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Sri Lankan Minister in UNESCO Executive Board

Oct 1 (UTPD) The presidential secretariat announced today that, Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Ports, Aviation, Information and Media and Deputy Minister of Education, is appointed to the Executive Board by HE the president Chandrika Kumaratunga. more..

Chinese National Day Celebration

Oct 1 (UTPD) A celebration to mark the National Day of the People’s Republic of China was held in Colombo BMICH. The Chinese Ambassador Hon. Sun Gukxiang attended the event as the guest of honour and Hon Vijitha Herath, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage also attended the celebration. more..

Jaffna SLA commander meets civil representatives

Oct 1 (TN) Major General Sunil Tennekoon, Jaffna area commander of the Sri Lanka Army Thursday said during a discussion he had with the representatives of the People's Committee for Peace and Goodwill (PCPG) in Jaffna district that he is taking every possible step to open A9 highway from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. more..

Part time English teachers protest in Jaffna

Oct 1 (TN) About one hundred members of the North-East Part Time English Teachers' Association Thursday morning held a picketing in front of the Jaffna district office of the Additional Provincial Director of Education demanding permanent appointment without delay. The picket continued till after noon about 2 p.m., more..

Air transport continues to be severely threatened by suicidal terrorism -Minister

Oct 1 (Rupavahini) Minister of ports and aviation Mangala Samaraweera says that air transport renowned as the safest mode of transport in the world continues to be severely threatened by suicidal terrorism that has escalated to unparallel proportions. more..

Youngsters demand life term for adults indulging in child sex

Oct 1 (HT) South Asian youngsters, participating in a UNICEF-sponsored conference in Colombo, have demanded that adults guilty of sexually exploiting and trafficking in children, should be given a life sentence. more..

Tributes to cinema legend Gamini flow in

Oct 1 (BBC) Cinema idols, producers as well as politicians were moved by cinema maestro Gamini Fonseka's demise at the age of 68 on Thursday. Sinhala cinema actor and producer Gamini Fonseka passed away Thursday at his residence in Ja ela. more..

No more taking of arms – Douglas Devanananda

Oct 1 (AT) The Leader of the EPDP, and Hindu Affairs Minister Douglas Devananda said on Thursday as his party entered to the mainstream democratic politics, they never intend to take arms again to defend themselves from the threats of the LTTE. more..

Tourist Dollars

Oct 1 (LBO) High net worth tourists are here to stay, with foreign guest nights in all graded hotels up a sizeable 16.8 percent in the second quarter this year. Sri Lanka has been pitching for high value tourism, with niche boutique hotels springing up and many hotels being refurbished, upgraded or expanded over the past two years. more..

Singapore wants a free trade zone for its investors in Sri Lanka

Oct 1 (LBO) Singapore is looking at setting up a free trade zone for Singaporean investors in Sri Lanka, before expanding formal economic ties between the two countries. A team from Jurong is studying the question of a free trade zone for Singaporean investors in Sri Lanka more..

On the President’s UN address

Oct 1 (AT) UNP and some media have made infantile attempts at creating confusion over the President’s address at the UNGA states a statement released by the president’s office regarding President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s speech at the 59th sessions of the UN General Assembly. more..

Advisory Council, ploy to delay peace talks- Prof.Peiris

Oct 1 (TN) "UNP will not participate in the All Political Party Advisory Council proposed by President since we believe that involving a multiparty council would lead to inordinate delays in peace talks. Instead, Ms.Kumaratunge should take a firm stand against JVP's opposition to talks and strive to move peace process forward," more..

TNA MPs meet U.S Ambassador

Oct 1 (TN) "Statements by International Community including the United States of America consistently attempt to blame the LTTE for the stalled peace talks. These statements fail to highlight the fact that internal dissentions and resulting inconsistent policies of the ruling UPFA government more..

