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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2582

Not everything in the name of peace — CBK: Take over Defence portfolio, Sangha urges CBK

The Island

The Jathika Sangha Sabhava which held a meeting in protest of the de-ban on the LTTE at the BMICH on Monday proceeded to the President’s House to hand over a petition requesting the President to take over the Defence portfolio to prevent a division of the country.

Army commander and others accused of improper storing of explosives

By Cyril Wimalasurendre, Kandy Corr. - The Island

The Kandy Special Crime Investigation and Operation Unit yesterday (03) filed action against the Sri Lanka Army Commander Lionel Balagalle, a Brigadier and six others at the Kandy Chief Magistrate’s Court accusing them of keeping explosives in stock without adequate care and precaution in a house at the Athurugiriya Millennium City Housing Scheme.

Bishop recommends President-PM MoU

The Island

Bishop of Colombo, Bishop Duleep de Chickera yesterday called for a memorandum of understanding between the President and Prime Minister to ensure a structured process for consultation on major issues, especially economic development, violence, law and order and the peace process.

Rauf Hakeem – Anton Balasingham discussed about the Talks in London

Rauf Hakeem Sri Lankan Minister of Ports and the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress met with LTTE’s Chief Negotiator and theoretician Anton Balasingham yesterday in London. A press release issued by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Hakeem and Balasingham discussed matters related to the upcoming talks in Thailand between the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE.

Why Rajasingham did not mention the past failures of Mr. & Mrs. Balasingham?

Letter to the Editor - Kanthan - London

This is a comment to K T Rajasingham's Article “Scavenging Vultures are encircling – Beware,” which appeared in his column – Direct Talks, dated 01st September 2002, on Sri Lanka's Peace talks in Thailand, writes Kanthan from London. Asian Tribune welcome the views of its readers on important issues of this nature, connected with life of humanity. The full text of Kanthan’s letter is given below:

Upgrading To Husband 1.0

Recently, I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and
noticed that the new program began making unexpected changes
to the accounting software, severely limiting access to
wardrobe, flower and jewelry applications that operated
flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. No mention of this
phenomenon was included in the product brochure.

Tamil Eelam Sports Secretary asked Murali to help develop cricket in Jaffna

From Guna Kajananth in Jaffna

Tamil Eelam Sports Secretary Iniyavan called on Sri Lanka’s top spin bowler Muthiah Muralitharan, who is chasing a world record to become the leading wicket taker in the world, to help develop cricket in the Jaffna peninsula and in Vanni.

Chandrika retracts to avert a crisis.

By: T. Sabaratnam

In what government sources called a major climb down, President Chandrika Kumaratunga told the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that, she is ready to shed her power to unilaterally dissolve parliament after December 5.

Sri Lankan government imposes longer hours on female workers

By Saman Gunadasa - World Socialist Web Site

b>4 September 2002 The United National Front (UNF) government in Sri Lanka has rammed through new labour laws that drastically increase the working hours of female workers. The Factories (Amendment) Bill passed on August 13 allows employers to impose up to 60 hours of overtime per month on female employees and up to 50 hours of overtime on young workers between 16 and 18 years old.

World Bank and U.N. promise dlrs 65 million aid to war-ravaged Sri Lanka, govt says

By ShimaliI Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - The World Bank and United Nations have promised dlrs 65 million in aid to help rebuild Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northeastern region, a top government official said Monday.

Sri Lanka Buddhist clergy says ban on Tamil rebels should continue

AP World Politics

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's powerful Buddhist clergy on Monday opposed a promise by the government to lift a four-year ban on a Tamil rebel group ahead of peace talks, saying the rebels have not abandoned their separatist agenda.

US team here to identify Lankan military training needs

The Island

A team from the National Defence University and the office of the Secretary of Defence of the United States of America is visiting Sri Lanka. They will be here until September 4. The team, headed by Ambassador Robin Raphel, Senior Vice President of the National Defence University and former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, will assess the Sri Lankan military’s educational and training needs and identify potential areas for future U.S. assistance.

Ranil’s men speak of my handbag while allowing unofficial ‘Eelam’ – CBK

by Cyril Wimalasurendare - The Island

Kandy — While an unofficial separate Eelam administration is allowed in the North and East Ranil Wickremesinghe’s colleagues speak of my handbag and a camera and removal of my Executive Presidential Powers, said President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge addressing the 51st anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in Kandy late last evening.

CBK opposes LTTE de-ban

The Island

In a new move concerning the peace process President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that she would oppose both the de-proscription of the LTTE before peace talks in Thailand and granting an interim administration before reaching an agreement on core issues.

Muralitharan makes a glorious entry to Jaffna

Rex Clementine of The Island reporting from Jaffna

Sri Lankan Test player, Muttiah Muralitharan and a couple of other Sri Lankan cricketers made history by becoming the first set of international cricketers to arrive in the war-torn Jaffna Peninsula and by playing a friendly cricket match at the Central College Grounds in Jaffna. Muralitharan along with other Sri Lankan Test stars, wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana and left-arm fast bowler Ruchira Perera crossed over in Jaffna to a thunderous reception from the local crowd, who had seen their heroes only in pictures and televisions.

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