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Housing development IPO postponed to December

Nov 3 (DJ) A planned initial public offering by Sri Lanka's Housing Development and Finance Corp. has been postponed until December to allow for more preparation time, the managers of the issue said Wednesday. more..

Sri Lankan union betrays Bata jobs struggle

Nov 3 (wsws) The Commerce and Industrial Workers Union (CIWU) in Sri Lanka has betrayed the bitter three-month struggle of Bata shoe factory employees, allowing the Canadian-based multinational to retrench 146 workers and impose harsher working conditions. more..

Kumaratunga to visit Bodh Gaya

Nov 3 (IANS) President Chandrika Kumaratunga will be in Bihar over the weekend when she visits the famous Buddhist pilgrimage spot of Bodh Gaya to inaugurate a global convention of Buddhist youths. Sources said Kumaratunga would arrive in Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, on Nov 7 by a special plane. more..

Release Rajaratnam : An international appeal to his abductors

Nov 3 (AT) Release is a new website opened up to appeal for the release, by the well wishers and sympathizers of Dinesh Dharmendra Rajaratnam, a truck driver from Sri Lanka, who has been kidnapped by the Iraq Islamic Army on 28 October, in Baghdad, Iraq. more..

Akashi briefs India of his Colombo talks

Nov 3 (AT) President Chandrika Kumaratunga begins a five-day visit to India today on the very day the Japanese special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi briefed New Delhi of the outcome of his ‘not so successful’ latest visit to Colombo. more..

Lanka to celebrate 50-years UN member

Nov 3 (MG) The 50th Anniversary of Sri Lanka's admission to the United Nations falls on December 14. The Government has decided to appoint Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs Prof. Wiswa Warnapala to head a National Committee to mark the 50th Anniversary of Sri Lanka's membership to the United Nations Organization. more..

Rice exporters look to Sri Lanka

Nov 3 (Jang) The export of some 25,000 tonnes of IRRI-6 rice to Sri Lanka this past week has lifted domestic prices in Pakistan and traders said on Tuesday they were likely to remain stable as Sri Lankan buyers were placing new orders. more..

Pak, SL teams cautioned over excessive appealing

Nov 3 (Jang) The match referee for the just concluded Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test series, Jeff Crowe had a word with captains and coaches of both the teams during the second Test in Karachi on their excessive appealing in the match. more..

People friendly budget proposals unpalatable to UNP - Joint UPFA statement

Nov 3 (DN) Minister Mangala Samaraweera and JVP MP Wimal Weerawansa in a joint statement of the Media Unit of the United People's Freedom Alliance yesterday, sympathised with the UNP for their helplessness before the pending budget proposals which are people friendly but, unpalatable to them. more..

Appointment of non cabinet ministers, a breach of the MOU -JVP

Nov 3 (LT) The JVP in a letter to the president requests her to take immediate action in respect of the appointment of four non cabinet ministers, which is a breach of the Memorandum of Understanding reached between the two parties for the formation of the Alliance. more..

Armitage fears Sri Lanka peace chance slipping away

Nov 3 (Reuters) U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said on Wednesday he feared a chance to forge peace between Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers could be slipping away, and called on the rebels to renounce violence for good. more..

President begins five-day visit to India

Nov 3 (AP) President planned to discuss her nation's stalled peace process with Indian leaders during a five-day visit starting Wednesday, India's foreign ministry said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, and other leaders on Thursday, more..

Lack of mutual trust holding up Lanka talks

Nov 3 (HT) Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE are not starting due to a lack of mutual trust, and not so much because there are any unbridgeable differences on substantive issues, informed political sources say. more..

Families flee Sri Lanka violence

Nov 3 (BBC) More than 700 Muslim families have fled their homes near Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka after clashes between rival Muslim groups. The fighting broke out after a hand grenade was thrown into a mosque during evening prayers on Monday. more..

TRO opens its fifth divisional office in Trinco district

Nov 4 (TN) Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) Wednesday opened its fifth divisional office in Punnaiady, a remote village in Eachchilampathu Division in the Trincomalee district. more..

Sufis allege forced conversion in Muslim town

Nov 4 (TN) Clerics of a Sufi sect of Islam in Kattankudy, a large Muslim town near Batticaloa riven by religious clashes which started four days ago, said Wednesday that more than six hundred of their followers were forcibly converted to orthodoxy under threat of violence and death. more..

Soldiers, civilians clash in Jaffna

Nov 4 (TN) A group of soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA)and members of public clashed at Madathady junction along Main Street in Jaffna town Wednesday noon that injured a soldier, police said. Jaffna Police arrested a Tamil youth after the incident. more..

