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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2464

<b>CBK departs: political crisis deepens</b>

Political Editor - The Sunday Times

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga made an unannounced exit from Sri Lanka yesterday ruling out any hope of a mutually-agreed co-habitation plan with the UNF Government.

<b>TNA wants Tigers for local elections</b>

Shelani Perera - The Sunday Times

The Tamil National Alliance is demanding fresh nominations for local government elections for the northern and eastern provinces in an apparent move to accommodate some LTTE cadres in the nomination lists.

<b>Interim council not against constitution, says PM</b>

Sinniah Gurunathan, Trincomalee correspondent: The Sunday Rimes

Hardly 72 hours after the LTTE agreed to come for peace talks with the Sri Lankan government for the fourth time, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared that the setting up of an interim administration for the northern and eastern provinces will not be against the constitution.

<b>Gazette on Sept 2 to lift LTTE ban</b>

The Sunday Times

The proscription on the LTTE will be lifted by a Gazette notification due to be issued on on September 2, authoritative sources said yesterday.

<b>My wife ran off with a police officer</b>

A man was driving home late one afternoon, and he was
driving above the speed limit. He notices a police car
with its red lights on in his rear view mirror. He thinks
"I can outrun this guy," so he floors it and the race is
on. The cars are racing down the highway -- 60, 70, 80, 90
miles an hour. Finally, as his speedometer passes 100, the
guy figures "what the heck," and gives up. He pulls over
to the curb.

<b>Ranil says hurdles there will be but they would be overcome</b>

From Guna Kajananth in Trincomalee, August 17: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe winding up the 2-day National Executive Committee meeting of the United National Party (UNP), held here at Eastern Port City, for the first time in the 58-year history of the party said, that hurdles would be placed on the path to peace, but vowed to hop them over.

<b>Sees no hitch first round in Thailand: PM warns of possible snags in talks</b>

Sanjeevi Jayasuriya reporting from Trincomalee - The Island

<b>Future of` present parliament: Over 20 PA MPs to meet govt. team</b>

Prasad Gunewardene - The Island

Six former People’s Alliance Ministers and 15 PA Parliamentarians are scheduled to meet a government ministerial team over the weekend to discuss the future of the present parliament and the conscience voting bill due to be moved in parliament shortly, opposition sources disclosed.

<b>JVP hems and haws: Opposition parties welcome peace talks</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Office of the President on Thursday welcomed the tripartite decision involving the governments of Sri Lanka and Norway and the LTTE to hold the first face-to-face formal meeting in Thailand. The Norwegian government will announce the exact date for the meeting scheduled to take place between the 12th and the 17th of September.

<b>Japan welcomes Govt. — LTTE formal talks for peace</b>

The Island

The Government of Japan welcomes that the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), through the facilitation of the Government of Norway, have agreed to commence formal talks in order to resolve the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

<b>U.S. welcomes mid-September peace talks in Thailand</b>

The Island

The United States on Thursday welcomed the announcement that the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE would hold peace talks in Thailand in mid-September, Deputy State Department spokesman Philip Reeker told reporters August 15.

<b>EPDP cadre complains to court of police torture</b>

Chitra Weerarathne - The Island

A 33-year-old member of the EPDP, Michael Colin David of Trincomalee has complained to the Supreme Court in a Fundamental Rights violation application that at the fourth floor of Police Headquarters in Colombo he was made to lie on a bench, his mouth was closed and water was poured into his nostrils. This occurred in July this year.

<b>Ashley and Anura bury the hatchet</b>

The Island

After a recent hard-hitting exchange of letters between the US Ambassador and the Senior Presidential Advisor, Anura Bandaranaike, MP, given much publicity in the media, one would have thought that the battle would have continued. Informed sources say that this unusual and sensitive situation ended by smoking the ‘peace pipe’, as the Americans say, at the American Ambassador’s residence. ‘Jefferson House’ on Wednesday night!

<b>Ceasefire violation complaints to monitors total 740</b>

Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island

A total of 740 complaints have been received by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) headquarters since the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and the LTTE was signed on February 22.

<b>LTTE ban off first week of Sept.</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Prime Minister’s promise to lift the ban on the LTTE ten days prior to talks "will be fulfilled", cabinet spokesman, G. L. Peiris said on Thursday .

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