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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2466

<b>New "Sinhala Mahawamsa" dedicated to God Vishnu at Kande Vihara</b>

The Island -Bentota Corr.

The Mahawamsa is the proud record of the Sinhala Nation, going back to over 2,500 years with uninterrupted written history by several historians from time to time. No other nation in the world could boast of such continuity. The great work contains nearly 10,000 Pali stanzas. There is a Sinhala version in verse, too.

<b>Reactionaries in bid to scuttle peace process – Rev. Fr. Jesuraja</b>

From J. Antony —The Island - Ratnapura Corr.

Reactionaries are attempting to scuttle the ongoing peace process. They are against negotiations. They should change their thinking and support the peace process if peace is to dawn. There are also certain newspapers which publish distorted facts. They are only helping those against peace. These papers should act more responsibly for the future of this beautiful land.

<b>Sri Lanka: Cross infections kill seven children at pediatric hospital</b>

A correspondent of the World Socialist Website

Seven children have died in the last two months in Sri Lanka after contracting hospital-acquired infections in Lady Ridgeway Hospital, the country’s only designated pediatric hospital. Most of the deaths were the result of infections from pathogens resistant to simple antibiotics. This tragedy, which has received little publicity, is a product of government cuts that have undermined the already meagre facilities and led to the overcrowding of patients, serious staff shortages and poor sanitary conditions.

<b>Defence Secretary Orders Army to vacate all private houses </b>


Colombo July 21 : Defence Secretary Austin Fernando today ordered the army to vacate all private houses they occupy by August 2, as stated in the ceasefire agreement and to stop immediately the felling palmyrah trees.

<b>Proposed removal of Ravi Karunanayake:Govt. denies President’s allegation</b>

The Island

The Office of the Government Spokesman yesterday made the following comments on the action proposed by the President to remove Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Ravi Karunanayake from the Cabinet of Ministers.

<b>Regional Energy Officials Tackle Climate Change</b>

"Keeping the Earth hospitable to civilization requires dramatic cuts in
fossil fuel combustion and a worldwide transition to clean energy," said
Mr. Kim Hak-Su, UN ESCAP's Executive Secretary. "Without making energy
production and consumption work for common goals, we can but dream of
sustainable development."

<b>LTTE-TNA strategic meeting on Saturday</b>

Shelani Perera - The Sunday Times

The Tamil National Alliance is to meet the LTTE on Saturday to discuss the Government's progress on the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

<b>Anura-Mahinda quarrel worsens</b>

Harinda Vidanage - The Sunday Times

The dispute between Anura Bandaranaike and Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse has intensified with Mr. Bandaranaike accusing Mr. Rajapakse of being involved in an organized effort to destabilise the position of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and himself in the party, with the support of the UNP.

<b>LTTE police: walk-in interviews</b>

The Sunday Times

The LTTE in a bid to expand its police force has called for applications to recruit cadres.

<b>More diplomatic double trouble</b>

Neville de Silva in London - The Sunday Times

The High Commission in London is not the only Sri Lankan diplomatic mission having to cope with untested and unqualified persons sent to man them by the Foreign Ministry in Colombo.

<b>Kalmunai girl wants Colombo, rejects Jaffna</b>

Laila Nasry - The Sunday Times

A Kalmunai student who had obtained three As and one B at the G.C.E. Advanced Level, examinations has petitioned the Supreme Court, alleging she had been wrongfully discriminated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the assignment of universities.

<b>President cannot be prosecutor and judge - Fowzie </b>

The Sunday Leader

Former Transport Minister and Member of Parliament A.H.M.Fowzie has told President Chandrika Kumaratunga that she cannot be the "prosecutor and the judge," adding that in terms of Section 14 (viii) of the party constitution, she has no powers to take action against him.

<b>Peace talks back on track </b>

The Sunday Leader

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has outlined its position to Oslo on the envisaged preliminary round of talks scheduled to be held in Thailand with the Sri Lankan government.

<b>A big rooster</b>

"Well, I bought this jigsaw puzzle, but it's too hard.
None of the pieces fit together, and I can't find any

<b>VISAS FOR AFRICANS: Mixed reception for tighter rules</b>

The Nation

Drugs police back move; immigration chief warns of impact on tourism
Anti-narcotics police yesterday welcomed the suspension of visas for Africans by Thai embassies in neighbouring countries, but the reaction from others was mixed.

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