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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2618

<b>President begins national consultation today</b>

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga will commence the national consultation on Ethnic Reconciliation today (26) at the Presidential Secretariat. President Kumaratunga’s office has invited the UNP-led government, other political parties, civil society organisations, trade chambers and religious organisations to send in representatives.

<b>Opposition rally against free hand to LTTE</b>

The Island

The joint opposition will hold a rally at Ampara on Sunday (28) against the way the government has allowed the LTTE to take advantage of the ceasefire agreement to strengthen the oragnisation both politically and militarily.

<b>Govt. betrays NE people — JVP</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The government has betrayed the people of the north and east JVP spokesman, Wimal Weerawansa said on Wednesday.

<b>Human rights groups welcomed the adoption of the new protocol on torture</b>

Human rights groups welcomed the adoption today by the UN
Economic and Social Council of a new protocol on torture, despite
opposition from the United States and other governments.

<b>24 Hours Electricity - a Great Boon to Jaffna.</b>

From Guna Kajananth in Jaffna - July 25: The restoration of the 24-hour supply of electricity to Jaffna ten days ago, had quickened the pace of the return of normalcy in the northern peninsula, its inhabitants said.

<b>Sri Lanka Military Says to Meet Truce Pledges</b>

Juliana Liu - World - Reuters

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka is committed to pulling its troops out of temples and schools used as barracks in the war-torn north and east, as promised in a truce agreement with separatist rebels, the island's defense minister said on Friday.

<b>Sri Lankan PM is introducing a new political culture in the Country - Tyronne Fernando </b>

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tyronne Fernando, today called on the Prime Minister of Singapore, Goh Chok Tong. At this meeting with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Minister Fernando discussed issues of relevance and importance to the two countries

<b>America offers support for Sri Lanka's Peace initiatives</b>

President Bush welcomed Sri Lankan Prime Minister's peace initiatives, supported by the Norwegian government, to bring the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to the negotiating table.

<b>Bush Pledges Help for Sri Lanka</b>

GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) - President Bush ( news - web sites) promised visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe his full backing Wednesday for the South Asian leader's efforts to end his country's long and devastating civil war.

<b>Parliament Members fought a pitched battle</b>


Colombo - July 24: Three law makers were injured and another, a former minister, fell down in the well of the House, when members of the government and the opposition fought a pitched battle in Sri Lankan parliament this morning.

<b>"I was being the Ring Bear!"</b>

A little boy was in a relative's wedding. As he was coming
down the aisle he would take two steps, stop, and turn to
the crowd alternating between the bride's side and the
groom's side. While facing the crowd, he would put his
hands up like claws and it went, step, step,
ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle.

<b>Ranil doubts peace talks commencing even after troop withdrawal</b>

The Island

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) — The Sri Lankan government said on Tuesday it was hopeful it could meet the Aug. 2 target date for fulfilling a ceasefire commitment to withdraw its forces from temples and schools in Tamil parts of the country.

<b>Musharraf leads top-level delegation for talks with Lankan leaders</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka next Wednesday (31), a government official said yesterday.

<b>Kalutara prison PTA detainees call off fast</b>

Leary Beekmeyer - Daily Mirror

Minister of Community Development and Deputy Minister of Irrigation and Water Management Periasamy Chandrasekeran yesterday, visited the fasting LTTE detainees at the Kalutara prison where the condition of seven inmates was said to be deterioting. The detainees agreed to call off their fast temporarily.

<b>CBK summons media minister</b>

Ranga Sirilal - Daily Mirror

President Chandrika Kumaratuga yesterday told Mass Communication Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar and Ministry Secretary Kumar Abeysinghe to meet her immediately to give the same opportunity to PA General Secretary and two PA Parliamentarians to explain the President's conroversial Polonnaruwa speech which had been repeatedly telecast on state television.

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