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First batch of 17035 unemployed Graduates selected for employment

Sep 3 (AT) The first batch of unemployed graduates numbering 17,035 were selected for employment yesterday out of 41,305 unemployed graduates. According to the scheme to provide employment to the unemployed graduates, were selected to undergo the training course before they are absorbed into the public service. more..

Political attacks on the NPC and election violence in Sri Lanka

Sep 3 (AT) Asian Human Rights Commission said in recent weeks some senior politicians from the government of Sri Lanka have tried to blame the increase in crime on the National Police Commission (NPC). In fact no link between the NPC and the increase in crime has in any way been established. more..

Yes and No

Sep 3 (AT) Are the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka equals? I’d say “yes and no”. The question is pertinent because the media has been critical of a remark by Peace Secretariat Secretary General Jayantha Dhanapala that Colombo has agreed to this position/interpretation. more..

Today, Norway is a Paradise for Terrorists

Sep 3 (AT) I was warned and advised by a senior intelligence officer indicating that Oslo is a paradise of terrorists after hearing that I am proceeding to Norway. I myself knew that Norway is a safe haven to many international terrorists. more..

Tigers tendered unconditional apology to the irate Gurunagar fishermen

Sep 3 (AT) LTTE tendered unconditional apology to the irate Gurunagar fisherman yesterday and also agreed to pay compensation for the fishing boats and trawlers burnt and damaged by the LTTE’s armed cadres with the view to end the protest by the fishermen in Jaffna. more..

CEB picket to demand delayed pay hike

Sep 3 (IL) The United Trade Unions of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) staged a picket opposite the CEB head office yesterday afternoon to press their demand against the delay in activating a pay hike. more..

Rupee firms as export proceeds come in

Sep 3 (Reuters) The rupee strengthened slightly on Friday as exporters' dollar sales outweighed importers' demand for the greenback, dealers said. The rupee closed at 103.03 against the dollar, after slightly weakening to 103.08 in intraday trade, but keeping clear of its closing low of 103.98 last month. more..

Four Tamil suspects with a camera arrested in Colombo

Sep 3 (SLA) Troops on duty at the Headquarters of Sri Lanka Telecom arrested four Tamil suspects with a camera on 2 September around 12.00 noon. On information received from a civilian, troops arrested them while they were filming the Gafoor building at SIR BARON JAYATHILAKE MAWATHA in COLOMBO. more..

Hundreds of civilians gather in protest against LTTE

Sep 3 (SLA) A group of civilians had organized a hartal campaign on 2 September around 10.30 a.m. in the general area of TRINCOMALEE demanding the release of two Home Guards abducted by the LTTE some times back. more..

CWC will support Kumaratunga's government - Thondaman

Sep 3 (TN) The Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) said Friday it would support President Chandrika Kumaratunga's UPFA, ending months of uncertainty over the future of her minority government. Mr. Arumugan Thondaman, leader of the CWC, said that his party's eight MPs will support the UPFA on issues from the ranks of the opposition. more..

Tigers say killings should end for talks to resume

Sep 3 (Gulf) Tamil guerrillas have declared that violence against their members should be stopped in order for them to return to the negotiating table, their official website said. more..

Sri Lanka to shift focus to Indian tourists

Sep 3 (ET) Indians are expected to account for nearly a fourth of the 1m international arrivals expected over the next five years in Sri Lanka. Indians, who currently constitute 18% of the island republic’s overseas tourists, are among the highest spenders. In fact, Bangaloreans, at $100 a day, top the list. more..

PM defies president, lays foundation for party building

Sep 3 (KT) The foundation-laying ceremony for the new Sri Lanka Freedom Party headquarters in a Colombo suburb got under way yesterday with notable absentees including President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the party leader and her brother Anura Bandaranaike, a Vice President of the party. more..

Solheim coming for five days of talks

Sep 3 (PIS) Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim is due in Sri Lanka on September 13 for a five-day visit to discuss the crisis in the east and other issues in the peace process. On Tuesday Mr. Solheim and Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar held talks in London with LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham. more..

Party leaders including minorities agree to make NICs compulsory for voting

Sep 3 (DN) Political Party leaders yesterday unanimously agreed to a Government proposal for making the National Identity Card compulsory for voting at future National elections. more..

Tigers roar over US visits to Sri Lanka

Sep 3 (AT) The visit to Sri Lanka of two high-ranking American generals in recent months appears to have rattled the LTTE. The visits, which come at time when the peace process seems almost impossible to revive, is being described as a show of American support for the Sri Lankan government. more..

