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Sethusamudram project will be a boon to Jaffna

Oct 3 (HT) Amidst loud protests in Sri Lanka over India's plan to dig a shipping channel through the Pak Strait, a Tamil geographer of Jaffna University has come to its defence saying that the project will be a boon rather than a bane for the war-shattered economy of Jaffna. more..

Latest peace bid suffers stillbirth

Oct 3 (AFP) Latest bid to revive the peace process with Tiger rebels has suffered a stillbirth with the country's main opposition calling for a boycott of the new initiative, political sources said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is due to launch a "National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation" on Monday. more..

Entertainment Photos - Reuters

Oct 3 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's leading singer Nanda Malini (L) pays her last respects to slain film idol Gamini Fonseka, during a funeral ceremony at the Independence Square in Colombo, October 3, 2004. more..

Thousands bid farewell to Sri Lanka film icon

Oct 3 (Reuters) Sri Lankan silver screen idol Gamini Fonseka was honoured with a state funeral on Sunday, his remains paraded through Colombo by thousands of fans in tribute to a man credited with transforming Sinhala-language cinema. more..

Lankans make mockery of IFA plans

Oct 4 (HT) The Indian Football Association's (IFA) efforts to give the IFA Shield a look of sub-continental championships fell flat at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday when the Sri Lankan side, Renown Sports Club, lost to Mohun Bagan by nine goals. more..

Estate workers demand wage increase

Oct 4 (TN) Over thousands of Upcountry workers staged a protest campaign at Hatton main market, today afternoon, demanding increase in salary for estate workers and demanding that Collective Agreement (CA) should include other trade unions and should not be exclusive to Ceylon workers congress (CWC), more..

SLA soldiers assault Vadamaradchchi youth

Oct 4 (TN) Mr.Soorasingham Prakash aged 19 was admitted Sunday night to the Valvettithurai government hospital with serious injuries alleged assaulted by a group of soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army stationed at the Viyaparimoolai army check point in Vadamaradchchi division in Jaffna district, more..

Rains threaten to worsen Thenmaradchi farmers' woes

Oct 4 (TN) Majority of paddy fields in Thenmaradchchi division in Jaffna district cannot be cultivated during the forthcoming season as several channels located inside the high security zones are blocked by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), preventing water flow into the sea, more..

Solheim addresses LTTE meeting in Geneva

Oct 4 (TN) Norwegian special peace envoy Mr. Erik Solheim Sunday addressed the LTTE Constitutional Affairs Committee meeting in Geneva during its third day sessions, sources in Geneva said. more..

MP’s can serve without pension - JVP

Oct 4 (LT) A proposal to abolish the pensions to the Parliamentarians has been submitted to budget proposals by the JVP. The people’s servant who gets elected to serve the people should be a model to the people says the JVP. more..

Talks with LTTE would not confine to ISGA alone, but to a wider agenda

Oct 4 (AT) President Chandrika Kumaratunga while expressing her disappointment over Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe's decision not to participate at the National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) on Sunday urged him to reconsider his decision. more..

National Advisory Council on Peace will hold its first meeting today

Oct 4 (AT) The National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation (NAC) convened by President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a bid to reach consensus among political parties over the resumption of peace talks with LTTE and on a final solution to the ethnic problem is ready to have its first meeting today in Colombo. more..

Chandrika writes to Ranil Expressing her disappointment

Oct 4 (AT) President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a letter addressed to Ranil Wickremasinghe said that through the NACPR she was not seeking a consensus as a precondition to either begin talks with the LTTE or to make the NACPR responsible for decisions regarding the commencement and continuation of talks with the LTTE. more..

Nation says goodbye to silver screen hero

Oct 4 (BBC) Large crowds braved the rainy weather to pay there last respects to the emperor of the Sinhala silver screen, Gamini Fonseka. Around six thirty in the evening clouds of smoke emerged above the chithakaya and the man who was an unchallenged hero for decades begun to turn in to ashes. more..

Monks to support ID card scheme

Oct 4 (TP) The UNP and the Jathika Hela Urumaya, a group of Buddhist monks in parliament, will provide the UPFA government with conditional support to pass the Elections (Special Provisions) Bill making the national identity cards (NIC) compulsory for voters at all future elections. more..

Monks to support ID card scheme

Oct 4 (TP) The UNP and the Jathika Hela Urumaya, a group of Buddhist monks in parliament, will provide the UPFA government with conditional support to pass the Elections (Special Provisions) Bill making the national identity cards (NIC) compulsory for voters at all future elections. more..

Suspected Karuna associates kill civilian

Oct 4 (TN) A civilian was shot dead by gunmen suspected to members of the paramilitary lead by renegade Liberation Tigers commander ‘Karuna’ Sunday night around 8 in Omadiyamadu, an interior village near the Batticaloa-Polannaruwa district border, Police said. more..

