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LTTE rescues Tamil children exploited by Kuchchaveli fishermen

Sep 5 (TN) Trincomalee district political secretariat of the LTTE recently handed over six Tamil boys who are below 18 years of age to the representatives of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) to be handed over to their Batticaloa homes of their parents. more..

President says will discuss peace with all

Sep 5 (TN) President Chandrika Kumaratunga said Saturday that she would invite all parties and organisations concerned in the peace process for discussions on how to take forward negotiations with the Liberation Tigers in two weeks. more..

Swedish assistance to reopen school in Thenmaradchchi HSZ

Sep 5 (TN) Swedish Government has come forward to provide necessary funds to renovate and reopen the abandoned Eluthumadduval Government Tamil Mixed School building which is located in the high security zone close to the forward defense line of the Sri Lanka Army in Thenmaradchchi division in Jaffna district, education sources said. more..

Trinco rail, bus services in deplorable condition- MP

Sep 5 (TN) Trincomalee district Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Mr.K.Thurairatnasingham brought to the notice of the Transport Minister, Mr. Felix Perera, of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government the deplorable state of train and bus services in Trincomalee. more..

Kantalai Sivan Temple "Kumbabishekam" held

Sep 5 (TN) The consecration (Kumbabishekam) ceremony of the historic Kantalai Sivan Temple in Trincomalee district, which was built by the Chola King Rajendra Cholan around A.D.1010 was held Friday with Bramasiri S.Ravichandrakurukal, Chief Priest of the historic Trincomalee Paththirakali Amman Temple, more..

Pay rent or vacate, house owners tell SLA

Sep 5 (TN) Attempts made by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) through its Jaffna regional office have failed to obtain support of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to pay rent to the owners of the civilian houses now occupied by SLA outside the high security zones (HSZs) in Jaffna district. more..

Phased withdrawal from HSZ, Govt's moral responsibility- paper

Sep 5 (TN) "Two and a half years have elapsed since the MoU was signed. The Sri Lanka Government is morally bound to show its concern over the question of Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs). more..

LTTE cassettes seized and two arrested at airport

Sep 5 (NT) The Tigers still seem to be on the move. With some of the political parties in Tamilnadu with whom LTTE has traditionally had a good rapport back in the thick of it, the banned terrorist outfit is looking for a comeback in the State. more..

Tiger Magic

Sep 5 (AT) The LTTE defies political gravity. In a period in world history when the sole superpower is engaged in a war against terrorism it openly trains suicide bombers and boasts of their prowess (including their role as path breakers in suicide attacks worldwide as the Sea Tiger Special Commander Soosai did in his interview with BBCs Frances Harrison). more..

Umpire Hora!

Sep 5 (AT) Houston, we have a problem. Well actually we have more than one problem. We have a facilitator who has been behaving very weirdly indeed. But we cant get rid of him (it?) because that would be too costly. The other problem is that we always seem to be having problems with facilitators. more..

Oslo Conference helped to expose the Norwegian duplicity

Sep 5 (AT) The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS), which consists of Sri Lankans in the diaspora, organized and financed the first ever conference on Norwegian soil challenging the role so far played by Norway appointed to function as a facilitator by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE in the negotiation process aimed at reaching a peaceful settlement of the ongoing conflict. more..

LTTE's counter strike on CFA

Sep 5 (SL) With the peace process hopelessly stalemated and ceasefire violations continuing apace in the midst of subtle war threats issued by acting Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, the LTTE last week took the fight to the government with startling allegations of undermining the ceasefire and murder. more..

Army uniforms in custody

Sep 5 (SN) Over One thousand military camouflage uniforms imported from Bangkok and consigned to a businessman in Kotahena were yesterday in custody by the Customs, a Military source said to SinhalaNet. more..

Thonda factor in US$ 7 mn deal

Sep 5 (SL) A multi million dollar deal awarded to an Indian IT firm to supply a high tech computer system to a state government institution is already scarred by speculation that the deal is set to oil palms both in Sri Lanka and India. more..

Second phase of the rural road development project was launched

Sep 5 (Rupavahini) Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse who participated as the chief guest at the launching ceremony said that this rural road development project is aimed at socio-economic and cultural development in remote areas. more..

Rs. 10m job racket

Sep 5 (SO) Police have commenced investigations into a large number of complaints from youth in the Kalutara district of a massive fraud of over Rs.10 million where the youth have been reportedly cheated of jobs to Italy and Korea by a close confidante of the former Labour Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, more..

GoldQuest participants fight for rights

Sep 5 (IL) Over 10,000 participants of the GoldQuest Network-Marketing System are to form an Organization of Network-Marketers shortly. The network-marketers through the organization expect to portray the correct picture about the GoldQuest Network-Marketing System more..