Curfew in Mannar after attack on LTTE office

Oct 1 (TN) Curfew was declared in Mannar Friday morning after a group of Muslims attacked the administrative office of the Liberation Tigers in the island town on northwestern coast around midnight. The attack was linked to the killing of a man suspected to be a drug smuggler on Thursday night near Pesalai, 15 kilometres west of Mannar. more..

Civil group requests re-opening of Kerativu-Sangupiddy road

Oct 1 (TN) People's Committee for Peace and Goodwill (PCPG) in Jaffna district Thursday handed over a memorandum to Major General Sunil Tennekoon, Jaffna area commander of the Sri Lanka Army, requesting him to take steps to reopen Sangupiddy-Kerativu road to link peninsula from the south, civil sources said. more..

Large crowds attend Vallipuram "Theertham" festival

Oct 1 (TN) The Water-Cutting (Theertham) festival of the historic Vallipuram Alvar Temple was held Tuesday in the seacoast of Vallipuram in Vadamarachchi division in Jaffna district. Several thousands of pilgrims participated in the event after several years, sources said. more..

Tamil artistes honoured in Trincomalee

Oct 1 (TN) Sixteen Tamil artistes most of them from remote villages in the Trincomalee district who are excelled in various forms of Tamil arts were honoured at the fifteenth anniversary of a leading musical club in Trincomalee ‘Super Sangeeth’ held recently at Trincomalee St.Joseph's College auditorium. more..

'Police acting partially'-Mannar MP

Oct 1 (TN) "The Police in Mannar are acting in a partial manner in bringing the situation under control", said Vanni Tamil National Alliance MP Mr. Vino Noharathalingam, Friday. "I brought the matter to the notice of the Deputy IGP for Vanni when I met him in Mannar this morning", he said. more..

Irate civilians burn LTTE offices after Muslim businessman shot dead

Oct 1 (SLA) Hundreds of irate villagers and residents in MANNAR town and its suburbs torched two LTTE offices at PESALAI and MANNAR overnight on Thursday (30 September 2004) to protest against the murder of a Muslim civilian by two suspected LTTE motorbike-riding gunmen. more..

Former LTTE cadre shot by suspected LTTE gunman

Oct 1 (SLA) A twenty-eight year old man resident in the general area of UDUMBIMALI, KIRAN was shot and injured by an unidentified gunman, suspected to be from LTTE (WANNI) faction on 30 September 2004 around 5.45 a.m. while he was at KALMADU area. more..

2006 U.S. Visa Lottery Opens in November

Oct 1 (WF) The U.S. Department of State will issue 50,000 permanent residency visas to the winners of a lottery that opens for registration November 5. Applications from would-be immigrants in eligible countries will be accepted from November 5 through January 7, 2005, the State Department announced September 29. more..

Viet Nam, Sri Lanka boost friendship activities

Oct 1 (VNA) A delegation of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) led by VUFO Vice President Pham Van Chuong paid a nine-day visit to Sri Lanka ending Sept. 27 under an agreement between the VUFO and the Sri Lanka-Viet Nam Solidarity Association. more..

Dyson: Sri Lanka are still on track

Oct 1 (CI) After the disappointment of their early exit from the Champions Trophy, after an error-strewn fielding performance on a bitterly cold autumnal day at the Rose Bowl, John Dyson, Sri Lanka's ever-upbeat coach, has predicted a quick resumption of Sri Lanka's winning run in Pakistan this month. more..

Stocks nudge lower but blue chips firm

Oct 1 (Reuters) Stocks fell slightly in thin volume trade on Friday as retailers skimmed profits on small counters after recent gains, but there was renewed foreign interest in some bluechips, brokers said. The key Colombo all-share index fell a provisional 0.1 percent or 1.42 points, to 1,449.40. more..

Existence of a formidable state sector is no barrier to foreign investment - JVP

Oct 1 (LT) The leader of the JVP, Somawansa Amarasinghe says that the pronouncements made by certain people that the existence of a formidable state sector, the domination of the state ownership of property and a socialist party being in the government have deterred the flow of foreign investment into the country have been proved utterly wrong in today’s world. more..

