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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2672

<b>Fee-levying medical college: Student protest begins today</b>

Saman Indrajith - The Island

University students will demonstrate and agitate from today until Friday (09) as their first round of agitation against the establishment of a fee-levying medical college at Piliyandala demanding the immediate closure of the institute and then to peoplise it.

<b>Jaffna Chamber of Commerce to boycott trade fair</b>

Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

The Jaffna Chamber of Commerce has decided to boycott the northern trade fair organised by Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Minister Jayalath Jayawardane over its continuous non-responsive attitude for help asked for to problems facing the business community in the north.

<b>Man slays a cat with pocket knife to safe his life</b>

Agency News

Attacked in the head, 62 year old David Parker was able to pull out his small folding knife and kill the cat during the incident on Thursday evening. He then walked more than a kilometer to get help from workers at a log-sorting facility.

<b>More Blessings To Ponder</b>

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back,
a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than
75% of this world.

<b>People Patronize the Fair, Local Traders Keep Out</b>

Guna Kajananth

Jaffna, August 4: Over 6000 persons of all walks of life visited the trade fair this morning, reflecting the enthusiasm it had created among the people who were starved of most of the goods displayed by the seventy stalls, out of which, about sixty of them are nationally reputed, Colombo based, leading business concerns.

<b>LTTE and TNA to Coordinate political activities to promote Peace</b>

T. Sabaratnam

Colombo August 5: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have decided to coordinate their political activities and to work jointly to promote the peace process and the rebuilding of rebuilding of the war-damaged north-eastern province, TNA politicians and LTTE radio said.

<b>Constitutional Coup is in the making in Sri Lanka</b>

T.Sabaratnam

b>Colombo, August 5: The top policy making bodies of the Government and Opposition are holding crisis meetings separately, this evening, at undisclosed locations, to consider Sunday Leader’s revelation about a planned constitutional coup by the Opposition, to topple Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from power.

<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.

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