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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2346

<b>Malaysia wants to be a Partner in Sri Lankan Development</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 7: Malaysian Labour Minister Samy Velu, said today that, he was impressed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s eagerness to bring peace, stability and economic development to Sri Lanka.

<b>Coup Document - UNP fabrication - President’s office</b>

Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The President’s Office said yesterday that a "coup document" in circulation which speaks of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and some cabinet ministers being sacked could be a UNP fabrication.

<b>Minister to discuss with PM today whether to import flour</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Minister of Co-operatives will meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe today to discuss the possibility of importing flour to overcome a severe shortage of supplies to co operatives from Prima.

<b>Model police stations with close link with the public</b>

The Island

Interior Minister John Amaratunga initiating the first model police station in Bambalapitiya on Wednesday said that there was a time when people dreaded to step into a police station.

<b>Swedish heralding the North-East and the Tiger propagandist</b>

Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

The North East Herald is out. It is not just another newspaper. But, a newspaper sponsored by the Swedish government through Sida. The initial funding is about 2.2 million rupees (Swedish Kroner 220,00).

<b>Stalemate in wage negotiations</b>

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) having received representations from the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PAC) which is an affiliated association of the Chamber is concerned to note that there is a stalemate in the wage negotiations between the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) who are acting on behalf of the "plantation companies and the main labour unions". This has resulted in the trade unions launching action in the form of a non co-operation with management" campaign.

<b>Arumugan Thondaman Wriggles Out of a Failing Plantation Strike </b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 5: The leader of Sri Lanka’s biggest plantation trade union today wriggled out of a failing strike he launched five days ago demanding Rs. 30 rise in the daily wage.

<b>Thai Police Targets Secondary School students as informants and spies</b>

The Police in Thailand has targeted secondary school going students as young as 13, 14 and 15 years to work as spies and informants for them. The school going students, girls and boys who are in their tender age, who may in their enthusiasm by assuming to play the role of James Bond 007, they may end up exposing themselves to the horror of criminality.

<b>Mathematician buys drinks for the lady who was not there.</b>

Every Friday afternoon, a mathematician goes down to the
bar, sits in the second-to-last seat, turns to the last seat,
which is empty, and asks a girl who isn't there if he can
buy her a drink.

<b> Tigers Steal the Show in Jaffna Fair</b>

Guna Kajananth

Jaffna August 5 : Tigers did the most brisk business at the last day of the three day Jaffna Trade Fair today, and their wares sold much faster than the fast selling bicycles.

<b>Crucial President-Prime Minister Meeting Today</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo - August 6: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will decide whether to continue to cohabit with President Chandrika Kumaratunga, or to seek a fresh mandate from the people, after today’s meeting with her, Prime Minister’s office said this morning.

<b>Four Sri Lankans in sea drama — hijack trawler in Oman</b>

Norman Palihawadane - The Island

On a tip off, a trawler worth several million rupees, hijacked by four Sri Lankans employed in Oman found from a boatyard there, was hidden in the Munakkarai Canal, Negombo.

<b>Malaysian Airlines begin services to Sri Lanka</b>

The Island

The new airline service between Sri Lanka and Malaysia being inaugurated with the arrival of the MH 188 plane belonging to Malaysian Airlines at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake yesterday.

<b>Fee-levying medical college: Student protest begins today</b>

Saman Indrajith - The Island

University students will demonstrate and agitate from today until Friday (09) as their first round of agitation against the establishment of a fee-levying medical college at Piliyandala demanding the immediate closure of the institute and then to peoplise it.

<b>Jaffna Chamber of Commerce to boycott trade fair</b>

Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

The Jaffna Chamber of Commerce has decided to boycott the northern trade fair organised by Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Minister Jayalath Jayawardane over its continuous non-responsive attitude for help asked for to problems facing the business community in the north.

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