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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

<b>Fighting MPs get more perks </b>

The Sunday Leader

The UNF government is planning to spend Rs 21.09 million to purchase fax machines, computers and photo-copiers for MPs, some of whom have made parliament a street-fighting arena.

<b>Diabetes spreading fast across Asia </b>

The Sunday Leader

Diabetes is spreading across the world in epidemic proportions. World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that people with diabetes, who numbered 150 million in 1995, would double to 300 million by the year 2025, a document from the International Diabetes Federation stated.

<b>Fowzie says coup attempt a dream of PA.</b>

The Sunday Leader

Former Minister A.H.M.Fowzie on Friday said those who were engineering a coup attempt to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNF government were only building castles in the air.

<b>Ranil for executive prime minister system</b>

The Sunday Leader

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced that the government will support an executive prime ministership directly elected by the people akin to the Israeli system if the executive presidency is to be abolished.

<b>Govt. to move vote of faith</b>

The Sunday Leader

The government will move a vote of confidence in the prime minister and the government in parliament at the sessions commencing August 27.

<b>Dont Put Down The Lantern!</b>

In a back woods area, Mr. Stewart's wife went into labor in the middle of the night, and the doctor was called out to assist in the delivery. To keep the nervous father-to-be busy, the doctor handed him a lantern and said, "Here, you hold this high so I can see what I'm doing."

<b>Laying the foundation for separation.</b>


“I am not going to promise, that I will bring moon and stars and give it to your children to play. But, I am going to promise you only one thing, that is, we in the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), will fight for the parity of status to the Tamil language, until the last drop of blood runs in us.” These very words still resonate in me.

<b>Ravi says he will continue his exposures - An Exclusive Interview</b>

Guna Kajananth

Commerce Minister Ravi Karunanayake, in an Exclusive Interview with the Asian Tribune, says he will continue to expose President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s corruption and misdeeds.

<b>Interim council or nothing: LTTE</b>

Sunday Times

Hot on the heels of talks a fortnight ago in London between Minister Milinda Moragoda and LTTE's chief spokesman Anton Balasingham, comes the news from the Wanni that the LTTE is not prepared to discuss either the ceasefire agreement or 'core issues' (the overall picture) at proposed face-to-face talks scheduled in Thailand, but insists on discussing the interim administration for the North and East.

<b>CBK-Ranil in make-or-break summit talks next week</b>

Political Editor - Sunday Times

No ten-day ultimatums, no deadlines, no conditions, and no letters have gone from the Prime Minister to the President, but a summit between the two leaders is scheduled for next Tuesday or Wednesday for make-or-break talks on whether cohabitation government can work, both the President's Office and the Prime Minister's Office confirmed.

<b>Anura blasts US again</b>

Sunday Times

SLFP front-liner Anura Bandaranaike, political adviser and brother of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, has castigated the United States of America once again - this time in a letter to US Ambassador Ashly Wills.

<b>Nearly 400 ceasefire complaints</b>

Chandani Kirinde - Sunday Times

A total of 380 complaints have been lodged with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) on ceasefire violations against both the LTTE and the security forces from the day of the signing of the MoU till last Wednesday.

<b>PA expects huge crowd for hartal, but JVP boycotts</b>

Shelani Perera - Sunday Times

A massive crowd is expected for tomorrow's Hartal commemoration, procession and rally but a dispute between the PA and the JVP has marred the event.

<b>luxury vehicle deal: My only jury is the people-CBK</b>

Sunday Times

President Chandrika Kumaratunga this week presented to the cabinet her responses to the report submiteed by the Cabinet Sub Committee which probed allegations about the alleged luxury vehicle deal involving the President.

<b>453 LTTE suspects freed</b>

Ratna Pelpola - Daily Mirror

Since the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the government and the LTTE, 453 suspects who were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act have been released, Attorney General's Department sources said.

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