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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2729

<b>Bala to visit Vanni after September 16 talks</b>


b>Colombo, August 26: LTTE’s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham will visit Vanni after September 16 talks in Thailand and not before, as planned earlier, Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda told a Sinhala weekly, before he left for India on Saturday.

<b>To police they go no more - LTTE is everything</b>

Guna Kajananth

Kalmunai, August 26: I don’t know whether to classify it as disapproval or approbation. Thus is what a Kalmunai police inspector told me: After LTTE opened its office Tamils do not come to us. They go to the LTTE office.

<b>“Now, it is the question of saving the seat,” - says Ferial Ashraff</b>


Colombo, August 26 (Political analysis)In an outspoken interview to a local television National Unity Alliance (NUA) leader Ferial Ashraff summed up the present predicament of the opposition members of parliament pithily: “Now, it’s the question of saving the seat.”

<b>Rifts in SLFP widening?</b>

Harinda Vidanage - The Sunday Times

The rift within factions of the SLFP has widened with new groups being formed and the leadership getting involved in a major media blitz.

<b>EP strikes a discordant note</b>

The Sunday Times

The worsening situation in Trincomalee has made the Sinhala parliamentary group along with the National Joint Council request the government to set up a separate provincial council for the Eastern province.

<b>PA to expose Govt</b>

Nalaka Nonis. - The Sunday Times

The People's Alliance is organising a campaign to make the international community aware of the harassment of its MPs and supporters at the hands of the government, MP Nimal Siripala De Silva told the Sunday Times.

<b>Armitage for UNF, PA cohabitation</b>

The Sunday Times

The US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage during his short visit to Sri Lanka had expressed hope that the two main political parties -the UNF and the PA would work together and continue the cohabitation process.

<b>CPA delegation hopeful of a better future for SL</b>

Faraza Farook - The Sunday Times

<b>Defence Minister reassures Mahanayake</b>

Shane Seneviratne - The Sunday Times

Defence Minister Tilak Marapana yesterday called on the Malwatte Mahanayake Thera to obtain his blessings for the peace process and assured him that the government's decision to lift the ban on the LTTE would not be harmful to national security.

<b>LTTE promises - good behaviour.</b>

The Sunday Times

The LTTE yesterday agreed to abide by provisions in a recent agreement reached with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission for sea movement between the north and east.

<b>PoW swap before peace talks</b>

The Sunday Times

An exchange of prisoners between the government and the LTTE is due to take place ahead of the proposed peace talks as a further confidence-building measure between the two sides.

<b>Plans to re-open cop stations in NE </b>

Wilson Gnanadass - The Sunday Leader

The Interior Ministry is to take stock of all the police stations in the north and east and plans to re-open all police stations that were closed due to the war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Interior Minister John Amaratunga said.

<b>Captive soldiers a cause for concern - ARSMA </b>

Shezna Shums - The Sunday Leader

With the government as well as the LTTE machinery fully geared to commence peace talks, the Association of Relations of Servicemen Missing in Action (ARSMA) is working hard to bring back the soldiers held captive by the LTTE.

<b>Ranil shows a way out.</b>

The Sunday Leader

Parliament was a hive of activity last week as members in groups were huddled in discussions over the 18th Amendment to the constitution.

<b>Fowzie spills the beans on Anura </b>

Former Transport Minister A. H. M. Fowzie is not a man to mince his words. Even as a minister of the former PA government and earlier as mayor of Colombo he had earned a reputation as a man who gets a job of work done.

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