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

<b>Pakistan pledges support to Sri Lanka "all the way"</b>

SHIMALI SENANAYAKE, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Thursday he would go "all the way" to help Sri Lanka protect its sovereignty by giving military aid to the South Asian neighbor.

<b>LTTE wants free movement</b>

Sunimalee Dias - Daily Mirror

The LTTE yesterday expressed reservations on holding direct peace talks prior to the full implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement, and called on for the removal of the Sri Lanka Navy to move away from the eastern seas.

<b>PM considers dissolution if CBK row continues</b>

Ranga Srilal - Daily Mirror

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated he would move to have Parliament dissolved this month if President Chandrika Kumaratunga and opposition elements persisted in what he sees as an obstruction of the government's efforts to restore peace and revive the economy, government sources said yesterday.

<b>Karikalan out</b>

Daily Mirror

The LTTE headquarters has summoned the entire top brass of the Batticaloa and Amparai districts, including the controversial Karikalan, to the Wanni while replacing two of his deputies,Thurai and Visu, the Tamil newspaper "Sudar Oli" reported yesterday

<b>Complaint against Eelam Bank</b>

Pujitha Wijetunge - Daily Mirror

A Sinhala Group led by Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Leader Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday met the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Trond Furuhovde and the Central Bank Governor A. S. Jayawardena to make a complaint against Eelam banks being set up by the LTTE in the North and East.

<b>Don't question me on Anura's statements: Mahinda</b>

Kasun Yapa Karunaratne - Daily Mirror

Commenting on a statement alleged to have been made to a daily on July 26 by Anura Bandaranaike, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse said yesterday that the next Presidential Election was of importance to the UNP and the LTTE alone.

<b>Musharraf tells India to face realities on Kashmir</b>

Daily Mirror

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf who avoided Indian airspace and took a secret route in flying to Colombo charged yesterday that India was being unrealistic and hypocritical on the Kashmir issue and trying to reject the viewpoint of virtually the whole world.

<b>Minister Thondaman’s cousin shot dead at Colpetty over Pundalu Oya estate dispute</b>

Norman Palihawadane - The Island

A cousin brother of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure Minister Arumugam Thondaman was shot dead by an unidentified gang inside his vehicle close to Pilawoos Hotel, Kollupitiya last Wednesday (31) night, Kollupitiya police said.

<b>CBK omits Ravi</b>

The Island

Trade Minister Ravi Karunanayake was not invited to Wednesday’s banquet hosted by President Chandrika Kumaratnga in honour of visiting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, political sources said.

<b>Lanka-Pak. agreement begins a new chapter in co-operation - CBK</b>

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that a new chapter of co-operation for mutual benefit between Pakistan and Sri Lanka would open with the landmark free trade agreement that would be signed shortly.

<b>.. not at cabinet</b>

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunge was absent at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting and the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe lasted only fifteen minutes, reliable sources disclosed.

<b>Mangala acquitted of bribery charges</b>

The Island

Former Minister of Posts and Media Mangala Samaraweera was discharged of bribery and corruption charges by the Bribery Commission on Wednesday.

<b>Release journalist U Win Tin from jail in Myanmar Immediately - Appeal WAN &WEF</b>

The World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Forum have asked the military rulers of Myanmar to release journalist U Win Tin from jail immediately following reports that his medical condition has worsened

<b>Sri Lanka praises Musharraf for his help in fighting terrorism </b>

SHIMALI SENANAYAKE, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Wednesday praised Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf for his support in fighting Tamil Tiger rebels and combatting global terrorism.

<b>Detention of two SLMM members by LTTE: Monitors clear navy of any flaws</b>

Namini Wijedasa - The Island

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has cleared the navy of any wrongdoing in the incident where LTTE cadres forcibly held two monitors against their will.

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