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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

<b>LTTE move to bypass Norway</b>

The Sunday Times - Our Political Editor

The LTTE has sounded the Government on the possibility of conducting further dialogue on the ongoing peace process on a bilateral basis, leaving out Norway, which is now playing the role of a facilitator.

<b>Moragoda, Balasingham discuss key issues in London</b>

The Sunday Times

Issues regarding the implementation of the ceasefire agreement, preparations for direct talks in Thailand, including the agenda, and the question of an interim administration were discussed for the first time by a UNF government minister, Milinda Moragoda, with LTTE's chief negotiator Anton Balasingham, it was announced last night.

<b>Tigers to resurrect gravestones</b>

Our Jaffna Correspondent - The Sunday Times

Gravestones of the war-dead of the LTTE are to be rebuilt by the LTTE with funds collected from civilians. A statement issued by a committee in charge of this operation said gravestones which had been destroyed by the Army in Kopay, Kodikamam and Nelliyaddy would be rebuilt.

<b>Security zones must go </b>

Shelani Perera - The Sunday Times

With the withdrawal of security forces from schools, places of worship and public buildings, a new problem has arisen over high-security zones around those places.

<b>Release 350 PTA detainees</b>

Tania Fernando - The Sunday Times

In the wake of hunger strike in two jails by PTA detainees, the Attorney General has agreed to make a case-by-case review - with Tamil parties saying that upto 350 of the detainees should be released

<b>President planning prorogation? </b>

Frederica Jansz - The Sunday Leader

President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week summoned an emergency meeting at President’s House at 7 p.m. with her most trusted confidantes and discussed the possibility of proroguing parliament next month.

<b>007 handbag with CBK </b>

Incontrovertible proof that President Chandrika Kumaratunga is in possession of the ladies handbag with the hidden VH09 video colour camera has been discovered by the Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DII).

<b>Ravi sues Mangala </b>

The Sunday Leader

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake has demanded Rs. 1,000 million from former Minister Mangala Samaraweera for the latter’s statements made recently at a press conference, described by Minister Karunanayake as “damaging” and “baseless”.

<b>Parliamentary TV crew biased - Azwer </b>

The Sunday Leader

Parliamentary Affairs Minister A. H. M. Azwer has made an oral complaint to Speaker Joseph Michael Perera saying that the parliamentary television crew is biased and the crew failed to focus on some of the People’s Alliance and JVP MPs who were the cause for the pandemonium in parliament last Wednesday.

<b>Handbag Dispute Intensifies</b>

T. Sabaratnam

Colombo July 27: The handbag dispute intensified yesterday, with President Chandrika Kumaratunga maintaining her charge that, she was accused of carrying a bomb in her handbag to kill the Prime Minister, which the Minister concerned and another denied.

<b>Tough Terror Law, Draws Fire in Sri Lanka</b>

Juliana Liu - Lifestyle - Reuters

Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters) July 26 - Sri Lankan housewife Amirthalingam Kalaichelvi was relaxing on a warm September evening last year when the police barged into her home.

<b>Advertisements for posts in Eelam police, bank: CBK expresses concern over LTTE behaviour</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday expressed concerns over the behaviour of the LTTE despite the ongoing peace process. Addressing a meeting of the National Consultation on Ethnic Reconciliation which she had summoned the president said that she had been informed of the advertisement placed by the LTTE in national newspapers calling for applicants to fill posts in the Eelam Police Force, the Eelam Bank. "If that is so it is a very unsatisfactory situation because there is no separate state in the country and no devolution yet," she said.

<b>Ranil answers questions on meeting Bush</b>

The Island

Stakeout with Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe following meeting with US President George W. Bush

<b>Fear of LTTE conscription causes move to Colombo</b>

Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island

As LTTE continues to recruit children as child soldiers in the eastern province, Tamil parents have taken steps to send their children to Colombo and suburbs and estate areas, information received from East said.

<b>Installation of new Archbishop today</b>

Norman Palihawadane - The Island

Rt. Rev. Oswald Gomis will be installed as the new Archbishop of Colombo at a religious ceremony held today (27) at 9.00 a.m. at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena.

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