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Sri Lanka enters into Friendship and Cooperation pact with Iran

Nov 27 (KN) Sri Lanka and Iran entered into a Friendship and Cooperation pact in Tehran on November 25 during the two day state visit by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar signed the Agreement on behalf of Sri Lanka, more..

Why is Norway, SLMM deaf and blind to LTTE ceasefire violations?

Nov 27 (DN) The Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera asked Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar, yesterday, why the Norwegian government and the monitoring committee continuously turn a blind eye and deaf ear when the LTTE was resorting to violence which was a serious violation of the Peace Accord they have signed with the government. more..

Wanted: Top level investigation on Gerald Mervyn Perera

Nov 27 (ANN) The ghastly killing of Gerald Mervyn Perera at Wattala in daylight and before eye witnesses is one of many killings in recent days that has shocked the nation. Earlier there was the killing of the High Court Judge, Ranjith Ambepitiya at his official residence. more..

Colonel Karuna demands the Government to settle problems of the Tamil speaking people within two years

Nov 27 (AT) In Sri Lanka Sinhalese and Tamil Speaking people must co-exist as equals. In case the two ethnic groups fail to resolve the existing political problems, then the Tamil speaking people should separate from the Sinhalese and have their own way. more..

Proposed Indo-Sri Lankan defence agreement raises hackles of MDMK

Nov 27 (AT) MDMK, a constituent of ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the centre, has warned the Indian government not to sign a defence cooperation agreement with Sri Lankan as that would jeopardize the interests of Tamils in the Island nation. more..

Sri Lankan president lauds historical monuments in Iran

Nov 27 (AT) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga visited Friday the cultural and historical attractions of this province, saying Takht-e Jamshid is considered by many as the masterpiece of Iranian civilization and history. more..

Sri Lanka: Why no arrests in the murder of torture victim’s murder case? - AHRC

Nov 27 (AT) Hong Kong based Human Rights Commission has pointed out that since to date Sri Lankan Police had made any arrest of anyone who was involved in the fatal shooting Gerald Mervin Perera, a torture victim who was shot in bus he was riding more..

Karuna wants India, not Norway to mediate in Lanka

Nov 27 (HT) In a Great Heroes' Day message parallel to Velupillai Prabhakaran's on Saturday, renegade LTTE commander Karuna has said that India and not Norway should mediate to solve the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka. more..

Curfew lifted, security stpped up as Sri Lanka rebels honour war dead

Nov 27 (AFP) A curfew was lifted but police patrols were increased in a Sri Lankan town as the defence ministry accused Tamil rebels of trying to provoke a breach of the ceasefire. more..

Sri Lanka police arrest drug suspects in judge's slaying

Nov 27 (AFP) Police said they have arrested seven suspected drug dealers for the first murder of a judge in Sri Lanka and ruled out the involvement of Tamil Tiger rebels in the case. more..

Tight security in Sri Lankan capital with Tiger rebel leader to speak

Nov 27 (AP) Authorities bolstered security around the Sri Lankan capital on Saturday ahead of a planned speech by the reclusive leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels. more..

Sri Lanka rebels threaten war, want self-rule talks

Nov 27 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels threatened on Saturday to resume a two-decade war for self-rule that killed more than 64,000 people if the government did not agree to discuss their demands for self-rule soon. more..

Tamil Tigers threaten return to war in Sri Lanka

Nov 27 (AFP) Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas declared they will renew armed struggle unless the Colombo government immediately agrees to revive peace talks based on a rebel blueprint for self-rule. more..

Sampanthan's son, aide injured in attack by Sinhala group

Nov 28 (TN) Ramesh Senthooran, youngest son of Mr.R.Sampanthan, TNA parliamentary group leader and his aide Mr.Gopal were injured in an attack by a group of Sinhalese believed to be members of a Sinhala political party, at Srimavopura, more..

TNA faults SLA for violence in Tamil districts

Nov 28 (TN) "Unwarranted interference by the armed forces in the lives of the Tamil civilian population in the North-East must be brought to an end," said Mr.R.Sampanthan, leader of the TNA parliamentary group more..

UPFA's maiden budget passes

Nov 28 (TN) Sri Lanka's parliament Saturday evening adopted the maiden budget of the UPFA with a majority of 34 votes, 126 parliamentarians voting for and 92 against it. Only 218 members of 225 were present in parliament at the time of voting, parliamentary sources said. more..

Protesters Accuse Police of Murder

Nov 28 (BBC) Relatives, villagers and religious leaders who gathered at the funeral of Gerard Mervin Perera who was assassinated by an unidentified gunman blamed the Police for not taking adequate action arrest the offenders. more..

