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Sri Lankan Peace Talks began its focus on Core Issues.

Oslo, Norway, Dec. 04: – The delegates participating in the peace talks, both Government and the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka began negotiation on the core issue of regional autonomy on Tuesday on the second day of the third meeting of the first round of peace talks.

Anton Balasingham issues Warning to Jayalalithaa.

Anton Balasingham Issued A Warning to Jayalalithaa Jayaram Tamil Nadu Chief Minister while addressing in the Heroes day meeting in London.

Concern expressed over the Security of the Sri Lankan President.

Presidential secretariat had expressed its disappoint for the failure of the police for not taking action against those who have repeatedly perpetrated criminal acts in the North Western region of the country. Furthermore President’s security concern too was expressed for immediate action.

No one should Dare other than the Tamil Tigers.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Whether it is development, or bringing in funds for the development projects in the North and East of Sri Lanka, it is only the Tamil Tigers should do and no one else should dare to interfere. Tamil National Alliance Members of Parliament told this to the two Malaysian Tamil Deputy Ministers belonging to the Malaysian Indian Congress Party, whom they met recently in Bangkok.

Sri Lankan PM says committed to peace with rebels

By Masayuki Kitano

Tokyo (Reuters), Dec. 04: - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said on Wednesday his country was committed to making peace with Tamil Tiger rebels and that Japan could help support the process as the nation's biggest aid donor.

New members for NLD

The Nationa League for Democracy (NLD) has decided to accept new membership, according to the party spokesman U Lwin. The decision came about after the recent Shan State trip of Daw Aung San Auu Kyi. The NLD spokesman, U Lwin said NLD is preparing to accept new members but no new members having been accepted yet. Many people wanted to join the party but the NLD was not prepared to receive them due to organisational difficulties.

Detained journalist Win Tin again transferred to Rangoon general hospital

Burma: Dec. 03: Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) and the Burma Media Association (of Burmese journalists in exile) today voiced their concern about the health of detained journalist and pro-democracy activist Win Tin, who was transferred to Rangoon general hospital on 23 November.

Second court opened in LTTE-controlled East

Daily Mirror:The second Thamileelam law court in the eastern province was opened on Monday in the LTTE-controlled Kattaiparichchan village in the Muttur east area, the pro-LTTE Tamilnet website reported yesterday.

Court restrains SLMC leader

By Susitha R. Fernando

Daily Mirror: The SLMC dissidents yesterday got an enjoining order from the Colombo District court restraining party leader Rauff Hakeem from functioning as party leader or exercising any powers till the court hears the case and takes a final decision.

Lanka-Japan ties go to new heights

Daily Mirror:Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in Japan yesterday for a four-day visit which was expected to take close ties between the two countries to new heights in various fields.

SLMC crisis taken to CBK: Remove Rauff from cabinet — Hafrath

by Prasad Gunewardene

The Island: The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) M. Hafrath, who was sacked from the party by its leader Rauff Hakeem from Oslo, Norway on Sunday night, met President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Monday and conveyed that the Supreme Council of the party had sacked Rauff Hakeem and urged her to remove him from the cabinet of ministers as the portfolio was given to the party and not to Hakeem, authoritative sources disclosed on Monday night.

SLMC leadership crisis: Hafrath, Athaullah suspension constitutional — Hakeem

By Kalinga Weerakkody

The Island: The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and Minister of Ports Rauff Hakeem yesterday reiterated that as the leader of the party the decision he took to suspend secretary of the party M. Hafrath and MP A. L. M. Athaullah from the party was done according to the party constitution.

It is incredible - just dont look

Dec. 04: Almost 40,000 people have travelled to the small South Australian towns of Ceduna and Lyndhurst for tonight's total solar eclipse.

Thai workers in Israel moved to safe places.

Bangkok, Dec 4 (TNA): - Thai laborers working in sensitive areas, threatened by conflicts between Israel and Palestine, have been moved to safe places, according to Labour and Social Welfare Minister Suwat Liptapallop.

Thai Prime Minister urges ministries to step up cooperation in boosting exports

Bangkok, Dec 4 (TNA): – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had called on ministries concerned to step up cooperation and coordination in promoting the country’s exports, Deputy Government Spokeswoman Sansanee Nakphong disclosed yesterday.

Persecuted Muslims Fear Deportation to Military-Ruled Burma.

Over 4,000 undocumented Rohingya asylum seekers camping near local administration buildings in Teknaf, Bangladesh fear deportation to military-ruled Burma.

That was Fast.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

I wanted a haircut and phoned a salon early for an appoint-
ment but was told customers were taken on a walk-in basis
only. On Saturday I got there by 9 a.m and there were
already ten people waiting. I drove to another salon, but
it was booked solid. Still another had no openings.

Today the Peace Talks is slated to deal with core political issues

Oslo, Dec 4: The peace delegates belonging to the rival groups from Sri Lanka began their discussion on the core political issues here today, a day after announcing a “breakthrough” with contentious political issues taken up for discussion, officials said.