Colombo's book fair promises big treat, India's KIran Bedi Chief Guest

Sep 5 (IL) The biggest annual event - the Colombo International Book Fair - whose 2004 edition is billed to set new records for exhibitors and visitors this year. More than 200,000 people are expected to throng the BMICH more..

"Civil society, key to advancing a Federal solution"- Rupesinghe

Sep 5 (TN) "The people in North and East want to control and plan their own future and develop their part of the country. This is the primary impulse behind the ISGA. An interim administration should be seen as a win-win solution to both sides... ISGA proposals has been developed and is the result of 25 years of civil war. more..

Japan funds training for Trinco mechanics

Sep 5 (TN) Twenty-two mechanics of Trincomalee district Saturday completed a five-day training course on maintenance of outboard motors organized by the Association of Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS), Japan and implemented by Yamaha Motor Co.Ltd, Japan in co-operation with Associated Motorways Ltd, Sri Lanka. more..

Batticaloa shuts down for Black September massacres

Sep 5 (TN) A general shut down (Hartal) was observed in Batticaloa Sunday to mark the massacre of hundreds of civilians, including pregnant women, infants and children, by Sri Lanka army and paramilitaries working with it on 5 September, 1990. more..

Al-Turki Receives Islamic Delegation From Sri Lanka

Sep 5 (SPA) Secretary General of Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) Dr Abdullah Bin Abdulmohsin Al-Turki received here today an Islamic Delegation From Sri Lanka, led by Governor of the Western Province Alawi Molana. They reviewed issues pertaining to the Muslims of Sri Lanka. more..

Luo Gan stresses cooperation with Sri Lanka

Sep 5 (PD) A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing on September 4 said enhancing cooperation between China and Sri Lanka serves fundamental interest of the two peoples. more..

Sri Lanka upbeat as they depart for ICC Trophy defence

Sep 5 (Reuters) Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu claimed his team had nothing to fear from any opponent as they departed the country to defend their ICC Champions Trophy crown in England on Sunday. more..

UNP licks wounds over CWC "treachery"

Sep 5 (G2L) Criticising the CWCs decision to switch allegiance, a senior UNP official yesterday said the Congress treachery warranted an appraisal of the MoU between the two parties to ensure that they wouldnt enter into such a one-sided electoral agreement in the future. more..

Govt plans to regulate schools

Sep 5 (TP) The government is finally bringing in regulations to monitor international schools that are mushrooming while many are performing below standard. The Daily Mirror said schools found lacking in standards will be suspended or asked to close. more..

CPC seeks rise in petrol prices

Sep 5 (TP) The state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has sought Treasury approval for another increase in the prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene from next week, CPC sources were quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror. more..

Tamils against ID card scheme

Sep 5 (TP) Tamil groups are opposing plans to introduce a requirement where national identity cards are required to vote at Sri Lankan polls. The groups say if it is immediately enforced, many Tamils living in plantation areas will lost the voting rights as they dont have national IDs. more..

India Denies Charge it is not Helping Peace Process

Sep 5 (AT) India has firmly discounted any theory that as the regional leader it is not playing its role in helping in the peace process in neighboring Sri Lanka. India is doing whatever it can to help neighboring countries, facing major problems, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said Saturday, more..

Where is Prabakaran residing?

Sep 5 (AT) Where is Prabakaran residing? Is he living in the house of Ranil Wickremasinghe, the former Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party? The appeal court has ordered the court to serve a summon to appear in the courts at the residence of Ranil Wickremasinghe. more..

Tigers bring another shipment of weapons

Sep 5 (LT) Sources from the North disclosed that the Tigers have managed to transport a consignment of weapons without the security forces getting wind of their move. This haul of weapons has been brought along the Palei sea belt in the guise of fishermen. more..

The Japanese government warns of the loss of loan grants to Sri Lanka

Sep 5 (LT) The Japanese government has warned that if the loan grants they have allocated for Sri Lanka are not utilized in an adhoc manner Sri Lanka will lose Japanese aid in the future. more..

Steps to increase fish production by threefold

Sep 5 (LT) The ministry of fisheries says that they will implement a plan to increase the fish production in Sri Lanka by threefold. In its first phase steps will be taken to promote off sea fisheries industry. more..

Sri Lanka raises peace hopes despite killings

Sep 5 (AFP) Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels and the opposition are voicing fears the country is again on the brink of war, but a shift in parliament has raised hopes the faltering peace process can still be salvaged. more..