Vat off from Rice, Sugar, Dhal

Oct 1 (LT) Value Added Tax levied on essential food stuffs will be taken off with immediate effect. The Cabinet has decided to remove VAt from rice, sugar and dhal. The government says that this decision was taken to relieve the people of the burden of the rising cost of living. more..

Funeral of veteran artist Gamini Fonseka on Sunday

Oct 1 (SLBC) One of the greatest of Sinhala cinema has passed away yesterday after a rewarding life of an actor, director, producer, politician and an administrator. Starting from Daiwayogaya he went on to act beautifully in about 30 to 40 films representing all types of characters ranging from a troublemaker to a playboy. more..

Going Thermal

Oct 1 (LBO) With 100 MW of electricity capacity kicking in on Wednesday and 55 MW on the way, Sri Lanka’s power situation looks better next quarter than it did six months ago. The 100 MW thermal plant – a joint venture between Hemas and locally owned independent power producer Lakhdhanavi, was commissioned in Puttalam yesterday. more..

Housing Devt Fin Corp Plans Share Sale Oct-Nov

Oct 1 (DJ) Sri Lanka's Housing Development and Finance Corp plans to raise LKR500 million via an issue of shares to the public in late October or early November, the managers of the issue said Friday. more..

Asian Tribune’s tribute to Evergreen Doyen of Sri Lanka’s Cine Entertainment

Oct 1 (AT) Gamini Fonseka passed away yesterday leaving behind a living record of his talents and contributions to the Sri Lankan cinematic art. He and the Sinhala film industry grew almost together as twins. more..

Appreciation: Mr Bernard P Tilakaratna

Oct 1 (AT) Bernard P Tilakaratna, former Foreign Secretary passed away on the last day of September. He was the first Foreign Service officer to become Foreign Secretary. As a junior officer who served under him on two assignments at the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, it is with gratitude and affection that I pen this appreciation to a great diplomat, more..

Sinhalese conspire against Sethu Project: Karunanidhi

Oct 1 (Sun) DMK president M Karunanidhi on Thursday accused the Sinhalese of conspiring against the Sethu Samuthiram Project and called upon the Tamils to defeat their designs. "They have instigated some people against the project. more..

Cops dash man's plan to fly to Lanka with fake passport

Oct 1 (NT) A 37-year-old man, who tried to board a Sri Lankan Airways flight bound for Colombo with fake passports, was arrested at the Chennai international airport this morning. According to police, the man identified as Ahmed Shamsuddin, a resident of Nadu Theru in Erwadi, had planned to reach Colombo with fake passports. more..

Mobile phone revolution boosts rural Sri Lanka

Oct 1 (Reuters) After 25 years selling fruit and vegetables at a market in downtown Colombo, Sri Lankan trader M.W. Ranjith made an investment that to his amazement transformed his life and his business -- he bought a mobile phone. more..

Death of Sri Lanka's leading film idol

Oct 1 (DN) Sri Lanka's leading film idol Gamini Fonseka passed away yesterday. He was 68. Gamini, Sinhala cinema's pre-eminent personality, mega star and character actor famous for his tough guy roles was also former Deputy Speaker of Parliament. Gamini who lived a full life as actor, director, politician and company director died of a heart attack. more..

July exports $506 Million Vs $493 million year ago

Oct 1 (DJ) Sri Lanka's export earnings crossed the $500 million mark in July for the third time since December 2000, helped by improved exports of textiles and garments, the central bank said Friday. Exports rose 2.5% to $506 million in July compared with the same month last year. more..

Curfew in Mannar after slaying of Muslim man

Oct 1 (AFP) Police clamped an indefinite curfew in a town in northwestern Sri Lanka after violence broke out over the slaying of a Muslim man by suspected Tamil rebels, officials said. Muslim mobs in the coastal town of Mannar attacked an office of the LTTE blaming the rebel group for the killing of a Muslim man overnight, more..

