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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2058

<b>CBK summons media minister</b>

Ranga Sirilal - Daily Mirror

President Chandrika Kumaratuga yesterday told Mass Communication Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar and Ministry Secretary Kumar Abeysinghe to meet her immediately to give the same opportunity to PA General Secretary and two PA Parliamentarians to explain the President's conroversial Polonnaruwa speech which had been repeatedly telecast on state television.

<b>Peoples are seen thronging in this year's relgious festivals</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Vast crowd of people are seen thronging the historic Lord Skanda's shrine at Kataragama, Adi Vel in Colombo and in the Kandy Perahera, Sri Lanka’s most holy religious festivals. Police said that these celebrations had attracted record crowd this year, signifying the relaxed atmosphere in the country, due to the the result of the ceasefire between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelaqm - the rebel outfit and the Sri Lanka Givernment, that had held for the last five months, despite minor violations.

<b>Students Teach, Teachers a Lesson on punctuality - A true life story</b>

Our Correspondent

On last Friday, Students of Bibile Central College, taught their teachers bitter a lesson, on the importance of coming to school on time.

<b>Sri Lanka Marks Massacre Anniversary</b>

SHIMALI SENANAYAKE, Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka marked the 19th anniversary of a massacre of minority Tamils on Tuesday amid the strongest hope in years for an end to a brutal civil war that followed the killings, officials and analysts said.

<b>Interim administration must be democratic, Ranil tells ‘New York Times’</b>

Kesara Abeywardena of The Island, in Washington D.C.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in an interview with the "New York Times" said that an interim administration to the North-East must operate within a democratic framework and with respect for human rights.

<b>Lanka to be gateway to S. Asia: agreement with US shortly</b>

Kesara Abeywardena of The Island, in Washington D.C.

A trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between the US government and Sri Lanka will be signed shortly to enhance US investment and trade with Sri Lanka with a view to making Sri Lanka a gateway to India and South Asia.

<b>Cabinet Sub-Committee: BMW cars airfreighted from Hong Kong / Jakarta</b>

The Island

Investigations by the Cabinet Sub-Committee into the purchase of 49 luxury vehicles and armoured cars at over Rs. 2 billion during the last regime have revealed that some of the BMW cars air freighted to Sri Lanka from Hong Kong and Jakarta were on letters of credit opened by the president’s office.

<b>Rt. Rev. Oswald Gomis to be installed Archbishop of Colombo</b>

Norman Palihawadana - The Island

The Bishop of Anuradhapura, Rt. Rev. Oswald Gomis will be installed as Archbishop of Colombo at a religious ceremony to be held on Saturday (27) morning at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena.

<b>Enough cooks are involved in the delicate Sri Lankan peace process </b>

Letter to the Editor - The Nation

Regarding Kavi Chongkittavorn's op-ed article on "Thailand's role in Sri Lankan peace process" [July 22]: in my opinion, Thailand should have no direct role apart from providing a venue conducive to talks between the parties concerned. Quite to the contrary, we should refrain from injecting ourselves into the sensitive negotiations and not attempt to claim credit or share the limelight in any way.

<b> I trust that, you put this money in my coffin.</b>

Joke Plus.com

An old man was on his death bed. He wanted badly to take
all his money with him. He called his priest, his doctor
and his lawyer to his bedside. "Here's $30,000 cash to be
held by each of you. I trust you to put this in my coffin
when I die so I can take all my money with me."

<b>Black July- North-East Remembers, but South Forgets</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo July 23: Today is the 19th anniversary of the 1983 ethnic holocaust, that transformed the serene Sri Lanka, into a violent island, bleeding with death and destuction.

<b>Senator Rechard Lugar commended Sri Lankan Prime Minister</b>

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Rechard Lugar commended the courage shown by the Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe in taking steps that had not been taken by any leader of the country to solve the crisis in Sri Lanka.

<b>TNA tells Tamil Nadu: Please Help Us</b>

b>From Guna Kajananth in Trincomalee: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan, today appealed to the Tamil Nadu government and the people, to help Sri Lanka resolve the ethnic conflict.
“It’s the duty of the people and the government of Tamil Nadu to help us to make use of this rare opportunity to end the suffering of their Tamil brothers and sisters here."

<b>"Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?"</b>

Jokes Plus.Com

One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a
mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was
about to turn off the light when he asked with a
tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep with me
tonight?"

<b>Support Lanka initiative before US senate</b>

Kesara Abeywardena in Washington D.C

A motion supporting the peace initiative of the Sri Lankan government is to be presented to the American senate by Senator Richard Lugar shortly.

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