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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

<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>


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>


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."

<b>M.G.R the man of words and deed</b>


In 1965, I joined the Independent Newspapers Ltd, as a freelance Reporter. The Newspaper office was located at Mihindu Mawatha, Colombo, and they published, Dawasa - the Sinhala morning Daily, Sun – the English morning daily, Weekend and Radha - a Tamil weekly. The Tamil weekly was edited by Nathan, who was earlier the Editor of the Tamil newspaper Thinakaran, published by the Lake House.

<b>Integrating Police Services would be a Problem at the Thailand Peace Talks</b>


Colombo August 12 Economic Planning Minister Milinda Moragoda says, the biggest hurdle that have to be surmounted at the forthcoming peace talks in Thailand would be the question of the Police Service in the interim administration for the north-east.

<b>B S Shekhawat elected Vice-President of India</b>

Bhairon Singh Shekhawat was elected as India's 12th Vice-President. He was the nomiee of the National Democratic Alliance. He is one of the very senior BJP party leader and the and former Chief Minister of Rajasthan.

<b>Chandrika – Ranil efforts heightens, to cut each others feet under</b>


Colombo, August 12: Today turned out to be a day of hectic political activity and developments with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe making dramatic moves to outdo each other, sources close to both players said.

<b>'Kudu' in short supply </b>

Shezna Shums - The Sunday Leader

Narcotics are in short supply around the country as the police are now coming down hard on drug smugglers.

<b>Fighting MPs get more perks </b>

The Sunday Leader

The UNF government is planning to spend Rs 21.09 million to purchase fax machines, computers and photo-copiers for MPs, some of whom have made parliament a street-fighting arena.

<b>Diabetes spreading fast across Asia </b>

The Sunday Leader

Diabetes is spreading across the world in epidemic proportions. World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that people with diabetes, who numbered 150 million in 1995, would double to 300 million by the year 2025, a document from the International Diabetes Federation stated.

<b>Fowzie says coup attempt a dream of PA.</b>

The Sunday Leader

Former Minister A.H.M.Fowzie on Friday said those who were engineering a coup attempt to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNF government were only building castles in the air.

<b>Ranil for executive prime minister system</b>

The Sunday Leader

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced that the government will support an executive prime ministership directly elected by the people akin to the Israeli system if the executive presidency is to be abolished.

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