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Teachers slam the Monitors

Feb 3 (DM) The University Teachers for Human Rights in a damning report has slammed the SLMM for its ineffectiveness in the face of gross violations of the Ceasefire Agreement by the LTTE. "A peace process that calls upon everyone else, but the LTTE, to be reasonable and moderate for the sake of peace, is fundamentally flawed," the report said. more..

Lead Runner

Feb 3 (LBO) John Keells Holdings Ltd. Monday said first nine-months net profit more than doubled year-on-year, on the back of strong performance in most of its key units. The biggest listed conglomerate reported a net profit of Rs. 867.35 mn for the period ending Dec. 31, 2002 as against Rs. 239.82 mn a year ago. more..

General Nambiar to visit Jaffna

Feb 3 (TN) Lieutenant General Satish Nambiar, retired Deputy Chief of Staff of the Indian Army is to visit Jaffna Wednesday February 05 and will hold discussions with security officials including Jaffna area commander Major General Sarath Fonseka, sources said. more..

UNICEF Chief meets President

Feb 3 (PSL) UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and President Chandrika Kumaratunga had a wide range of discussions on UNICEF activities in Sri Lanka at a special meeting on Saturday. more..

Put war behind and look to a future where rights of all are respected – President

Feb 3 (PRIU) President Chandrika Kumaratunga in an Independence Day message to the nation said the time had arrived for Sri Lankans to put war behind them and look to a future where the rights and aspirations of every individual and of all communities are recognised and respected. more..

Two more teenagers seek protection from Police

Feb 3 (SLA) Two teen-aged LTTE conscripts, J. SATHIYENDRAN (16) and T. THANGESHWARAN (16) from the general area of BAKKIELLA, about 4 km northwest of AMPARA town, have abandoned the LTTE training camp at SANTHIMALE and sought protection from the Police post at BADULLA junction on 02 Feb 2003. more..

Daughter abducted and detained, complains mother

Feb 3 (SLA) A mother, who went in search of her daughter who had gone missing since 31 January 2003 had been shown a letter written by her daughter when she visited the LTTE political office in the general area of ARAYAMPATHI, about 7.5 km south of BATTICALOA town the same day. more..

LTTE try to abduct soldier

Feb 3 (SLA) Two LTTE cadres on two motor bicycles had gone to the residence of a soldier on 01 February 2003 around midnight in the general area of PUTTUR, about 03 km southwest of BATTICALOA town and tried to abduct him. more..

One more group in LTTE uniforms not allowed into cleared areas

Feb 3 (SLA) A total of 23 LTTE female cadres, who were partly wearing military uniforms and arrived at the entry/exit point at OMANTHAI from un-cleared areas, had wanted to move into cleared areas on 01 February around 3.00 p.m. more..

No peace without children - Carol Bellamy

Feb 3 (DOI) Sri Lanka cannot continue peace efforts without solving the issues of the country's children, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said. Bellamy said in an interview her organisation will be "focusing attention on understanding that one cannot pursue with the peace process without solving the issues of children." more..

Villagers thank Govt for peace moves

Feb 3 (DOI) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday assured residents of villages bordering the North-East provinces that the government would take all possible steps to ensure their security and welfare. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe made this assurance while visiting Mahanikawewa and Indigolla villages in the Anuradhapura district, North Central Province. more..

National Reconciliation Programme launch today

Feb 3 (DOI) The National Reconciliation Programme aimed at forming a new national vision, introducing Constitutional provision for reconciliation and inter community trust building will be launched tomorrow. more..

15th Asia Pacific children's forum

Feb 3 (DOI) Eight school children, four boys and four girls have been selected to represent Sri Lanka at the 15th Asia-Pacific Children's Forum, to be held in Fukuoka, Japan in July 2003, states a Press Release issued by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Education and Cultural Affairs. more..

Free trade agreement between Sri Lanka, Pakistan delayed

Feb 3 (AP) Pakistan has postponed signing a free-trade agreement with Sri Lanka due to a major Muslim festival later this month, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka's trade minister Ravi Karunanayake had been scheduled this month to visit Pakistan, to finalize details of the agreement. more..

No Railway privatisation - Transport Minister

Feb 3 (DN) The government has no plans to privatise the Railways Department, Transport Minister Tilak Marapana said. Minister Marapana told the Daily News that the intention of the government was to restructure the railway service and encourage private investors to take part in improving it instead of privatising state owned service in its entirety. more..

Peace talks may be overshadowed by other developments

Feb 3 (Bernama) As Sri Lanka's peace talks this week swing towards the crucial issue of human rights, other developments, unfortunately, may shift attention or overshadow this crucial exercise. more..

