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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2132

<b>The JVP- PA talks cause disquiet in PA</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 15: Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) today cautioned the Peoples Alliance (PA) about working together with the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).

Direct Talks , Sri Lanka Govt. - LTTE, between September 12th - 17th ,in Thailand

Colombo August 14: Direct talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be held in Thailand, on a date fixed by Norway, between September 12 -17, Norwegian Foreign Ministry announced today.

<b>Tamils and Muslims clash over local elections</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 15: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) took up opposing positions regarding the holding of the local elections in Northeast, which was postponed in March, for September 25.<

<b>The smiling group that chiseled the agreement - Image - </b>

The smiling group that chiseled the agreement in Oslo, Norway, to open direct government- LTTE talks in Thailand in the second week of September. - Image-

<b> Five killed in Sri Lanka air crash</b>

Colombo, August 15: - A five-member flight crew was killed Thursday when a Sri Lanka Air Force transport plane crashed into a rubber estate at Kalutura, about 48 kilometers south of Colombo due to what a airforce spokesman called a "technical reason" during a test flight.

<b>Govt.- LTTE Oslo discussions focus on peace talks agenda</b>

The Island

Preliminary discussions between the Government and LTTE which commenced in Oslo yesterday focused on the agenda for formal peace talks, setting up of an Interim North-East administration and full implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

<b>Sri Lankans hunt mines in sandals and shorts</b>

The Island

Paranthan, Sri Lanka, Aug 13 (Reuters) - The amazing thing about a group of Sri Lankans hunting for landmines in a rebel-held area may not be that they wear sandals and use crude rakes, but that only two of them have died.

<b>Both sides agree on sea travel</b>

The Island

The Government and the LTTE on Monday reached agreement on sea movement, the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process announced.

<b>Why you did not tell that your dog was a Catholic?</b>

A farmer named Muldoon lived alone in the countryside with
a pet dog which he loved and doted on. After many long
years of companionship, the dog finally died so Muldoon
went to the parish priest:

<b>Venthamarai – a Fortnightly, was my maiden venture.</b>

K.T.Rajasingham

In 1962-63, I was editing and publishing a Tamil fortnightly called, ‘Ventahamarai’ (White Lotus).It was a literary magazine and there was no politics in it. I started the publication of the magazine, at first in Point Pedro. Then, after an year, I shifted the printing of the magazine to Jaffna.

<b>Oslo linked to Vanni during talks</b>

T.Sabaratnam

b>Colombo August 14 : Norwegian capital Oslo will remain linked with Kilinochchi, located in Vanni, through satellite telephone, from this morning till Moragoda- Balasingham talks last, Norwegian embassy sources in Colombo said.

<b>Revolt brewing seriously in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 13: Political upheaval has become the order of the day in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), with a group headed by Highways Minister M. Ataullah raising on a sickening regularity, one problem or other daily.

<b>Norway Upgrades Peace Talks</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 14: Norway which played a pivotal role in bringing the warring Sri Lanka government and the rebel LTTE to the negotiating table, will upgrade its involvement by brining its Foreign Minister Jan Peterson into the picture, Peace Secretariat in Colombo said.

<b>Norway Upgrades Peace Talks</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 14: Norway which played a pivotal role in bringing the warring Sri Lanka government and the rebel LTTE to the negotiating table, will upgrade its involvement by brining its Foreign Minister Jan Peterson into the picture, Peace Secretariat in Colombo said.

<b>Top cricket official says with cease-fire on, Sri Lanka is safe </b>

Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan cricket officials were surprised Monday that three New Zealand players cited safety concerns for opting out of the 12-nation cricket tournament to be held in Colombo next month.

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