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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2058

<b>LTTE pledges - no more war </b>

Keith Noyahr

Scoffing at speculation that Tiger guerrillas were using the ceasefire to prepare for another war, a top LTTE official said, "we detest armed violence," and "are committed to peace".

<b> Practical way to win over women</b>

"My friend, this is not a serious problem. You just need to
work on your self-esteem. Each morning, I want you to get
up and run to the bathroom mirror. Tell yourself that you
are a good person, a fun person and an attractive person.
But say it with real conviction. Within a week you'll have
women buzzing all around you."

<b>Hakeem assures Muslim Congress support to the Prime Minister </B>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo July 9: The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) pledged to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning its continued support after the prime minister assured it the safety and security of the Muslims in the eastern province.

<b>Sri Lankan President Slams LTTE on Taxation<b>

Agencies

Colombo, July 10: The LTTE’s purported taxation system in Sri Lanka’s north and east is weakening efforts to usher in peace, President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s spokesman said today.

<b>Tamil Tigers Under Flak for Taxation</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo July 11: LTTE’s taxation structure is now under attack: from President Kumaratunga, Muslim parliamentarians, Tamil civilians and Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission

<b>Let's help each other - Asian Mayors pledge</b>

Bangkok July 10: United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP) co-sponsored the the Fourth Asian Mayors Forum and Regional Workshop on the Good Governance for Poverty Alleviation and Social Development - Exchange Tools, Techniques and Good Practices. At the Conference, Mayors from several Asian cities are participating and they have pledged to work together.

<b>Monitor meets Sri Lanka rebels, military on truce violations</b>

Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The head of an international cease-fire monitoring team has met with Tamil Tiger rebels and Sri Lankan military officials following claims of kidnapping and extortion by the guerrillas, a spokesman for the monitors said Wednesday.

<b>PM allays Muslims` fears</b>

The Prime Minister has assured that full responsibility for the security of Muslims will be taken by the Government, the Centre for Muslim Ethnic Studies (CMES) said yesterday.

<b>Political Crisis Grips the Muslims</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Sri Lankan Muslims are facing a severe leadership crisis following the week long Tamil- Muslim clash in the eastern region of the country.

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), which claims to be the sole representative of the one million strong Sri Lankan Muslims, is facing grave internal conflict and challenge from Colombo based Muslims.

<b>I Will Destroy the Palace and Kill Everyone – Katmandu Mayor Recalls</b>

K.T.Rajasingham

b>Bangkok, 10 July: “I will destroy the Palace and kill everyone, if anyone interfered with the choice of my wife, - threatened the Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal, when I went to meet him on some other business,” recalled sadly Keshav Sthapit, the Mayor of Katmandu, at a discussion he had with this writer in Bangkok.

In the meantime, in a separate development, Nepal has demanded the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to stop their alleged support to Maoist guerrillas fighting to topple the government in Katmandu.

<b>Taxes would be gradually reduced -Balakumar drop hints.</b>

Guna Kayananth

V.Balakaumar, formerly of the EROS, at present a stalwart in the LTTE, the leader in charge of the Agriculture development and promotion in the LTTE, hinted that Tigers would gradually reduced taxes in the Tamil areas.

<b>Coroner in a quandary - A True Life stoty.</b>

By our Colombo CorrespondentThe dead man with two wives put the coroner in a quandary.Sarath Perera, 25, committed suicide. His two wives - Manjula and Seela staked claim for the dead body. Subsequent to their claims, the scenes unfolded put the coroner, who was on a spot. He, at last decided against their claims. A true life story that showed the grit and determination of two spouses, of the deceased - Sarath Perera.

<b>Asian Mayors Join Forces To Tackle Urban Poverty.</b?

Bangkok, July 08: Mayors from 50 Asian cities
have been told that poverty could soon overwhelm Asia's cities and towns
unless the urban poor are given a greater role to play in the economy and
allowed to share in the benefits of urban development.

<b>Prime MInister declares a social war - Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne</b>

Colombo July 08: Though it was made with an aura of seriousness and sincerity , P M - Ranil Wickramasinghe's appeal to the people , to sacrifice for the sake of the rich and well to do upper classes who are reluctant to invest , cannot be justified on any moral basis. Nor it could be concealed by the sugar coating attempted by the Finance Minister Choksy in the form of price reductions due to forthcoming tax changes, states Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, the leader of the NSSP in a statement released by him today.

<b>Ensure MoU is enforced strictly - PA Gen. Sec. </b>

Daily News

It is the duty of the government, the LTTE and the Monitoring Mission to ensure that the MoU is strictly enforced so as to retain the confidence of the people in the North and East as well as the rest of the country in the peace process, People's Alliance General Secretary D. M. Jayaratne notes in a statement on the situation in the Eastern Province.

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