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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

SWRD ignored and smashed headless, but the son - Anura threatens


Colombo, September 27:One of SWRD Banadranaike’s statutes head was smashed on Thursday on the eve of his remembrance day. Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka’s fourth prime minister, founder of the main opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party, husband of world’s first woman prime minister Sirimavo and father of President Chandrika Kumaratunga was remembered by the family and the faithful, but sadly ignored by the majority of the populace in the country

Government, rebels to swap prisoners in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka -Sat Sep 28- The families of seven military prisoners held for years in Tamil rebels' custody were flown Saturday in a government helicopter to a northern town where their loved ones will be released in a prisoner exchange.

SLMM tells LTTE “We have no authority to intervene in law of the country”

The LTTE has demanded the release of two LTTE cadres arrested by the Trincomalee Police a week ago in exchange for the seven army soldiers who were abducted on Wednesday.<

Government and Tamil Tigers swap prisoners.

From Guna Kajananth at Omanthai

Sri Lankan army and LTTE military exchanged prisoners around noon Saturday in the no-man land between the check points of the two armies that observe ceasefire since February 22. The eagerly awaited exchange of detainees in the custody of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government took place as scheduled in the no man’s land in Omanthai today (28th September).

Delayed Sri Lanka POW swap back on track

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News: Colombo (Reuters)September 26 - A prisoner-of-war swap to raise confidence in Sri Lanka's peace process will take place on Saturday, officials said.

Sri Lanka, rebels seek support to rebuild war-ravaged northeast

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - September 26 - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil rebels will seek multilateral aid to rebuild the country's war-battered areas as both sides move toward ending a 19-year bloody ethnic war, a government minister said Thursday

Next rounds will address core issues - G.L

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Island: Cabinet spokesman and Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L.Peiris said yesterday that the next three rounds of peace talks between the government and LTTE to be held in Thailand would take up the core issues that need to be addressed in finding an equitable solution to the North-East conflict.

LTTE takes seven soldiers into custody

by Sumadhu Weerawarne - The Island

The Island:The LTTE took into custody seven security forces personnel Wednesday afternoon, while they were in what is considered LTTE-controlled area.

British Human rights annual report published

Promotion of human rights is not just a right in itself but an integral part of our long-term security, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said following the publication of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Human Rights Annual Report. The Report incorporates comments and recommendations from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and from a number of human rights non-governmental organisations.

The True story of a scam that needs to be referred to the Interpol

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

You may be surprised to receive this letter from me since you do not know me personally. The purpose of my introduction is that I am Johnson Mowete the first son of Frank Mowete ,a farmer in Zimbabwe who was recently murdered in the land dispute in my country. I got your contact through network online hence decided to write you.
Before the death of my father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US8.5 million (Eight million, Five Hundred thousand United States dollars), in one of the private security company, as he foresaw the looming danger in Zimbabwe this money was deposited in a box as gem stones to avoid much demurrage from security company. This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the Farms and establishment of new farms in Swaziland.<

Posters Threatening EPDP cadres

From our Jaffna correspondent

Colombo, September 26 Posters threatening EPDP cadres to leave Vadamarachchi before October 1 have appeared in most parts of the area.

Government cuts defence allocation


Colombo, September 26 Sri Lanka, vigorously pursuing peace, had cut defence spending by about a third, budget estimates presented to the cabinet reveal.

Vodafone Ireland picks Nokia as the sole supplier for its 3G network

Ireland's leading mobile operator, Vodafone Ireland and Nokia have
signed an agreement for the supply of Nokia's WCDMA 3G solution.
Deliveries begin in October, and under the agreement, Nokia will
provide both 3G core and radio-access network equipment for the
smooth roll-out and introduction of Vodafone Ireland's nationwide
WCDMA network.

Prisoners swap another step in the right direction


Commander Ajith Boyagoda’s wife Shantini and two sons Shahil and Manil left Friday morning to Omanthai to receive Boyagoda, the prize catch the LTTE imprisoned eight years ago. He is being released on Saturday along with six others, the last batch of war prisoners the LTTE says it has in its custody. The government is releasing in return 13
LTTE cadres.

Emirates business class facilities for SriLankan passengers in Dubai

September 25:SriLankan Airlines yesterday announced that their Business Class passengers travelling from Dubai to Colombo now have the same facilities available to Emirates First and Business Class passengers at Dubai International Airport.

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