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Karuna kidnapped ENDLF secretary claims mother

Dec 1 (TN) The mother of Mr. Pakkiyanathan Rajaratnam, 51, the secretary of the ENDLF, a Sri Lankan Tamil paramilitary based in South India, complained to the Human Rights Commission in Jaffna that her son has allegedly been kidnapped by the 'Karuna Group'. more..

Curfew re-imposed in Trincomalee

Dec 1 (BBC) Chief of Defence Staff and Navy Commander Daya Sandagiri recommended that peace committees in Trincomalee should meet regularly and try to bring about normalcy. Speaking to religious leaders of all faiths and civil leaders representing all communities in Trincomalee town Rear Admiral Sandagiri said “this is not a time to give into emotions.” more..

Sri Lankan Bar Association must reconsider its stand

Dec 1 (AT) Asian Human Rights Commission based in Hong Kong has castigated the Sri Lanka Bar Association reported instructions to the Lawyers not to appear for those persons accused of the murder of the Colombo High Court Judge. more..

Tamils and the country cannot afford to face another war - TULF

Dec 1 (AT) In a statement released, Tamil United Liberation Front has expressed, that a fear has been created among the people, particularly among the Tamils as to whether another war would erupt consequent to the speech delivered by Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the LTTE, more..

Mahapola Lotteries will sell online through 500 agents islandwide

Dec 1 (LBO) The battle in the lotteries industry to go online will close over the weekend, with US based GTECH Corp.’s Lankan subsidiary launching its first online tickets on October 04. Some 500 agents armed with touch screen computers and little printers have been deployed so far, with close to 400 participating in a real time test on Tuesday. more..

The votes of the President were passed in parliament by a majority of 61 votes

Dec 1 (Rupavahini) The votes of the President were passed in parliament by a majority of 61 votes. 113 members voted in favour of adopting the votes while 52 voted against. Participating in the discussions of the votes of the President in committee stage in parliament, TNA member. R. Sambandan called for a vote and accordingly a division was held. more..

JVP tells people in Trinco to be calm

Dec 1 (LT) The JVP has appealed to the people in Trincomalee to be peaceful and act restrain, without letting the terrorist organizations to take advantage of the tense situation prevailing in the area. more..

Sri Lanka currency weakens to more than 200 against the pound

Dec 1 (LBO) Sri Lanka's currency weakened to more than 200 rupees against the British pound on concern that foreign reserves are shrinking rapidly, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said Wednesday. more..

Sri Lanka, Pakistan agree to transfer convicts

Dec 1 (PRIU) Sri Lanka and Pakistan today concluded a Transfer of Offenders Agreement, signed between Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs S. Palihakkara and High Commissioner in Sri Lanka for Pakistan Bashir Wali. more..

President on current issues

Dec 1 (PRIU) In a candid interview on National Television on Tuesday 24th November President answered several questions on a range of current issues. Asked if her efforts to resume the peace talks were to secure the foreign aid pledged in Tokyo, Kumaratunga dismissed such notions and said it was the innate need within her to bring peace to the country. more..

Sri Lanka Jan-Sept government revenue up 9.5 pct

Dec 1 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan government's January-September revenues rose to 222.4 billion rupees from 203.1 billion rupees during the same period in 2003, the central bank said on Wednesday -- an increase of 9.5 percent. more..

Doha Bank launches e-remittance to Lanka

Dec 1 (Reuters) Doha Bank and Sampath Bank which covers over 400 locations in Sri Lanka concluded a strategic alliance yesterday to launch e- remittances services to the island. A.L.M Yoosuf, Sri lankan Ambassador to Qatar and K.D Somaratne, Second Secretary at the Embassy formally launched the services. more..

Teachers to protest today

Dec 1 (TP) Thousands of teachers from across Sri Lanka are due to assemble in Colombo today to stage a protest march demanding the government rectify salary anomalies. Newspapers said the teachers would march to the BMICH, the main conference hall in Colombo, from Borella junction more..

Plantation workers’ woe

Dec 1 (TP) A Sri Lankan Provincial Councillor is threatening to mobilise plantation workers to hold a massive protest campaign if the government did not stop a project to expand a tank in Badulla in central Sri Lanka, newspapers said. more..

European Govts must come forward to free Tamil refugees from the clutches of terror cliques

Dec 1 (AT) The leader of the TULF, V.Anandasangaree pointed out that unfortunately Asylum Giving European governments are not aware of the fact, innocent Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who sought asylum in their countries are not independent and free even after being in an independent and democratic European countries. more..

Judiciary & police are totally corrupt -Jeyraj Fernandopulle

Dec 1 (LT) The judiciary and the police are totally corrupt today and by arresting the suspects of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya’s murder will not clean the police of their dark patch said Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in the Parliament today. more..

