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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2430

Murasoli Maran condition serious

Chennai Online, Chennai, Oct 17:The health condition of Union Industries and Commerce Minister Murasoli Maran is "presently serious with bilateral lung involvement along with systemic setback in his general condition," a medical bulletin issued by the Apollo Hospitals, where he is undergoing treatment, said today.

Curfew re-imposed in three AGA divisions to ensure calm

Akkaraipattu, October 17: In order to maintain calm and to prevent recurrence of any incidents, a curfew has been re-imposed from 3 p.m. today (Oct 17) until 6 a.m. tomorrow (Oct 18). The curfew is being enforced in the same three (3) AGA divisions as yesterday, i.e. Akkaraipattu, Addalachchenai, and Alayadivembu in the Ampara District.

Balasingham arrives, Helgessen due this weekend

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen is expected to arrive in the country during the weekend and discuss the agenda for the next round of talks with both the government and the LTTE. Norwegian Special envoy Eric Solheim is expected to follow in a fortnight ahead of the scheduled discussions.

SLMC says dissidents reduced to five: Hakeem assures PM of all coming back

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The IslandLeader of the SLMC and Ports Minister Rauff Hakeem under fire from a section of his party over his stand on an Eastern Muslim Unit has assured Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that the dissidents could be brought back to the party fold.

Nobel Prize for Peace: Why Norway discriminated against Sri Lankan Foursome?

K.T.Rajasingham

Is there anyone around who could give an explanation, why Norway discriminated against the Sri Lankan foursome, Chandrika – Ranil and Prabha – Anton and denied them the award of the Nobel Prize for Peace for the year 2002? If anyone of you knows the reasons, then kindly feel free to write to us.

He did not save his money for 75 years, then what?

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A small tourist hotel was all abuzz about an afternoon
wedding, where the groom was 95 years old and the bride
was just 23 years old. The groom looked pretty feeble and
the feeling was that the wedding night might kill him since
his young bride was a healthy, vivacious woman.

Recent violent Events in the East reflects the sensitive situation

Colombo, Oct. 16:Disloyal members of the government as well as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam might eventually be identified as those behind the recent violent incidents in the East. Major General Trond Furuhovde , Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has said this in his statement, after briefing the Prime Minister on the recent violence. He further emphasized in his statement that the Government forces and the LTTE must increase close cooperation and direct communications between their commanders in the North and East

Curfew in Akkaraipattu amidst new tension

Akkaraipattu October 16:A curfew has been imposed in Akkaraipattu, in the eastern Ampara District this morning ,following clashes between Muslims and Tamils in the area.

Salaries Commission Report with Cabinet

Colombo, Oct. 14: President Chandrika Kumaratunga submitted the Tissa Devendra Salaries Commission Report to the Cabinet last week with a request that the Finance Ministry should study the proposals in detail.

District-level committees to curb violence in the East

Colombo, Oct. 14:At a special meeting of the National Security Council at the President’s House on Sunday, President Chandrika Kumaratunga directed the NSC to set up district level committees comprising representatives from the three Armed Forces, the Police and the LTTE to curb violence in the East.

Tamil Tiger chief negotiator to arrive in Sri Lanka to prepare for peace talks

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News:Colombo, Sri Lanka Oct 14 - Top Tamil Tiger rebel negotiator will arrive in Sri Lanka for a meeting with rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran to prepare for a second round of peace talks with the government later this month, officials said Monday.

No intention of leaving SLFP — Jeyraj

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:In reaction to President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s controversial speech at the Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya on Sunday, PA frontliner and strongman Jeyaraj Fernandopulle yesterday said that neither he nor Messrs Richard Pathirana and A. H. M. Fowzie have any intention to leave the SLFP and join the UNP.

LTTE pledges support to quell uprisings

By Norman Palihawadane - The Island

The Island:The LTTE promised its fullest co-operation to quell uprisings in the Trincomalee district in the future to Interior Minister, John Amaratunga and the heads of defence forces on Sunday.

To prevent repeat of Trinco troubles: TULF wants 200 homeguards

By Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Island:The TULF yesterday requested the government to recruit 200 Tamil homeguards to patrol the town and suburbs of Trincomalee saying it would help prevent a recurrence of the troubles that occurred in the area last week.

Humor is a serious business to some people

Compiled by:V.Rajeny

Science marches on. You might not believe it, but to some
people humor is very serious business. And one of those
people is British psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman. Now,
pay attention because there will be a quiz on this later!

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