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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

<b>Who are Einstein and Picasso? - George W. Bush</b>

George W. Bush, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso have all
died. Due to a glitch in the mundane/celestial time-space
continuum, all three arrive at the Pearly Gates more or less
simultaneously, even though their deaths have taken place
decades apart.

<b>Rice, flour, infant milk, etc. cheaper from Aug. 1</b>

Divaina corr. Nilantha Madurawala- The Island

Finance Minister K.N. Choksy said yesterday that prices of rice, flour, infant milk,, pharmaceuticals, bread, spices, kerosene, coconut and coconut oil will get reduced with the Value Added Tax (VAT) coming into effect from August 1.

<b>Indian Oil gets US$ 100 m contract</b>

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. has secured a contract for US$ 100 million from Sri Lanka’s state-owned company Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) for shipment of 30,000 tonnes of diesel and 10,000 tonnes of aviation turbine fuel from September 2002.

<b>Petronas to develop Lanka’s oil/gas resources</b>

Kuala Lumpur - Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has been asked to help develop the oil and gas resources of Sri Lanka, Bernama news agency reported, citing visiting Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando.

<b>Musharraf regrets Pak forces’ ‘excesses’ in ’71</b>

Independent - Bangladesh

Savar, Bangladesh, July 29: Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf today stood in solemn silence before the National Mausoleum here in homage to the martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War and regretted the "excesses" committed by his country's forces in 1971, reports UNB

<b>HIV Transmission: Thai doctors score big</b>

Arthit Khwankhom - The Nation

Siriraj hospital yesterday revealed dramatic success in reducing the HIV transmission rate from mother to child - to less than 3 per cent.

<b>India prepares to ban LTTE </b>

S.S.Selvanayagam - Daily Mirror

India is taking preparatory action to renew the ban on the LTTE for a further two years. Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, New Delhi has issued notice on the LTTE calling upon it to show cause in writing within 30 days from July 6 as to why it should not be declared an unlawful association and why order be not made confirming the declaration already made.

<b>Prisoners held by LTTE in detention camps</b>

Munza Mushtaq - Daily Mirror

Around 800 civilians are reportedly being held prisoner by the LTTE in the Mullaitivu district alone. Informed sources told the Daily Mirror last night that around 600 Tamil civilians alone were being held prisoners in one of the detention camps.

<b>President blasts Premier</b>

Kasun Yapa Karunaratne - Daily Mirror

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday launched her strongest attack on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe saying she was 'completely and utterly shocked' by what she saw as the Premier's volte face in the controversy over Minister Ravi Karunanayake's behaviour.

<b>Musharraf takes secret route </b>

Daily Mirror

ISLAMABAD Monday (AFP) - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf left today on a five-day trip to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka that will include discussions on Pakistan's stand off with India.

<b>Sri Lanka invites Malaysia to help develop its oil resources </b>

AP World Politics

Malaysia's national petroleum company to help develop its oil and gas resources, the national news agency Bernama reported.

<b>Ranil-Piraba Meeting in the Offing – FLASH </b>


News Flash -LTTE Advisor Anton Balasingham would return to Vanni early September, to prepare for direct talks with the government and the LTTE, in Thailand, Sudar Oli, a pro LTTE Tamil daily printed in Colombo said today

<b>Two Jaffna Families Duped by Indian Boatmen</b>


Mannar - July 29: The pathetic tale of how two Jaffna families that tried to return to their homes in Sri Lanka were duped and dumped on a sand dune in the mid sea, was related by the victims on Sunday morning, to the District Judge of Mannar.

<b>Musharraf arrives in city today</b>

Sheikh Rakib Uddin - The Independent

A warm welcome will be accorded to General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, when he arrives in Dhaka this afternoon on a three-day state visit to Bangladesh.

<b>LTTE wants Oslo out?</b>

The Island

The LTTE was believed to have indicated to the government that proposed talks in Thailand can take place without Norwegian mediation, informed sources said.

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