Weather chief throws cold water on divine rain theory

Sep 3 (AFP) Sri Lanka's meteorological chief poured cold water on Buddhist claims that the sprinkling of holy water ended a prolonged drought that had made millions of people destitute. more..

Indian Navy chief to visit Sri Lanka

Sep 3 (PTI) Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash is slated to arrive in Sri lanka on official visit at the next week end, official sources said. He is expected here on September 12, the sources said without divulging further details. Prakash took over the reins from Admiral Madhvendra Singh on July 30.

Government majority seen boosting investor sentiment

Sep 3 (DJ) The securing of a parliamentary majority Friday by ruling coalition should help improve investor sentiment over the short term, analysts said. more..

President wins new ally to push Tamil peace bid

Sep 3 (AFP) Sri Lanka's ruling coalition won crucial support from an opposition party to gain a simple majority for the first time since April elections and clear the way for reviving peace talks with Tamil rebels. more..

Sri Lanka government offered elusive majority

Sep 3 (Reuters) A small Sri Lankan party offered its support to the island's coalition government on Friday, which would give the ruling alliance a working majority in parliament, but it stopped short of joining the government. more..

Mineral Sands factory resumes production

Sep 3 (LT) Pulmude Mineral Sands Factory which was to be sold during the UNP government has resumed production. The resources necessary to meet the demand for mineral sands exist in the factory. More than 300 are employed and by developing production more workers could be employed say authorities.

Support all around for “Dahasak Wew”

Sep 3 (LT) The expenses for the inauguration ceremony of “Dahasak Wew” (Ten thousand small & medium scale irrigation works), the project to renovate 10,000 small and medium scale Wew, cost only Rs.9, 86976/- says Mr. Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Lands and Irrigation. more..

US extradites Sri Lankan convicted of sexual assault

Sep 3 (USE) The United States on Friday, September 3, 2004, extradited to Sri Lanka Mr. Devanika Aswin Kumar Sinnathamby, a Sri Lankan citizen convicted in the High Court of Colombo in 2002 for sexually assaulting his five-year-old daughter. more..

Tigers resolve Gurunagar dispute

Sep 4 (TN) The Liberation Tigers Thursday resolved a violent dispute between fishermen from Gurunagar, a coastal suburb of Jaffna town, and from villages on the western coast of Kilinochchi. more..

SLN, govt departments to use confiscated Indian trawlers

Sep 4 (TN) Indian fishing trawlers confiscated by the Jaffna High Court for poaching in the northern sea have been handed over to Sri Lanka Navy and other government agencies for their use. more..

LTTE will come to negotiating table: Chandrika

Sep 4 (HT) Despite the increasing fragility of the Ceasefire Agreement, the President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, is confident that there will be no return to war, and that the LTTE will come back to the negotiating table. "I see light at the end of the tunnel," she told foreign correspondents based in Colombo on Friday. more..

Weakest Link

Sep 4 (LBO) The Railway Department will begin overhauling 100 km of the islands dilapidated rail track this month at a cost of over Rs 374 mn. “We have already started transporting concrete sleepers to areas beyond Rambukkana. Work will begin in mid September,” a senior official at the Railway Department said. more..

Salary anomalies problem of the university non-academic staff is to be settled with the mediation of President

Sep 4 (Rupavahini) The salary anomalies problem of the university non-academic staff is to be settled with the mediation of President Chandrika Kumaratunge. more..

Katunayake airport is to be transformed to a fully fledged airport by October next year

Sep 4 (Rupavahini) This was disclosed by minister of civil aviation and media Mangala Samaraweera. Minister Samaraweera noted that the government has focused special attention to improve the standard of the Bandaranaike international airport. more..

Some Thoughts for Ethnic Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Sep 4 (AT) As Sinhala-Buddhist political class maintains its interest in settling the ethnic conflict through military channel (2) , hope for the peaceful solution gradually has been melting. more..

President rules out war despite truce troubles

Sep 4 (AFP) Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga ruled out a return to war despite escalating factional killings that undermined a truce and expressed hopes of a peace deal with Tiger rebels. more..

Canada’s stand on the issue of Tamil Tiger Terrorism sought

Sep 4 (AT) Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada has written a letter Pierre S. Pettigrew, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs seeking Canada’s stand on the Issue of Tamil Tiger terrorisms and what type of action Canada intends to take under its Bill C.36.? more..

