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Kenyans hope to beat Sri Lanka

Feb 23 (AP) Kenya takes on Sri Lanka Monday knowing that victory against one of the World Cup's form sides will give the East African team a decent chance of getting beyond the tournament's first round for the first time. more..

Sri Lanka Club hold Cameos in thriller

Feb 23 (GD) British Club African and Eastern Cameos and Sri Lanka Club drew 22-22 in a thrilling DHL Bahrain Netball match played at the Bahrain Rugby Club in Saar. The result guarantees both sides a top five finish and a place in the first division of the league in the second phase of the competition. more..

Sri Lanka seeks foreign pressure to tame Tigers

Feb 23 (PTI) On the first anniversary of a ceasefire with separatist Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka's Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe brushed aside opposition to his peace moves, saying talks did not mean "kneeling down" to the rebels and there was no "alternative". more..

Sri Lanka banks on foreign pressure for peace deal

Feb 23 (AFP) Sri Lanka is seeking international pressure to end three decades of ethnic bloodshed, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said as he marked a full year of a Norwegian-brokered truce Sunday. more..

Allow Rebels in Security Forces, says Sri Lanka PM

Feb 23 (VOA) Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Tamil Tiger rebels should be allowed to join the state police, military and judiciary as part of a final political settlement to the island's ethnic conflict. the Sri Lankan leader says his government is determined to continue with the peace process, which began a year ago. more..

JVP not shaken by atttack

Feb 23 (IL) While vowing to continue its protests against the government and it's so-called peace process, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna said that they were not at all surprised regarding Thursday's incident, when police attacked their supporters. more..

LAP to help IDPs

Feb 23 (IL) The Legal Aid Foundation (LAF), of the Bar Association in coordination with the lawyers of the Vavuniya Courts would be conducting a Legal Aid Rally and Clinics in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps in Vavuniya tomorrow from 9.30 2.30 p.m. more..

Sweden to help business, industrial development in NE

Feb 24 (TN) The Charge d'Affairs of the Swedish Embassy in Sri Lanka Ms Ann Marie Fallenius Sunday said in Trincomalee that the Chambers of Commerce in districts of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara in the northeast province would be given a boost to expand their institutional capacity and professional competence building program more..

SLN frequently intrudes LTTE areas in Trinco north- Tilak

Feb 24 (TN) The SLMM in Trincomalee Sunday intervened to diffuse the tension between the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and the LTTE following an attempt by the SLN personnel to arrest cadres of the LTTE at Kallampathai, a LTTE held area, about forty km north of Trincomalee town, sources said. more..

Buddhists monks to hold prayer meeting at Nallur temple

Feb 24 (TN) The arrival of a group of one hundred Buddhist monks from south to Jaffna Sunday has been delayed by one day. The group will arrive Jaffna Monday to hold a prayer meeting lighting oil lamps at the historic Nallur Kandasamy Temple on the same day evening, sources said. more..

Local cease-fire monitor obtains bail for LTTE abductors of schoolgirls

Feb 24 (Island) A leading lawyer and a local cease-fire monitor recently filed a motion in the Trincomalee Magistrates’ court requesting the release of two female Tigers, accused of abducting two 14-year-old girls at Sambaltivu, informed sources said. One of the abductors is only 16 years of age and the other 20. more..

We are not kneeling before the LTTE: Ranil

Feb 24 (Hindu) The Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has refuted allegations that his administration was "kneeling before the LTTE". He asserted that the latest attempt was "the last chance" to regain peace and said he was "happy with the progress" made during the year-long ceasefire. more..

Sri Lanka averts flare up of fresh fighting

Feb 24 (AFP) Scandinavian truce monitors Sunday helped pull Sri Lankan navy troops and Tamil Tiger rebels back from the brink of a gun battle breaching the ceasefire on its first anniversary, officials said. more..

Stocks close lower on Iraq war threat

Feb 24 (Reuters) Stocks finished lower on Monday as investors kept an eye out for developments over a possible war in Iraq, brokers said. The key Colombo all-share index closed down 0.48 percent, or 3.69 points, to 764.80 points. more..

Slow and steady path to peace - PM

Feb 24 (DOI) Sri Lanka is seeking international pressure to end three decades of ethnic bloodshed, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said as he marked a full year of a Norwegian-brokered truce Sunday. more..

Management Council to revamp Railways

Feb 24 (DOI) Minister of Defence, Transport, Highways and Civil Aviation Tilak Marapana has restructured and reactivated the Railways Management Council, giving it wide decision making powers and also powers to implement them. more..

'War or Peace' will not allow Tea Industry to fall

Feb 24 (DOI) 'War or Peace', as the Minister of Smallholdings Development, he would not allow the Tea Industry to fall, under the leadership of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, during his tenure of office, said Minister Susantha Punchinilame at Ratnapura recently. more..

