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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2309

On charge of improper tender procedure: CBK opposes BoI proposal

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga was heading for another confrontation with the government — this time over the disputed privatisation programme — as she prepares to block a BOI proposal to set up a private petroleum refinery and power plant at Sapugaskanda. It would be a part of a major foreign investment aimed at opening the market controlled by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), according to political sources.

Reply of Defence Minister Marapana to President Kumaratunga : Kumaratunga

The Island

I refer to your letter dated 12th September 2002 addressed to the Hon. Prime Minister on the dangers to national security. As the Prime Minister had only a few hours before he left for New York he instructed me to apprise Your Excellency on certain aspects referred to in the quoted letter.

Sri Lanka war grew from ethnic cauldron

Colombo, Sri Lanka- Sri Lanka's 19-year civil war was born of ancient animosity between two ethnic groups with distinct languages, culture and history.

Expose the short sighted programme of the Government- Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne.

The social struggle against the government id gathering momentum. The trade unions and mass organizations have got together to halt the social repressive programme of the government which includes privatization , removal of pension schemes , revision of Labour Laws etc. Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, Presidium Member New Left Front made these observations in a press statement released by the New Left Front.

Prime Minister leaves for US as Colombo Stock Market surge

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 14: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left on Friday morning to New York to drum up support for the peace process and attract foreign investment, while Colombo stock market surged to a five-year high, trumpeting investor optimism.

Piraba who is fighting to protect the Tamil soil, loses his own

From our Jaffna correspondent

This joke is doing its rounds in Jaffna.The joke is about Sinhala tourists visiting Pirabaharan’s ancestral home in Valvettithurai and taking handfuls of soil from his compound as souvenir. Hundreds of Sinhalese visit the house daily.

Good morning, folks! What an unusual weekend.

Compiled by V.Rajeny

My good friend Billy and his wife hosted a birthday party for their two-year-old daughter Isabel Saturday afternoon. Being a conscientious
God-father I went out Saturday morning to buy her a birthday
present.

Peace Talks draws International media and unwanted elements to Thailand.

K.T.Rajasingham

Journalist from around the world are expected to cover the peace talks between the Tamil separatists - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lanka Government, scheduled to be held from 16 – 18 September, in the Sattahip Naval base located in the Chonburi province of Thailand. It is said that more than 250 journalists have registered with the Press Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand for accreditation. Also it is rumored that, unwanted elements too are expected in Thailand during such talks.

A Constructive Role for Thailand in the Peace talks is urged.

V.Rajeny

A cross section of the Thai media representatives expressed that Thailand should play a lead role in the Peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. They said that Thailand should not just play host to the parties involved in the talks in their search for a sustained peace in the war-torn coutry, but must come forward to play role that would bring about a settlement to the festering ethnic conflict in a country, where Thai’s are more or less linked religious- wise for several centuries.

Political crisis builds as Sri Lanka government tries to curb president powers

Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 12: - Ignoring protests by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the government is pushing ahead with legislation to take away her powers to dissolve Parliament and order fresh elections.

Sri Lanka Woos UK Firms Before Peace Talks, US Forum

Colombo, September 12 -(Dow Jones):- A top Sri Lankan government delegation visited the U.K. this week in a bid to attract investment to the island that is making strides toward ending a 19-year ethnic war, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Bindunuwewa massacre: We were not aware of happenings at rehab camp — witness

by Jayani Wegadapola - The Island

Police Constable Kusum Malake de Silva giving evidence before the Trial-at-Bar in the Bindunuwewa case on Tuesday said that he along with some other officers only heard some noises and that they were not aware of what was happening inside the Rehabilitation Camp.

19th amendment gazetted: Last minute change to accommodate seven PA MPs

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The government gazetted the 19th Amendment on Wednesday night after effecting an eleventh hour change on a request by seven People’s Alliance(PA) parliamentarians.

Unidentified group kidnaps four school children

The Island

Jaffna Peninsula. Four students, two boys and two girls from the general area of Anaicottai, about 6 km northwest of Jaffna town were kidnapped this morning (12) around 8.30 at Anaicottai Subramaniyam Vidyalaya by an unidentified group which drove in a tinted-glass vehicle.

Sri Lanka’s economy at critical juncture - IMF

The Island

Washington (Reuters): — Sri Lanka’s economy is at a critical juncture and with the recovery there fragile and subject to significant risks, major adjustments are needed, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

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