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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2223

<b>Do not tell me you have got golf clubs there</b>

One day a man, who had been stranded on
a desert island for over ten years sees
an unusual speck on the horizon. "It's
certainly not a ship", he thinks to himself.

<b>Hanuman Bridge vs. Sethusamudram Project</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 24: Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda will be in Delhi on Tuesday and is expected to push hard with Indian authorities regarding the Sri Lanka’s pet project, the Hanuman Bridge.

<b>'John’s men's action in Gallery an insult to sanctity of House'</b>

The Island

The SLFP on Thursday alleged that the actions of a group of persons brought to parliament by Minister John Amaratunga during the no confidence vote against him was an insult to the sanctity of parliament.

<b>Next no-faith motion on Tilak Marapana</b>

Prasad Gunewardene - The Island

A vote of no-confidence on Defence Minister Tilak Marapana has been submitted to Speaker Joseph Michael Perera for failure to take adequate steps to quell the violence at Valaichchenai and Mutur which claimed 13 Muslim civilians and caused disruption to life and property.

<b>18th amendment before House after Wednesday’s cabinet approval</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Cabinet of Ministers is to approve the 18th Amendment to the Constitution next Wednesday after which it is to be presented to parliament.

<b>US-SL to finalise Access and Cross Servicing Agreement</b>

The Island

US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage on Thursday expressed the belief that the United States and Sri Lanka can finalise the Access and the Cross Servicing Agreement.

<b>US military officials to visit SL frequently — Armitage</b>

The Island

Visiting United States Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage on Thursday said that officials of the US military establishment would visit Sri Lanka frequently.

<b>President in London; PM in India</b>

Prasad Gunewardene - The Island

While President Chandrika Kumaratunga is away in London on a private visit, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for India yesterday on an official visit to hold talks with Andra Pradesh and Karnataka chief ministers in southern India.

<b>Only President can declare a referendum - PA</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

Only the President can declare a referendum, the PA said yesterday, countering Cabinet Spokesman G.L.Peiris’s announcement on Thursday that the government was prepared to hold a referendum for the 18th amendment.

<b>First you are nice and then .. the same old story.</b>

This fellow was walking home from work one
evening, very depressed. He was married to
a nagging woman who was constantly switching
between treating him nice and tearing down
his self esteem. To add to it, his best
friend was to be hanged that night for a
capital crime. He stomped into the house
and slammed the door, sunk in his self-pity.

<b>Save Tipu Sultan from Joynal Hazari – Mafia Don of Bangladesh.</b>

K.T.Rajasingham

“I don’t know what the fate holds for me. I am still on the hit-list of Joynal Hazari, the Mafia don of Bangladesh and still I am not out of denger in Feni - my home town, as well as in Dhaka. Hazare’s long deadly arm has reached me and my family. Now-a-days, through his cadres, who are all over, he is posing a silent threat and intimidating us very badly. When I was staying in Dhaka, I was watchful and always on the look-out for any trouble, and I don’t know how I will be attacked by Joynal Hazari, who is capable of arranging a fatal attack on me, even in Dhaka, “ said Tipu Sultant, the young journalist from Bangladesh, who is back again in Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok, for his treatment.

<b>Hindu Gods and Gurus Bless Ranil and His Peace Search</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Chennai, August 24: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who arrived here yesterday was blessed by one of Hinduism’s holy Swamy, Kanji Kamakody Swamigal. He will seek the blessing of Satya Sai Baba today.

<b>Sri Lanka to lift ban on the LTTE from Sep 6 </b>

Our Correspondent in Colombo

Colombo August 24: Sri Lanka Government will lift the four-year ban on the Tamil Tigers, on September 6, paving the way for peace talks with the Tamil Militant Organization, scheduled for 16 August, in Thailand - disclosed today, Jayalath Jayawardena, a Sri Lankan Government.

<b>CBK sets up commission to probe Millennium City safehouse raid</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday set the stage for another confrontation with the UNP-led United National Front (UNF) government by ordering the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission to probe the January 2 police raid on a Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) — run safehouse in the Millennium city, Athurugiriya, political sources said. The raid was carried out by ASP Kulasiri Udugampola of the Kandy police.

<b>Interior Minister is OIC, CI and constable — Mahinda Rajapakse</b>

Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

In Parliament on Wednesday: No-faith motion against Interior Minister John Amaratunga.The government held out that the motion which was certain to be defeated, had both cost money and parliamentary time.

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