President pushes rebels on child soldiers

Feb 3 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's president on Monday called on the Tamil Tiger rebels to make good on a pledge to stop recruiting child soldiers, a vow seen as a litmus test of the guerrillas' sincerity in peace talks. more..

Chandrika seeks big role in peace process

Feb 3 (Gulf) President Chandrika Kumaratunga has told Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that in future both she and the Cabinet should be consulted on "sensitive matters" like allowing broadcasting equipment to the LTTE and that the guerrillas cannot be given preferential treatment. more..

Opposition leader to meet Indian leaders

Feb 3 (IANS) Mahinda Rajapakse, leader of the opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament, is here at the invitation of the Indian government to discuss the pace of peace talks in his country that is worrying New Delhi. more..

Sri Lanka seeks end to war on freedom anniversary

Feb 3 (AFP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga urged Sri Lanka Monday to reflect on an end to decades of ethnic bloodshed as the island prepared to mark its 55th anniversary of independence from Britain. more..

Tamil Tiger leaders leave for Berlin peace talks

Feb 3 (AFP) Top Tamil Tiger rebel leaders left here Monday to attend the next round of peace talks with the Sri Lankan government scheduled to open in the German capital Berlin, official sources said. more..

Tamils march against independence day

Feb 3 (BBC) Thousands of people in northern town of Vavuniya have protested against independence day celebrations planned for Tuesday. Reports say about 3,000 students took part in the demonstration which was inspired, if not directly organised, by Tamil Tiger rebels. more..

‘Remove SLA camps from schools’ –CTTU

Feb 3 (TN) he continued presence of Sri Lankan armed forces’ camps in many schools in the North-East, despite the passing of one year since the signing of the ceasefire agreement, has disrupted the education of students, and the camps should be removed immediately, said Mr. T. Mahasivam, more..

"Dummy president" triggers protocol fiasco at Sri Lanka rehearsal

Feb 3 (AFP) Sri Lanka's military top brass were red faced Monday after discovering that the "dummy president" they saluted at independence day rehearsals here was a junior woman constable, officials said. more..

Opposition doubts PM would keep pledge of formalised talks

Feb 4 (Island) Prominent opposition members yesterday expressed doubt about the Prime Minister’s statement in parliament last week that he would formalise discussions with opposition party leaders on the peace talks. more..

Rights issue needs higher place in talks - Analysts

Feb 4 (IPS) Sri Lanka's peace talks, now entering its sixth month, could lose credibility unless human rights issues are pushed even higher up at the top of the agenda, rights activists here warn. more..

Now, Lanka-gate replaces Nepal-gate

Feb 4 (TOI) Remember Nepal-gate? The respite delivered to India Inc by the safeguard measures imposed by the government to check cheap imports coming in through Nepal might prove to be short-lived as traders are finding a new avenue –– Sri Lanka. more..

Milinda's Oslo e-Lottery draws fire from Minister

Feb 4 (DM) A Cabinet proposal by Minister Milinda Moragoda on a Norwegian assisted on-line lottery project has run into fire from Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake. more..

Going, Going, Gone

Feb 4 (LBO) Securities watchdog Dr. Dayanath Jayasuriya quit on Monday after the Finance Ministry accepted his letter of resignation. Jayasuriya also stepped down as Director General of the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka. Known as a ‘tough cop,’ Jayasuriya plans to revert back to the private bar. more..

Murali set to spin Cup magic

Feb 4 (BD) If spin magician Muttiah Muralitharan is allowed to bowl unchanged from one end, Sri Lanka have a better chance of containing runs in the World Cup. Sri Lanka's misfortune is that the rules do not permit one bowler to send down more than 10 overs in a 50-over match. more..

Sri Lanka — a popular destination for Omanis

Feb 4 (TOO) “Sri Lanka has become a choice destination for Omanis, specially those travelling with their families,” says Hussain Jayah, country manager of SriLankan Airlines, Oman. more..

Commemorative ceremonies rekindle hope for permanent peace

Feb 4 (SLA) Sri Lanka’s 55th National Day (Independence Day) celebration at the historic Independence square in Colombo on Tuesday (4), by all standards, was reminiscent of the ancient grandeur, heroism and the sheer majesty that this island-nation has been proud of from time immemorial. more..

Crime on the rise in Sri Lanka

Feb 4 (Gulf) Sri Lanka's crime rate is shooting up with more bank robberies, murders and rape despite the country's police force being relieved of their security operations against Tamil guerrillas in the north and eastern parts of the country. more..

