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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2463

<b>Sri Lanka says it will lift ban on Tamil rebel group</b>

Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka said Thursday it will lift a four-year ban on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels but would not negotiate for an independent Tamil homeland during peace talks next month.

<b>UNHCR delegation - Vanni Rehab Ministry pow-wow on displaced persons</b>

The Island

The visiting 3-Member delegation led by Mr. Kamal Morjane, United Nations Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees met Mr. Noordeen Mashoor, Minister of Vanni Rehabilitation on Wedbesday (14) at his Ministry Office in Colombo to discuss the present situation of the internally displaced persons in the Northern Province.

<b>CBK not agreeable to piecemeal amendments to constitution</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The President is not agreeable to piecemeal amendments to the constitution, Presidential spokesman Harim Peiris said on Wednesday.

<b>Confirmed LTTE violations mark 146 — SLMM</b>

The Island

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) on Wednesday (14) ruled that the LTTE has violated the ceasefire agreement 146 times.

<b>LTTE takes control of govt. estate, replaces manager</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The LTTE has taken control of a 475- acre government estate in the Tirukkovil police area, police said on Wednesday. They have also replaced its manager identified as Ponnambalam Thurairaja, the sources said, adding that a former employee of the estate identified as Krishnapillai has been appointed as the manager.

<b>Trinco holds an exhibition and hosts a convention</b>

From Guna Kajananth in TrincomaleeThe eastern natural harbour Trincomalee where members of Sri Lanka’s three major communities- Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims coexist has assumed a festive atmosphere as hectic preparations are afoot
to hold a massive industrial exhibition and the delegates conference of the governing United National Party (UNP). Both open on Friday.

<b>Ranil calls Oslo agreement first victory</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 15: An elated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the Government Parliamentary Group, which met this morning that, the Oslo announcement about the beginning of talks in Thailand in September, was “the first victory” for government’s peace policy.

<b>Hi…. Maybe it made me look sensitive</b>

Good morning, folks! My good friend Billy and his wife hosted a birthday party for their two-year-old daughter Isabel Saturday afternoon. Being a conscientious God-father I went out Saturday morning to buy her a birthday present.

<b>Cycling around Ceylon – Episode – (1).</b>

K.T.Rajasingham

Cycling around Ceylon was one of our longstanding, unfulfilled desire. Before breaking more detail, it must be clearly told that, those days we have not traveled much. From our village – Arthiday, we have traveled to the Jaffna city, which was the capital city of our district. When I was 10 years old, I went with my mother to the eastern port city of Trincomalee and again with my brother, once to Colombo, the capital city of our country. Those days there was no need to travel all over. You study in your school in the village and that is all. Nothing much to do when you were a student.

<b>Right About Turn</b>

T.Sabaratnam

On Wednesday morning, President’s Media spokesman Harim Peiris presented his boss’s current sale material. I am in support of the abolition of the executive presidential system but will oppose any selective tinkering with the constitution and I am in support of the peace process but the government must start the peace talks soon.

<b>Peace Prayer and LTTE Police Attract Attention of Madhu Pilgrims</b>

From Guna Kajananth at Trincomalee. Ignatius Thevanesan and his wife Mary, who returned from Madhu this morning were thrilled with their experience.

<b>Government and LTTE name Negotiators</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo- August 16 :The Government and the LTTE today named their peace negotiators for the forthcoming Thailand talks to be held in September second week.

<b>Sri Lanka to Lift Ban on Tamil Rebels Before Talks</b>

World - Reuters

Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government will lift a ban on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels 10 days before peace talks that will begin mid September aimed at ending one of Asia's most protracted ethnic wars. "It was always going to be at least 10 days before," Bradman Weerakoon, the prime minister's secretary told Reuters.

<b>Army, LTTE to have frontline links</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The government and the LTTE are in the process of establishing direct communication links between their frontline fighting units deployed in the Jaffna peninsula and reaching a consensus on the deployment of forward observation and listening posts ahead of their respective defence lines to avoid possible ‘confrontations’, authoritative military sources said yesterday.

<b>Colombo MC Suresh Kaleel shot dead at Hulftsdorp </b>

The Island

The SLMCs Colombo Municipal Councillor Suresh Kaleel (42) who was fatally shot at by unidentified assailants while at his Meeraniya Street Hulftsdorp office at noon yesterday succumbed to his injuries on the way to Colombo National Hospital.

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