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

<b>Govt. –LTTE talks tales place in Kilinochchi</b>


Colombo August: 23 Another round of government-LTTE official level talks took place this morning at Kilinochchi.

<b>Buddhist priests and Youngsters disrupt Sarvodhaya Meditation</b>

Our Kandy Correspondent

A group of Buddhist priests and young men yesterday disrupted an-hour long meditation for peace, conducted by the Sarvodhaya Movement headed by its founder leader A. T. Ariyaratne.

<b>Baddegana Sanjeewa was more powerful than a minister — SB</b>

Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

In Parliament on Tuesday -No-Confidence Motion against Interior Minister John Amaratunga - The second day of the debate continued with the government and the opposition trading customary charges against each other. The opposition accused the Interior Minister of not taking action against those responsible for violence during the general election and the Local Government election. The government speakers focused mainly on the atrocities of the PSD and other malpractices of the PA regime during the last seven years.

<b>Defeat designs endangering sovereignty — JVP</b>

The Island

Lifting the proscription on the LTTE, removal of all military camps in the North and East, and the implementation of other agreements hidden from the general public before scheduled talks between the government and that organisation take place from September 12-17, as demanded by the LTTE, will only pave the way for a formal separation of the country, the Politburo of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) alleged in a press statement yesterday.

<b>Independent Commissions will be in place soon, PM assures CPA</b>

Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gave an assurance to the seven member Commonwealth Parliamentary Association delegation that the independent commissions would be set up soon.

<b>Body of suspect in Thonda’s cousin’s killing and another body at Welikada</b>

Norman Palihawadana - The Island

Police yesterday found two bodies in the Welikada police area. "One of them was handcuffed," police said, adding that the others’ hands were tied.The victims were identified as Sanath Kumarasiri alias Rajagiriye Sana. Initial investigations have revealed that they have been subjected to interrogation. They have been tortured. "There are several burn marks on their bodies," police said, adding that they have been gagged. They were described as close associates of Baddegane Sanjeeva, one-time member of the PSD.

<b>Govt. request for handing over chief suspect in Madhu killing forwarded to LTTE — Monitors</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) yesterday said that the mission has forwarded a government request to the LTTE to hand over a suspect wanted in connection with late last month’s triple killings at Thatchanamaruthamadhu near Madhu. "We directed the Vavuniya GA’s request on July 31st," a senior spokesman said, adding that there was no feedback yet. Police wanted the suspect along with evidence found at the scene of the killings, the source said.

<b>Govt. briefs party leaders: 18th amendment before parliament in early September </b>

Prasad Gunewardene - The Island

The government yesterday briefed political party leaders in Parliament on the proposed eighteenth amendment to the constitution designed to prune down the powers of the Executive President in dissolving parliament after one year, for all parties to unitedly work on national issues and on the necessity to protect the parliamentary seats in the House of the Parliamentarians in keeping with the right to vote according to their conscience.

<b>"Ummm...Dick Gephardt."</b>

A few weeks ago Mason and I and a couple other people were sitting
around a table at a bar drinking beer when Mason suggested
we play a game called "The Word Game

<b>US Deputy Secretary Armitage first Visit Jaffna, Before Talking with the PM</b>


Colombo August 22.: Richard Armitage, the US Deputy Secretary of State, who arrives this morning at Katunayake International Airport, will fly to Jaffna after a formal “handshake” with Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando, Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

<b>Armitage watches demining and goes to the frontlines in Jaffna</b>

Our Jaffna Correspondent

Perspiring Richard Armitage, the US Deputy Secretary of State, watched this morning a 10-minute drill by dogs sniffing for landmines, the biggest impediment to the return of normalcy in the war scarred Jaffna.

<b>Sri Lanka sees endorsement of peace initiative in Armitage visit </b>

Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka sees the forthcoming visit of a top U.S. diplomat as an endorsement of its peace initiative with Tamil Tiger rebels, and hopes the one-day trip will convince the rebels to tread the path to democracy.

<b>No piecemeal amendments: Govt claim of two thirds majority absurd - Mahinda</b>

Zacki Jabbar - The Island

Opposition leader and Senior SLFP Vice President Mahinda Rajapakse rejecting government claims that it has the required two thirds majority to strip the President of her power to dissolve parliament after one year of an election as "absurd" said yesterday that the People's Alliance

<b>North-East PC elections on Sept. 25</b>

Norman Palihawadana - The Island

The Commissioner of Elections has decided to hold the North-East Provincial Council elections on September 25, 2002. The District Secretary of Jaffna has been informed to this effect through a fax.

<b>Baddegane Sanjeewa was top security officer cum famous criminal during PA regime — Rajitha</b>

Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

In Parliament on Monday -No-Confidence Motion against Interior Minister John Amaratunga - The opposition presented a no-confidence motion on Interior Minister John Amaratunga citing harassment of opposition party activists using the law enforcement machinery

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