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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2253

<b>Norway Upgrades Peace Talks</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 14: Norway which played a pivotal role in bringing the warring Sri Lanka government and the rebel LTTE to the negotiating table, will upgrade its involvement by brining its Foreign Minister Jan Peterson into the picture, Peace Secretariat in Colombo said.

<b>Top cricket official says with cease-fire on, Sri Lanka is safe </b>

Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan cricket officials were surprised Monday that three New Zealand players cited safety concerns for opting out of the 12-nation cricket tournament to be held in Colombo next month.

<b>Christ died between the two thieves.</b>

After dozens of very expensive tests and weeks of hospitalization, the rich old man was told that he had only 24 hours to live. He immediately called his personal doctor and lawyer to his room. He asked the doctor tp stand by one side of his bed and his lawyer to stand by the other.

<b>Tamil Congress held it 60th Delegates Conference.</b>

Jaffna Correspondent

The All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC), the oldest Tamil political party, held its sixtieth delegates conference in Jaffna on Sunday. Its leader A. Vinayagamoorthy said the working committee had decided to work in collaboration with the LTTE, which it had accepted as the sole representatives of the Tamil people

<b>Eastern Parliamentarians told to look after the People</b>

Batticaloa Correspondent

LTTE yesterday told the four Tamil parliamentarians of the Batticoloa and Ampara districts to reside in their electorates and attend to the political needs of the people.

<b>Hinduism became a mercy subject of the Government.</b>

K.T.Rajasingham

On 23 July 1960, Srimavo R.D.Bandaranaike formed her first SLFP government. Dr. Badi-ud-din Mahmud, one of the founder members of the SLFP, and the Principal of Zahira College, Gampola, was nominated as a Member of Parliament and also sworn in as the Minister of Education and Broadcasting.

<b>Mother found her son, at last, mentally deranged</b>

Guna Kajananth

I asked his name and he replied “Annan”. The word Annan in Tamil means brother. That is the name under which he had been registered at the Kalutara Prison.

<b>Army-LTTE talks on bunkers successful</b>

The Island

The discussions between the army and the LTTE on the location of bunkers by the two parties was successful, Jaffna Army Commander, Major General Sarath Fonseka said.

<b>Constitutional reform should be comprehensive — President’s office</b>

The Island

The President’s office said yesterday that a country’s constitution "is not to be tinkered with piecemeal for temporary partisan political advantage. Constitutional reform should be comprehensive and encompass the entirety of national issues including devolution of powers and the abolition of the executive presidency".

<b>‘Attempts to oust me from SLFP will fail’ - Mahinda</b>

The Island

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday said there is an attempt by certain interested persons in the SLFP to oust him but those attempts would not succeed and he would never leave the party. He made an open challenge that if anyone proves he is involved with the misplacement of a document from Chief Opposition Whip Mangala Samaraweera’s briefcase at the Opposition Leader’s office, he will resign from all offices and retire from politics.

<b>Opposition vows to topple Government</b>

Daily Mirror

The Opposition Peoples Alliance held one of its largest protest demonstrations in Colombo and pledged it would continue the protest until the Ranil Wickeremesinghe government was toppled.

<b>Sihala Urumaya for conditional alliance</b>

Pujitha Wijetunge - Daily Mirror

The Sihala Urumaya (SU) yesterday expressed its desire to form a conditional alliance with a view to 'destroy' the LTTE ,a spokesmen for the party told the Daily Mirror yesterday.

<b>Chandrasekeran should stick to his word</b>

Ayesha Zuhair - Daily Mirror

CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman yesterday criticized Minister of Estate Infrastructure P. Chandrasekeran for having promised to obtain estate workers an increase of their basic wage to Rs. 180 but later asserting that it had only been a negotiating strategy.

<b>JVP meets Malwatte Mahanayake</b>

Suranga Gamage - Daily Mirror

The JVP yesterday briefed the Mahanayake Thero of the Malwatte Chapter on the prevailing political situation and the their future course of action, a party source said.

<b>Bala- Moragoda talks on Wednesday</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 13: Economic Planning Minister Milinda Moragoda and Director General of the Peace Secretariat Bernard Gunatilake, left Colombo this morning to Norwegian capital Oslo, for a meeting with LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham on Wednesday, Peace Secretariat sources said.

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