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Father & son shot and injured

May 2 (SLA) Unidentified LTTE gunmen have shot and injured two farmers, father and son, in the general area of KUDAPOKUNA in WELIKANDA today around 10.00.a.m. The victims, M. ARUMUGAM (55) and ARUMUGAM THAVAYOGARASA (25), have initially been admitted to the WELIKANDA hospital more..

LTTE sea tiger cadre taken in for questioning

May 2 (SLA) An LTTE man from sea tiger wing with a friend of his was arrested by the Police at GRANDPASS, COLOMBO-13 on 30 April 2005 around 8.00 p.m. after they failed to furnish valid reasons for their presence in COLOMBO. more..

Sivaram’s widow turns down LTTE request for body to be taken to Kilinochchi

May 2 (AT) The LTTE will send senior representatives to attend the funeral of slain journalist Dharmaretnam Sivaram after his widow turned down the LTTE request for the coffin to be taken to militants’ headquarters in Kilinochchi in the North. more..

We must accept blame for Alawwa tragedy says Gemunu

May 2 (LM) There would be no attempt by the Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) to whitewash the Alawwa train-bus collision tragedy in which 39 passengers in the private bus died, LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne told the Lankamuslims website today. more..

Imminent crisis threatens Livestock Industry

May 2 (LM) Violence unleashed by the Prabha and Karuna factions in the Polonnaruwa district spewing death and destruction in this predominantly farming area has plunged the livestock industry into crisis. more..

Government says it is committed to keep up with its election promises

May 2 (SLBC) Political parties and trade unions enthusiastically participated in May Day celebrations yesterday with processions and rallies. Tens of thousands of people joined them. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse says the government is committed to fulfil its election promises at a maximum level. more..

A post May Day thought

May 2 (ANN) Another May Day has come and gone. And the beautiful and powerful song by Joe Hill of the Industrial Workers of the World comes to mind: Workers of the world, awaken! Rise in all your splendid might, Take the wealth that you are making, It belongs to you by right. more..

Need to improve productivity in plantations and boost crop diversification has been stressed

May 2 (SLBC) The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has referred to the need to further boost productivity in the plantations and crop diversification. It said that special attention should be paid to increasing productivity of non plantation sector smallholdings. more..

Defence cooperation accord tops talks agenda

May 2 (Gulf) The stalled Indo-Sri Lanka Defence Cooperation Agreement will be among the several items on the agenda for official level talks between visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and his Sri Lankan counterpart H.M.G.S. Palihakkara. more..

Lankans romp to victory

May 2 (KT) The Sri Lanka Masters set up a showpiece match tonight against their Pakistan counterparts in the Tsunami relief triangular for the Zayed Cup after a resounding win over a depleted India Masters here at the Zayed stadium. more..

Maid fears for her life if she’s not sent home

May 2 (KT) Amali Wijiyatunga, the 25-year old ‘runaway’ Sri Lankan housemaid who escaped two months ago from the clutches of prostitution and is currently recuperating in the Rashid Hospital, expressed a fear of threat to her life, if not repatriated soon. more..

No discrimination in Tsunami aid: Japan

May 2 (SAMN) Roads, power distribution and water supply are priority areas that would qualify for immediate aid in Tsunami affected areas, said Director Japanies Ministry of Foreign affairs, Aiboshi, immediately after discussions with line ministry officials of the Sri Lankan Government, last week. more..

SPC to tread WPC way?

May 2 (SAMN) Hot on the heels of the crisis at the Alliance-run Western Provincial Council where its Chief Minister Reginald Cooray is facing corruption charges, trouble is brewing in the Southern PC over an attempt to procure a luxury car for Leader of the House, SLFP Hambantota District councillor Ajith Rajapakse. more..

NLF accuses leading left party of Sivaram killing

May 2 (LNP) The New Left Front (NLF) yesterday accused a leading left party of killing Darmaretnam Sivaram, who was the editor of the Tamilnet and a Columnist of the Daily Mirror. NLF Deputy Leader Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne addressing the May Day rally at Price Park, Gunasinghapura said that their prime suspect is this leftist political party. more..

Wimal says life endangered

May 2 (LNP) JVP Propaganda Secretary and Parliamentary Group leader Wimal Weerawansa has written to IGP Chandra Fernando complaining of a plot to assassinate him and other leaders by connecting him and the JVP to the recent assassination of Dharmaratnam Shivarm (Taraki). more..

Sankiliyan force orders JVP out of east

May 2 (LNP) The pro-LTTE Sankiliyan Force had distributed pamphlets asking the JVP not to carry on their political activities in the eastern province. The police in the province have stepped up security following representations made to senior police officials at the police headquarters regarding the challenge thrown out by the Sankiliyan Force, more..

Govt committed to protect workers' rights - PM

May 2 (DN) THE UPFA Government has laid a solid foundation to take the country forward by protecting workers' rights, developing the country and creating a society where all ethnic groups can live without fear, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said yesterday, addressing the People's Alliance May Day rally. more..

