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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

<b>Swedish heralding the North-East and the Tiger propagandist</b>

Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

The North East Herald is out. It is not just another newspaper. But, a newspaper sponsored by the Swedish government through Sida. The initial funding is about 2.2 million rupees (Swedish Kroner 220,00).

<b>Stalemate in wage negotiations</b>

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) having received representations from the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PAC) which is an affiliated association of the Chamber is concerned to note that there is a stalemate in the wage negotiations between the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) who are acting on behalf of the "plantation companies and the main labour unions". This has resulted in the trade unions launching action in the form of a non co-operation with management" campaign.

<b>Arumugan Thondaman Wriggles Out of a Failing Plantation Strike </b>


Colombo August 5: The leader of Sri Lanka’s biggest plantation trade union today wriggled out of a failing strike he launched five days ago demanding Rs. 30 rise in the daily wage.

<b>Thai Police Targets Secondary School students as informants and spies</b>

The Police in Thailand has targeted secondary school going students as young as 13, 14 and 15 years to work as spies and informants for them. The school going students, girls and boys who are in their tender age, who may in their enthusiasm by assuming to play the role of James Bond 007, they may end up exposing themselves to the horror of criminality.

<b>Mathematician buys drinks for the lady who was not there.</b>

Every Friday afternoon, a mathematician goes down to the
bar, sits in the second-to-last seat, turns to the last seat,
which is empty, and asks a girl who isn't there if he can
buy her a drink.

<b> Tigers Steal the Show in Jaffna Fair</b>

Guna Kajananth

Jaffna August 5 : Tigers did the most brisk business at the last day of the three day Jaffna Trade Fair today, and their wares sold much faster than the fast selling bicycles.

<b>Crucial President-Prime Minister Meeting Today</b>


Colombo - August 6: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will decide whether to continue to cohabit with President Chandrika Kumaratunga, or to seek a fresh mandate from the people, after today’s meeting with her, Prime Minister’s office said this morning.

<b>Four Sri Lankans in sea drama — hijack trawler in Oman</b>

Norman Palihawadane - The Island

On a tip off, a trawler worth several million rupees, hijacked by four Sri Lankans employed in Oman found from a boatyard there, was hidden in the Munakkarai Canal, Negombo.

<b>Malaysian Airlines begin services to Sri Lanka</b>

The Island

The new airline service between Sri Lanka and Malaysia being inaugurated with the arrival of the MH 188 plane belonging to Malaysian Airlines at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake yesterday.

<b>Fee-levying medical college: Student protest begins today</b>

Saman Indrajith - The Island

University students will demonstrate and agitate from today until Friday (09) as their first round of agitation against the establishment of a fee-levying medical college at Piliyandala demanding the immediate closure of the institute and then to peoplise it.

<b>Jaffna Chamber of Commerce to boycott trade fair</b>

Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

The Jaffna Chamber of Commerce has decided to boycott the northern trade fair organised by Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Minister Jayalath Jayawardane over its continuous non-responsive attitude for help asked for to problems facing the business community in the north.

<b>Man slays a cat with pocket knife to safe his life</b>

Agency News

Attacked in the head, 62 year old David Parker was able to pull out his small folding knife and kill the cat during the incident on Thursday evening. He then walked more than a kilometer to get help from workers at a log-sorting facility.

<b>More Blessings To Ponder</b>

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back,
a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than
75% of this world.

<b>People Patronize the Fair, Local Traders Keep Out</b>

Guna Kajananth

Jaffna, August 4: Over 6000 persons of all walks of life visited the trade fair this morning, reflecting the enthusiasm it had created among the people who were starved of most of the goods displayed by the seventy stalls, out of which, about sixty of them are nationally reputed, Colombo based, leading business concerns.

<b>LTTE and TNA to Coordinate political activities to promote Peace</b>

T. Sabaratnam

Colombo August 5: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have decided to coordinate their political activities and to work jointly to promote the peace process and the rebuilding of rebuilding of the war-damaged north-eastern province, TNA politicians and LTTE radio said.

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