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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2310

Sri Lanka, Rebels Swap Prisoners

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri Lanka (AP)_ Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged prisoners of war Saturday as part of the ongoing peace process, and the rebels claimed they had no more prisoners in custody.

Government, rebels swap prisoners in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri LankaSep 28 - Tamil Tiger rebels claimed they handed over the last of their government prisoners of war on Saturday, as the two sides in Sri Lanka's bitter ethnic conflict moved closer to peace by exchanging captives.

All communities must sacrifice for peace — Mohamed

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The Island:Western Region Development Minister M. H. Mohamed yesterday said that all communities — Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, must be able to make sacrifices for the cause of peace.

Tamil alliance waits for Balasingham

Sunday TimesThe TNA is awaiting a meeting with LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham who is due in the Wanni next month.

Top British official meets LTTE leaders

Sunday TimesThe most powerful British official responsible for disbursing funds for development projects worldwide, yesterday held wide-ranging talks with Tiger guerrilla political leaders.

We must demand for what we need right now.

The Sunday LeaderNational Unity Alliance (NUA) Boss and Parliamentarian Ferial Ashraff last week rejected a statement made by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Chief and Ports Minister Rauf Hakeem that he would look into the issues of the Muslims, once peace is found in the country.

Reminders of a not too distant past

The Sunday LeaderThey were once hunting the big bad Tigers entering the city to blow up everything to smithereens. Nowadays they just stand by the road side, look at vehicles, inspect the odd suspicious one and apprehend moonshine.

Release of Tamil detainess languishing in prisons held under PTA, to be expedited


b>Colombo, September 28: Sri Lanka will expedite the release of Tamil detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Saturday. This declaration is made subsequent to government’s direction to law enforcement agencies not to enforce any provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, has stepped up the review of cases under this law.

Assertive Women in Fairly Tales

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent,
self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat, contemplating
ecological issues, on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant
meadow near her castle.

On the Spot Report: Where have the furniture gone?

From Guna Kajananth in Jaffna

Guna Kajanathan, in Part 3 of the four part report, visualizes the existing situation in the Jaffna peninsula. He traveled extensively in the peninsula. Met the people and talked to them. The returnees told him of their plight. They complaint that they everything they had in their houses are now missing. They are wondering that the Army occupied several of their houses and how come that furniture in a house occupied by the army personnel could vanish in the thin air. Sri Lankan Army has to give either an acceptable explanation or come forward to pay compensation.

Jaffna Councillors protest LTTE forcible taxation

September 26:The Jaffna Municipal Council at its monthly meeting held on Septembe18 and 19, passed a resolution condemning forcible taxation measures adopted by the LTTE.

Top presidential adviser wants ethnic conflict resolved by next year

By Shimali Senanayake - Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 27- A top adviser to Sri Lanka's president said Friday that peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels should not be allowed to drag on and a solution must be found by next year.

No! - said Joey...It is a puppy!!!

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Miss Smith is a kindergarten teacher and today is her
birthday. As she walked into her classroom one of her
students, Sally, had brought a gift up to her desk.<

SWRD ignored and smashed headless, but the son - Anura threatens


Colombo, September 27:One of SWRD Banadranaike’s statutes head was smashed on Thursday on the eve of his remembrance day. Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka’s fourth prime minister, founder of the main opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party, husband of world’s first woman prime minister Sirimavo and father of President Chandrika Kumaratunga was remembered by the family and the faithful, but sadly ignored by the majority of the populace in the country

Government, rebels to swap prisoners in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka -Sat Sep 28- The families of seven military prisoners held for years in Tamil rebels' custody were flown Saturday in a government helicopter to a northern town where their loved ones will be released in a prisoner exchange.

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