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Safe passage provided to more LTTE cadres - Sri Lanka Army
Thirteen LTTE cadres (nine males and four females) along with their driver and an assistant, who arrived at Kaduwatta block, about 45 km. northwest of BATTICALOA, have been provided safe passage by Security Forces on 22 October around 12.35 p.m, according to Sri Lankan Army News release.
09.09.2009 - 14:12
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Supreme Court ruling on nineteenth amendment announced in Parliament
Colombo October 23:The Supreme Court has ruled that Clause 6 of the 19th Amendment could not be validly enacted and that Clauses 2, 3, 4 and 5 have to be passed by a special majority in Parliament under provisions of Article 84(2) and approved by the People at a Referendum. Speaker Joseph Michael P...
09.09.2009 - 14:29
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So-called constitutional expert; an expert in contradiction,” says Dr. Amunugama
Colombo,October 23: “The so-called constitutional expert is an expert in contradiction,” said Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Spokesman for the People’s Alliance (PA) – the main opposition party in Parliament. Referring to a news item in the Sunday Times of July 28, 2002 quoting Professor G.L. Peiris on the...
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U.S. official to assess progress of peace talks between Sri Lanka, rebels
Oct 23: Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Oct 23 - A senior U.S. official will assess peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels when he visits the island nation this week, a U.S. Embassy official said Wednesday. Donald Camp, deputy assistant secretary fo...
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In Parliament on Tuesday: Govt extends borrowing limit by Rs 30 billion
by Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena : The Island The Island:A bill to extend the borrowing limit, in the last budget, by Rs. 30 billion was debated along with an amendment to lower the port and airport development levy on articles imported into the country, for processing and re-export, t...
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Debate delayed to formulate CWC amendment equalling stateless and foreign male parents
By Sumadhu Weerawarne - The Island The Island:The government postponed the debate on amendments to the Citizenship Act as it failed to incorporate on time changes sought by the CWC. National organiser for the CWC, MP R. Yogarajan said that the government agreed to its proposal in principle, but had...
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President cancels meeting with Helgessen
The Island:President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday cancelled a scheduled meeting with visiting Deputy Norwegian Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen, political sources said. The sources said the president was not happy with the way the Norwegians were handling the peace process. She was scheduled to...
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Sri Lankan court ruling may mean snap election
By Scott McDonald Yahoo News:Colombo (Reuters), October 22 - Sri Lanka faces the prospect of a snap election and the possibility of peace talks being held up after a court ruled on Tuesday that the government must hold a referendum if it wants to amend the constitution. The Supreme Court ruled that...
09.09.2009 - 14:28
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Nordic peace monitors meet the reclusive rebel leader in Sri Lanka
Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 22- Foreign peace monitors said Tuesday they were pleased with relations between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels as the two sides work toward a lasting peace after signing a truce in February. Hagrup Haukland, the deputy head of the Norwegian pe...
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World environmental Journalists to meet in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka will become the global buzz on environmental issues when the 14th APFEJ World Congress of Environmental Journalists ceremonially begins on October 27, over 100 journalists and other environmentally-concerned officials and private individuals expected to be flying in from 50 countries worl...
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One rule here in heaven...dont step on the ducks
Compiled by: V.Rajeny Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven. When they get there, St. Peter says, "We only have one rule here in heaven...don't step on the ducks." So they entered heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It is almost impossible not to step on...
09.09.2009 - 14:28
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HSZ not on agenda
Daily Mirror As the proposed Joint Task Force will focus on the issues of de-mining and resettlement in the north and east, the question of high security zones would not be taken up at today's talks between the Norwegian peace delegation and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
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Military chiefs discuss joint committee
Daily Mirror:A decision taken during last month's direct talks between the government and the LTTE to set up a Military-LTTE joint committee to avoid friction or misunderstanding, will be discussed today at a top level defence meeting. Defence sources said they would discuss with Defence Secretary...
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U.S Senator Rips Rangoon For "Inhumane Treatment" of Burmese People
The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee castigated Burma's military rulers for their "inhumane treatment" of the Burmese people in his speech to the Senate. "It is past time for the -Rangoon junta- and its armed forces to respect the human rights and dignity of the people of Burma and to p...
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Top LTTE leaders remain silent as SEP defence campaign gathers support
By K. Ratnayake World Socialist Web Site: October 23 - The leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has remained silent in the face of growing support for the campaign by the World Socialist Web Site to demand that it call a halt to threats and physical violence against members of...
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Asian Banks Too Timid To Lend - Companies Too Afraid To Borrow
Bangkok, October 23: Banks in Catch-22 - need to resume lending to stimulate economic revival Banks are afraid to lend, companies are reluctant to borrow, and the region's monetary authorities have given little or no indication how they will solve this credit crunch, according to a new comprehensiv...
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Tamil Tigers not involved in the kidnapping in Akkaraipattu
Colombo October 21:In a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Inspector General of Police, T. E. Anandarajah said investigations were being continued to trace the persons, who were behind the abduction of Seeni Mohamed Abdul Wajeed. According to the Police, Seeni Mohamed was abducted by an un...
09.09.2009 - 14:27
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Politics threaten Sri Lankan peace process
By Scott McDonald Yahoo News:Colombo (Reuters),October 21 - Sri Lanka's unfolding bid to end nearly two decades of war may be forced onto the back burner if domestic politics are thrown into fresh turmoil by a Supreme Court decision due on Tuesday. The widely leaked court ruling is expected to bloc...
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SC determination on 19th amendment officially in House today
The Island:The Supreme Court determination on the 19th amendment to the constitution is expected to be officially announced in parliament today by Speaker Joseph Michael Perera. It was delivered to President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Speaker Joseph Michael Perera last Wednesday. It was reported tha...
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SLMM takes over abducted PLOTE Jaffna councillor
The Island:A Jaffna Municipal Council member of the PLOTE was allegedly abducted by the LTTE on Sunday afternoon and was handed over to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) two hours later. Jaffna MMC S. Jegachandran was abducted in front of the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna when he was walking in...
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