Rally round the UNP, says Ranil

May 2 (DN) UNITED National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called on the masses to rally round the UNP to form a Government which could solve the burning public problems and also to provide relief to the people. "Time has come for us to topple this Government and ensure the welfare of the suffering masses," more..

At least one person killed, 26 injured in Sri Lanka bus crash

May 2 (AP) A private bus that was racing a competitor plowed into roadside coconut trees Monday, killing at least one person and injuring 26 in the same northwestern Sri Lanka town where a bus-and-train collision last week killed 37 people, police said. more..

Sri Lanka row over tsunami aid

May 2 (BBC) Sri Lanka has been promised $2bn in tsunami relief, but a deal on how the money should be distributed has yet to be reached. The worst hit areas were in the north and east of the country, some of which are controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels. more..

Single country fair in Colombo looked like ‘Monday Bazaar’

May 2 (Jang) The single country exhibition held by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) in Colombo appeared more like a ‘Monday Bazaar’ rather than a mega prestigious trade promotional affair, according to Pakistani Participants. more..

Top Sri Lanka, India foreign ministry officials hold talks in Colombo

May 2 (AP) Top foreign ministry officials from India and Sri Lanka discussed security issues and post-tsunami reconstruction in talks Monday in Colombo, officials said. "They discussed a wide range of bilateral issues including economic, political and defense matters," more..

Sri Lanka set for privatisation, price hikes ahead of key aid meet

May 2 (AFP) Sri Lanka is set to shortly increase domestic fuel prices and end subsidies in line with promises to international lenders ahead of a crucial aid meeting, official sources said. The price increase is aimed at convincing multilateral lending institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank that the government is serious about reform more..

Mourners, security forces gather for funeral of Sri Lankan journalist

May 2 (AP) Security personnel went on high alert Monday as hundreds of mourners traveled to an eastern Sri Lankan town for the funeral of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist who was killed last week. Police said they had made no breakthroughs in their investigation of the killing of Dharmeratnam Sivaram, more..

TULF rebels meet JVP leaders

May 2 (TP) V Anandasangari, veteran leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front which is frowned upon by Tamil rebels, last week met the JVP leadership at its headquarters for a discussion on federalism. The talks centered on the Indian model of federalism, the Sunday Leader newspaper said. more..

Police crack down after second crash

May 2 (AFP) SRI Lankan police today announced a major crackdown against speeding drivers after two buses racing each other killed a passenger and injured 16 in the same area where a train-bus crash killed 37 last week. Traffic police chief Lucky Peiris said a passenger was killed today when the driver lost control of his bus, more..

Lanka's shadow war threatens ceasefire pact

May 2 (HT) The "war of attrition" between the mainstream LTTE and the breakaway Karuna group, which has been going on since Karuna revolted in March 2004, is now a "shadow war" between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government, posing a serious threat to the February 2002 ceasefire agreement and the peace process which has been on since then. more..

Foundation stone laid for Foreign Ministrys tsunami housing project

May 3 (RW) Foreign Minister Lakshamn Kadirgamar laid the foundation stone for a housing project in Walahanduwa in Akmeemana, Galle, for tsunami affected families on Thursday, April 28, at the invitation of Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply Dinesh Gunawardena. more..

Peace Process has brought nothing tangible, TNA tells India's Foreign Secretary

May 3 (TN) TNA MPs told India's Foreign Secretary Mr. Shyam Saran during a meeting in Colombo that nothing tangible had occurred to further the Peace Process, that even the post Tsunami Mechanism had not reached fruition, and that the situation of drift and stalemate was very harmful, more..

‘International probe on Sivaram murder’

May 3 (BBC) Campaigners for peace and democracy urged the government to appoint an independent commission of inquiry to investigate recent political killings. Condemning the murder of senior Tamil journalist Dharmeratnam Sivaram, the National Peace Council (NPC) said appointing a Parliamentary Select Committee would demonstrate the commitment more..

'Children with parents in orphanages'

May 3 (BBC) Most of the children in Sri Lanka’s orphanages are not orphans, child rights activists say. Save the Children in Sri Lanka says a recent research shows that only 6.5% of the children interviewed were orphans. more..

Controversy over Freedom of Religion Bill: Buddhists to meet UN envoy today

May 3 (AT) Representatives of Buddhist organizations are scheduled to meet visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Religious Freedom Asma Jahangir today (May 3) in the wake of mounting Christian evangelist pressure against the proposed Freedom of Religion Bill that is aimed at preventing unethical conversions. more..

Sri Lanka health authorities issue dengue warning

May 3 (AT) Sri Lankan health authorities have issued a warning regarding the resurgence of dengue fever in the wake of the monsoon rains. The authorities appealed to the people to keep their surroundings clean to prevent the breeding of the carrier mosquito. more..

Indian Foreign secy Saran meets Sri Lankan PM

May 3 (HT) Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse over breakfast on Monday and later discussed bilateral ties with his counterpart HMGS Palihakkara. more..

