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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

Muslims shed separate unit demand

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 24: Muslims responded Tuesday to LTTE’s Sattahip announcement that north-east of Sri Lanka is the homeland of Tamils and Muslims by dropping their demand for a separate administration for the Muslims in the east.

"It is not a necessary question now,” Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauf Hakeem told a press conference and added, "If we put forward this demand everything will collapse."

Amnesty International expresses concern at the Gujarat Temple killings

Amnesty International expresses grave concern at the killing
today of more than 20 people in an attack on a Hindu temple in
the Indian state of Gujarat.

Roof has returned to my house,’ says a thrilled owner

From Guna Kajananth in Jaffna

On the Spot Report: Part 2 of the four part report This accounts reveals the dilemma the internally displaced people are facing today in the Jaffna Peninsula, when they return back to their houses un their villages. Our Reporter Guna Kajanath visited Jaffna Peninsula, made a social survey of the ground situation and reports back to Asian Tribune. The bitter realities of the ground situation reveal the pain and sorrow a returnee to endure.

Lanka: Peace To Help Govt Hit Deficit Target

By Anusha Attygalle - Of Dow Jones Newswires.

Yahoo News -Colombo, September 23 (Dow Jones): Sri Lanka is confident of meeting its 2002 budget deficit target as progess in its peace bid has curtailed defense spending and promises an increased revenue that will add momentum to an anticipated economic recovery, the finance minister said Monday.

House should get together to remove Presidential immunity- Lokubandara

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Island:Both sides of parliament should get together to remove the Presidential immunity immediately to prevent President Chandrika Kumaratunga from making "totally irresponsible" and "baseless" statements like that the government was planning to murder her, House Leader Minister W.J.M. Lokubandara said yesterday.

Hartley Principal Abducted, Assaulted and Ordered to Report either Tigers or Police

From our Jaffna Correspondent.

Shocking details were revealed on the abduction and assault of the Principal of Hartley College, Pont Pedro, last Saturday. This revelation came to light during yesterday’s investigation by the Police, Tigers, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and the Human Rights Commission.

Miss Universe fired, to be replaced by runner-up

Los Angeles September 23:Basically she was fired for not fulfilling her duties," the source said. "It's just like if you have a job to do. If you don't do your job you can get fired." Organisers of the pageant, which is co-owned by New York real estate mogul Donald Trump and was held this year on May 29 in Puerto Rico, scheduled a press conference for Tuesday in New York to announce the switch.

Bala - We will move for separate state option, if Chandrika disturbs the peace process.

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo September 23 LTTE’s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham told the Tamil channel of a private television that, if President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna spoil the peace process, then they would move to the separate state option.

As usual, those jerks deducted $95.00.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A little boy wanted $100.00 very badly and his mother told
him to pray to God for it. He prayed and prayed for weeks,
but nothing turned up. He decided to write a letter to God
requesting the $100.00.

Sri Lanka president warns of assassination bid, vows to

Yahoo News: Colombo (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga has accused her cohabitation government of trying to assassinate her, but said she will "kill 500" assailants if anyone comes to attack her, press reports here said.

Peace process will succeed - Asgiriya Mahanayaka

The Island:Mahanayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter said that there were signs that the peace process would be successful, with massive public support for the efforts.

Tigers hold passing out parade in the open, invites politicians

For the first time in its 27-year history, LTTE conducted its passing out ceremony for the new trainees of the armoured corps in the open and invited a politician to deliver key-note address.

Prime minister invited UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to visit Sri Lanka

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan told the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that he is pleased with the progress of the peace process at a recent meeting at the UN Headquarters. He congratulated the Prime Minister on the gradual and methodical approach of the government that started with the cease-fire and brought up to the negotiating table.

Mommy and Daddy made him as a symbol of their love

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids
myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my
own second grade classroom a few years back.

The word unitary was never mentioned during Sattahip Talks

T.Sabaratnam

The word ‘unitary’ was never mentioned during the three-day first round of the peace talks held at Sattahip beginning September 16, a government delegate Ports Minister Rauff Hakeem said. The government delegation studiously avoided using that contentious term. The word used was united,” he said

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