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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2527

<b>Buddhist Clergy led by the congregation</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 20: In a major development, the hard -line Buddhist clergy had begun to fall in line with its congregation.

In a statement issued yesterday, The National Sangha Council, an organization of Buddhist clergy said, the country today needs peace more than anything else and the people are yearning for peace.

<b>It was my first day with the hook – Pirate</b>

A man meets a pirate in bar. The has peg leg hookand an eye patch.

<b>Legislation to Clip President’s Powers before Parliament early September</b>

T. Sabaratnam

Colombo August 20: The ruling United National Party’s governing council has finally decided to proceed with its proposal to clip the President’s constitutional powers to dissolve parliament at the end of first year.

<b>In terms of sea movement agreement —170 LTTE cadres move from Wanni to Vakarai on ‘leave’</b>

Zacki Jabbar and Norman Pallihawadana- The Island

The first movement of unarmed LTTE cadres between the Wanni and Eastern Province in terms of last week’s sea agreement reached between the Government and LTTE commenced yesterday morning, but not without a hitch.

<b>Commends ‘Peace Process’ -Japan to assist North-East rehabilitation projects</b>

Sanjeevi Jayasuriya reporting from Trincomalee - The Island

The Japanese Govt. will assist the North and East rehabilitation projects and has identified four priority areas which needed prompt attention, said the Japanese Ambassador Seichiro Otshuka, yesterday.

<b>We are not allowed to give the last name</b>

My daughter called me at work to say I received a call from
"Josh" at the bank regarding my account. So, I called my
bank and the operator asked me what Josh's last name was and
I explained that he hadn't left his last name.<

<b>Asias Bill Gates as PMs advisor</b>

Nisthar Cassim reporting from Trincomalee - Daily Mirror

Infosys Chairman and Chief Mentor Narayana Murthy is to be appointed as an advisor on information technology to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Sri Lankan Government, Industries Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said today.

<b>Government and LTTE to start Peace Campaign</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 19: The Government and the LTTE are planning peace campaigns to win over the people to their peace effort.

<b> Sri Lankan Navy and EPDP were involved in the Kayts Assault of the LTTErs.</b>

Colombo August 19 : The 3-member probe team that inquired into the June 20 assault on the LTTE political heads of the Jaffna islands, has found that a group of the Sri Lanka Navy personnel did it with assistance from either the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP).

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

T.Sabaratnam

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.

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