Constitution will be amended soon -Prime Minister

Dec 1 (LT) The Constitution should be amended soon if the country is to be developed and it is the duty of everyone to support such an amemdment said Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, the Prime Minister. more..

Tracing the growth of Indo-Lanka ties

Dec 1 (NT) Tamilnadu and Sri Lanka have maintained close contacts since protohistoric times due to their geographical proximity, Dr Osmund Bopearachchi, Centre de Recherhe Ernest Babelon, Paris, today said. more..

IDB to Fund Nursing School in Colombo

Dec 1 (AN) Sri Lanka is to have the first private nursing school in Colombo with the aid of the Kingdom-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB), according to former speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament and founder of the Islamic Center in Colombo, Mohamed Haniffa Mohamed. more..

Business community and others must help break the deadlock

Dec 1 (PIS) The two principal protagonists of our peace process - President Chandrika Kumaratunga and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran continue to trade charges at each other with no breakthrough in sight. more..

UNP protests against UPFA's budget

Dec 1 (TN) Hundreds of supporters of United National Party (UNP) and many of its senior parliamentarians held a protest march against the Sri Lanka's budget, the price increases of essential goods and the increase of an hour in the working day, sources from Colombo said. more..

Slaying of Judge Sarath Ambepitiya : More Issues Emerge!

Dec 1 (LN) The four suspects accused of the murder of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya requested to confess when they were brought before the court on the 30th November. Ambepitiya was shot dead as he arrived at his official residence in downtown Colombo along with his police bodyguard on Nov. 19, 2004. more..

Trinco: Troubled Situation in the Eastern Capitol

Dec 1 (LN) Another death was reported in Trincomalee this morning after police found the body of a driver who arrived yesterday evening from Kandy with a group of tourists. Eastern Province DIG Neville Wijesinghe said the driver had come with a group of tourists to a Trincomalee hotel. more..

'Please release our father,' Dinesh's children plead with Iraqi abductors

Dec 1 (DN) The family of Sri Lankan hostage Dinesh Rajaratnam including his three children who has been abducted by suspected Iraqi militants will send a televised appeal to his abductors pleading for the safe return of their loved one. more..

Norwegian facilitators to meet LTTE

Dec 1 (IANS) Norwegian peace facilitators are to meet Tamil Tiger theoretician Anton Balasingham in London over the future of the stalled peace process in Sri Lanka, the state radio announced Wednesday. more..

Srimani Athulathmudali dies after a brief illness

Dec 1 (PTI) Sri Lanka's former minister of transport, environment and womens' affairs, Srimani Athulathmudali died here today after a brief illness. Srimani Athulathmudali, 58, entered politics to lead her late husband Lalith Athulathmudali's DUNF and won election to parliament in August 1994. more..

Chandrika under pressure to resume executions

Dec 1 (AFP) The assassination of a Sri Lankan judge two weeks ago has put pressure on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to consider signing death warrants and start hanging death-row inmates for the first time in 29 years. more..

Sri Lanka mulls response to Tamil Tiger rebels’ war warning

Dec 1 (AP) The Sri Lankan government is unlikely to accept a Tamil Tiger rebel demand that it resume peace talks immediately or risk the resumption of civil war, officials said on Wednesday. more..

Detainees refuse medication

Dec 1 (AAP) ELEVEN Sri Lankan men at the Baxter detention centre had stepped up their hunger strike and were now refusing medication, a refugee advocate said today. The detainees were determined to continue their hunger strike until death, in a last bid to be granted refugee status in Australia, more..

UPFA ignoring critical national issues- Prof Peiris

Dec 1 (TN) "Political parties in the South should recognize the "potentially dangerous" situation Sri Lanka is facing. The UNP is ready to support any genuine steps the Government of Sri Lanka takes to resolve critical National issues faced by this country," said Prof G L Peiris Monday more..

Prabhakaran Calls For Understanding of Tamil Issue

Dec 1 (Scoop) The called upon the international community to understand the "fair and reasonable" stand. The annual Great Heroes' Day oration on Saturday, Prabhakaran said: " We urge the government to resume the peace negotiations without conditions, based on our proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority. more..

Govt rejects unconditional talks with Tamil Tiger rebels

Dec 1 (AP) The government on Wednesday rejected a Tamil Tiger demand that it unconditionally resume peace talks under terms set by the rebels or risk the resumption of civil war. The Tigers' chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, said during his annual policy address over the weekend that negotiations should resume immediately. more..

Curfew lifted in eastern Sri Lanka, but tension remains

Dec 1 (AP) Police lifted a curfew in eastern Sri Lanka on Wednesday amid beefed-up security, after violence killed at least two people and strained the fragile cease-fire that has halted the country's brutal two-decade civil war. more..

Sri Lanka rejects Tiger demand for talks

Dec 1 (AFP) Sri Lanka rejected rebel demands for an unconditional resumption of talks and accused Tiger guerrillas of undermining the Norwegian-backed peace process by using "threatening language." more..