Sivaram: ‘Don’t raise false hopes amongst our people’

May 3 (TN) The last article published by Mr. Dharmeratnam Sivaram, the political columnist and military analyst abducted and murdered on Friday, was an appeal to his colleagues in the Tamil media. Urging them not to hype up the chances of a positive outcome with regards to the joint mechanism until it actually happens, more..

Mendis retires hurt in new twist to SLC row

May 3 (IE) In a new twist to the Sri Lanka cricket plot, police and sports ministry harassment has claimed its first victim, the board’s CEO Duleep Mendis. The resignation of the former captain from the post comes five weeks after the sports ministry’s order to suspend the board on the grounds of financial mismanagement and appoint an Interim Committee. more..

'Sivaram was a terrorist journalist' - JHU

May 3 (TN) Sri Lanka’s hardline monks party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) this week denounced Mr. Dharmeratnam Sivaram, the Tamil political columnist and military analyst who was murdered on Friday, as a “terrorist journalist” working for the LTTE. more..

Fuel prices to shoot up within three weeks

May 3 (IL) Local prices of petrol and diesel are very likely to shoot up within the next three weeks. However the Government is unlikely to increase the price of kerosene despite the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation losing nearly Rs. 35 per every litre sold. more..

Trouble Constitution Council awaits President’s nod

May 3 (AT) Sri Lanka’s troubled Constitutional Council awaits President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s nod to start functioning. Although, the provision for a Constitutional Council was crated three years ago with the passing of the 17th amendment to the constitution, it had hiccups from the beginning. more..

Youth in his twenties falls prey to pistol men

May 3 (SLA) A pistol bullet riddled dead body of an unidentified youth was recovered from the general area of KIRAN, BATTICALOA today this morning (03 May) around 6.35 a.m. Following information received from a civilian, Policemen rushed to the location and found the dead body lying by the wayside on BATTICALOA – VALAICHCHENAI road. more..

Weapons, Cyanide capsules & radio-sets hidden in LTTE political office nabbed

May 3 (SLA) Two T-56 weapons, two magazines with 46 rounds of ammunition, three cyanide capsules and four hand-held radio sets were among arms and communication equipment found by troops from the inside of the LTTE political office at PUTHUKUDIRIPPU, VALAICHCHENAI on Monday (2) night around 8.30 p.m. when the Police rushed to the area after loud explosions and gunfire were heard. more..

SC rules Tsunami Bill Constitutional

May 3 (TN) The Supreme Court has communicated to the Speaker of the parliament that the Tsunami (Special Provisions) Bill is consistent with the Constitution of Sri Lanka. Mr.W.M.J.Lokkubandara informed the determination of the Supreme Court to the parliament when it met Tuesday morning, legal sources said. more..

India offers three year debt moratorium to Sri Lanka

May 3 (AFP) India offered a three-year debt moratorium to Sri Lanka during a review of their bilateral relations at high-level official talks here, the two sides said in a joint statement Tuesday. India's foreign secretary Shyam Saran discussed Sri Lanka's tsunami reconstruction efforts with his counterpart more..

Australian charities fume over blocked tsunami aid in Sri Lanka

May 3 (AFP) Hundreds of containers holding supplies for tsunami victims are stranded on a wharf in Sri Lanka because customs officers are demanding extra taxes and storage fees, according to angry Australian charity workers. more..

Govt and Tamil rebels came under heavy fire from RSF

May 3 (LBO) Government and Tamil rebels came under heavy fire from Reporters without Borders (RSF), an international organization dedicated to media freedom. The LTTE in particular came in for harsh criticism, from the RSF which said the group did not tolerate criticism, blocked the distribution of independent newspapers more..

Former US president Clinton to skip Sri Lanka aid meet

May 3 (AFP) Former US president Bill Clinton will not attend a key Sri Lankan foreign aid review this month as scheduled, but will be represented by his deputy, government officials here said Tuesday. The Sri Lankan government announced last month that Clinton would attend the three-day Sri Lanka Development Forum starting on March 15. more..

JHU May Day announcement

May 3 (SN) On request by SinhalaNet, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero , MP, National Organizer , JHU, made the following statement to SinhalaNet, regarding May Day 2005-05-01 celebrations. Today is the Mayday, which is considered as “the Workers Day” of the world. more..

May Day fall-out shrouds CWC

May 3 (LM) Crisis clouds are reportedly looming heavy over the Ceylon Worker's Congress (CWC) after a May Day rally pull-out by its Deputy President Faizal Mustapha, the new comer who commands a considerable clout with the heavy Muslim membership backing of the CWC. more..

Trade Unions pledge support to out-law International Schools

May 3 (LM) Mass scale island wide trade union action engineered by the Inter University Students Federation is to be launched to out-law International Schools and to bring a halt to perceived government moves to privatise education in Sri Lanka. more..

TULF pressing for adoption of Indian federal framework for Lanka

May 3 (LM) TULF power devolution proposals drawing largely from the Indian federal format are being campaigned by TULF President V.Anandasangaree, among political parties with the objective of drumming up support for its adoption as the final solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic crisis. more..