Lankan CG Named Ambassador to Kingdom

Sep 4 (AN) Sri Lankan Consul General in Jeddah A.J.M. Sadiq has been appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia to succeed Ibrahim Sahib Ansar who will be leaving the Kingdom soon on completion of his ambassadorial tenure. more..

Children and drugs, and passport fraud

Sep 4 (SLBC) It was a shocking news of that the family has used their children in peddling drugs. A child arrested with high quality heroin yesterday in Colombo revealed this story of impact of drugs on children, which goes mostly unnoticed. more..

Interruption of internet services cost dearly

Sep 4 (SLBC) The chairman of BIMSTEC Chandra Embuldeniya has said that the country lost about 500 million rupees due to the disturbance caused to the provision of Internet services. more..

Kumar Rupesinghe’s Fancy Footwork in the Vanni

Sep 4 (AT) Dr. Kumar Rupesinghe has played many roles in his life, most of which has been in marketing his punditry that has seldom yielded the desired results. One of his noted exploits in political meddling resulted in him being thrown out of Sierra Leone. more..

Hotel damaged in hand grenade attack

Sep 4 (SLA) An unidentified group has lobbed a hand grenade at a hotel in the general area of ODDAMAVADI on 3 September 2004 around 2.00 a.m. The armed group has entered the JESEEMA HOTEL at the MAIN STREET, ODDAMAVADI belonging to M.A. ADAMBAVA and thrown a hand grenade causing minor damages to the hotel. more..

Transport of essential items to un-cleared areas continues

Sep 4 (SLA) One thousand four hundred and eighty two (1482) lorry loads of food and other essential items had been dispatched to un-cleared areas in the northern province during the period between 27 August 2004 and 02 September 2004. more..

Water cut off to Sri Lankans in row with boss

Sep 4 (CM) THREE Sri Lankans have complained to the Cyprus Mail after their boss in Nicosia fired them and then cut off the water supply to their accommodation. “Even a dog on the street needs water,” one of the three said yesterday, adding that they were now forced to carry water from a nearby public tap. more..

JVP seeks relief from price hikes

Sep 4 (TP) A prominent JVP minister and trade union activist on Thursday urged Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama to provide some relief to the people suffering from high prices on essential items. more..

Sri Lanka must remain a united country

Sep 4 (TI) Apropos of H.K. Dua's article "Between war and peace" (Aug 30), it would be an achievement for India if, without getting into the mess, it ensured unity in Sri Lanka. Personal and parochial interests, both by Indian and Sri Lankan politicians, must be sacrificed in the larger interests of Sri Lanka. more..

IIT May Engineer A Colombo Entry

Sep 4 (FE) The mecca for all prospective engineers, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), is all set to make a mark the world over. The government is considering letting the institute set up its first international campus in Colombo. more..

President upbeat on peace prospects

Sep 4 (Reuters) Unfazed by a string of killings among feuding factions of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels and an 18-month impasse in peace talks after two decades of civil war, President Chandrika Kumaratunga can see light at the end of the tunnel. more..

UNF's Tax Amnesty Bill to be thrown out

Aug 3 (DN) The Government is to have legislation passed in Parliament soon to abolish the controversial tax amnesty introduced by the previous government. This would be fulfilling of yet another election promise made by the UPFA Government. more..

Senior CPC leader stresses cooperation with Sri Lanka

Sep 5 (Xinhua) A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) here Saturday said enhancing cooperation between China and Sri Lanka serves fundamental interest of the two peoples. more..

Sri Lankan firm in India

Sep 5 (NT) Dankotuwa Porcelain Ltd, Sri Lanka's premier manufacturer and exporter of porcelain tableware, has forayed into the Indian market by making its presence felt in Chennai, with its first- ever showroom opened at Spencer Plaza yesterday. more..

Tamil rebel leader asked to appear in court

Sep 5 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka's Appeal Court has ordered the reclusive leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels Velupillai Prabhakaran to appear in court over petitions against his signing truce agreement with the government, local TV reported on Saturday. more..

India supports Sri Lanka peace process

Sep 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday said India fully backed Sri Lanka's peace process but made it clear that it was against any break-up of the island nation. He told a press conference here that India was doing whatever it could to help neighbouring countries facing major problems. more..

Rajiv assassination convict desperate to meet child

Sep 5 (Sify) S Nalini, serving life sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, wants to give her 12-year-old daughter Megara up for adoption to a relative in Germany and wants to meet her once before she does it. more..