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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2347

<b>Ranil-Piraba Meeting in the Offing – FLASH </b>

T.Sabaratnam

News Flash -LTTE Advisor Anton Balasingham would return to Vanni early September, to prepare for direct talks with the government and the LTTE, in Thailand, Sudar Oli, a pro LTTE Tamil daily printed in Colombo said today

<b>Two Jaffna Families Duped by Indian Boatmen</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Mannar - July 29: The pathetic tale of how two Jaffna families that tried to return to their homes in Sri Lanka were duped and dumped on a sand dune in the mid sea, was related by the victims on Sunday morning, to the District Judge of Mannar.

<b>Musharraf arrives in city today</b>

Sheikh Rakib Uddin - The Independent

A warm welcome will be accorded to General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, when he arrives in Dhaka this afternoon on a three-day state visit to Bangladesh.

<b>LTTE wants Oslo out?</b>

The Island

The LTTE was believed to have indicated to the government that proposed talks in Thailand can take place without Norwegian mediation, informed sources said.

<b>Kadir wants Liam Fox pact revived: Ministers snub Chandrika</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The rift between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the UNP-led United National Front (UNF) has widened with the government ignoring the president’s invitation for the inauguration of the National Consultation on Ethnic Reconciliation which began on Friday (26) at the presidential secretariat.

<b>Canada Tigers deny Ranil’s claim that funds were frozen</b>

Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles - The Island

A Canada-based LTTE front leader contradicted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and said so far not a single penny belonging to the Sri Lankan terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been frozen either by Canada or by the United States.

<b>High Court in Magazine Jail to hear PTA cases</b>

Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

A special high court will be set up inside the Magazine Prison in Colombo to hear some major terrorist-related cases including the Central Bank bombing, the attacks on the Dalada Maligawa, the Galadari Hotel and the World Trade Centre following a decision to expedite the disposal of cases under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), an Attorney-General’s Department spokesman said yesterday.

<b>Internationalise Muslim problems, says Hakeem</b>

The Island

SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem has advocated internationalising the problems faced by Muslims here by drawing the attention of other countries, especially the Islamic states in Arab nations.

<b>Monitors will not be on intercepted vessels</b>

The Island

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission naval monitors will not go on board intercepted LTTE vessels with the Sri Lankan Navy inspection team as a general rule, but will do so "under special circumstances if deemed necessary", according to a statement issued by the SLMM.

<b>Tiger leader ordered Scandinavians to be used as "Human Shields"</b>

The Island - Our Defence Correspondent

The Sea Tiger crew manning the trawler which was intercepted by the Sri Lanka Navy on July 13, were under orders from the LTTE high command to hold the two Scandinavian monitors on board as human shields, to protect vital cargo which was on board the vessel, according to sources in LTTE areas

<b>LTTE move to bypass Norway</b>

The Sunday Times - Our Political Editor

The LTTE has sounded the Government on the possibility of conducting further dialogue on the ongoing peace process on a bilateral basis, leaving out Norway, which is now playing the role of a facilitator.

<b>Moragoda, Balasingham discuss key issues in London</b>

The Sunday Times

Issues regarding the implementation of the ceasefire agreement, preparations for direct talks in Thailand, including the agenda, and the question of an interim administration were discussed for the first time by a UNF government minister, Milinda Moragoda, with LTTE's chief negotiator Anton Balasingham, it was announced last night.

<b>Tigers to resurrect gravestones</b>

Our Jaffna Correspondent - The Sunday Times

Gravestones of the war-dead of the LTTE are to be rebuilt by the LTTE with funds collected from civilians. A statement issued by a committee in charge of this operation said gravestones which had been destroyed by the Army in Kopay, Kodikamam and Nelliyaddy would be rebuilt.

<b>Security zones must go </b>

Shelani Perera - The Sunday Times

With the withdrawal of security forces from schools, places of worship and public buildings, a new problem has arisen over high-security zones around those places.

<b>Release 350 PTA detainees</b>

Tania Fernando - The Sunday Times

In the wake of hunger strike in two jails by PTA detainees, the Attorney General has agreed to make a case-by-case review - with Tamil parties saying that upto 350 of the detainees should be released

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