VVT fishermen complain of harassment by Navy

Sep 6 (TN) Two fishermen of Valvettithurai in Jaffna district Sunday lodged complaints with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Jaffna and Sea Tigers that they are continuously harassed by the Sri Lanka Navy personnel in midsea while fishing, fisheries society sources said. more..

Human skeleton found in Vallaiveli

Sep 6 (TN) A human skeleton suspected to be of a young woman was discovered Sunday morning in a shrub jungle near the Catholic cemetery located in Vallaiveli area in Vadamaradchchi division in Jaffna district, Police said. more..

Couple say 'I do' in Sunday first for Britain

Sep 6 (AFP) A couple from Sri Lanka made a bit of history when they became the first people ever to marry in an English registry office on a Sunday. Sivaruban Sivasubramaniam and Sripriya Ramamoorthy tied the knot at the registry office in Brent, a north London borough that is the first in the country to offer couples a Sunday option. more..

Suicide deaths rampant in the Vanni

Sep 6 (AT) Number of suicide deaths in the Vanni region controlled by the LTTE is reportedly on the increase. Reports are emerging of people committing suicides due to numerous reasons. Poverty, unemployment, drought were adduced as a few reasons for the increase in suicide deaths in this region. more..

'Armed groups' should go away for 'normalcy' in the East - Kaushalyan

Sep 6 (AT) E. Kaushalyan, Batticaloa Amaparai Districts Political Head of the LTTE has expressed doubts about the usefulness of having talks with the Sri Lanka Army. He said that they tend to loose confidence as many of those killings have taken place in areas controlled by the Sri Lanka Army. more..

Government decides hold talks with all parties regarding 'peace talks' within the next two weeks

Sep 6 (AT) President Chandrika Kumaratunga reiterates that the freedom alliance led by the SLFP is committed to restore a lasting peace in the country settling the north-east conflict. She claims that the freedom alliance government is fulfilling the aspirations of the people. more..

A bicycle for every family

Sep 6 (TP) A bicycle for every family in Sri Lanka is the goal of Ranatunga Rajapakse, Managing Director of Samson Rubber Industries, part of the DSI group, in one mans vision to help the country beat rising fuel costs, the Sunday Times reported. more..

Actor asked to vacate building

Sep 6 (TP) Popular actor Kamal Addararachchi has been asked by the state-owned Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) to vacate a two-storey building given to him during the last regime or pay the monthly rent of Rs136,000, the Sunday Times said. more..

Govt reworking tax amnesty bill

Sep 6 (TP) The government is going ahead with an amended version of the tax amnesty bill restricting it to income tax, as opposed to the blanket amnesty offered by the former UNP government. The new bill repeals the UNPs wide-ranging tax amnesty which was severely criticised for allowing tax dodgers to get away. more..

Refugee arrested by Vavuniya Police said missing

Sep 6 (TN) A refugee man arrested by Sri Lanka Police in early August this year is missing, his wife told Mannar Citizens' Committe Monday. Police had told the missing refugee's wife that they had arrested him on suspicion in Vavuniya town on 4 August but had released him the same day. more..

Mechanization improves salt production at Elephant Pass

Sep 6 (TN) Mechanized iodization and the new building housing machinery constructed at a cost of more than Rs.6m from funds provided by UNICEF have improved production of table salt from Elephant Pass and Kurunchativu salterns. more..

Unidentified gunman shoots civilian

Sep 6 (SLA) An unidentified gunman has shot and injured a civilian in the general town area of TRINCOMALEE on 05 September 2004. The civilian, T. W. THIVANKA BUDDHIKA who received injuries to his right thigh and chest is lying at TRINCOMALEE hospital for treatment.

New Wanni Commander assumes duties

Sep 6 (SLA) Major General P.S.B. Kulatunge RSP USP USAWC, former Director General, General Staff of Army Headquarters Colombo, took over as the new Commander Security Forces Headquarters Wanni after a brief ceremony held at his office on 2 September 2004. more..

Country moving steadily towards peace says President

Sep 6 (PSL) The country is moving positively towards peace and the UPFA will do whatever possible to get the LTTE back to the negotiating table, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Saturday. "Things are moving positively on the peace front. There are no setbacks," the President said more..

De Silva lining for Sri Lanka

Sep 6 (BBC) The abiding memory of the last Champions Trophy was the monsoon downpour that prevented either Sri Lanka or India being able to call themselves champions. But before the thunder and lightning descended on Colombo on successive days in September 2002, the hosts had provided their supporters with plenty to cheer. more..

A special initiative is now in place for the safety of the city of Colombo

Sep 6 (SLBC) The armed forces and the Police have launched a special initiative for the safety of the city of Colombo. Military spokesman Colonel Sumedha Perera said that several persons have already been arrested for photographing and videoing key installations in the city. more..