TNA appeals to India not to harm peace efforts

Dec 1 (TN) "The prime need in Sri Lanka, today, is the peaceful resolution of the Tamil question. The Tamil people are confident that India will not act in a manner harmful to Tamil interests. The Tamil people appeal to Indian government that the conclusion of the Indo-Sri Lanka defence co-operation agreement, and the commencement of development activities in the North-East with the military dimension be not proceeded with," more..

Sex workers join Sri Lanka's AIDS awareness drive

Dec 1 (AFP) Dozens of Sri Lankan sex workers Wednesday distributed leaflets and collected money to boost AIDS awareness in a campaign to mark World AIDS day. Organisers said more than 100 women from the Sex Workers' Network helped raise money and also spread the message of safe sex. more..

175 Sri Lankans to take part in Karnataka athletics meet

Nov 2 (UNI) More than 175 athletes from Sri Lanka and about 1200 from the state will be seen in action in the three-day Karnataka State Junior Athletic Championship to be held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here from December two. more..

Mannar, Vavuniya to observe general shutdown

Nov 2 (TN) NorthEast Civil Society Forums appealed to businesses and residents fo districts of Vavuniya and Mannar to observe general shutdown Thursday in protest against the killings of two innocent Tamil youths in Valvettithurai in Jaffna, and assaults on members of public including one TNA parliamentarian during the Heroes Day celebrations, more..

Dredging for Lanka canal may be split up

Nov 2 (BS) The government is considering a proposal to split up the dredging contract for different stretches of the Sethusamudram Canal among several companies, rather than awarding the entire dredging work to just one company. This will help in faster completion of the project. more..

The previlage of a wind-blown ride through Sri Lanka's pot-hole avenue

Nov 2 (LBO) Trishaw owners have become a privileged lot, first fuel subsidies and tax cuts from the government and now individual attention from Peoples Bank. The bank says there are 200,000 registered three wheelers, with the potential of regular income, making them a viable market segment. more..

The votes of six ministries were approved in parliament today

Nov 2 (Rupavahini) The votes of the ministries of media and information, posts, telecommunications and upcountry development, public administration and home affairs, local government and provincial councils, regional infrastructure facilities and science and information technology were taken up for discussion and approved by parliament. more..

UNP demand more salary increments

Nov 2 (LT) “The UPFA pledged to increase the salaries by 70% but today they have increased it by only 40 percent and of that 50% which is 20% is given as the actual salary increase to the public sector. The UPFA is misleading the public sector as they have misled the entire country,” UNP Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne said. more..

A fast unto death by Hela Urumaya soon

Nov 2 (LT) If the promises given to them are not fulfilled they will go on a death fast says Jathike Hela Urumaya. Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera, deputy leader of JHU stated this at a press meeting held in Colombo today. more..

UNP Pradeshiya Sabhas to support the Alliance

Nov 2 (LT) A large number of Pradeshiya Sabhas with a UNP majority have expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Alliance Government says Mr. Janaka Bandara Tenekone, Minister of Local Government and Internal Affairs. more..

Masses need not be agitated by tigers! - JVP

Nov 2 (LT) The JVP has asked the masses not to get agitated by the provocations by the tigers. It appeals to the masses to act intelligently and with restrain. Speaking further Mr. Weerawanse said it is the tigers who are delaying holding peace talks. more..

AHRC Calls for Inquiry Commission to Probe into Security Issues relating to the Assassination of Judge Ambepitiya

Nov 2 (AT) The killing of the High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitya has roused serious concerns about the security of the judicial officers and there is now a new cry for the appointment of a Commission to probe into the security of the judiciary. more..

GOSL response to LTTE statement- unclear and paradoxical

Nov 2 (AT) Sri Lanka Government in response to the recent statement by Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the LTTE has responded stating: “The Government is engaged in a careful study of the statement of the leader of the LTTE made on November 27.” more..

Sri Lanka studying Prabakaran's statement

Nov 2 (Hindu) The Sri Lankan Government today said it was carefully studying the recent statement by the leader of the LTTE, and "is in communication" with the facilitators, Norway, "on future steps to be taken in the peace process." more..

Free medicine for HIV sufferers

Nov 2 (BBC) Sri Lankan health authorities will distribute free anti retroviral drugs to HIV sufferers. The announcement was made at the Aids awareness campaign in Colombo launched to mark the World Aids day. more..

Govt refuses to resume peace talks with Tamil Tigers under intimidation

Dec 2 (AT) The government of Sri Lankan refused the resume peace talks with the Tamil militants under intimidation. In a statement, the government rejected the call made by the LTTE to resume talks on the discuss solely its proposal for an ISGA for the Tamil-majority North and East Sri Lanka. more..