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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2249

Release of Tamil detainess languishing in prisons held under PTA, to be expedited

T.Sabaratnam

b>Colombo, September 28: Sri Lanka will expedite the release of Tamil detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Saturday. This declaration is made subsequent to government’s direction to law enforcement agencies not to enforce any provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, has stepped up the review of cases under this law.

Assertive Women in Fairly Tales

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent,
self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat, contemplating
ecological issues, on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant
meadow near her castle.

On the Spot Report: Where have the furniture gone?

From Guna Kajananth in Jaffna

Guna Kajanathan, in Part 3 of the four part report, visualizes the existing situation in the Jaffna peninsula. He traveled extensively in the peninsula. Met the people and talked to them. The returnees told him of their plight. They complaint that they everything they had in their houses are now missing. They are wondering that the Army occupied several of their houses and how come that furniture in a house occupied by the army personnel could vanish in the thin air. Sri Lankan Army has to give either an acceptable explanation or come forward to pay compensation.

Jaffna Councillors protest LTTE forcible taxation

September 26:The Jaffna Municipal Council at its monthly meeting held on Septembe18 and 19, passed a resolution condemning forcible taxation measures adopted by the LTTE.

Top presidential adviser wants ethnic conflict resolved by next year

By Shimali Senanayake - Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 27- A top adviser to Sri Lanka's president said Friday that peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels should not be allowed to drag on and a solution must be found by next year.

No! - said Joey...It is a puppy!!!

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Miss Smith is a kindergarten teacher and today is her
birthday. As she walked into her classroom one of her
students, Sally, had brought a gift up to her desk.<

SWRD ignored and smashed headless, but the son - Anura threatens

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 27:One of SWRD Banadranaike’s statutes head was smashed on Thursday on the eve of his remembrance day. Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka’s fourth prime minister, founder of the main opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party, husband of world’s first woman prime minister Sirimavo and father of President Chandrika Kumaratunga was remembered by the family and the faithful, but sadly ignored by the majority of the populace in the country

Government, rebels to swap prisoners in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka -Sat Sep 28- The families of seven military prisoners held for years in Tamil rebels' custody were flown Saturday in a government helicopter to a northern town where their loved ones will be released in a prisoner exchange.

SLMM tells LTTE “We have no authority to intervene in law of the country”

The LTTE has demanded the release of two LTTE cadres arrested by the Trincomalee Police a week ago in exchange for the seven army soldiers who were abducted on Wednesday.<

Government and Tamil Tigers swap prisoners.

From Guna Kajananth at Omanthai

Sri Lankan army and LTTE military exchanged prisoners around noon Saturday in the no-man land between the check points of the two armies that observe ceasefire since February 22. The eagerly awaited exchange of detainees in the custody of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government took place as scheduled in the no man’s land in Omanthai today (28th September).

Delayed Sri Lanka POW swap back on track

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News: Colombo (Reuters)September 26 - A prisoner-of-war swap to raise confidence in Sri Lanka's peace process will take place on Saturday, officials said.

Sri Lanka, rebels seek support to rebuild war-ravaged northeast

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - September 26 - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil rebels will seek multilateral aid to rebuild the country's war-battered areas as both sides move toward ending a 19-year bloody ethnic war, a government minister said Thursday

Next rounds will address core issues - G.L

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Island: Cabinet spokesman and Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L.Peiris said yesterday that the next three rounds of peace talks between the government and LTTE to be held in Thailand would take up the core issues that need to be addressed in finding an equitable solution to the North-East conflict.

LTTE takes seven soldiers into custody

by Sumadhu Weerawarne - The Island

The Island:The LTTE took into custody seven security forces personnel Wednesday afternoon, while they were in what is considered LTTE-controlled area.

British Human rights annual report published

Promotion of human rights is not just a right in itself but an integral part of our long-term security, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said following the publication of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Human Rights Annual Report. The Report incorporates comments and recommendations from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and from a number of human rights non-governmental organisations.

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