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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2134

<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

<b>Muslims want peace and equal rights – Hakeem</b>

Franklin R. Satyapalan in Trincomalee- The Island

SLMC leader and Minister Rauf Hakeem said that the Muslim community wanted just peace and to share power equally as others and not live as slaves.

<b>Father complains of forced LTTE conscription of 19-year-old daughter</b>

Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island

A father of a 19-year-old girl has made a complaint to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Ampara that his daughter had been recruited to the LTTE without her consent.

<b>Chandrika move to outsmart Ranil</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo - August 19: "I shall not dissolve the present parliament unless the party which presently commands the confidence of the house loses its majority and an alternate government cannot be formed from among the members of the present parliament,"

<b>"Would you mind taking the dog for a walk?"

A redneck, a sheep, and a dog were survivors of a terrible
shipwreck. They found themselves stranded on a desert island.
After being there a while, they got into the habit of going to
the beach every evening to watch the sun set. One particular
evening, the sky was a fiery red with beautiful cirrus clouds,
the breeze was warm and gentle; a perfect night for romance.

<b>Sri Lanka Police should learn from LTTE police</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Private Bus Owners Association President Gemunu Wijeratne yesterday praised the traffic laws implemented by the LTTE police and suggested that the Sri Lankan police too follow their traffic control methods.

<b>Operation Katunayake, Sold Like Hot Cake</b>

Guna Kajananth

Trincomalee, August 21: Tigers stole the show in the 5-day “Yuga Thekma” industrial exhibition, held here selling their propaganda materials, said to be the hot cake of the trade fair.

<b>Sex Education Fights Taboos in Sri Lanka</b>

Juliana Liu - Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters)

Sri Lankan teenager Manoj harbored one burning question during a school trip to the capital Colombo

<b>Parliament debates Opposition No-confidence Motion against the Interior Minister</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 19: Sri Lanka’s Parliament commenced today the debate on the opposition motion of no-confidence against a senior minister charging him on seven grounds including the prime cause for the escalation of violence in the country.

<b>Goodwill visit to Jaffna</b>

The Island

The staff of the Kurunegala Technical College went on a friendship visit to the Jaffna Technical College recently.

<b>South Asian diplomats discuss ties in Nepal</b>

Reuters - The Island

Kathmandu, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Senior officials from seven South Asian countries including nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan began a two-day meeting in Kathmandu on Monday ahead of a meeting this week of their foreign ministers.

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