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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

<b>Arumugam queries calling wage increase ‘collective suicide’</b>

Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

CWC leader and Minister Aurumugam Thondaman yesterday asked how plantation companies could state that it would mean collective suicide for them to grant the rupees 30 wage increase when all they asked was a decent living wage of a consolidated rupees 151 per day.

<b>We have ten elementary numbers called digits</b>

Ever since the Stone Age,we humans have counted on our ten
fingers. Our system of numbers shows it. We have ten elementary
numbers called "digits"; a word that also means
fingers. We count on our fingers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
and 9. To go further, we use sequences of digits. When we
run out of two-digit numbers at 99, we go to three digits,
with 100.

<b>Piraba to strengthen Ranil’s Hands</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 3: Political circles here expect the LTTE supremo, the indomitable Velupillai Pirabaharan, to invite the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Vanni for a historic meeting, as a strategic move, to strengthen the Prime Minister’s hand in a possible snap poll.

<b>Pluckers plucked tea; refused to take it to the factory</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 2: Over half million tea and rubber workers are on a novel form of strike, where they do the normal work, but refuse to do anything extra, thus indicating to the managers their displeasure over the low wages they are paid.

<b>Pirabakaran - Wickeramasinghe Summit</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 2 Enthused by US President George Bush’s support and Indian backing for Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s peace moves, LTTE had commenced its preparatory work for a possible Wickremesinghe- Pirabaharan summit and subsequent talks in Thailand, said LTTE and government sources.

<b>Actor’s Wife Chandrika , no doubt, too a Talented Performer</B>

Saba's News Review

I first came to know Chandrika as an actor’s wife, in which capacity she became known to common people, though she was a Bandaranaike, the daughter of two Prime Ministers. But none, perhaps except her classmates and friends at St. Bridget’s knew her histrionic talents, until her Pollonaruwa performance two Sundays back and her claim at a religious function in Veyangoda that she was a member of the school Sinhala and English dramatic societies.

<b>Sri Lanka, Pakistan to sign Free Trade Agreement </b>

AP World Politics

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday on his tour of the island nation, which a state-run newspaper called "a visit of promise."

<b>Pakistan pledges support to Sri Lanka "all the way"</b>

SHIMALI SENANAYAKE, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Thursday he would go "all the way" to help Sri Lanka protect its sovereignty by giving military aid to the South Asian neighbor.

<b>LTTE wants free movement</b>

Sunimalee Dias - Daily Mirror

The LTTE yesterday expressed reservations on holding direct peace talks prior to the full implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement, and called on for the removal of the Sri Lanka Navy to move away from the eastern seas.

<b>PM considers dissolution if CBK row continues</b>

Ranga Srilal - Daily Mirror

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated he would move to have Parliament dissolved this month if President Chandrika Kumaratunga and opposition elements persisted in what he sees as an obstruction of the government's efforts to restore peace and revive the economy, government sources said yesterday.

<b>Karikalan out</b>

Daily Mirror

The LTTE headquarters has summoned the entire top brass of the Batticaloa and Amparai districts, including the controversial Karikalan, to the Wanni while replacing two of his deputies,Thurai and Visu, the Tamil newspaper "Sudar Oli" reported yesterday

<b>Complaint against Eelam Bank</b>

Pujitha Wijetunge - Daily Mirror

A Sinhala Group led by Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Leader Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday met the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Trond Furuhovde and the Central Bank Governor A. S. Jayawardena to make a complaint against Eelam banks being set up by the LTTE in the North and East.

<b>Don't question me on Anura's statements: Mahinda</b>

Kasun Yapa Karunaratne - Daily Mirror

Commenting on a statement alleged to have been made to a daily on July 26 by Anura Bandaranaike, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse said yesterday that the next Presidential Election was of importance to the UNP and the LTTE alone.

<b>Musharraf tells India to face realities on Kashmir</b>

Daily Mirror

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf who avoided Indian airspace and took a secret route in flying to Colombo charged yesterday that India was being unrealistic and hypocritical on the Kashmir issue and trying to reject the viewpoint of virtually the whole world.

<b>Minister Thondaman’s cousin shot dead at Colpetty over Pundalu Oya estate dispute</b>

Norman Palihawadane - The Island

A cousin brother of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure Minister Arumugam Thondaman was shot dead by an unidentified gang inside his vehicle close to Pilawoos Hotel, Kollupitiya last Wednesday (31) night, Kollupitiya police said.

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