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SRI LANKAN BUDDHIST MONK DRINKS POISON

A BUDDHIST MONK DRANK POISON AND WAS RUSHED TO THE KANDY HOSPITAL MOMENTS AFTER BECOMING THE 1ST BUDDHIST MONK TO BE CONVICTED OT RAPE OF A CHILD IN SRI LANKA COURT OFFICIALS AND POLICE SAID.

BUDDHIST MONK VEN.BELLANA PANNIYALIKA A MEMBER OF THE JATHIKA HELA HURUMAYA WAS FOUND GUILTY OF GRAVE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A 12 YRS.

Donor pledges pour in at the first Development Forum

From our Colombo Correspondent

At the end of the first day’s meeting of the Sri Lankan Development Forum 2005 government sources are confident that the President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s gamble of committing herself totally to the Joint Mechanism, even at the risk to her life, has paid off.

High drama at the opening of foreign donors meeting in Kandy

From our correspondents in Colombo

Unexpected high drama interrupted yesterday’s inaugural session of the Sri Lanka Development forum held in Kandy. Soon after President Chandrika Kumaratunga finished her own emotional speech in which she said that her life was at risk in sticking to the Joint Mechanism Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thera, the parliamentary leader of Jathika Hela Urumaya, took the floor and blasted the LTTE and the proposed Joint Mechanism.

Arrest of Al-Liby, " very big dent" in Al-Qaeda: Musharraf

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

General Pervez Musharraf has said that the arrest of Abu Faraj Farj Al-Liby, Al-Qaeda's alleged chief of operations, had made a "very, very big dent" in the terror network, rendering it unable to function as a centrally controlled and cohesive entity.

Jt mechanism is not a Frankenstein, says Sri Lankan President

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that the proposed joint mechanism is not a Frankenstein monster as some people visualise. Addressing the Sri Lanka Development Forum in Kandy this morning she said that one should see the positive side of the visible change in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which, for the first time in history is agreeable to join administrative machinery.

SPUR to brief President on alternative to Joint Mechanism

By Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A delegation from the Australia-based SPUR (Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights) will present this week to President Chandrika Kumaratunga an alternative to the proposed `Joint Mechanism' with the LTTE for the distribution of tsunami relief assistance.

Over 30,000 new houses for North-East

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The residents of the north and east who lost their dwellings, first due to the long-drawn civil war and later in the tsunami tidal wave will get more than 30,000 new houses within the next four years. The housing ministry will launch a massive Rs. 7.5 billion project to construct 31,500 war affected houses in the North and East parallel to the permanent housing projects for the tsunami affected in the province.

French Embassy adopts new visa issuing procedures

By Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo

The French Embassy visa fiasco involving Sri Lankan Scientist Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara has apparently had a salutary effect on the mission. The embassy has introduced several new procedures with regard to visa applications, in "the interest of all applicants."

PLO president Abbas due in Pak on Thursday

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

President of the Palestinian authority Mehmood Abbas was scheduled to visit Pakistan on Thursday. Pakistan foreign office spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani disclose about the visit Mehmood Abbas of during his weekly briefing here on Monday.

Chandrika not out of the woods despite donors pledges

From our Colombo Correspondents

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga went all out to convince the 50 donor countries who met in Kandy yesterday that Sri Lanka deserves the aid promised for recovery and rehabilitation after it was hit by the tsunami on Boxing Day, 2004. To convince the foreign donors and her own partners in her coalition government she revealed some aspects of her proposed Joint Mechanism.


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