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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Sri Lankan government imposes longer hours on female workers

By Saman Gunadasa - World Socialist Web Site

b>4 September 2002 The United National Front (UNF) government in Sri Lanka has rammed through new labour laws that drastically increase the working hours of female workers. The Factories (Amendment) Bill passed on August 13 allows employers to impose up to 60 hours of overtime per month on female employees and up to 50 hours of overtime on young workers between 16 and 18 years old.

World Bank and U.N. promise dlrs 65 million aid to war-ravaged Sri Lanka, govt says

By ShimaliI Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - The World Bank and United Nations have promised dlrs 65 million in aid to help rebuild Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northeastern region, a top government official said Monday.

Sri Lanka Buddhist clergy says ban on Tamil rebels should continue

AP World Politics

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's powerful Buddhist clergy on Monday opposed a promise by the government to lift a four-year ban on a Tamil rebel group ahead of peace talks, saying the rebels have not abandoned their separatist agenda.

US team here to identify Lankan military training needs

The Island

A team from the National Defence University and the office of the Secretary of Defence of the United States of America is visiting Sri Lanka. They will be here until September 4. The team, headed by Ambassador Robin Raphel, Senior Vice President of the National Defence University and former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, will assess the Sri Lankan military’s educational and training needs and identify potential areas for future U.S. assistance.

Ranil’s men speak of my handbag while allowing unofficial ‘Eelam’ – CBK

by Cyril Wimalasurendare - The Island

Kandy — While an unofficial separate Eelam administration is allowed in the North and East Ranil Wickremesinghe’s colleagues speak of my handbag and a camera and removal of my Executive Presidential Powers, said President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge addressing the 51st anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in Kandy late last evening.

CBK opposes LTTE de-ban

The Island

In a new move concerning the peace process President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that she would oppose both the de-proscription of the LTTE before peace talks in Thailand and granting an interim administration before reaching an agreement on core issues.

Muralitharan makes a glorious entry to Jaffna

Rex Clementine of The Island reporting from Jaffna

Sri Lankan Test player, Muttiah Muralitharan and a couple of other Sri Lankan cricketers made history by becoming the first set of international cricketers to arrive in the war-torn Jaffna Peninsula and by playing a friendly cricket match at the Central College Grounds in Jaffna. Muralitharan along with other Sri Lankan Test stars, wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana and left-arm fast bowler Ruchira Perera crossed over in Jaffna to a thunderous reception from the local crowd, who had seen their heroes only in pictures and televisions.

Students forced open roads destroying barriers

From Our Jaffna Correspondent

Point Pedro, September 2: Angry students, more than 3000 in numbers, marched this morning and broken into the headquarters of army regiment 524, located at Point-Pedro, the northern most tip of the Island, setting fire to the guard rooms and bunkers, destroying and burning barriers and tearing check points, thus forced opening two roads which were kept closed by the military for a very long time.

Newly Married

A man met a beautiful Blond lady and he decided he wanted to marry her right away. He proposed to her. She said, "But we don't know anything about each other."

Sri Lanka president says go slow on lifting ban

Scott McDonald - Reuters

Colmbo (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga criticised the government on Sunday for its plan to lift a ban on the Tamil Tiger rebels, casting a cloud over peace talks set to start in two weeks.

Deproscribing the LTTE is disastrous: Terrorists who tried to kill President to be Released

Divaina Corr. Chatura Pamunuwa : The Island

The leader of Sihala Urumaya Thilak Karunarathne said all parties including the PA and JVP should protest jointly against what he described as betrayal of the country to the Tigers. He was addressing the second convention of the Sihala Urumaya held at the Mahaweli Centre.

Remove all arbitrary powers of presidency: DLF

The Island

The Democratic Left Front calls for the abolition of the Executive Presidency and restoration of the right of members of Parliament to act in accordance with their conscience as representatives of the people, stated a press release issued by the party signed by Percy Wickremesekere Secretary and Vasudeva Nanayakkara National Organizer of the party. The statement further said:

Malwatte prelate opposed to stripping executive presidential powers piecemeal

Kandy: The Mahanayake Thero of Malwatte, the Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi, said yesterday (01) that he was not in favour of pruning the powers of the President.

Todays politicians mercenary minded — Malwatte Prelate

by Cyril Wimalasurendre, Kandy Corr. - The Island

"Present day politicians desire to become MPs and ministers to make money. We can judge from what appears in the media what some ministers have done. It is shameful and morally wrong," commented the Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Mahanayake Thero of Malwatte, yesterday (01).

Vadamaradchchi SW PS attacked : EPDP accuses LTTE

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The new office of the EPDP controlled Vadamaradchchi South West Pradeshiya Sabha built at a cost of eight million rupees and scheduled to be opened today was attacked and damaged in the early hours of yesterday allegedly by the LTTE.

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