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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

<b>Exchange of Govt -LTTE Prisoners on Saturday</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 28: In another gesture of goodwill, Sri Lanka Army and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will exchange prisoners on Saturday at the frontline north of Vavuniya, army and Tiger sources said yesterday.

<b>India: Cancel the Genocidal Sethudamudram Ship Canal Project </b>

K.T.Rajasingham

India should come forward to cancel the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project immediately. If any action is taken to dredge the sea-bed for a canal, it would have adverse effect on Sri Lanka. If any dredging is done on the ocean floor, then within a few years, more than half of the Jaffna Peninsula and nearly 85 small islands on the Western and North-Western coast of Sri Lanka will go under water.

<b>Sri Lankan plantation unions call off wage campaign</b>

Vilani Peiris -World Socialist Web Site

28 August 2002 The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) has rapidly shut down its campaign for increased wages among plantation workers in Sri Lanka. The union action, which was limited to a go-slow, began on July 31 and ended on August 7 with none of the wage demands being met. Discussions are still continuing between trade union leaders and the Employers Federation of Ceylon (EFC) but no pay rise has been agreed to.<

<b>23 Tamil Prisoners brought to Colombo Jail</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 28: In preparation for Saturday’s Prisoners swap, between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Prison authorities have brought together 23 Tamil prisoners to Colombo’s high security Welikade Prison, prisons authorities said.

<b>Tamil Congress asked to reconsider decision to abstain</b>

T.Sabaratnam

b>Colombo, August 28: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which met last night in Colombo, has decided to support the vote of confidence the government is supposed to present in parliament tomorrow - Thursday.

<b>Sri Lanka Seeks $500 Million for War-Shattered North</b>

Scott McDonald - Reuters

Colombo (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will appeal to international donors for much of the $500 million it needs over the next five years to rebuild its war-shattered north, cabinet minister Jayalath Jayawardena said on Monday.

<b>Government, Tamil rebels discuss rebuilding northern Sri Lanka </b>

Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Government negotiators and Tamil rebels discussed Monday ways to rebuild war-devastated northern Sri Lanka, an official said.

<b>To My Darling Husband,</b>

I'm sending you this letter in a bogus software company
envelope so you'll be sure to read it. Please forgive the
deception, but I thought you should know what's been going
on since your computer entered our lives two years ago.

<b>LTTE issues warning against Child labour & of Child abuse</b>

Guna Kajananth

Batticaloa, August 26: This evening LTTE’s Batticoloa office issued a leaflet chiding the public, about increasing abuse of children for cheap labour and sex and invited information from the public about such misuse.

<b>Demining will take more than ten years, if peace prevails</b>

Guna Kajananth

Jaffna, August 27: Don Smith, the head of the US state-department's ‘Quick Reaction Demining Force,’ deployed here since May 22, says it would take ten years to make northeast completely mine-free.

<b>International Community concerned over peace process</b>

Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

Kevin Barron, Labour member of British Parliament said on Friday that the International Community was concerned about the peace process that would take off the ground next month in Thailand.

<b>Northern army camps relocated strategically</b>

The Island

Kandy: The shifting of army camps from their present positions is not a total withdrawal of the security forces in the north. The forces are vacating certain public and religious institutions to new camps opened in close proximity to their earlier positions explained the Defence Minister Tilak Marapona in Kandy on Saturday 24.

<b>Top LTTEer undergoes operation in Colombo</b>

Bandula Jayasekara - The Island

Top LTTE military wing leader Balaraj underwent a kidney operation at the Nawaloka Hospital recently. Balaraj was admitted under a false name, Kulendran, and the address was given as University, Jaffna, while his correct address is 17, Kokuvil, Jaffna. He was admitted to Nawaloka at about 8.00 p.m. on July 30 by an official of the Peace Secretariat, a brigadier and a civilian named, Raja Samarasinghe, under instructions from Defence Secretary Austin Fernando. Balaraj stayed in room number 317 and the adjoining rooms were used by security personnel.

<b>Walk with pride, laddie.</b>

A Scottish man was at a baseball game. It was the first
time he had ever seen the sport so he sat quietly. The
first batter approached the plate, he took a few swings
and then hit a double. Everyone was on their feet
screaming "Run, Run.

<b>Talks on Economic Development of the North begins today</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 26: Government- LTTE talks on economic development of the war affected Northeast will begin this morning, at the LTTE’s headquarters at Kilinochchi.

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