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

18th Amendment exempt CC members from legal action

by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The 18th amendment will exempt members of the Constitutional Council from fundamental rights jurisdiction, Minister of Enterprise Development, Industrial Policy, Investment Promotion and Constitutional Affairs, G. L. Peiris said on Thursday.

Conscience Bill in November

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

Conscience voting on national issues which was to be part of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution but removed following requests by a section of the opposition will be presented to parliament in November as the 20th Amendment.

Jana Bala or Peoples Strength and the new Political Game

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 9: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is depending on today’s show of strength to win his political battle with President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Named Jana Bala, People’s Strength, today’s demonstration is expected to draw a million persons and over 5000 buses from all corners of the island nation, police said yesterday.

Ferial starts a new controversy

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 9: Ferial Ashraff, widow of the founder of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), who is leading its national wing National Unity Alliance (NUA) has started a new controversy regarding Muslim representation at Thailand talks.

Sattahip Talks to take up High Security Zones

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 9: Sattahip talks beginning next Monday will take up the question of high security zones, Defence Secretary Austin Fernando said.

Dumb Packaging Labels

In case you needed further proof that the human race is
doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label
instructions on consumer goods.

Britain picks Lankan brains in fight against terrorism

Sunday Times

British security officers have sought advice from Sri Lanka on how to meet the threat from suicide bombers, the Guardian newspaper reported. British officers have visited Sri Lanka and Israel to learn from the experiences of two countries that have been in the front line of suicide bomb attacks by extremists.

Thais ready with peace task forces

Sunday Times

Balasingham wants to return to the Wanniby new route via Kerala after talks. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra's Government has given high priority for the upcoming peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE in the Sattahip Naval complex on the outskirts of the Pattaya beach resort.

Norway seeks world aid to rebuild Lanka

Sunday Times

Ottawa,Canada, Saturday (Reuters) - Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE will stand a better chance of success if international donors act now to help rebuild the war-damaged island, a senior Norwegian official said on Friday.

March for peace tomorrow

The Sunday Leader

The United National Party (UNP) is expecting unprecedented crowds to attend the Jana Bala Meheyuma tomorrow, September 9. The walk has been organised to propagate solidarity for peace and democracy in the country.

Local polls in NE on Sept. 25”

The Sunday Leader

While the government has already decided to hold local government elections in the north and east, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is planning to request Prime Minister Ranil Wickr- emesinghe to postpone the elections further.

I will marry them for you

A fellow is getting ready to tee-off on the first hole when
a second fellow approaches and asks if he can join him. The
first says that he usually plays alone but agrees to let the
second guy join him.

LTTE to remain in US list of terrorists

PTI News

Friday , September 06, 2002 Colombo: The United States on Friday said LTTE would remain in its list of terrorist organisations until it renounced terrorism in "word and deed" but welcomed Sri Lanka's decision to lift the four-year ban on the outfit ahead of historic peace talks in Thailand later this month.

Sri Lankas opposition condemns lifting of ban on Tamil Tigers

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka Fri Sep 6 :- Sri Lanka's opposition condemned on Friday the decision to legalize the Tamil Tiger rebel group ahead of peace talks, with one party threatening a campaign of agitation to try and overthrow the government.

Hakeem to lead delegation meeting Prabhakaran in Vanni

By Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

SLMC leader and Port Development Minister Rauff Hakeem who returned from London on Thursday night after meeting LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham said he would lead a delegation to Vanni to meet LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and also have parallel talks with the government before official peace talks begin in Bangkok.

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