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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2133

<b>Sri Lanka to lift ban on the LTTE from Sep 6 </b>

Our Correspondent in Colombo

Colombo August 24: Sri Lanka Government will lift the four-year ban on the Tamil Tigers, on September 6, paving the way for peace talks with the Tamil Militant Organization, scheduled for 16 August, in Thailand - disclosed today, Jayalath Jayawardena, a Sri Lankan Government.

<b>CBK sets up commission to probe Millennium City safehouse raid</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday set the stage for another confrontation with the UNP-led United National Front (UNF) government by ordering the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission to probe the January 2 police raid on a Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) — run safehouse in the Millennium city, Athurugiriya, political sources said. The raid was carried out by ASP Kulasiri Udugampola of the Kandy police.

<b>Interior Minister is OIC, CI and constable — Mahinda Rajapakse</b>

Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

In Parliament on Wednesday: No-faith motion against Interior Minister John Amaratunga.The government held out that the motion which was certain to be defeated, had both cost money and parliamentary time.

<b>Cabinet discusses 18th Amendment despite CBK’s directive</b>

Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday discussed the proposed 18 th Amendment to the Constitution despite a directive by President Chandrika Kumaratunga not to take up constitutional matters at Wednesday’s meeting.

<b>Imam of Holy Prophet’s Mosque of Medina to visit Sri Lanka</b>

The Island

The Imam of the Holy Prophet’s Mosque in Medina is to visit Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Minister of Port Development, Shipping, Eastern Development and Muslim Religious Affairs Rauff Hakeem.

<b>Don’t de-ban LTTE yet: Buddhist organisations’ reps</b>

Cyril Wimalasurendre - The Island

Kandy: A meeting attended by representatives of a large number of Buddhist organisations in Kandy decided to request the Mahanayake Theros of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapter to advise the country’s political leadership not to lift the ban on the LTTE until they surrender the arms they have in possession.

<b>PA delegation briefs prelates on CBK’s decision on parliament</b>

The Island

A PA delegation yesterday met with Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi, Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter and Udugama Sri Buddarakkitha, Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter to brief them on President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s decision to assure parliament that she would not dissolve the House after December 5, a year after the last parliamentary elections in December, political sources said.

<b>Peace official for talks on Development soon inKilinochchi </b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 22: The government peace official Bernard Gunatilake will go to Kilinochchi soon to talk with the LTTE about developing the north and east, cabinet spokesman Prof. G. L. Peiris said today.

<b>”He says he can't communicate with me.

A judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending
divorce, "What are the grounds for your divorce?"

<b>Giving Legal effect to President’s offer</b>

T.Sabaratnam

On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had a meeting with Lakshman Kdirgamar,former Foreign Minister and current President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s special advisor. He told him politely that the government had decided to proceed with the 18th amendment to the country’s Constitution.

<b>South African Tamils, PASLO and me.</b>

K.T.Rajasingham

I think it was in July 1995, I first met Tommy Padotan in Luanda, Angola. During that time, I was attached to an Angolan Government office for sometime. On that particular day, I was at the office of Eduardo Do Santos, the President of Angola. I was with the Angolan Minister and my friend Albino Malungo, at the President’s Office. When I was there, I first saw Tommy coming out with some people, from the President’s Cabinet after meeting him in a delegation.

<b>Strong US backing for Peace Process, a Message to Peace Opponents</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 23: Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage’s one-day visit here yesterday is viewed as a public demonstration of strong U.S. endorsement to the current peace efforts and a warning to its opponents.

<b>Govt. –LTTE talks tales place in Kilinochchi</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August: 23 Another round of government-LTTE official level talks took place this morning at Kilinochchi.

<b>Buddhist priests and Youngsters disrupt Sarvodhaya Meditation</b>

Our Kandy Correspondent

A group of Buddhist priests and young men yesterday disrupted an-hour long meditation for peace, conducted by the Sarvodhaya Movement headed by its founder leader A. T. Ariyaratne.

<b>Baddegana Sanjeewa was more powerful than a minister — SB</b>

Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

In Parliament on Tuesday -No-Confidence Motion against Interior Minister John Amaratunga - The second day of the debate continued with the government and the opposition trading customary charges against each other. The opposition accused the Interior Minister of not taking action against those responsible for violence during the general election and the Local Government election. The government speakers focused mainly on the atrocities of the PSD and other malpractices of the PA regime during the last seven years.

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