Work apace to build Mahaweli Mahaseya

Nov 28 (SO) The Mahaweli Cultural Foundation Trust launched a campaign last week to raise funds for the completion of the ongoing Mahaweli Mahaseya, at Kotmale. The creation of Mahaweli Mahaseya is directed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa contributing towards the promotion of Sri Lankan culture. more..

TN fishermen captured for trespassing

Nov 28 (NDTV) Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday captured 12 fishermen from Tamil Nadu for trespassing into their waters. While such trespassing is on the rise, fishermen are now demanding immediate retrieval of Katchatheevu, the island India gifted to Sri Lanka, so that they will have more area to fish. more..

Cops and robbers

Nov 28 (ANN) The shooting of a torture victim who had succeeded in winning substantial damages against the State and some policemen who wrongly arrested him and subjected him to brutal third degree, hard on the heels of the Sarath Ambepitiya murder, more..

TECH donates solar systems to educational institutions

Nov 28 (TN) As the first phase of a plan to donate 50 solar lighting systems, The Economic Consultancy House (TECH), a Non-Governmental Non-Profit Sharing Organization, at its Oddusuddan offices Friday, gave away nine complete systems to community educational establishments that conduct classes at night, more..

Trincomalee to observe general shut down

Nov 28 (TN) Tamil Peoples Forum of Trincomalee District Sunday issued an appeal to the Tamils in the east port town to observe a one-day general shut down Monday condemning violent attacks on innocent Tamil civilians during the Maveerar Week celebrations more..

TNA MP demands return of occupied houses in Vankalai

Nov 28 (TN) Mr.Selvam Adaikalanathan, Vanni district TNA parliamentarian, Sunday wrote to the acting Defence Minister Mr.Ratnasiri Wickremanayake to take immediate steps to hand over houses in Vankalai in Mannar district now being occupied by the Sri Lanka Police more..

Children's Home gets Computer Training Center

Nov 28 (TN) A computer-training centre was opened in "Anbu Illam," a leading children's home in the heart of Trincomalee town to provide computer education to resident children, administrators of the home, the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) officials said. more..

Vidataltivu residents lack medical facilities, ambulance

Nov 28 (TN) Vidataltivu, a fishing hamlet located about 30 km off Mannar town in the Liberation Tigers controlled area in the Mannar administrative district is without medical, transport and other essential facilities. more..

Lanka FI to hit 300 mln dollar jackpot in 2005

Nov 28 (ANI) With its construction, apparel and tourism sectors maintaining their bullish performance, Sri Lanka expects foreign investment to jump by 50 percent in 2005 to 300 million dollars. more..

Sri Lanka proves hot destination for Middle East travellers

Nov 28 (AME) Sri Lanka is living it up to its 'hot destination' tag as Middle East travelers increasingly choose this short-haul destination as a key place to visit during 2004. The latest inbound tourist figures show more than a 40 per cent increase in travel from the region has been sustained during 2004. more..

Sri Lanka army blames Tamil Tigers of failing to keep pledge

Nov 28 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka's army Sunday blamed theTamil Tigers for failing to attend a meeting Saturday which they had agreed to attend during a meeting with the international trucemonitors and the government troops. more..

Lumbini gets facelift for international Buddhist summit

Nov 28 (Phayul) Preparations are at the last stage in Lumbini and its surrounding for the Second International Buddhist Summit that starts from Tuesday. Newly painted monasteries have given a fresh look to the historically and archeologically important town where Lord Buddha was born. more..

Political gleanings from the LTTE Leader's Martyrs Day address

Nov 28 (AT) Whether the Sinhala regime is going to resort to war or to resolve the Tamil national problem or recommence negotiations, will be known within the next few weeks - states the report published in the lead news story of the Liberation Tigers, in its November 2004 issue. more..

P. Rajaratnam – ENDLF General Secretary missing in Colombo since last Monday

Nov 28 (AT) P. Rajaratnam (50), General Secretary of the ENDLF and the coordinator of TamilEela Ikkiya Viduthalai Munnani is missing in Colombo, and it is alleged that he has been abducted by the LTTE and held in some secret hideout, to smuggle him to Killinochchi for interrogation, before deciding on his fate. more..

Heil Surya Thevan II

Nov 28 (AT) Vellupillai Pirapaharan is half the God he used to be; but he aims to become the God he once was, and more, with a little help from his allies and a lot of help from his opponents. It was not much of a 50th Birthday party, not if you are the Surya Thevan and the Sarvadesh Thalaivar. more..

Tamil minister asks Tigers not to go back to war

Nov 28 (PTI) The Sri Lankan government today asked the Tamil Tigers to work for a negotiated political settlement to the decades-old ethnic strife, a day after LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran threatened to go back to war. more..