New Constitution will reflect people's aspirations - GL

Feb 24 (DOI) The ultimate objective of the current peace process is not to introduce piecemeal amendments on devolution to the Constitution but to introduce a completely new Constitution that will reflect the aspirations of the people, Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said yesterday. more..

Dispute between navy, Tamil rebels settled

Feb 24 (Xinhua) Seven members of the Sri Lankan separatist Tamil Tiger rebels detained by the navy for entering a government-controlled area with weapons were released on Sunday following the intervention of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission(SLMM), the official Daily News said on Monday. more..

Major changes in legal studies

Feb 24 (DM) Key changes including compulsory lecturing in English would be introduced to the country's 19th century legal education system, Bar Association Secretary Kalinga Indatissa said. more..

Elephant polo tournament at Weligama

Feb 24 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was in Denuwala, Weligama on Saturday to watch the annual elephant polo tournament at the Weligama beach. The Premier was accompanied by Mrs. Maithree Wickremesinghe. more..

Appraise new role, new vision for NAM – President

Feb 24 (PSL) President Chandrika Kumaratunga addressing the NAM summit stressed the need for an appraisal of a new role, vision and plan of action for NAM, “focusing on the urgent need for sustainable economic development of each Member State.” more..

Sri Lankan’s film for Cannes

Feb 24 (PRIU) Sri Lankan Vimukthi Jayasundara’s film Vide pour l’amour (Empty for Love) has been invited to be presented at the International Cannes Film Festival, May 14 – 25, 2003. more..

Sri Lanka mulling spot April gas oil import tender

Feb 24 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's state-owned oil refiner and marketer said it was considering issuing an import tender for 40,000 tonnes of gas oil for delivery in early April, an official with Ceylon Petroleum Corp (Ceypetco) said on Monday. more..

Sri Lanka barge operator looking for first term deal

Feb 24 (Reuters) Sri Lankan marine fuel bunker barge operator, Lanka Marine Services Ltd (LMSL), is likely to ink a maiden term contract to import fuel oil and gas oil in March, a company official said on Monday. more..

Sri Lanka's real estate gets hot

Feb 24 (Time) It wasn't so long ago that tourists tried their best to avoid troubled Sri Lanka. Tour operators still remember the grim conditions of more than a decade ago when constant terrorist attacks led to wholesale cancellations. more..

Sri Lanka union battles "peace dividend" reforms

Feb 24 (Reuters) A powerful Sri Lankan trade union is fighting to block economic reforms the government hopes will attract foreign aid as a "peace dividend" if it succeeds in ending the island's 19-year ethnic war. more..

JVP protest release of Tiger rebels

Feb 24 (AFP) Sri Lanka's main Marxist party launched a scathing attack Monday against the government for freeing seven armed Tamil Tiger rebels involved in a tense stand-off with naval troops. more..

Sri Lanka mines take toll

Feb 24 (BBC) Landmines and unexploded ordnance in Sri Lanka have killed 26 civilians and injured 100 others since a cease-fire came into effect a year ago, the United Nations says. The majority of those hurt are adult males - breadwinners for their families. more..

PM to visit India

Feb 24 (PTI) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to visit India this week, officials said. Wickremesinghe, who travels to New Delhi on February 27, will hold talks with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and return on March 2, officials said.

Kenya upsets group leader Sri Lanka by 53 runs

Feb 24 (AP) Kenya produced the biggest shock of the eighth cricket World Cup on Monday by beating 1996 champion and group leader Sri Lanka by 53 runs. After opener Kennedy Otieno hit 60 in a creditable 210 for nine at the Gymkhana Club in Nairobi, the Kenyans bowled Sri Lanka out for 157 more..

Religious leaders meet in Nallur Kandaswamy Temple

Feb 24 (TN) "It is the duty of the southern religious leaders to organize the masses in the south to thwart all attempts by the Sinhala hard-line JVP and other forces from derailing the peace process," said Mr.C.V.K.Sivagnanam, former commissioner of the Jaffna Municipal Council more..

Trinco beach human skeletal remains sent to JMO

Feb 24 (TN) The Trincomalee Magistrate and Additional District Judge Mr.S.Thiagendran Monday ordered the human skeletal remains recovered from the sea beach of the east port town last Wednesday and Thursday and soil samples of the site to be sent to Colombo Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) for full report. more..

Balasingham slated to meet Prabakaran on March 2

Feb 25 (Hindu) The chief negotiator for the LTTE, Anton S. Balasingham, is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on March 2 for a meeting with his leader, V. Prabakaran, before the next round of talks to be held in Japan. more..

