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Hakeem off to London for meeting with Bala

The Island

SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem planned to fly to London on Sunday or Monday for consultations with the LTTE’s Dr. Anton Balasingham prior to the peace negotiations that will begin in Thailand on September 16.

Hakeem flies to London to meet Bala

By Guna Kajananth

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Before leaving to the airport to fly to London for a meeting with LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and the Minister of Ports Rauff Hakeem said he wanted to “sort some important matters” with the LTTE before September 16 Thailand talks begins.

Twenty years ago I had a brief affair.

To celebrate 50 years of marriage, a couple booked a
weekend at St. Andrews. On the 3rd tee, the husband
said, "Darling, I have to confess something. Twenty
years ago I had a brief affair. It meant nothing. I
hope that you can forgive me."

Govt. reluctant to release four Tigers

The Sunday Leader

The scheduled exchange of prisoners between the government and LTTE has hit a snag because of a reluctance to release four Tiger members involved in serious acts of crime.

PA general secretary challenges Amunugama

By Wilson Gnanadass - The Sunday Leader

Various members of the People’s Alliance (PA) holding press conferences without proper approval from the leadership is to be taken up at the next PA group meeting, PA members said.

Jaffna trade fair a flop

By Wilson Gnanadass - The Sunday Leader

Private companies that participated in a trade fair organised by the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Ministry in collaboration with Connaissance de Ceylan, (CDC) in Jaffna, have condemned the manner in which the fair was organised.

Minister to boycott UNF group meetings

Sunday Times

Hindu Cultural Affairs Minister T. Maheshwaran, reportedly involved in a major clash with the Prime Minister, vowed yesterday he would not attend UNF parliamentary group meetings until the grievances he highlighted were sorted out.

Sinhala MPs to take ban campaign to villages

Sunday Tmes

A group representing Sinhala opposition MPs are to carry out a mass protest campaign against the Government's decision to lift the ban on the LTTE.<

CBK falls down, breaks ankle

Sunday Times

President Chandrika Kumaratunga flew back to Sri Lanka on Friday night amidst an unprecedented constitutional crisis but ran into immediate personal trouble when she fell down the staircase at President's House and injured her ankle.

Govt gets tough over 19th amendment: Sets time frame to prevent foot-dragging

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The 19th amendment to the constitution approved by cabinet last Wednesday is due to be gazetted on September 3 and presented to parliament on September 10 following a special cabinet meeting, high ranking government sources said yesterday.

LTTE to release 12 child soldiers

Namini Wijedasa - The Island

Apparently giving into growing pressure — locally and internationally — over the recruitment of children as fighting cadres, the LTTE is taking action to release twelve of them today or tomorrow, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission said yesterday.

Legal dilemma over prisoner exchange

The Island

Five of the 24 LTTE cadres whose release had been sought by them in return for the release of seven security forces personnel in their custody, have been released, authoritative sources said.

Ministerial trio meetings in London in month

Sujeeva Nivunhella - London Corr - The Island

Three cabinet ministers are due in London in this month. Constitutional Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris will be in London between September 9 and 11. He will be holding meetings with British businessmen, to attract investors to Sri Lanka. He is due to meet businessmen from Information Technology, Software and Apparel industries.

A minister shouts to police - My Prime Minister is Pirabaharan.


Colombo, August 31: A Tamil Minister yesterday shouted to the police that, his Prime Minister is LTTE supremo Velupillai Pirabaharan and not Ranil Wickremesinghe.