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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

<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.

<b>Opposition drops Opposition to Peace Talks</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 12 (News Analysis): Yesterday evening’s massive opposition rally organized by the opposition People’s Alliance (PA) concentrated its attack on to two burning economic issues- spiraling cost of living and privatization of state owned ventures.

<b>Jaffna people reject ‘Eelam’</b>

The Island

Although the LTTE has officially not given up its demand for a separate state called Eelam, only 4.3 per cent of the residents of Jaffna equate peace with a separate state, according to a survey carried out by ‘Social Indicator’ (SI).

<b>Dont repatriate refugees — LTTE</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

In spite of the cease-fire agreement with the government, the LTTE vehemently opposes moves to repatriate expatriate Tamil refugees, informed sources said, adding that the group will reiterate its stance when it holds talks with the UNHCR in the Wanni this week.

<b>The word Game</b>

A few weeks ago, Mason and I and a couple other people were sitting
around a table at a bar drinking beer when Mason suggested
we play a game called "The Word Game."

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