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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2159

<b>US-SL to finalise Access and Cross Servicing Agreement</b>

The Island

US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage on Thursday expressed the belief that the United States and Sri Lanka can finalise the Access and the Cross Servicing Agreement.

<b>US military officials to visit SL frequently — Armitage</b>

The Island

Visiting United States Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage on Thursday said that officials of the US military establishment would visit Sri Lanka frequently.

<b>President in London; PM in India</b>

Prasad Gunewardene - The Island

While President Chandrika Kumaratunga is away in London on a private visit, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for India yesterday on an official visit to hold talks with Andra Pradesh and Karnataka chief ministers in southern India.

<b>Only President can declare a referendum - PA</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

Only the President can declare a referendum, the PA said yesterday, countering Cabinet Spokesman G.L.Peiris’s announcement on Thursday that the government was prepared to hold a referendum for the 18th amendment.

<b>First you are nice and then .. the same old story.</b>

This fellow was walking home from work one
evening, very depressed. He was married to
a nagging woman who was constantly switching
between treating him nice and tearing down
his self esteem. To add to it, his best
friend was to be hanged that night for a
capital crime. He stomped into the house
and slammed the door, sunk in his self-pity.

<b>Save Tipu Sultan from Joynal Hazari – Mafia Don of Bangladesh.</b>


“I don’t know what the fate holds for me. I am still on the hit-list of Joynal Hazari, the Mafia don of Bangladesh and still I am not out of denger in Feni - my home town, as well as in Dhaka. Hazare’s long deadly arm has reached me and my family. Now-a-days, through his cadres, who are all over, he is posing a silent threat and intimidating us very badly. When I was staying in Dhaka, I was watchful and always on the look-out for any trouble, and I don’t know how I will be attacked by Joynal Hazari, who is capable of arranging a fatal attack on me, even in Dhaka, “ said Tipu Sultant, the young journalist from Bangladesh, who is back again in Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok, for his treatment.

<b>Hindu Gods and Gurus Bless Ranil and His Peace Search</b>


Chennai, August 24: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who arrived here yesterday was blessed by one of Hinduism’s holy Swamy, Kanji Kamakody Swamigal. He will seek the blessing of Satya Sai Baba today.

<b>Sri Lanka to lift ban on the LTTE from Sep 6 </b>

Our Correspondent in Colombo

Colombo August 24: Sri Lanka Government will lift the four-year ban on the Tamil Tigers, on September 6, paving the way for peace talks with the Tamil Militant Organization, scheduled for 16 August, in Thailand - disclosed today, Jayalath Jayawardena, a Sri Lankan Government.

<b>CBK sets up commission to probe Millennium City safehouse raid</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday set the stage for another confrontation with the UNP-led United National Front (UNF) government by ordering the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission to probe the January 2 police raid on a Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) — run safehouse in the Millennium city, Athurugiriya, political sources said. The raid was carried out by ASP Kulasiri Udugampola of the Kandy police.

<b>Interior Minister is OIC, CI and constable — Mahinda Rajapakse</b>

Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

In Parliament on Wednesday: No-faith motion against Interior Minister John Amaratunga.The government held out that the motion which was certain to be defeated, had both cost money and parliamentary time.

<b>Cabinet discusses 18th Amendment despite CBK’s directive</b>

Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday discussed the proposed 18 th Amendment to the Constitution despite a directive by President Chandrika Kumaratunga not to take up constitutional matters at Wednesday’s meeting.

<b>Imam of Holy Prophet’s Mosque of Medina to visit Sri Lanka</b>

The Island

The Imam of the Holy Prophet’s Mosque in Medina is to visit Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Minister of Port Development, Shipping, Eastern Development and Muslim Religious Affairs Rauff Hakeem.

<b>Don’t de-ban LTTE yet: Buddhist organisations’ reps</b>

Cyril Wimalasurendre - The Island

Kandy: A meeting attended by representatives of a large number of Buddhist organisations in Kandy decided to request the Mahanayake Theros of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapter to advise the country’s political leadership not to lift the ban on the LTTE until they surrender the arms they have in possession.

<b>PA delegation briefs prelates on CBK’s decision on parliament</b>

The Island

A PA delegation yesterday met with Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi, Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter and Udugama Sri Buddarakkitha, Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter to brief them on President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s decision to assure parliament that she would not dissolve the House after December 5, a year after the last parliamentary elections in December, political sources said.

<b>Peace official for talks on Development soon inKilinochchi </b>


Colombo August 22: The government peace official Bernard Gunatilake will go to Kilinochchi soon to talk with the LTTE about developing the north and east, cabinet spokesman Prof. G. L. Peiris said today.

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