Sri Lankan embassy issues 900 outpasses

Feb 4 (Gulf) The Sri Lankan embassy issued about 900 outpasses to amnesty seekers by last month, a number much smaller than expected, an official told Gulf News yesterday. Janaka B. Nakkawita, the Sri Lankan ambassador, said the embassy issued about 500 outpasses and the Consulate General in Dubai issued another 400. more..

Two soldiers held captive in the east

Feb 4 (Gulf) A series of sporadic incidents involving security forces, Tamil guerrillas and civilians in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka were reported over the weekend amidst fears that these incidents could flare up. more..

Chandrika hails Ranil over peace talks

Feb 4 (UNI) In rare appreciation of her arch-rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickermesinghe, President Chandirka Kumaratunga today hailed the UNF government for the on-going peace process and called for carrying forward the dialogue by addressing the 'core issues'. more..

'Independence celebrations not for Tamils' -JSU

Feb 4 (TN) In a statement issued Monday on the eve of the country's fifty-fifth independence day, the Jaffna Students' Union (JSU) questioned the reluctance of the UNF government in removing high security zones and rehabilitating the displaced people at a time when there is a peaceful environment in the country, more..

President grants amnesty for prisoners on Independence Day

Feb 4 (Xinhua) President Chandrika Kumaratunga granted amnesty to more than 1,000 prisoners on the occasion of the country's national day on Tuesday. Kumaratunga has granted approval for the release of these prisoners on a recommendation made by Minister of Interior and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga, more..

Prima set for growth with peace in Sri Lanka

Feb 4 (ST) IMAGINE that you have invested US$54 million (S$94 million) in an overseas business. And that, three years after you have begun operations, a war breaks out between two opposing local camps. more..

Peace moves saved Rs.5 b, PM tells UNP confab

Feb 4 (DN) The Government saved a record Rs. 5 billion in defence expenditure last year as a result of the peace initiatives, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. "However, we had to face difficulties when the Government's overall expenditure increased from Rs. 380 billion in 2001 to Rs. 410 billion in 2002," more..

Peace talks to take place in Japan next month

Feb 4 (AFP) Japan will host the sixth round of Sri Lankan peace negotiations from March 18 to 21, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. The talks between the Colombo government and the LTTE, are to be held in Hakone, a hotspring resort town, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of Tokyo, more..

Social conditions improve with Korean aid

Feb 4 (KH) The following is a message from Ambassador K.C. Logeswaran of Sri Lanka. - Ed. I am very pleased to share this message with the readers of The Korea Herald on the occasion of the 55th National Day celebrations of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, which came under European colonial rule in 1505, regained its independence on Feb. 4, 1948. more..

Sri Lanka's water sector to receive ADB governance grant

Feb 4 (AP) The ADB has approved a technical assistance (TA) grant of US$285,000 to promote good governance in Sri Lanka's water sector by developing a framework for regulation. more..

Smiling islanders are just lacking depth

Feb 4 (BD) SRI Lanka rose to world fame by coming from nowhere to win the 1996 final, beating Australia by seven wickets at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore. Prior to that, they had been ousted in the group stages of every other World Cup. more..

Authentic taste of Sri Lanka

Feb 4 (Gulf) A dream has turned into reality for Sunitha Senevirathna. When she opened the first Spycees Sri Lankan Restraunt in Dubai, it was the realisation of her long-held vision. It was through her restaurant, opened two years ago at Al Khaleej Centre, that she wanted to bring the authentic Sri Lankan taste to the Middle East. more..

Better placed for business

Feb 4 (Gulf) On the globe's surface, Sri Lanka may well be a tiny island in the Indian Ocean. However, this little island has probably one of the richest and ancient historic backgrounds. Its people are known for their dynamism in all walks of life. more..

Producing a distinct brew

Feb 4 (Gulf) Ceylon Tea, acclaimed as the best tea in the world for over a century, is exported from Sri Lanka to over 100 countries worldwide. Sri Lanka accounts for about 10 per cent of world tea production. more..

President wants peace plan, Tamils protest independence day

Feb 4 (AFP) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday asked her government to unveil its plans for a final peace deal with Tiger rebels as Tamil regions boycotted the country's independence day celebrations. more..

Peace brings out children for Sri Lanka National Day

Feb 4 (Reuters) Children took part in Sri Lanka's National Day on Tuesday for the first time in years as the island's growing peace process to end two decades of civil war eased security concerns. more..

Kumaratunga asks PM to go public on LTTE peace plan

Feb 4 (PTI) President Chandrika Kumaratunga on February 4 asked her cohabitation government to go public with its Norwegian-backed peace plan as the island's Tamil-dominated areas boycotted the country's 55th anniversary of its Independence from Britain. more..