US$ 150 mn Indian credit line finaly through

Nov 4 (LBO) India has come through with a US$ 150 mn credit line, allowing Sri Lanka to fill up her fuel tanks with refined petroleum products for six months. Indian state owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp. will deliver the load as soon as procurement agreements are reached with Ceylon Petroleum Corp. (CEYPETCO). more..

US FTA talks should focus on rules of origin for the garment sector to benifit

Nov 4 (LBO) If Sri Lanka’s garment sector is to benefit from any trade agreement with the US, negotiators must focus on the rules of origin,” say trade analysts. Getting duty free access for Sri Lankan garments into the US won’t be enough to compete, says the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) more..

Increase pay as promised, workers demand

Nov 4 (BBC) The United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government is keeping quiet despite the promise to increase the public sector workers’ salaries by 70% within three months of coming to power, said hundreds of protesters who gathered in Colombo. more..

Kattankudy tense, curfew removed

Nov 4 (BBC) Nearly 2500 people from 768 families taken refuge in mosques belong to Sufist All Ceylon Islamic Spiritual Movement (ACISM) and in Tamil villages at Kattankudy in Batticaloa after continued clashes between two different Islamic sects. more..

Be vigilant-Indian Army chief

Nov 4 (BBC) The Indian Army commander NC Vij told senior military officials in Sri Lanka that although there is a truce in fighting Sri Lankan soldiers need to be vigilant. The Indian Army commander visited Vavuniya and met senior Sri Lankan Army (SLA) officials early hours on Wednesday. more..

CWE-a mess

Nov 4 (NW) Suspended Sathosa Chairman Upali Guneratne yesterday denied allegations made by Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jeyeraj Fernandopulle that he had given false information to the media to mislead the public. He said his efforts were to educate the public of the shady transactions that were taking place at the Sathosa. more..

A mother saves her child fron an Eagle

Nov 4 (NW) A child who was snatched by an eagle at Beruwala Ambalappola sea coast was saved by his mother by beating the giant bird with a stick and forcing it to drop the child. The incident had taken place on Tuesday 2, at about 9.30 a.m. more..

Pramuka bank collapses

Nov 4 (NW) The Bribery and Corruption Commission is to file four cases this week against some heads of state institutions for allegedly earning millions of rupees as commission on investments made in the Pramuka Bank. more..

Sri Lankan hostage in Iraq to be released

Nov 4 (NW) The Sri Lankan truck driver held hostage by an extremist group in Iraq was expected to be released along with his Bangladeshi counterpart within the next 24 hours, reports reaching Colombo said yesterday. more..

Bush expected to pursue other terror groups – LTTE no exception

Nov 4 (AT) President George Bush promised the American people that he will be tough on terrorism. Now that he is back for a second term will he carry out his zealous "war on terror" and against the so-called rogue states? more..

Norway on a sudden Tiger taming mission to Sri Lanka

Nov 4 (AT) Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen is rushing to Sri Lanka once again as Tamil militants issued a warning to the international community that they could not dictate terms on liberation goals of the LTTE. more..

Paramilitary group receives education on Rights issues

Nov 4 (TN) Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has been implementing a programme to educate the rank and file of Tamil political parties and armed Tamil groups in Jaffna district on safeguarding human rights and preventing abuses of such rights, HRCSL sources said. more..

Eachchilampathu families get self-income assistance from TRO

Nov 4 (TN) Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) Wednesday handed over bulls and carts to five beneficiaries and financial assistance to two beneficiaries to run groceries in their areas under its Self Income Generation Incentive Project (SIGIP). more..

IT Centers opened in Mullaitivu Schools

Nov 4 (TN) Two Information Technology centers were opened in Puthukudiyiruppu Maha Vidiyalayam and Mullaitivu Mahavidyalayam Monday as part of the second phase of a project undertaken by The Economic Consultancy House (TECH), Non-Governmental Non-Profit Sharing Organization more..

Abducted civilians rescued at roadblock

Nov 4 (SLA) An LTTE attempt to transport two abducted civilians into cleared areas across the BLACKBRIDGE Entry/Exit point at BATTICALOA on 03 November 2004 around 4.30 p.m. was foiled after the Police took the abducted civilians, including a woman into their custody. more..

Self-claimed LTTE men rob houses

Nov 4 (SLA) Six unidentified self-claimed LTTE men, pretending that they were in search of LTTE men from KARUNA faction had ransacked two houses in the general area of SAMBALTHIVU during 2nd & 3rd November 2004. more..

