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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2527

<b>I never advocated military training to Eastern Muslims, says Rauff</b>

The Island

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem on Monday strongly denied a statement allegedly made by the PA parliamentarian Ferial Ashraff that he had made a proposal to the government to provide military training to Muslim youths in the East.

<b> Sri Lanka Defence Ministry Waives Clearance Rule</b>


Colombo July 17: Defence Ministry today waived the requirement that persons holding foreign passports should obtain clearance to travel by air to Jaffna. The decision was taken at a meeting, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leaders had with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Defence Minister Tilak Marapone, defence officials and service chiefs.

<b>Fowzie lambast Anura </b>


Colombo: “Who is this Anura? What right he has to accuse me of breaching party discipline? Who is he to say that I am breaking the party?” asked Fowzie, a senior member of the main opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party, in a statement that, breathed fire.

<b>Opening A-5 Road, a Right move towards Peace</b>

Guna Kajanath, Our Correspondent reports from Chenkalady, July 15: Karikalan and Tennakoon told the media:” This is another step to give the people what they yearn for, in the year for- PEACE.” at the ceremony held for the opening of the A-5 Highway. I was in the group of media persons, who traveled this morning with the convoy of vehicles, the 32 kilometers between Chenkalady and Periya Pullumalai, marking the opening of yet another strategic road, shut down for public use due to the country’s ethnic strife.

<b> Father a Policeman, killed his own child injecting poison.

Our Colombo Correspondent

It was alleged in the Magistrate Court, that, a policeman killed his one and a half year old son, by injecting poison, to avoid paying maintenance for his child, police revealed.

<b>Five Top Reasons Why God Created Eve</b>


God Created Adam, but he was not satisfied with him, as he was so boring and lazy and this led to the creation of Eve.

<b>Security forces insist Norwegian-led monitors continue monitoring</b>

The Island

The security forces yesterday insisted that the Norwegian led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission continues its ceasefire monitoring activities in the sea despite the incident on Saturday.

<b>Torture Survivors To Get Around $7.8 Million in Grant</b>

GENEVA, 15 July United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights(UNHCHR) Mary Robinson has approved, on behalf of the Secretary-General, grants amounting to around $7.8 million to organizations supporting survivors of torture.

<b>Two SLMM Monitors held against their will onboard a LTTE vessel</b>

Joseph Thavarajah- Our Special Reporter: Colombo July 15: A serious violation of the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of Sri
Lanka and the LTTE, occurred on Saturday afternoon, when two LTTE trawlers,
at least one with an Indian registration number, entered Sri Lankan
territorial waters in Palk Bay, south of Jaffna peninsula. The Sri Lankan
Navy (SLN) intercepted the two trawlers at 17.45. One of the trawlers fled
from the scene and managed to leave the SLN vessels and the other trawler
behind by going through shallow water and go ashore close to Devil’s Point.
At the same time the second trawler was adrift close to Iranativu Islands in
Palk Bay being closely monitored by SLN vessels.

<b>Tyronne to play India’s messenger role</b>

The Island

Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando will take advantage of a four-day official visit to Islamabad beginning today (14) to deliver a message from India’s new Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha to his Pakistan counterpart Inam Ul Haq, official sources said yesterday.

<b>LTTE imposes 50 cents tax on a litre of petrol/diesel</b>

The Island - Mohamed Rasshid in Digamadulla

Muslim dealers of petroleum products in the Kalmunai area are up in arms against a demand by the LTTE to pay a ‘tax’ of fifty cents per litre of fuel sold.

<b>India says division of Sri Lanka not acceptable, calls for peaceful talks with rebels</b>

DILIP GANGULY, Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - India threw new weight behind the peace process in Sri Lanka on Friday by saying its neighbor should not be divided along ethnic lines.

<b>Protest against Vaiko's arrest under POTA </b>

Confeferation of Human Rights Organization

July 12, 2002 :We, the undersigned, voice our stern protest against the arrest of MDMK leader, V. Gopalaswami (Vaiko), under the draconian law, POTA , by the Jayalalitha-led AIADMK Government of Tamil Nadu, and demand his immediate release.

<b>President urges early talks with LTTE</b>

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga who met Indian Foreign Minister Yaswant Sinha yesterday stressed the need to commence direct talks with the LTTE at the earliest.

<b>EXCLUSIVE - Indo- Pak Rivalry brought Sinha to Colombo</b>


Colombo July 13 (News Analysis): Why did India’s new foreign minister Yashwant Sinha rush to Colombo within a week after he took up his new post? Is it to reiterate the well known, oft repeated Indian position of “full support for peace process” or to repeat its well orchestrated campaign against global terrorism?

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