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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2344

<b>Bush Pledges Help for Sri Lanka</b>

GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - President Bush ( news - web sites) promised visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe his full backing Wednesday for the South Asian leader's efforts to end his country's long and devastating civil war.

<b>Parliament Members fought a pitched battle</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo - July 24: Three law makers were injured and another, a former minister, fell down in the well of the House, when members of the government and the opposition fought a pitched battle in Sri Lankan parliament this morning.

<b>"I was being the Ring Bear!"</b>

A little boy was in a relative's wedding. As he was coming
down the aisle he would take two steps, stop, and turn to
the crowd alternating between the bride's side and the
groom's side. While facing the crowd, he would put his
hands up like claws and roar...so it went, step, step,
ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle.

<b>Ranil doubts peace talks commencing even after troop withdrawal</b>

The Island

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) — The Sri Lankan government said on Tuesday it was hopeful it could meet the Aug. 2 target date for fulfilling a ceasefire commitment to withdraw its forces from temples and schools in Tamil parts of the country.

<b>Musharraf leads top-level delegation for talks with Lankan leaders</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next Wednesday (31), a government official said yesterday.

<b>Kalutara prison PTA detainees call off fast</b>

Leary Beekmeyer - Daily Mirror

Minister of Community Development and Deputy Minister of Irrigation and Water Management Periasamy Chandrasekeran yesterday, visited the fasting LTTE detainees at the Kalutara prison where the condition of seven inmates was said to be deterioting. The detainees agreed to call off their fast temporarily.

<b>CBK summons media minister</b>

Ranga Sirilal - Daily Mirror

President Chandrika Kumaratuga yesterday told Mass Communication Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar and Ministry Secretary Kumar Abeysinghe to meet her immediately to give the same opportunity to PA General Secretary and two PA Parliamentarians to explain the President's conroversial Polonnaruwa speech which had been repeatedly telecast on state television.

<b>Peoples are seen thronging in this year's relgious festivals</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Vast crowd of people are seen thronging the historic Lord Skanda's shrine at Kataragama, Adi Vel in Colombo and in the Kandy Perahera, Sri Lanka’s most holy religious festivals. Police said that these celebrations had attracted record crowd this year, signifying the relaxed atmosphere in the country, due to the the result of the ceasefire between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelaqm - the rebel outfit and the Sri Lanka Givernment, that had held for the last five months, despite minor violations.

<b>Students Teach, Teachers a Lesson on punctuality - A true life story</b>

Our Correspondent

On last Friday, Students of Bibile Central College, taught their teachers bitter a lesson, on the importance of coming to school on time.

<b>Sri Lanka Marks Massacre Anniversary</b>

SHIMALI SENANAYAKE, Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka marked the 19th anniversary of a massacre of minority Tamils on Tuesday amid the strongest hope in years for an end to a brutal civil war that followed the killings, officials and analysts said.

<b>Interim administration must be democratic, Ranil tells ‘New York Times’</b>

Kesara Abeywardena of The Island, in Washington D.C.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in an interview with the "New York Times" said that an interim administration to the North-East must operate within a democratic framework and with respect for human rights.

<b>Lanka to be gateway to S. Asia: agreement with US shortly</b>

Kesara Abeywardena of The Island, in Washington D.C.

A trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between the US government and Sri Lanka will be signed shortly to enhance US investment and trade with Sri Lanka with a view to making Sri Lanka a gateway to India and South Asia.

<b>Cabinet Sub-Committee: BMW cars airfreighted from Hong Kong / Jakarta</b>

The Island

Investigations by the Cabinet Sub-Committee into the purchase of 49 luxury vehicles and armoured cars at over Rs. 2 billion during the last regime have revealed that some of the BMW cars air freighted to Sri Lanka from Hong Kong and Jakarta were on letters of credit opened by the president’s office.

<b>Rt. Rev. Oswald Gomis to be installed Archbishop of Colombo</b>

Norman Palihawadana - The Island

The Bishop of Anuradhapura, Rt. Rev. Oswald Gomis will be installed as Archbishop of Colombo at a religious ceremony to be held on Saturday (27) morning at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena.

<b>Enough cooks are involved in the delicate Sri Lankan peace process </b>

Letter to the Editor - The Nation

Regarding Kavi Chongkittavorn's op-ed article on "Thailand's role in Sri Lankan peace process" [July 22]: in my opinion, Thailand should have no direct role apart from providing a venue conducive to talks between the parties concerned. Quite to the contrary, we should refrain from injecting ourselves into the sensitive negotiations and not attempt to claim credit or share the limelight in any way.

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