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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2252

Government moves to curtail the powers of president in Sri Lanka

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - Ignoring protests by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the government on Thursday presented a constitutional amendment in Parliament that will take away her powers to dissolve the legislature and order fresh elections.

Mike Oberien Comments On The Successful Round Of Peace Talks On Sri Lanka.

After the end of the first round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien said:

Western Provincial Council Motion On 19Th Amendment

By Uditha Kumarasinghe

Colombo 19:A private member's motion moved by NLF member Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne requesting all democratic forces to rally round to defeat the 19th Amendment was adopted with a majority of one vote at the Western Provincial Council (WPC) meeting yesterday.

Donate generously for the medical expenses of Hugo Blanco

Last news are rather good. Hugo Blanco left hospital and seem rather good, writes Robert march. But the appeal for donation for the medication expenses is still an urgent priority.But further operations, and in any case hospitalization, are necessary. This is very costly treatment, added to which are the costs of travel and
residence.

I stuffed them in the toes of my boots

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her
kindergarten students put on his boots? He was really
struggling, so she began pulling and him pushing. The boots
still didn't want to go on. Finally, after several minutes
the first boot was on. When the second boot was on, she had
worked up a sweat

Homeland does not mean a separate state - an interpretation and comments.

T.Sabaratnam

Personal factor and historically ingrained suspicion remain two major factors that need to be addressed to take the successful start of the peace process to fruition. Personal factor seems to be the difficult of the two. Sabaratnam's news disection on the latest political development, that astonishes not only the Sri Lankan, but also the international Community who followed the political developments in Sri Lanka for the last so many years.

Forum-Asia calls for Civil Society involvement in the Sri Lankan peace process

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) welcomes the positive outcomes of recent talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and applauds the significant compromise made by the LTTE in retreating from its separatist stance.

Rahu Kalam and the Bill to trim Presidential Powers

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 20: Members of Parliament and parliamentary correspondents expected the government to table the much delayed draft legislation to restrict presidential powers to dissolve parliament on Thursday morning, but it did so in the afternoon, giving room for a fresh bout of astrological controversy.

Tamil Rebels Drop Indepedence Demand

Yahoo News : Sattahip, Thailand September 19( AP): _ Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels gave their clearest commitment yet Wednesday to peacefully settling the nation's 19-year civil war, demanding only self-determination _ not independence _ for the Tamil minority.

Tamil Tigers drop demand for separate state in Sri Lanka

Yahoo News : Sattahip, Thailand (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels dropped their demand for a separate state after peace talks, in a major policy shift that boosted attempts to end decades of bloodshed.

Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers Retreat on Independence

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News: Sattahip, Thailand (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said at the end of a landmark peace conference on Wednesday they would settle for autonomy rather than a separate state, the issue at the heart of two decades of war.

Plans to shift administrative capital to J’pura underway

The Island The long-standing plan to move the administrative capital to Sri Jayawardhanapura will get underway. The sale of government land in Colombo has already been suspended in view of the projected move.

Curious Young Camel – Why we have --?

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A mother and a baby camel were talking one day when the baby camel asked, "Mom, why do we have these huge three-toed feet? The mother replied, "Well son, when we trek across the desert, our toes will help us stay on top of the soft sand."

A grandmother marries a young soldier younger than her son

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo September 19: This is the story of a marriage of a trim and young looking grandmother who is now in police custody, because she gave a false birth certificate and married a soldier younger than her son.

Tigers to investigate Eellalan Leaflet that threatens Muslims

By: Guna Kajananth

Mannar, September 19: The day before the Sattahip talks commenced in Thailand an attempt was made in Mannar to disrupt the peace process by upsetting the Muslims who are now returning to their original homes.

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