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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

<b>Confirmed LTTE violations mark 146 — SLMM</b>

The Island

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) on Wednesday (14) ruled that the LTTE has violated the ceasefire agreement 146 times.

<b>LTTE takes control of govt. estate, replaces manager</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The LTTE has taken control of a 475- acre government estate in the Tirukkovil police area, police said on Wednesday. They have also replaced its manager identified as Ponnambalam Thurairaja, the sources said, adding that a former employee of the estate identified as Krishnapillai has been appointed as the manager.

<b>Trinco holds an exhibition and hosts a convention</b>

From Guna Kajananth in TrincomaleeThe eastern natural harbour Trincomalee where members of Sri Lanka’s three major communities- Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims coexist has assumed a festive atmosphere as hectic preparations are afoot
to hold a massive industrial exhibition and the delegates conference of the governing United National Party (UNP). Both open on Friday.

<b>Ranil calls Oslo agreement first victory</b>


Colombo, August 15: An elated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the Government Parliamentary Group, which met this morning that, the Oslo announcement about the beginning of talks in Thailand in September, was “the first victory” for government’s peace policy.

<b>Hi…. Maybe it made me look sensitive</b>

Good morning, folks! My good friend Billy and his wife hosted a birthday party for their two-year-old daughter Isabel Saturday afternoon. Being a conscientious God-father I went out Saturday morning to buy her a birthday present.

<b>Cycling around Ceylon – Episode – (1).</b>


Cycling around Ceylon was one of our longstanding, unfulfilled desire. Before breaking more detail, it must be clearly told that, those days we have not traveled much. From our village – Arthiday, we have traveled to the Jaffna city, which was the capital city of our district. When I was 10 years old, I went with my mother to the eastern port city of Trincomalee and again with my brother, once to Colombo, the capital city of our country. Those days there was no need to travel all over. You study in your school in the village and that is all. Nothing much to do when you were a student.

<b>Right About Turn</b>


On Wednesday morning, President’s Media spokesman Harim Peiris presented his boss’s current sale material. I am in support of the abolition of the executive presidential system but will oppose any selective tinkering with the constitution and I am in support of the peace process but the government must start the peace talks soon.

<b>Peace Prayer and LTTE Police Attract Attention of Madhu Pilgrims</b>

From Guna Kajananth at Trincomalee. Ignatius Thevanesan and his wife Mary, who returned from Madhu this morning were thrilled with their experience.

<b>Government and LTTE name Negotiators</b>


Colombo- August 16 :The Government and the LTTE today named their peace negotiators for the forthcoming Thailand talks to be held in September second week.

<b>Sri Lanka to Lift Ban on Tamil Rebels Before Talks</b>

World - Reuters

Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government will lift a ban on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels 10 days before peace talks that will begin mid September aimed at ending one of Asia's most protracted ethnic wars. "It was always going to be at least 10 days before," Bradman Weerakoon, the prime minister's secretary told Reuters.

<b>Army, LTTE to have frontline links</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The government and the LTTE are in the process of establishing direct communication links between their frontline fighting units deployed in the Jaffna peninsula and reaching a consensus on the deployment of forward observation and listening posts ahead of their respective defence lines to avoid possible ‘confrontations’, authoritative military sources said yesterday.

<b>Colombo MC Suresh Kaleel shot dead at Hulftsdorp </b>

The Island

The SLMCs Colombo Municipal Councillor Suresh Kaleel (42) who was fatally shot at by unidentified assailants while at his Meeraniya Street Hulftsdorp office at noon yesterday succumbed to his injuries on the way to Colombo National Hospital.

<b>JVP lambasts govt. for allowing LTTE sea travel</b>

The Island

The JVP on Tuesday blasted the government for allowing the LTTE to take advantage of the cease-fire agreement to strengthen the organisation both politically and militarily.

<b>No truth in PA-PM talks on clipping CBK’s wings - Mangala</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island.

Chief Opposition Whip Mangala Samaraweera yesterday said that there was no truth in reports that a group of PA MPs had met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss ways and means of introducing an Amendment to the Constitution to suspend powers of the Office of the President for three years.

<b>Diesel, kerosene up by 50cts, 60cts </b>

The Island

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation yesterday (14) increased prices (per litre) of Lanka Auto diesel by 50 cents, Lanka Super diesel by 50 cents, kerosene by 60 cents, industrial kerosene by 60 cents, Lanka Furnace oil (200 Sec.) by one rupee, Lanka Furnace oil (500 Sec.) by one rupee, Lanka Furnace Oil (800 Sec.) by one rupee, Lanka Furnace oil (1500 Sec.) by one rupee, Lanka Furnace oil (2000 Sec.) by 70 cents and Lanka Furnace oil (3500 Sec.) by 70 cents. But there was no change in petrol prices. CPC chairman Daham Wimalasena said that the revised prices would be effective for 30 days.

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