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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2060

<b>LTTE imposes 50 cents tax on a litre of petrol/diesel</b>

The Island - Mohamed Rasshid in Digamadulla

Muslim dealers of petroleum products in the Kalmunai area are up in arms against a demand by the LTTE to pay a ‘tax’ of fifty cents per litre of fuel sold.

<b>India says division of Sri Lanka not acceptable, calls for peaceful talks with rebels</b>

DILIP GANGULY, Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - India threw new weight behind the peace process in Sri Lanka on Friday by saying its neighbor should not be divided along ethnic lines.

<b>Protest against Vaiko's arrest under POTA </b>

Confeferation of Human Rights Organization

July 12, 2002 :We, the undersigned, voice our stern protest against the arrest of MDMK leader, V. Gopalaswami (Vaiko), under the draconian law, POTA , by the Jayalalitha-led AIADMK Government of Tamil Nadu, and demand his immediate release.

<b>President urges early talks with LTTE</b>

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga who met Indian Foreign Minister Yaswant Sinha yesterday stressed the need to commence direct talks with the LTTE at the earliest.

<b>EXCLUSIVE - Indo- Pak Rivalry brought Sinha to Colombo</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo July 13 (News Analysis): Why did India’s new foreign minister Yashwant Sinha rush to Colombo within a week after he took up his new post? Is it to reiterate the well known, oft repeated Indian position of “full support for peace process” or to repeat its well orchestrated campaign against global terrorism?

<b>Where is Jesus Today?</b>

Jokes Plus Com

A Sunday School teacher of pre-schoolers was concerned that
his students might be a little confused about Jesus Christ
because of the Christmas season emphasis on His birth

<i>Saba’s Weekly Review</i><b> - Two Annoyed Leaders and the LTTE</b>

T.Sabaratnam

The President who was the de facto cabinet for seven long years, until 1994 November to 2001 December, (“I’ve decided to accept this tender, she would proclaim and the minister concerned would nods his approval,” her erstwhile cabinet minister, Prof. G. L. Peiris accused her, when he left her cabinet a year ago) was cut to the plight of telling her cabinet on June 3 Wednesday that that she was its head.

<b>LTTE pledges - no more war </b>

Keith Noyahr

Scoffing at speculation that Tiger guerrillas were using the ceasefire to prepare for another war, a top LTTE official said, "we detest armed violence," and "are committed to peace".

<b> Practical way to win over women</b>

"My friend, this is not a serious problem. You just need to
work on your self-esteem. Each morning, I want you to get
up and run to the bathroom mirror. Tell yourself that you
are a good person, a fun person and an attractive person.
But say it with real conviction. Within a week you'll have
women buzzing all around you."

<b>Hakeem assures Muslim Congress support to the Prime Minister </B>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo July 9: The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) pledged to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning its continued support after the prime minister assured it the safety and security of the Muslims in the eastern province.

<b>Sri Lankan President Slams LTTE on Taxation<b>

Agencies

Colombo, July 10: The LTTE’s purported taxation system in Sri Lanka’s north and east is weakening efforts to usher in peace, President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s spokesman said today.

<b>Tamil Tigers Under Flak for Taxation</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo July 11: LTTE’s taxation structure is now under attack: from President Kumaratunga, Muslim parliamentarians, Tamil civilians and Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission

<b>Let's help each other - Asian Mayors pledge</b>

Bangkok July 10: United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP) co-sponsored the the Fourth Asian Mayors Forum and Regional Workshop on the Good Governance for Poverty Alleviation and Social Development - Exchange Tools, Techniques and Good Practices. At the Conference, Mayors from several Asian cities are participating and they have pledged to work together.

<b>Monitor meets Sri Lanka rebels, military on truce violations</b>

Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The head of an international cease-fire monitoring team has met with Tamil Tiger rebels and Sri Lankan military officials following claims of kidnapping and extortion by the guerrillas, a spokesman for the monitors said Wednesday.

<b>PM allays Muslims` fears</b>

The Prime Minister has assured that full responsibility for the security of Muslims will be taken by the Government, the Centre for Muslim Ethnic Studies (CMES) said yesterday.

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