LTTE cadres exchanged for soldier and policeman

Feb 25 (Island) The stand-off between the Navy and seven armed LTTE cadres in Kuchchuveli - Thiriyaya road was solved with the intervention of the SLMM after striking a deal to exchange a police constable and a soldier held by the LTTE for the seven armed cadres who entered the government controlled area on Sunday, more..

Reverse Gear

Feb 25 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s 13 bus companies may continue under state control for longer, as attempts to bring in private management steers off course. Industry watchers say plans for a state lead restructuring programme were being touted as a contingency measure in case the government fails to seal any deals. more..

Talk Shop

Feb 25 (LBO) An International Labour Organisation study has found the Tharuna Aruna scheme for unemployed graduates highly dysfunctional and run like a Rotary Club. Around Rs. 165 mn has gone into the scheme, but only 600 graduates have found permanent work over a five-year period, notes ESP Consult, more..

Top-level ADB officials visit Vavuniya

Feb 25 (TN) A committee of top-level officials of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) visited Vavuniya Monday to hold consultations on planned projects on road reconstruction and electrical power distribution, sources said. more..

Eastern high court gets new judge

Feb 25 (TN) A senior lawyer from Jaffna unofficial bar Mr.S.Paramarajah Monday assumed duties as the Eastern High Court Judge. He took oaths as a High Court Judge before the Chief Justice Mr.Sarath N.Silva last week in Colombo, legal sources said. more..

LTTE raps Tamil parties for not opposing Nambiar

Feb 25 (HT) The LTTE rapped its parliamentary ally, TNA on Sunday for not protesting against the recommendations of the retired Indian General Satish Nambiar on the question of dismantling the Sri Lankan Army's high security zones (HSZ) in the Jaffna peninsula, more..

Stocks end down, renewed selling on Iraq

Feb 25 (Reuters) Stocks closed lower on Tuesday on selling pressure in blue chips because of fears about a possible war in Iraq. The key Colombo all-share index lost 1.56 percent, or 11.91 points, to 753.24, to post one of the sharpest drops in recent weeks. more..

Three fleeing teenagers seek safety from Police

Feb 25 (SLA) Three teenagers who ran away from the LTTE custody had sought protection from Police after they arrived at MUTTUR Police station, about 13 km south of TRINCOMALEE town on 24 February 2003 around 7.15 a.m. more..

LTTE extortionist arrested and released on bail

Feb 25 (SLA) An LTTE cadre, who attempted to extort money and snatched away the National Identity Card (NIC) from a trader in the general area of PERIYAKADAL in MANNAR town on 22 Feb, has been arrested and released on bail after being produced before the Magistrate in MANNAR. more..

Arms and ammunition recovered from rail track

Feb 25 (SLA) Three sixty mm. Mortar shells, one forty mm grenade, one K 400 hand grenade, three SFG hand grenades, one T-56 magazine, one 84 S magazine, one hundred and twenty nine rounds of T-56 ammunition, twenty one T-56 LMG links, twenty two rounds of 84 S ammunition, recovered by Police from the general area of the railway track at SARDHAPURA, about 9 km southwest of TRINCOMALEE on 24 Feb. more..

Jeyaraj claims he was humiliated in court

Feb 25 (DM) Parliamentarian and former Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle has complained to the Chief Justice regarding what he terms the humiliation and pain of mind caused to him when he was asked to leave the High Court of Colombo for not being "properly attired". more..

Rs. 1 b World Bank grant for job orientation

Feb 25 (DOI) The World Bank has granted Rs. 1 billion to implement the Government's Tharuna Aruna job orientation programme which will help 25,882 registered unemployed graduates find jobs in public and private sector institutions from May 1, said Employment and Labour Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe. more..

EU happy with 1st anniversary of MoU

Feb 25 (DOI) The European Union notes with satisfaction that 22 February, 2003 marks the first anniversary of the coming into effect of the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. more..

More funds made available for Budget : Holland slashes Lanka's debt

Feb 25 (DN) The Netherlands has written off Rs one billion (9.9 million euro) from Sri Lanka's debts to that country, said Minister for Economic Reform, Science and Technology Milinda Moragoda and Dutch Ambassador Susan Blankhart yesterday. more..

Sri Lanka 2002 trade deficit widens to $1.41 bln

Feb 25 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's trade deficit in 2002 widended to $1.41 billion from $1.16 billion in 2001, the central bank said on Tuesday. It said imports rose 2.2 percent to $6.12 billion last year compared to 2001, while exports fell by 2.4 percent to $4.70 billion.

Sri Lanka get sharp lesson in Kenyan tribal history

Feb 25 (Reuters) It is doubtful whether Sanath Jayasuriya and his Sri Lankans had ever heard of the Luo tribe before their extraordinary World Cup defeat by Kenya on Monday. Steve Tikolo's side, however, who beat the 1996 world champions by 53 runs in one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's history, were heavily stocked with the tribesmen from the west. more..