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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

<b>Asian Athletics Championship opens in Sri Lanka with pageantry </b>

Sandeep Nakai, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - After years of separatist violence, Sri Lanka on Thursday inaugurated its biggest ever sporting event, the 14th Asian Athletics Championships, amid hopes of a return to peaceful times.

<b>Sri Lanka selects auspicious time to open Asian Athletics Championship </b>

AP World Politics

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Thousands of spectators and hundreds of athletes from across Asia were entertained to music, dances and para-gliding as Sri Lanka waited for an auspicious time to declare open the 14th Asian Athletics Championships on Thursday.

<b>Sri Lanka: Tamil Tigers Talks Likely in September</b>

Y.P. Rajesh - World - Reuters

New Delhi (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said on Thursday that long-delayed peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels could take place as early as September

<b>Sri Lankan talks could begin as early as next month, Sri Lanka minister says </b>

AP World Politics

New Delhi, India- Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels aimed at ending the country's 19-year civil war could begin as early as next month, the visiting Sri Lankan foreign minister said Thursday.

<b>PM proposes compromise: Dissolve parliament only with two-third approval</b>

Zacki Jabbar - The Island

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as a compromise measure has informed President Chandrika Kumaratunga to use her executive power of dissolving parliament after one year of an election only if two thirds of the legislature are agreeable to it.

<b>President offered prime Rupavahini time</b>

The Island

In an apparent bid to lessen animosity between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the government over a range of issues, particularly the alleged plot topple the administration, the government Wednesday (7) night agreed to give prime air time over Rupavahini to the president, political sources said yesterday.

<b>Major General challenged in SC</b>

Chitra Weerarathne - The Island

Major H. Sharada Karunathilake, the second in command officer of the Sri Lanka National Guard, based at Kohuwala has challenged in the Supreme Court, the recent order of compulsory leave without pay, imposed on him by Major General A. E. D. Wijendra, Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force Headquarters, Battaramulla.

<b>Peace endeavours of CBK, PM will succeed – US ambassador</b>

Kandy: The ambassador for the United States of America Ashley Wills said in Kandy on Wednesday (7) that the peace endeavour of the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka would be a success.

<b>Asgiri Nayaka Thera lauds US for supporting peace process</b>

Cyril Wimalasurendre, Kandy Corr. - The Island

The Mahanayake Thero of Asgiriya Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha on Wednesday paid a tribute to the United States of America (USA) for her cooperation in the peace process launched by the Sri Lankan Government.

<b>Son returns from Australia in search of father abducted by LTTE</b>

Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has abducted another innocent civilian and his son has returned to Sri Lanka in search of his father. Anthony Johnson is a 59 year old Sri Lankan Burgher who was a civilian employee of the Sri Lankan Navy for more than 20 years in Trincomalee. He was abducted by the LTTE last week and currently being held in a LTTE camp in Muttur according to information received by his son. His son Jerytton Johnson, a Sri Lankan Burgher studying at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia for his Masters arrived in Sri Lanka on 24 July and his whereabouts are not known now. His original address is 1846, Mary’s Street, Palaiyuthu, Trincomalee.

<b>PM issues ultimatum to President</b>

Prasad Gunewardene - The Island

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday night issued the ultimatum of his government in writing to President Chandrika Kumaratunga to respond setting out the three conditions for the Executive to agree, informed sources said.

<b>Rupavahini declines to give President desired slots</b>

The Island

Rupavahini yesterday declined to give air time over the Rupavahini to President Chandrika Kumaratunga today (8), authoritative sources said yesterday.

<b>Ranil-Kadirgamar talks to overcome ‘coup’ crisis</b>

The Island

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday held talks with former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in a bid to explore ways and means of overcoming the present crisis triggered by claims that President Chandrika Kumaratunga was seeking to topple the government. The government has accused SLFP frontliner Anura Bandaranaike, MP and Mangala Samaraweera, MP of conspiring to topple the government through unconstitutional means.

<b>Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.</b>

The Island

Trade between the countries has been low, totalling less than $100 million in 2000.

<b>Opposition’s protest rally will recall 1953 hartal</b>

Anura Balasuriya - The Island

A demonstration by the opposition to protest against government’s political victimisation, pruning down of Samurdhi, privatisation and increasing cost of living will be held on Monday August 12 in Colombo, Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapakse said.

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