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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2492

<b>Opposition Submits No-confidence Motion against Minister</b>


Colombo August 19: Sri Lanka’s opposition parties this morning submitted a motion of no-confidence against a senior Minister, charging him on seven grounds, including escalation of violence in the country and attacks on Government opponents.

<b>AG: “No one can give me directives” </b>

The Sunday Leader

The Attorney General has decided to withdraw indictments filed only on the basis of confessions under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

<b>Who’s the boss?</b>

The Sunday Leader

President Chandrika Kumaratunga sure knows how to show who is boss.
With the term of Navy Commander Daya Sandagiri coming to an end, Defence Minister Tilak Marapone recommended a one year extension and Defence Secretary Austin Fernando accordingly forwarded the papers to the president.

<b>A slip of the tongue </b>

The Sunday Leader

The cabinet meeting was in full swing when a memorandum forwarded by Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne seeking compensation for a person from the Kurunegala District came up for discussion.

<b>Stage set for national govt.</b>

The Sunday Leader

The government will launch a huge campaign from next week to mobilise the masses to support the constitutional reforms which are to be introduced in the first week of September, paving the way for a national government.

<b>Why is Otunnu not coming?</b>

Faraza Farook - The Sunday Times

UN Special Representative Olara Otunnu has indefinitely put off his visit to Sri Lanka amidst a controversy over why it was postponed and whether the LTTE persuaded the government to put it off.

<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.

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