Tamil-Muslim conflict poses threat to peace

Oct 1 (HT) The re-emergence of a Tamil-Muslim conflict in North-East Sri Lanka in the past few days is threatening to delay the war-torn country's search for permanent peace. Muslims have been demonstrating against the LTTE and its Tamil supporters in Amparai district in the East, and in Mannar district in the North. more..

SLA gives eviction order to Valalai resettIed IDPs

Oct 2 (TN) Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has ordered about twenty families who had resettled 600 meters away from the high security zone in Valalai village Palaly, Jaffna district, to vacate their houses and lands immediately, civil sources in Jaffna said. more..

Refugee children's drawings express anger, frustration

Oct 2 (TN) “It is sad that there are some parts of our country where children can only dream of a normal life”, said Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, chairperson of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission speaking at an art exhibition by refugee children to mark ‘World Children Day’ in Colombo Friday. more..

Prices of essential commodities including rice, flour and sugar are expected to come down

Oct 2 (Rupavahini) The commissioner of Inland Revenue A.A. Wijepala says that the prices of several essential commodities including rice, flour and sugar could come down following the removal of vat on them. He said that as a result of this move government would lose nearly 450 million rupees annually in revenue. more..

It is the duty of everyone to create an environment where every child could live peacefully without discrimination

Oct 2 (Rupavahini) President Chandrika Kumaratunge says it is the duty of everybody to create an environment where every child is treated equally and fairly, devoid of discrimination on grounds of differences of ethnicity, religion and cast. more..

Chamber says Govt., tax policies need to be more consistent and transparent

Oct 2 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s private sector is not amused by the latest government hat trick of making changes to taxes by putting out press notices and backdating the effective date. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce expressed concerns about the government’s latest attempt at jacking up its revenues. more..

Cancer among women is increasing

Oct 2 (LBO) Cancer among women is increasing in Sri Lanka and private health care services are rising to the needs with wigs and chests at very competitive prices. Ceylinco Healthcare Service for instance, is taking their cancer treatment facilities a step further by enhancing mental and emotional support. more..

Debt Collector

Oct 2 (LBO) The Inland Revenue says it is due five billion rupees in Goods and Services Tax (GST) and that companies and individuals must pay up before December 31, or face penalties. "There is Rs. 5 billion in return GST taxes that businesses and others have collected and not paid in. They must pay up before December 31," more..

US senate outrageous over Sri Lankan corrupt roadway project

Oct 2 (NW) Outrageous acts of corruption in a 90 million dollar highway project in Sri Lanka have been highlighted by US Senator Richard C. Lugar when the Senate discussed corrupt projects in Sri Lanka. more..

Colombo rowing club the oldest club in Sri Lanka

Oct 2 (NW) The Colombo Rowing Club was founded by Sir Edward Creasy the Chief Justice of Ceylon as Sri Lanka was then known on the 15th of July 1864. From the available records, this makes the Colombo Rowing Club the oldest club in Sri Lanka. more..

JHU turns down invitation

Oct 2 (NW) The Jathika Hela Urumaya yesterday turned down the invitation by the President to join the proposed National Council for Peace and Reconciliation. JHU leader the Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera said they had told President Kumaratunga they had no intention of taking part in the work of the NCPR as they saw such a move as a betrayal of the nation. more..

Curfew in Mannar over LTTE-Muslims clash

Oct 2 (NW) Curfew was clamped on the Mannar police division yesterday after groups of Muslims attacked two LTTE offices in Pesalai on Thursday night to protest the killing of a Muslim civilian, the military spokesman said. more..

Indo-Lanka economic partnership soon

Oct 2 (IE) India and Sri Lanka are on the threshold of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), Sri Lankan Minister of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said Friday. more..