Armed LTTE men kill breakaway member and civilian

Oct 4 (SLA) Two civilians who came under attack by LTTE gunmen in the general un-cleared area of VALAICHCHENAI on 02 October 2004 died on the spot, a complaint made to the Police by a civilian stated. more..

One more civilian shot and injured

Oct 4 (SLA) A resident from KALKUDAH area, who had received gunshot injuries in the general un-cleared areas of KIRAN, VAKARAI on 30 September 2004 around 6.00 a.m. had been admitted to the POLONNARUWA hospital. more..

LTTE woman cadre swallows cyanide

Oct 4 (SLA) A twenty-four year old LTTE female cadre, who tried to commit suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule had been admitted to the BATTICALOA hospital at about 11.45 p.m. on 02nd October 2004. more..

LTTE flag hoisted again

Oct 4 (SLA) The LTTE flag was once again hoisted at a ceremony, headed by Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Hon. Ms. PADMINI SIDAMBARANATHAN (MP) in the general area of JAFFNA on 03 October 2004 around 10.30 a.m. more..

Fishermen find T - 56 weapons

Oct 4 (SLA) A group of fishermen in the general area of MADURUOYA had found two T-56 weapons from the jungle areas of KANDEGAMA on 02 October 2004. These items had been handed over to the ARALAGANWILA Police station. more..

Gamini an honest and forthright artiste - President

Oct 4 (PRIU) Gamini Fonseka was an honest and forthright artiste who took pain to assign pride of place to local cinema as well as to the members of his fraternity, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said in a condolence message issued yesterday. more..

Pakistan tough to beat at home, says Atapattu

Oct 4 (CI) Marvan Atapattu knows the value of home advantage, and he certainly thinks beating Pakistan in Pakistan will be a challenge. "Cricket is a game of uncertainties and I wouldn't want to predict anything at this stage," said Atapattu, as Sri Lanka departed for Pakistan on Sunday more..

Ministry backs IOC in Lanka

Oct 4 (TI) The petroleum ministry has pulled up ONGC and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) for meddling around in Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC) turf in Sri Lanka. Sources disclose that petroleum ministry has instructed ONGC and BPCL to shelve their downstream marketing plans in Sri Lanka, more..

Railway action plan on track

Oct 4 (SLBC) The Government has decided to allocate Rs 6.5 billion for the railway sector under its short term action plan to upgrade the train service. The allocation is aimed at providing better facilities and attracting more commuters to the train service, the most efficient and cheapest mode of public transport

Special security arrangement has been made for the protection of the people in Mannar

Oct 4 (Rupavahini) A special programme is to be implemented to strengthen security in Mannar especially for the benefit of Muslim and other communities. Clashes in the area were intensified owing to the tense situation erupted recently. more..

CEPA to look into FTA between India, Lanka

Oct 4 (ET) The Sri Lankan trade ministerJeyaraj Fernandopulle has said the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which is in the process of negotiation between the two countries, will address the shortcomings in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA). more..

Indian fishermen advised not to cross IBL

Oct 4 (PTI) Indian fishermen have been advised not to cross the International Border Line in the Palk Straits, due to the tense situation prevailing in Northern Sri Lanka after a person was murdered in a clash between the LTTE and Muslims, more..

Sri Lankan asylum seekers face deportation

Oct 4 (GL) The plight of hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers, many of them living in Australia without the right to work, Medicare or government benefits, was largely invisible until the Victorian Tamil Cultural Association raised the alarm on September 18. more..

Lankans required to submit original of birth certificate for new passports

Oct 4 (TP) Overseas Sri Lankans applying for a new passport are now required to submit originals of both birth certificate and national identity card along with their copies with the application forms. more..

Tiger justice gains popularity in rebel-held areas

Oct 4 (Gulf) Tamil guerrilla's "judicial system" has gained popularity in the guerrilla controlled northern part of the country prompting many of the people living in the region to rely on the system to resolve their disputes ranging from issues related to fraudulent money transactions to land disputes. more..

India-Sri Lanka FTA an example of South-South trade

Oct 4 (FE) The successful operation of the free trade agreement (FTA) between India and Sri Lanka is an example of how developing countries can benefit through bilateral trade and gradually move towards a regional free trade area. more..

TNA rejects joining President's Advisory Council for Peace

Oct 4 (TN) "It is our considered view that if the government takes clear and courageous action to recommence the negotiations, which the Government's has hitherto to failed do, the peace process can be taken forward... We would strongly urge you to implement what you enunciated at the meeting with the TNA parliamentary group on 10th June," more..