School renovation completed in Kanniya

Nov 4 (SLA) Field Engineers of the Sri Lanka Army on a directive made by Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General S. H. S Kottegoda embarked on the task of repairing and renovating dilapidated buildings and toilets at Kanniya Mixed Government School, Trincomalee after the school compound and surroundings were cleared of mines. more..

Indian Army Chief General Vij pays obeisance to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Nov 4 (SLA) The Indian Army Chief, General N. C. Vij now in Sri Lanka on a goodwill tour, as part of his itinerary during (November 1- 4), visited Vavuniya and Anuradhapura on Wednesday (3) along with Mrs Vij and his entourage. more..

Saptharishi shrine in Lanka

Nov 4 (NT) A temple for saptharishis (seven Seers of Truth) - Agasthya, Valmiki, Athri, Brugu, Vyasa, Vasishta and Roma - was consecrated at Mattakalappu in Sri Lanka recently. The temple, the first such dedicated to the sages, has been built by Gayathri Siddhar of Lankatheeswarar temple at Nuverelia, more..

Oslo Declaration and Federal format agreed -Ranil

Nov 4 (LT) At a meeting with Chandrika Kumaratunga, Leader of the Opposition strongly emphasized of a “a clear agreement between the Government and the LTTE to explore a federal solution as the basis of a political resolution of the ethnic conflict.” more..

LTTE increases extortion in Mannar

Nov 4 (LT) Police reports that complaints have been received against the Wanni Tigers, who are demanding increased extortions from Public in Mannar in order to strengthen LTTE coffers. more..

Lankan body to hold mass iftaar

Nov 4 (TP) Sri Lankan Majlis, a social organisation of Sri Lankan Muslims in Qatar, plans to conduct studies back home to ascertain reports that the number of Muslim university graduates in the island country was showing a downward trend. more..

President arrives in New Delhi

Nov 4 (PSL) President Chandrika Kumaratunga arrived at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport in the early hours of Thursday 4th November. The President was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, Power & Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha and Government officials. more..

Sri Lankan businessman who re-elected Bush set for bash

Nov 4 (AFP) A Sri Lankan businessman who splurged on advertisements to congratulate George W. Bush a day before the US vote said Thursday that he now planned a big celebration bash. Real estate man A.S.P. Liyanage, who splashed out a million rupees (US$ 9,600) for full-page ads in the national newspapers in support of Bush, more..

Religious leaders to meet LTTE

Nov 4 (PIS) The Religious Committee of the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) has decided to meet LTTE political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvam to discuss about the hurdles to resume peace talks. more..

Japan approves $250 mln Sri Lanka aid but urges peace

Nov 4 (Reuters) Japan approved disbursement of around $250 million of a wider $4.5 billion aid package for Sri Lanka on Thursday, but urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume peace talks. more..

Fast road to Airport fast-tracked

Nov 4 (DN) The construction of the Colombo-Katunayake expressway is to resume next year with the Government deciding to expedite the project which is the country's second largest road development venture. more..

U.S. official cancels visit to Sri Lanka

Nov 4 (AP) U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has canceled a planned visit to Sri Lanka next week because of "unexpected change in travel plans," the U.S. Embassy said Thursday. The statement gave no other details. more..

India-Sri Lanka agree "in principle" on defense pact

Nov 4 (Xinhua) India and Sri Lanka have agreed "in principle" to enter into a defense cooperation pact following talks between Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Indian leaders here Thursday, the Indo-Asian News Service quoted official sources as said. more..

Norway's foreign minister to meet top Tiger rebel chief

Nov 4 (AP) Norway's foreign minister will meet with the Tamil Tiger rebels' reclusive leader next week in another attempt to salvage Sri Lanka's faltering peace process amid tough rebel warnings, officials said Thursday. more..

LTTE resists foreign aid donors' interference in peace talks

Nov 4 (AFP) Tamil Tiger rebels have warned foreign aid donors not to interfere in Sri Lanka's faltering peace bid amid fresh diplomatic moves to salvage the process, a pro-rebel website reported Thursday. more..

India-Sri Lanka defence pact may spark war: Tamil MP

Nov 4 (HT) A Lankan Tamil member of parliament has warned that the proposed military pact between India and Sri Lanka might tempt the latter to restart the war against Tamil Tiger guerrillas. more..

Chandrika in Delhi holds talks with Manmohan Singh on bilateral issues

Nov 4 (AT) Chandrika Kumartunga, President now on a four-day working visit to India, held wide ranging discussions with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his external affairs minister, Natwar Singh. more..