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

De-proscription of LTTE though widely welcomed will be challenged in court

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 6 De-proscription of the LTTE though widely welcomed will be challenged in court. Tamils and Muslims and a bigger section of the Sinhalese welcomed the lifting of the ban saying that it would help the peace search and open the door for the LTTE to return to democratic mainstream politics.

What we have only is donkeys Sir.

K.T.Rajasingham

During 1965 to 1970, I was the Parliament Correspondent covering the proceedings of the House of Representatives, as well as the Senate. Covering the Senate was the most boring thing, but the House of Representative was very interesting.

Ranil sees no need to re-impose ban and denies that the lifting is temporary

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 6 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last night told the heads of media institutions and editors, that he saw no likelihood of re-imposing the ban on the LTTE as he was “100 percent satisfied” with the progress of the peace talks

Seesaw Political Battle in Sri Lankan politics continues

T.Sabaratnam

I was puzzled when I heard around 10.45 on Wednesday night that the four-year ban on the LTTE would be lifted that midnight. “The gazette notification has been sent to the Government Printer,” my informant said.

Nallur festival attracts record number of devotees spread worldwide

Guna Kajananth in Jaffna

On the Spot Reporting from Nallur:The concluding days of the historic Nallur festival, yesterday and today, brought here several thousands of Jaffna Hindu expatriates spread worldwide.

Sri Lanka Aims To Lift Exports,Narrow Trade Gap With Expo

By Zaithoon Bin Ahamed;Dow Jones Newswires

COLOMBO -(Dow Jones)- An annual three-day trade exhibition that recently opened in Colombo will hopefully boost Sri Lanka's exports and in turn help bridge a yawning trade gap this year, ministers said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka president wants peace talks - and ban on rebels

By Scott McDonald - Reuters

Colombo (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga wants peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels but will continue opposing the lifting of a ban on the guerrillas, her spokesman said on Wednesday.

Parents and Relatives Meet Women Cadres

From Our Batticaloa Correspondent

It was an emotional get together. Parents and relatives hugged and kissed their beloved ones, who had dedicated homeland. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in a rare turn of events, organized a get together between its women fighters and their families.

That pine tree was only 3 feet tall

A young man, who was also an avid golfer, found himself
with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he
hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before
he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off, an
old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could
accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not
being able to say no, he allowed the old man to join him.

Sri Lanka lifts ban on LTTE paving way for Thai talks

T.Sabaratnam

b>Colombo, September 5: In an astute political maneuver Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe lifted last midnight the four-year ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) clearing the way for the September 16 peace talks in Thailand.

Not everything in the name of peace — CBK: Take over Defence portfolio, Sangha urges CBK

The Island

The Jathika Sangha Sabhava which held a meeting in protest of the de-ban on the LTTE at the BMICH on Monday proceeded to the President’s House to hand over a petition requesting the President to take over the Defence portfolio to prevent a division of the country.

Army commander and others accused of improper storing of explosives

By Cyril Wimalasurendre, Kandy Corr. - The Island

The Kandy Special Crime Investigation and Operation Unit yesterday (03) filed action against the Sri Lanka Army Commander Lionel Balagalle, a Brigadier and six others at the Kandy Chief Magistrate’s Court accusing them of keeping explosives in stock without adequate care and precaution in a house at the Athurugiriya Millennium City Housing Scheme.

Bishop recommends President-PM MoU

The Island

Bishop of Colombo, Bishop Duleep de Chickera yesterday called for a memorandum of understanding between the President and Prime Minister to ensure a structured process for consultation on major issues, especially economic development, violence, law and order and the peace process.

Rauf Hakeem – Anton Balasingham discussed about the Talks in London

Rauf Hakeem Sri Lankan Minister of Ports and the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress met with LTTE’s Chief Negotiator and theoretician Anton Balasingham yesterday in London. A press release issued by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Hakeem and Balasingham discussed matters related to the upcoming talks in Thailand between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE.

Why Rajasingham did not mention the past failures of Mr. & Mrs. Balasingham?

Letter to the Editor - Kanthan - London

This is a comment to K T Rajasingham's Article “Scavenging Vultures are encircling – Beware,” which appeared in his column – Direct Talks, dated 01st September 2002, on Sri Lanka's Peace talks in Thailand, writes Kanthan from London. Asian Tribune welcome the views of its readers on important issues of this nature, connected with life of humanity. The full text of Kanthan’s letter is given below:

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