Chandrika asks Ranil to make "honest" proposals for talks with LTTE

Oct 4 (HT) President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has asked the leader of the opposition UNP, Ranil Wickremesinghe, to make "honest and workable" suggestions on the way talks should be conducted with the LTTE and change his decision to boycott the consultative council set up by her. more..

Govt to start two major irrigation projects

Oct 4 (DN) The Government through the Irrigation Ministry will commence two major irrigation projects named Deduruoya and Veheragala next year to provide an uninterrupted water supply to tanks being renovated under the Government's Dahasak Maha Wev project, more..

National Advisory Council inaugurated

Oct 4 (BBC) The inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) went ahead as scheduled despite the main opposition and several other parties boycotting the event. The UNP, JHU and TNA were among the political groups who boycotted proceedings. more..

Sri Lanka to slap toll on road users as budget bites

Oct 4 (AFP) Sri Lanka for the first time has decided to slap tolls on cars entering the capital in a bid to discourage oil consumption amid a widening trade gap fuelled by costly petroleum imports, officials said yesterday. more..

Increasing US influence over Sri Lanka worries LTTE

Oct 4 (HT) The LTTE, fighting for a separate "Tamil Eelam" in North East Sri Lanka, are "concerned" about the growing political, financial and military influence of the United States in Sri Lanka, according to a knowledgeable Tamil source close to the LTTE. more..

Sri Lanka learning to win without Muralitharan - coach

Oct 4 (Reuters) Sri Lanka are learning to win without Muttiah Muralitharan, according to coach John Dyson. "There is no doubt he is a world-class bowler," Dyson told a news conference in Karachi on Monday before his side took part in a one-day triangular event followed by a test series against Pakistan. more..

All-Party Peace Forum Opens to Boycott

Oct 4 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's government launched a new all-party forum on Monday to discuss how best to turn a two-year truce with Tamil Tiger rebels into permanent peace -- but a clutch of opposition parties stayed away in a boycott. more..

Tamil Tigers losing their grip on northern Jaffna

Oct 4 (ISN) Rather than view the Sir Lankan soldiers as occupiers, the residents of the “Peace Village” in the country’s northern Jaffna peninsula view them as friends, much to the dismay of the LTTE, whose rebel grip on the area seems to be weakening. more..

Sick baby elephant saved by British digger

Oct 5 (PA) Veterinary experts in Sri Lanka saved the life of a sick baby elephant – by getting it back on its feet with the help of a British-built industrial digger, it emerged today. The unusual rescue operation was made possible using the front bucket of a JCB donated by the Staffordshire-based firm to the Born Free Foundation. more..

Human Rights experts meet NESHOR delegation in Geneva

Oct 5 (TN) Ian Martin, the former Secretary General of Amnesty International, and special envoy to monitor Human rights dimension in Sri Lanka and Pascale Bariswyl, a swiss human rights expert addressed the members of the NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESHOR) in a meeting in Geneva Monday. more..

Drug dealers, Police said instigating religious strife in Mannar

Oct 5 (TN) “Our office in Mannar town was attacked with the backing of the Sri Lanka Police. It appears to have been well premeditated. Some anti-social elements here that are opposed to our campaign to rid of Mannar of drugs want to attack us and hinder us. more..

Mannar Bishop, Chief Immam visit Karisal

Oct 5 (TN) The Bishop of Mannar and the chief Immam of the Mannar Mohideen Jumma Masjid Mosque Monday visted Karisal - the village of the man who was shot dead near Pesalai on Thursday night. The two religious leaders were accompanied by the chairman and secretary of the Mannar Citizens' Committee and the President of the Mohideen Jumma Mosque's board of trustees. more..

NACPR is a delaying tactic - UNP

Oct 5 (BBC) The call for the National Advisory Council on Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) by the President is a delaying tactic to postpone the peace talks, alleges the main opposition. Former UNP led government's chief negotiator prof. GL Peiris said that the UNP political committee has once again decided not to change the party’s stance. more..

AAT course inaugurated in Killinochchi Technical Institute

Oct 5 (TN) Killinochchi Technical Institute functioning under the guidance of Economic Consultancy House and supported by London TR Tech recently inaugurated the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Course. Mr.T.Priapaharan, Principal of the Institute presided over the inaugural event of the course. more..

Why the oppressed ethno-political group needs strong leadership?

Oct 5 (AT) There are lots of interesting discussions both in the media and scholastic circle about the LTTE’s claim to be a sole-representative of the Northeast Tamils and its strategy to reach the sole-representative objective. more..

Major peace role for new council - President

Oct 5 (AT) President Kumaratunga made it clear that the peace talks could only be commenced after conclusion of the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) meeting. Reiteration her total commitment to peace, she said that her government would do all that is required to persuade the LTTE to return to the negotiating table. more..