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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

<b>Positive response from India to train Lankan journalists</b>

The Island

Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando on Thursday received a positive response to his request seeking the assistance of the Indian government to train Sri Lankan journalists with a view to improving the quality of journalism in Sri Lanka.

<b>LTTE ignores call to hand over chief suspect in Madhu killing</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

<b>Top LTTE visit to east</b>

The Island

A group of senior LTTE leaders including Thamilchelvan was expected to visit the east shortly, a senior police officer said, yesterday. There was evidence to suggest that a high level visit was about to take place, the source said adding that the LTTE was expected to inform the government of the visit.

<b>August 12th Protest by the Left - A clarion Call by New Left Front</b>

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe claims that the PA leadership is planning a conspiracy to overthrow the UNF government. August 12th Hartal Protest, Opposite the Fort Railway Station at 12.00 noon, called by the PA is a part of this conspiracy. However PA leaders claim that they are only making a legitimate protest and their attempt to mobilize a majority within the parliament is not a conspiracy but perfectly constitutional way out for the opposition. The counter argument of the government is that as the UNF got a peoples mandate only few months back , it is ethically very wrong for the PA to put pressure to get majority in the assembly.

<B>Leaving the past behind</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 8: Sri Lanka broke new ground this evening by laying special stress on national unity, according equal importance to the Sinhalese and the Tamils, the country’s two main communities, at the opening ceremony of the Asian Athletic Championship.

<b>Balasingham Flying to Oslo on Friday</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 9: In a sudden spurt of progress, LTTE’s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham will be flying to Norwegian capital Oslo today (Friday), to discuss the agenda for the Thailand talks, which is now expected to take place in early September.

<b>How To Shower Like a Woman:</b>

Take off clothing and place it in sectional hamper
according to lights and dark.

<b>Demise of the Tamarind Tree</b>

K.T.Rajasingham

It was in 22 December 1957, Ceylon ( Sri Lanka) experienced one of the worst and severest floods in my living memory. The flood swept the North-central and Eastern Provinces and caused all tank bunds to breech to overflow and the rivers to flood. Though there was no rivers, in a sense, in the Northern province, it too was affected, especially the Mannar region.

<b>Asian Athletics Championship opens in Sri Lanka with pageantry </b>

Sandeep Nakai, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - After years of separatist violence, Sri Lanka on Thursday inaugurated its biggest ever sporting event, the 14th Asian Athletics Championships, amid hopes of a return to peaceful times.

<b>Sri Lanka selects auspicious time to open Asian Athletics Championship </b>

AP World Politics

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Thousands of spectators and hundreds of athletes from across Asia were entertained to music, dances and para-gliding as Sri Lanka waited for an auspicious time to declare open the 14th Asian Athletics Championships on Thursday.

<b>Sri Lanka: Tamil Tigers Talks Likely in September</b>

Y.P. Rajesh - World - Reuters

New Delhi (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said on Thursday that long-delayed peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels could take place as early as September

<b>Sri Lankan talks could begin as early as next month, Sri Lanka minister says </b>

AP World Politics

New Delhi, India- Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels aimed at ending the country's 19-year civil war could begin as early as next month, the visiting Sri Lankan foreign minister said Thursday.

<b>PM proposes compromise: Dissolve parliament only with two-third approval</b>

Zacki Jabbar - The Island

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as a compromise measure has informed President Chandrika Kumaratunga to use her executive power of dissolving parliament after one year of an election only if two thirds of the legislature are agreeable to it.

<b>President offered prime Rupavahini time</b>

The Island

In an apparent bid to lessen animosity between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the government over a range of issues, particularly the alleged plot topple the administration, the government Wednesday (7) night agreed to give prime air time over Rupavahini to the president, political sources said yesterday.

<b>Major General challenged in SC</b>

Chitra Weerarathne - The Island

Major H. Sharada Karunathilake, the second in command officer of the Sri Lanka National Guard, based at Kohuwala has challenged in the Supreme Court, the recent order of compulsory leave without pay, imposed on him by Major General A. E. D. Wijendra, Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force Headquarters, Battaramulla.

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