four-member delegation to Bangkok, to the inaugural meeting of the historic peace talks with the government of Sri Lanka, next month.

Officers and men missing in action in North-East exceed 3,300

Sanjeevi Jayasuriya - The Island

Gnana Balagalle, Chairperson of the Army Seva Vanita Sanvidhanaya on Tuesday (27) placed the number of officers and men missing in action in the North-East over 3,300.

Moragoda discuss Hanuman Bridge with Pant

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 28 Sri Lanka’s Economic Reforms minister Milinda Moragoda today discussed with K. C. Pant, India’s Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, the construction of Hanuman Bridge to link Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Congress reverses faith vote decision

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, 29: All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) which earlier decided to abstain during today’s confidence vote of the government, had decided to fall in line with the other Tamil parties, its leader A. Vinayagamoorthy said.

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President skips the cabinet meeting

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 28: President Chandrika Kumaratunga, skipped this evening cabinet meeting throwing government’s plan to present the 18th Amendment that strips the President of her power to dissolve parliament into disarray.The government decided to strike back by giving her an ultimatum to agree to the constitutional amendment before Tuesday.

ACTC MP denies vehicle handed over to LTTE

Ayesha Zuhair - Daily Mirror

All Ceylon Tamil Cingress Parliamentarian A. Vinayagamoorthy yesterday vehemently denied allegations that the luxury vehicle which was given to him was handed over to the LTTE leader in the Wanni recently.

Off the Beat: Matara Bakers Return to Jaffna

From our Jaffna Correspondent

Matara bakers who fled Jaffna in the early eighties have begun to return. They have put up temporary sheds near the now unused Jaffna railway station and are baking and supplying restaurants and hotels with traditional Sinhala short eats like kavun, kokis and sweetened cereal preparations.

Johannesburg Summit Calls For Restoration of Fisheries by 2015.

Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 August:A provision calling for restoration of depleted fisheries not later than 2015 was agreed to by negotiators at the World Summit on Sustainable Development yesterday.

<b>Lucky Kodituwakku dies</b>

The Island

Inspector General of Police Lucky Kodituwakku died last afternoon. Kodotuwakku passed away in his home after a brief illness.

<b>Citizenship right to 150,000 Indian origin Tamils?</b>

The Island

The Prime Minister has promised me to grant citizenship rights to 150,000 estate Tamils with Indian origin after the constitutional amendment, Minister of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure, and leader of Ceylon Workers Congress, Arumugam Thondaman said last Sunday (25) addressing a meeting of the Ceylon Workers Congress Womens’ Association held at Talawekele to discuss the birthday commemoration of late Saumyamoorthy Thondaman falling on August 30, states a press release by the Ministry of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure.

<b>No evidence of LTTE taxation — Choksy</b>

Sumadhu Weerawarne & Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

Finance Minister K. N. Choksy said that that there was no evidence before the Finance Ministry relating to LTTE taxation. He added that the Interior Minister said there was no evidence on LTTE taxation.

<b>LTTE-linked Indian bandit threatens to kill kidnapped politician</b>

Bangalore, India,Aug 27: (Reuters) - India’s most wanted bandit has threatened to kill a kidnapped regional politician unless authorities free all his jailed friends, officials said on Tuesday.

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