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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2621

SSP urges arrest of Italy-bound trawler-load of Lankans

By Norman Palihawadana- The Island

The Island:A senior superintendent of police has requested the Italian embassy in Sri Lanka to proceed with immediate action to take into custody a trawler cruising in the seas of Somalia carrying a large number of Sri Lankan illegal migrants to Italy.

How much for a ride to the airport?

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A businessman flew to Vegas for the weekend to gamble. He lost
the shirt off his back, and had nothing left but a quarter and
the second half of his round-trip ticket. If he could just get
to the airport he could get himself home.

We were tortured, and was treated like slaves – Released Kennedy

By: Guna Kajananth at Omanthai

Guna Kajanathan , our rowing correspondent reports from Omanthai about the release of the prisoners. He writes that, while local and international press focused their attention on Caption Ajith Boyagoda, a senior naval officer captured by the LTTE, but the Tiger media concentrated its attention on Kennady, a senior commando, trapped by the government forces and our correspondent kept his eye on both. He reports of the pain and agony Kennedy underwent in the hands of the ruthless Sri Lankan authorities whilst in prison, compared to the decent treatment Ajith Boyagoda received from his captors, the LTTE.

Prisoners release a moment of reality

Speech given by Mr. Austin Fernando, Secretary of Defense at the prisoner exchange between the GOSL & LTTE in Omanthai on Saturday, 28 September 2002. This is indeed a happy occasion for all of us. This prisoner release has come about as a consequence of the ongoing peace process initiated by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The Leader of the LTTE, Mr Velupillai Prabhakaran, extended his cooperation to this process.

POW swap highlights Sri Lanka peace bid

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels swapped prisoners-of-war on Saturday in the latest move to push ahead a peace process that has already silenced the guns after 19 years of war.

Sri Lanka, Rebels Swap Prisoners

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri Lanka (AP)_ Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged prisoners of war Saturday as part of the ongoing peace process, and the rebels claimed they had no more prisoners in custody.

Government, rebels swap prisoners in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri LankaSep 28 - Tamil Tiger rebels claimed they handed over the last of their government prisoners of war on Saturday, as the two sides in Sri Lanka's bitter ethnic conflict moved closer to peace by exchanging captives.

All communities must sacrifice for peace — Mohamed

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The Island:Western Region Development Minister M. H. Mohamed yesterday said that all communities — Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, must be able to make sacrifices for the cause of peace.

Tamil alliance waits for Balasingham

Sunday TimesThe TNA is awaiting a meeting with LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham who is due in the Wanni next month.

Top British official meets LTTE leaders

Sunday TimesThe most powerful British official responsible for disbursing funds for development projects worldwide, yesterday held wide-ranging talks with Tiger guerrilla political leaders.

We must demand for what we need right now.

The Sunday LeaderNational Unity Alliance (NUA) Boss and Parliamentarian Ferial Ashraff last week rejected a statement made by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Chief and Ports Minister Rauf Hakeem that he would look into the issues of the Muslims, once peace is found in the country.

Reminders of a not too distant past

The Sunday LeaderThey were once hunting the big bad Tigers entering the city to blow up everything to smithereens. Nowadays they just stand by the road side, look at vehicles, inspect the odd suspicious one and apprehend moonshine.

Release of Tamil detainess languishing in prisons held under PTA, to be expedited


b>Colombo, September 28: Sri Lanka will expedite the release of Tamil detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Saturday. This declaration is made subsequent to government’s direction to law enforcement agencies not to enforce any provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, has stepped up the review of cases under this law.

Assertive Women in Fairly Tales

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent,
self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat, contemplating
ecological issues, on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant
meadow near her castle.

On the Spot Report: Where have the furniture gone?

From Guna Kajananth in Jaffna

Guna Kajanathan, in Part 3 of the four part report, visualizes the existing situation in the Jaffna peninsula. He traveled extensively in the peninsula. Met the people and talked to them. The returnees told him of their plight. They complaint that they everything they had in their houses are now missing. They are wondering that the Army occupied several of their houses and how come that furniture in a house occupied by the army personnel could vanish in the thin air. Sri Lankan Army has to give either an acceptable explanation or come forward to pay compensation.

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