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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

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!

Balasingham arrived this morning and rushed to meet Pirabaharan in Vanni


Colombo, October 15 The LTTE chief peace negotiator Anton Balasingham arrived in Colombo Wednesday morning and was soon flown to Vanni thus paving way for the second round of Sattahip talks beginning 31 this month.

Opposition Marxists blame government for violence in eastern Sri Lanka

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Oct 13 - The opposition Marxist party on Sunday blamed the government for failing to prevent casualties in a clash last week between police and protesters that killed at least seven people in eastern Sri Lanka.

Govt inquiry into camp attack

The Island:Interior Ministry Secretary M. N. Junaid has appointed a three member committee to inquire into the incidents that occurred at Kanjirankudah, Akkaraipattu on October 9.

CBK’s inquiry likely

The Island:The Office of the President was expected to appoint a special committee to inquire into the recent incidents in the north-east subsequent to the cease-fire agreement, political sources said. The committee was also expected to make recommendations on ways and means of avoiding such incidents, the sources said.

President in security talks on Trinco

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island:As a general cessation of public activities ordered by the LTTE paralysed government-held regions in the north-east over the weekend subsequent to last week’s incidents in the east, President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday met with the National Security Council (NSC) at Janadhipathi Mandiraya to discuss what she described as a ‘deteriorating’ situation.

Appoint two governors for north, east: Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera

The Island:Ven. Elle Gunawansa yesterday urged the government and the Oslo-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to take urgent steps to restore normalcy in the north-east. Expressing grave concern over the worsening situation in the region, the thera said the ongoing LTTE-inspired attacks, protests and a general shut down were aimed at provoking the security forces and the LTTE.

LTTE to change Kalmunai leaders

by Norman Palihawadana - The Island

The Island:A high level LTTE inquiry into the attack on the STF camp at Kanjirankudah, Akkaraipattu has commenced. Action has been taken to transfer out Kalmunai LTTE leaders, police sources said.

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