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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2218

19th amendment gazetted: Last minute change to accommodate seven PA MPs

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The government gazetted the 19th Amendment on Wednesday night after effecting an eleventh hour change on a request by seven People’s Alliance(PA) parliamentarians.

Unidentified group kidnaps four school children

The Island

Jaffna Peninsula. Four students, two boys and two girls from the general area of Anaicottai, about 6 km northwest of Jaffna town were kidnapped this morning (12) around 8.30 at Anaicottai Subramaniyam Vidyalaya by an unidentified group which drove in a tinted-glass vehicle.

Sri Lanka’s economy at critical juncture - IMF

The Island

Washington (Reuters): — Sri Lanka’s economy is at a critical juncture and with the recovery there fragile and subject to significant risks, major adjustments are needed, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

Jaffna gets new GA

The Island

Jaffna GA K. Shanmuganathan had been replaced by Additional GA named T. Vaithilingam on a request made by the Tamil National Alliance, sources said.

Anandasangaree confident north-east local elections will be postponed

The Island

TULF leader V.Anandasangaree was confident that the government would put off local government elections in the North-East excluding predominantly Sinhala areas in Ampara scheduled for September 25. The Jaffna Municipal Council was among 53 local bodies scheduled to go for elections.

Terrorism can be defeated only if all nations unite against it- Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General

We cannot begin today without reflecting on yesterday’s anniversary – on the criminal challenge so brutally thrown in our faces on 11 September 2001. The terrorist attacks of that day were not an isolated event. They were an extreme example of a global scourge, which requires a broad, sustained and global response. Broad, because terrorism can be defeated only if all nations unite against it.

Then I am afraid the work virus has already corrupted your life.

Compiled by - V.Rajeny

There is a new virus going around, called "work". If you receive any sort of "work" at all, whether via email, internet or simply handed to you by a colleague, DO NOT OPEN IT.

Peace Talks - A Turning Point in Sri Lankan History.

T.Sabaratnam

From now on the focus will be on Sattahip talks for it is going to be the turning point in Sri Lankan history. It is going to reshape Sri Lanka. It is going to create constitutional and administrative structures that reflect the multi-ethnic character of Sri Lanka. More importantly, it is going to take the country away from the Mahawamsa myth that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala- Buddhist country.

Sri Lanka moves towards constitution change

Colombo (Reuters) September 12: - Sri Lanka's government moved towards amending the constitution on Wednesday, a change it said was crucial to maintaining political stability as the government and rebels prepare for peace talks in Thailand.

UNICEF says Sri Lankan rebels release child soldiers

Colombo (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels are beginning to release child soldiers recruited to help fight in Sri Lanka's 19-year ethnic conflict, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

IMF says Sri Lanka economy at critical juncture

Washington (Reuters) September 12- Sri Lanka's economy is at a critical juncture and with the recovery there fragile and subject to significant risks, major adjustments are needed, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday

Defense Minister: Americas war on terror aided Sri Lanka peace efforts

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka September 11- America's efforts to crack down on terrorism helped draw one of the world's fiercest rebel groups to the negotiating table, Sri Lanka's defense minister said Wednesday. - America's efforts to crack down on terrorism helped draw one of the world's fiercest rebel groups to the negotiating table, Sri Lanka's defense minister said Wednesday.

Police intimidating sexually tortured woman – A mnesty International

Amnesty International, a human right watch-dog from London, made an urgent appeal to the Sri Lankan government Wednesday urging it to prevent Police officers on trial for sexually torturing a woman in their custody from intimidating her, her family, her lawyer and a human rights defender who has been involved with her case.

Congratulations on your new location.

On opening his new store, a man received a bouquet of
flowers. He became dismayed on reading the enclosed
card, that it expressed "Deepest Sympathy".

Government gazettes the bill to curb president’s power

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 12 Sri Lanka government last night gazetted the constitutional amendment to clip the presidential power to unilaterally dissolve parliament after it completes the first year of its six-year term.

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