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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2585

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.

T.Sabaratnam

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

T.Sabaratnam

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.

Son Slays Father and Elopes with his Stepmother

From our Colombo Correspondent

Father - a farmer, brought home an 18-year-old girl and told his son by the first wife, that she is his stepmother. The buxom young slender, good looking young lady is so attractive and charming to be the son’s stepmother.

Sri Lanka foreign minister taking cricket to Bhutan

AP World Politics

29 August, Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's government on Thursday dispatched its foreign minister and two cricketers to Bhutan to explore if the game can become as popular there as it is across the rest of South Asia.

Sangha Sabhava to protest over de-banning of LTTE

Sanjeevi Jayasuriya - The Island

The Jathika Sangha Sabhava has organised a mass sangha congress in protest against de-banning LTTE and giving it a free hand in administration under the shadow of an interim council to be held on September 2 at the BMICH. The organisers expect a large participation of organisations which oppose these moves by the government.

CBK given time till Tuesday to respond: Cabinet approves 19th Amendment

Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Cabinet of Ministers despite a written directive by President Chandrika Kumaratunga not to take up constitutional matters at last night’s cabinet meeting approved the proposed 19 th Amendment to the Constitution which would strip the President of her power to dissolve parliament one year after an election.

Summit helps easing 800,000 Lankan maids burdens

Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island

Minister of Women’s Affairs Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake representing the Labour Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe addressing the final day of the RSFDW which was held on Wednesday at the Hotel Trans Asia said: ‘Currently around eight lakhs of Sri Lankan housemaids are working in foreign countries.

Plantation Dispute Settled

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 29: Plantation wage dispute was settled today with trade unions accepting the daily wage of Rs. 147 offered by the employers.

Those little hand painted signs hung in so many kitchens – The Kitchen Signs

You have all seen those little hand painted signs hung in so many kitchens. Many are heart-warming and homey, but many are simply hilarious. Here is some:

Government Postpones Faith Vote Fearing Crossovers?

Colombo, August 29: Opposition sources said yesterday the government postponed today’s debate on its confidence motion fearing the crossover of six of its members to the opposition.

Remembering Amrithalingham

K.T.Rajasingham

Appapillai Amrithalingham, a good soul without any blemishes, lived in the midst of us, tirelessly worked for the humanity and in the end, he was shot and killed by the very people, he was responsible for promoting them, in the early 1970s.<

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