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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

<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.

<b> Recalling the 1961 Satyagraha – a Mass Civil Disobedience campaign.</b>

K.T.Rajasingham

Bandaranaike, the widow of the slain leader of the Party, late SWRD Bandaranaike, managed to win 75 seats out of a total of 151 seats in the Parliament. She was called by Sir Oliver Goonatilake, the Governor General, to form the new government. When she was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Ceylon on 23 July 1960, she became the first woman Prime Minister in the world - a rare distinction for the fair sex.

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

T.Sabaratnam

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>

T.Sabaratnam

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.

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