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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2253

British state secretary to visit Sri Lanka

Daily MirrorThe British Minister of State for overseas development, Ms. Clair Short has agreed to visit Sri Lanka in December this year. She has also agreed to find out the developmental needs of our country and to support the rebuilding plan of Sri Lanka, Economic Reform, Science and Technology Ministry said yesterday in a media release.

New US-Lanka protocol on taxation

September 24:The United States of America and Sri Lanka signed a protocol amending the 1985 bilateral income tax convention September 20.

Tourists arrival Pick-up as Peace Process gradually stabilises

The number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka has escalated with the progress of the ongoing peace process. According to statistics of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, the total number of tourists estimated to arrive in Sri Lanka for the year 2002 is 400,000, a more than 20% increase when compared to last year’s figures.<

U.S. Counterterrorism Official to Visit Sri Lanka

Yahoo News: Colombo (Reuters) September 24: A U.S. counterterrorism official will visit Sri Lanka next week to explore cooperation as the island tries to end nearly two decades of conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels, a U.S. statement said on Tuesday.

Constitutional Council not answerable to SC if 18th amendment is made law’

by Chitra Weeraratne - The Island

: If the proposed Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution is made law, the Constitutional Council will not be answerable to the Supreme Court, under Article 126 of the Constitution, on alleged violation of fundamental rights, Attorney-at-Law, Bandula Wellala of Kelaniya had complained to the Supreme Court, in a petition filed on Monday, challenging the constitutionality of the proposed eighteenth amendment to the Constitution.

SLFP challenges 19th Amendment

By Chitra Weerarathne - The Island

The Island:Champani Padmasekera, the Assitant Secretary to the SLFP Lawyers’ Association on Monday petitioned the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the proposed Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

LTTE insists on Rs. 200,000 compensation for accident victim

by Namini Wijedasa - The Island

The IslandThe LTTE yesterday insisted that owners of a private bus which collided with a van on the Jaffna-Kandy A9 highway on Saturday would have to pay Rs. 200,000 as compensation to the family of the seven-year-old boy who was killed.

Artie Fixes a Marriage by Choking Two For A Dollar At Safeway.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Tired of constantly being broke, and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a young husband decided to solve both problems by taking out a large insurance policy on his wife (with himself as the beneficiary), and arranging to have her killed.

The 19th Amendment of Ranil Wickramasinghe

Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, the Presidium member of the New Left Front has extended an appeal to all democratic forces to get together to defeat the 19th amendment and to face the social civil war launched against the working masses by the hypocritical regime of Ranil Wickramasinghe. He further adds, that the present attempt by the government to consolidate its hold on Members of Parliament in order to implement rightwing socio-economic policies, will get the most hostile response from the trade unions and the left parties.

Muslims shed separate unit demand

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 24: Muslims responded Tuesday to LTTE’s Sattahip announcement that north-east of Sri Lanka is the homeland of Tamils and Muslims by dropping their demand for a separate administration for the Muslims in the east.

"It is not a necessary question now,” Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauf Hakeem told a press conference and added, "If we put forward this demand everything will collapse."

Amnesty International expresses concern at the Gujarat Temple killings

Amnesty International expresses grave concern at the killing
today of more than 20 people in an attack on a Hindu temple in
the Indian state of Gujarat.

Roof has returned to my house,’ says a thrilled owner

From Guna Kajananth in Jaffna

On the Spot Report: Part 2 of the four part report This accounts reveals the dilemma the internally displaced people are facing today in the Jaffna Peninsula, when they return back to their houses un their villages. Our Reporter Guna Kajanath visited Jaffna Peninsula, made a social survey of the ground situation and reports back to Asian Tribune. The bitter realities of the ground situation reveal the pain and sorrow a returnee to endure.

Lanka: Peace To Help Govt Hit Deficit Target

By Anusha Attygalle - Of Dow Jones Newswires.

Yahoo News -Colombo, September 23 (Dow Jones): Sri Lanka is confident of meeting its 2002 budget deficit target as progess in its peace bid has curtailed defense spending and promises an increased revenue that will add momentum to an anticipated economic recovery, the finance minister said Monday.

House should get together to remove Presidential immunity- Lokubandara

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:Both sides of parliament should get together to remove the Presidential immunity immediately to prevent President Chandrika Kumaratunga from making "totally irresponsible" and "baseless" statements like that the government was planning to murder her, House Leader Minister W.J.M. Lokubandara said yesterday.

Hartley Principal Abducted, Assaulted and Ordered to Report either Tigers or Police

From our Jaffna Correspondent.

Shocking details were revealed on the abduction and assault of the Principal of Hartley College, Pont Pedro, last Saturday. This revelation came to light during yesterday’s investigation by the Police, Tigers, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and the Human Rights Commission.

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