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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 77

<b>Chandrika on the Confrontational path</b>


Colombo August 9: President Chandrika Kumaratunga, in her address to the nation tonight, indicated firmly her determination to use her constitutional powers to carry on her war with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

<b>What does a cow have 4 of that I have only 2 of?

A first grade teacher was having trouble with one of her
students. The teacher asks, "Johnnie!
What's your problem?"

<b>SLMC will not support crossover bill — Rauff</b>

Franklin R. Satyapalan - in Trincomalee - The Island

SLMC leader and Ports Development Minister Rauff Hakeem told a public rally in Kinneya that he had told Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that the SLMC would not support the move for a cross over bill in parliament.

<b>PA to form govt. when 113 MPs agree</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The People's Alliance (PA) yesterday said that they would form a government as soon as they obtained the support of 113 members of parliament but declined to divulge how they would do it.

<b>Positive response from India to train Lankan journalists</b>

The Island

Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando on Thursday received a positive response to his request seeking the assistance of the Indian government to train Sri Lankan journalists with a view to improving the quality of journalism in Sri Lanka.

<b>LTTE ignores call to hand over chief suspect in Madhu killing</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

<b>Top LTTE visit to east</b>

The Island

A group of senior LTTE leaders including Thamilchelvan was expected to visit the east shortly, a senior police officer said, yesterday. There was evidence to suggest that a high level visit was about to take place, the source said adding that the LTTE was expected to inform the government of the visit.

<b>August 12th Protest by the Left - A clarion Call by New Left Front</b>

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe claims that the PA leadership is planning a conspiracy to overthrow the UNF government. August 12th Hartal Protest, Opposite the Fort Railway Station at 12.00 noon, called by the PA is a part of this conspiracy. However PA leaders claim that they are only making a legitimate protest and their attempt to mobilize a majority within the parliament is not a conspiracy but perfectly constitutional way out for the opposition. The counter argument of the government is that as the UNF got a peoples mandate only few months back , it is ethically very wrong for the PA to put pressure to get majority in the assembly.

<B>Leaving the past behind</b>


Colombo August 8: Sri Lanka broke new ground this evening by laying special stress on national unity, according equal importance to the Sinhalese and the Tamils, the country’s two main communities, at the opening ceremony of the Asian Athletic Championship.

<b>Balasingham Flying to Oslo on Friday</b>


Colombo August 9: In a sudden spurt of progress, LTTE’s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham will be flying to Norwegian capital Oslo today (Friday), to discuss the agenda for the Thailand talks, which is now expected to take place in early September.

<b>How To Shower Like a Woman:</b>

Take off clothing and place it in sectional hamper
according to lights and dark.

<b>Demise of the Tamarind Tree</b>


It was in 22 December 1957, Ceylon ( Sri Lanka) experienced one of the worst and severest floods in my living memory. The flood swept the North-central and Eastern Provinces and caused all tank bunds to breech to overflow and the rivers to flood. Though there was no rivers, in a sense, in the Northern province, it too was affected, especially the Mannar region.

<b>Asian Athletics Championship opens in Sri Lanka with pageantry </b>

Sandeep Nakai, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - After years of separatist violence, Sri Lanka on Thursday inaugurated its biggest ever sporting event, the 14th Asian Athletics Championships, amid hopes of a return to peaceful times.

<b>Sri Lanka selects auspicious time to open Asian Athletics Championship </b>

AP World Politics

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Thousands of spectators and hundreds of athletes from across Asia were entertained to music, dances and para-gliding as Sri Lanka waited for an auspicious time to declare open the 14th Asian Athletics Championships on Thursday.

<b>Sri Lanka: Tamil Tigers Talks Likely in September</b>

Y.P. Rajesh - World - Reuters

New Delhi (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said on Thursday that long-delayed peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels could take place as early as September

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