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

Legal dilemma over prisoner exchange

The Island

Five of the 24 LTTE cadres whose release had been sought by them in return for the release of seven security forces personnel in their custody, have been released, authoritative sources said.

LTTE to release 12 child soldiers

Namini Wijedasa - The Island

Apparently giving into growing pressure — locally and internationally — over the recruitment of children as fighting cadres, the LTTE is taking action to release twelve of them today or tomorrow, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission said yesterday.

Govt gets tough over 19th amendment: Sets time frame to prevent foot-dragging

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The 19th amendment to the constitution approved by cabinet last Wednesday is due to be gazetted on September 3 and presented to parliament on September 10 following a special cabinet meeting, high ranking government sources said yesterday.

CBK falls down, breaks ankle

Sunday Times

President Chandrika Kumaratunga flew back to Sri Lanka on Friday night amidst an unprecedented constitutional crisis but ran into immediate personal trouble when she fell down the staircase at President's House and injured her ankle.

Sinhala MPs to take ban campaign to villages

Sunday Tmes

A group representing Sinhala opposition MPs are to carry out a mass protest campaign against the Government's decision to lift the ban on the LTTE.<

Minister to boycott UNF group meetings

Sunday Times

Hindu Cultural Affairs Minister T. Maheshwaran, reportedly involved in a major clash with the Prime Minister, vowed yesterday he would not attend UNF parliamentary group meetings until the grievances he highlighted were sorted out.

Jaffna trade fair a flop

By Wilson Gnanadass - The Sunday Leader

Private companies that participated in a trade fair organised by the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Ministry in collaboration with Connaissance de Ceylan, (CDC) in Jaffna, have condemned the manner in which the fair was organised.

PA general secretary challenges Amunugama

By Wilson Gnanadass - The Sunday Leader

Various members of the People’s Alliance (PA) holding press conferences without proper approval from the leadership is to be taken up at the next PA group meeting, PA members said.

Govt. reluctant to release four Tigers

The Sunday Leader

The scheduled exchange of prisoners between the government and LTTE has hit a snag because of a reluctance to release four Tiger members involved in serious acts of crime.

Twenty years ago I had a brief affair.

To celebrate 50 years of marriage, a couple booked a
weekend at St. Andrews. On the 3rd tee, the husband
said, "Darling, I have to confess something. Twenty
years ago I had a brief affair. It meant nothing. I
hope that you can forgive me."

Hakeem flies to London to meet Bala

By Guna Kajananth

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Before leaving to the airport to fly to London for a meeting with LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and the Minister of Ports Rauff Hakeem said he wanted to “sort some important matters” with the LTTE before September 16 Thailand talks begins.

A minister shouts to police - My Prime Minister is Pirabaharan.


Colombo, August 31: A Tamil Minister yesterday shouted to the police that, his Prime Minister is LTTE supremo Velupillai Pirabaharan and not Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Letter of Recommendation

Bob Smith, my assistant programmer, can always be found
hard at work in his cubicle. Bob works independently, without wasting company time talking to colleagues. Bob never
thinks twice about assisting fellow employees, and he always
finishes given assignments on time. Often, Bob takes extended measures to complete his work, sometimes skipping
coffee breaks.

Sri Lanka: Peace talks first of many such rounds : Sattahip naval base chosen as the venue

Bangkok Post reporters

The Sept 16-18 talks in Thailand between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lanka government will be the first of many rounds, a Norwegian diplomat said yesterday.

Sri Lanka Government - Tamil Tigers Talks to begin with ceremonial opening


Colombo, August 30 Ceremonial opening followed by discussion about the agenda for the next rounds of talks would be the main concern of the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam delegations, when they meet on September 16 , the chief government negotiator said today.

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