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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2583

<b>TV claims spy camera cost only Rs. 445,000</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

Former head of Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DII) T. V. Sumanasekere last week told the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing the acquisition of a ladies’ handbag equipped with VH-09 video camera and subsequent handing it over to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, that this special piece of equipment cost approximately Rs 445,000 not Rs. 8.9 million as claimed by some.

<b>Women's Tech Supports</b>

Out of the 30 people in Sun's HAS Tech Support group in Colorado only three are women. Mulling that tidbit I remembered the old adage that one of the differences between men and women is that men generally want solutions to their problems (and to offer solutions to others with problems) while women are more after understanding and sympathy. Fights sometimes erupt because a woman complains, her man offers a solution, but she's not satisfied because that's not what she really wanted.

<b>Bala, Choksy exchange letters over presidential vehicle fleet</b>

The Island

Finance Minister K. N. Choksy recently told Presidential Secretary Kusumsiri Balapatabendi that there was no cabinet decision to send a government delegation to inspect the fleet of high security vehicles at the Janadhipathi Mandiraya.

<b>Centre of Sri Lanka conflict opens first trade fair</b>

Chamath Ariyadasa - The Island

Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Aug 3 (Reuters) - In a college partly destroyed by bombs, Sri Lankan businessmen gathered on Saturday at a trade fair on Jaffna peninsula hoping to help the area rebuild after nearly two decades of civil war.

<b>Government okayed Kadirgamar’s 13 vehicles, Kirielle’s Volvos returned</b>

The Island

The 13 vehicles retained by former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar have been permitted to him by the present government in recognition of his immense service to Sri Lanka, official sources said.

<b>Colonel accused of trying to rape 2nd Lieutenant</b>

Sirimevan Kasturiarachchi - The Island

A senior army officer stationed in Batticaloa has been accused of trying to rape a Second Lieutenant on July 27th. The suspect was identified as a colonel in charge of a Brigade deployed in the Ampara-Batticaloa sector. He was described as a person who fled Chavakachcheri leaving behind troops under his command during fierce battles in the Jaffna peninsula in April 2000.

<b>More arrests of LTTE cadres on the cards</b>

V. Jayanth - The Island

Chennai Aug. 2: The late night arrest on Thursday of the Tamil Nationalist Movement leader, P. Nedumaran, has evoked a mixed response in the State, but sent out a strong signal that the Tamil Nadu Government will not hesitate to use the Prevention of Terrorism Act against those who continue to support the banned LTTE. Officials say some more arrests are on the cards.

<b>Triple killings near Madhu: a problem within a problem</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

Police investigating late last month’s triple killings at Thatchanamaruthammadhu near Madhu will be compelled to work with the LTTE.

<b>PA’s ‘out-coup’ to oust PM bared </b>

Suranimala - The Sunday Leader

A master plan by the People’s Alliance to undermine the peace process and oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe through a constitutional coup by President Chandrika Kumaratunga has been bared.

<b>CBK given 10 day ultimatum </b>

The Sunday Leader

The government has decided to give President Chandrika Kumaratunga a 10 day ultimatum to accept a constitutional amendment repealing her power to unilaterally dissolve parliament or face a general election.

<b>MI-23 sends Chandrika into panic mode </b>

-The Sunday Leader-

President Chandrika Kumaratunga was last week thrown into panic when a MI-23 aircraft was spotted hovering over President’s House. Frantically telephoning the new Air Force Commander, Air Marshal Donald Perera, Kumaratunga barked at him asking why a plane had been sent to hover over her residence.

<b>Arms dealers (nameless) against me</b>

The Sunday Times

Rehabilitation , Resettlement and Refugees Minister Jayalath Jayawardena, who is said to be in the bad books of the LTTE and banned from entering LTTE-controlled Wanni, denies allegations that the rebels have imposed restrictions on him entering the north and says he is willing to face any probe on allegations of corruption or misuse of power.

<b>Peace talks Dispute over agenda Further delay in Thai talks</b>

Our Political Editor - The Sunday Times

Conflicting positions between the Government and the LTTE over the agenda for upcoming peace talks have set a poser for peace talks in Thailand. The LTTE wants its demand for an interim administration to be the agenda for the first phase of the peace talks. However, the government has made it clear that the question of an interim administration should be listed in the agenda together with all other core issues which the peace talks will focus on resolving.

<b>Anuras remarks upset US envoy</b>

The Sunday Times

The United States is reported to be deeply disturbed over comments by Presidential Advisor Anura Bandaranaike that President George W. Bush had come to office after a fraudulent election.

<b>CBK ready to meet Prabha</b>

Feizal Samath - The Sunday Times

President Chandrika Kumaratunga, embroiled in a bitter dispute with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's eight-month old government, says she is ready to meet LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran for face-to-face peace talks.

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