Government denies Sri Lanka teetering on the edge of civil war

Nov 28 (AP) Sri Lanka will not descend into civil war, the government said Sunday, despite an apparent threat from a top Tamil Tiger rebel leader to revive an armed struggle unless stalled peace talks quickly resume. more..

Peace Motive

Nov 29 (LBO) Some business leaders think its time to make a collective effort to drive the peace process forward. Recently a delegation of business leaders went to South Africa, to find out how the private sector there helped initiate peace in that country. more..

Waters' Edge

Nov 29 (LBO) A spate of floods and drought affected the agriculture sector output in the last few years. The sector is expected to record negative growth this year according to the Finance Ministry. Farmers who depend on rain to grow their crops face the greatest risk due to the drought. more..

Colombo's new proposal aims to hurt NorthEast education- paper

Nov 29 (TN) "Educational planning is Sri Lanka is not oriented towards the benefit of all its citizens, but is used as an instrument to suppress the progress of Tamils," said Uthayan in an editorial Thursday criticizing Sri Lanka Government's attempt to reintroduce merit system when the Northeast education is suffering from devastation of war. more..

Australia pledges aid to development projects in Jaffna

Nov 29 (TN) A High-level delegation of the Government of Australia Monday visited Jaffna district and pledged about five million US Dollar aid to several development projects in the peninsula. The delegation led by Mr.Bruce Billson, a Parliamentary Secretary in the Australian government arrived Palaly by special aircraft Monday, more..

Tank expansion threatens estate homes

Nov 29 (TN) "Administrators of Serandip Estate in Badulla are planning to expand currently existing pool into a large water tank to hold agricultural water for rural farmers. If action is not taken to stop the project immediately we will mobilize the plantation workers and begin mass agitation," more..

Private bus passenger dies after suspected LTTE grenade attack

Nov 29 (SLA) Four passengers on a bus bound for TRINCOMALEE were the latest to fall victim to a hand grenade, suspected to have been thrown by an LTTE man on Monday (29) at about 10.15 a.m. while the bus was plying in the general area of ANDANKULAM in TRINCOMALEE. more..

Wanni Tigers Leader avoids the word ‘war’

Nov 29 (LT) Wanni Tiger leader Prabhakaran has avoided the word “war” to describe any resumption of military activities specially when saying that his organization would have no alternative but "use military force’’ if the government did not agree to start talks on the basis of the Tigers’ ISGA proposal. more..

Security forces deny allegations of JVP & ITAK

Nov 29 (LT) A senior police official and a spokesmen of Security forces pointed out that it is absurd in both the Wanni Tiger’s proxy and the JVP finding fault with security forces. JVP parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa charged the police with having committed excesses at an incident in Trincomalee more..

UNP threatens to withdraw to pressure Govt. on ISGA

Nov 29 (LT) The UNP’s decision not to support the peace process and the Wanni Tigers threat to resume hostilities has aimed at exerting maximum pressure on the government in a presumable joint action, political sources said. more..

Police bunkers in Vavunia set on fire

Nov 29 (BBC) Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has visited the site where a Sri Lanka Police bunker has been set on fire early Sunday. The bunker was situated in Veppankulam by the Vavunia - Mannar road. Eight police bunkers have been set on fire during the week. more..

Chandrika arming Prabhakaran - UNP

Nov 29 (BBC) President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is pushing the LTTE back to war due to her indecisiveness over restarting of peace talks, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) claim. more..

Sri Lankan man deported to danger

Nov 29 (GL) Ismail, a Sri Lankan man, was deported from Sydney’s Villawood detention centre on November 23. A previous attempt to deport him on October 19 failed after he panicked and harmed himself. more..

Chandana given the all-clear to tour New Zealand

Nov 29 (CI) Sri Lanka received their second injury boost in 48 hours when Upul Chandana was given the all-clear to tour New Zealand. Chandana had been sent to Singapore for medical tests on a respiratory complaint. more..

Tamil pride and Prabhakaran at India-Myanmar border

Nov 29 (IANS) His six-year-old son is a fighter, says G. Kalaivannan, and so he has named him Prabhakaran. This naming, after the leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers Velupillai Prabhakaran fighting for a Tamil homeland in the island nation, says Kalaivannan, reminds him of his own home - found and lost. more..

Vaiko opposes defence pact with Lanka

Nov 29 (BS) As per an arrangement between the MDMK chief Vaiko and the Left parties, the UPA-Left co-ordination committee meeting on November 24, saw a brief discussion on the impending defence co-operation agreement India and Sri Lanka. more..

Prabhakaran’s bluster

Nov 29 (ANN) Velupillai Prabhakaran has spoken like a bare- bodied Jaffna thug in a bazaar with his verti indecently tucked up above his knees on his birthday. He is demanding what he wants and does not give a damn to the needs of others. And says he will knock the daylights of those who dare oppose him. more..