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<b>Captive soldiers a cause for concern - ARSMA </b>
Shezna Shums - The Sunday Leader With the government as well as the LTTE machinery fully geared to commence peace talks, the Association of Relations of Servicemen Missing in Action (ARSMA) is working hard to bring back the soldiers held captive by the LTTE. President, ARSMA, E.P. Nanayakkara says...
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<b>Ranil shows a way out.</b>
The Sunday Leader Parliament was a hive of activity last week as members in groups were huddled in discussions over the 18th Amendment to the constitution. One fact was clear. No PA member wanted a snap general election. And so, four PA stalwarts, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse, SLFP General S...
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<b>Fowzie spills the beans on Anura </b>
Former Transport Minister A. H. M. Fowzie is not a man to mince his words. Even as a minister of the former PA government and earlier as mayor of Colombo he had earned a reputation as a man who gets a job of work done. And he lived up to this reputation last week when a high powered team of People'...
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<b>Parliamentary committee for Indian Tamils in the offing </b>
Wilson Gnanadass - The Sunday Leader Colombo District UNF Parliamentarian and Leader, of Democratic Workers Congress (DWC) Mano Ganesan is working towards establishing a parliamentary committee with a view to bringing all Tamil parliamentarians representing Tamils outside north and east together....
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<b>PA MPs back 18th Amendment </b>
A majority of People’s Alliance (PA) parliamentarians are to urge President Chandrika Kumaratunga this week to support the 18th Amendment in parliament to avert a possible split in the party. A large number of PA MPs have also pressurised Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse to support the 18th Amen...
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<b>Do not tell me you have got golf clubs there</b>
One day a man, who had been stranded on a desert island for over ten years sees an unusual speck on the horizon. "It's certainly not a ship", he thinks to himself. As the speck gets closer and closer he begins to rule out the possibilities of a small boat, then even a raft. Suddenly, emerging from...
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<b>Hanuman Bridge vs. Sethusamudram Project</b>
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, August 24: Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda will be in Delhi on Tuesday and is expected to push hard with Indian authorities regarding the Sri Lanka’s pet project, the Hanuman Bridge. Moragoda will discuss the project with K. C. Pant, a former Defence Minister, curr...
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<b>'John’s men's action in Gallery an insult to sanctity of House'</b>
The Island The SLFP on Thursday alleged that the actions of a group of persons brought to parliament by Minister John Amaratunga during the no confidence vote against him was an insult to the sanctity of parliament. In a press release the SLFP claimed that the alleged group of people had been broug...
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<b>Next no-faith motion on Tilak Marapana</b>
Prasad Gunewardene - The Island A vote of no-confidence on Defence Minister Tilak Marapana has been submitted to Speaker Joseph Michael Perera for failure to take adequate steps to quell the violence at Valaichchenai and Mutur which claimed 13 Muslim civilians and caused disruption to life and prop...
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<b>18th amendment before House after Wednesday’s cabinet approval</b>
Himangi Jayasundere - The Island The Cabinet of Ministers is to approve the 18th Amendment to the Constitution next Wednesday after which it is to be presented to parliament. Cabinet spokesman Prof. G.L. Peiris on Thursday said that the cabinet was "reluctantly compelled" not to abide by a directiv...
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<b>US-SL to finalise Access and Cross Servicing Agreement</b>
The Island US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage on Thursday expressed the belief that the United States and Sri Lanka can finalise the Access and the Cross Servicing Agreement. Addressing the press after meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Temple Trees on Thursday evening,...
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<b>US military officials to visit SL frequently — Armitage</b>
The Island Visiting United States Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage on Thursday said that officials of the US military establishment would visit Sri Lanka frequently. When asked by "The Island" about such visits, Armitage said that it was with the view to establish a "University of Defenc...
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<b>President in London; PM in India</b>
Prasad Gunewardene - The Island While President Chandrika Kumaratunga is away in London on a private visit, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for India yesterday on an official visit to hold talks with Andra Pradesh and Karnataka chief ministers in southern India. This is the second occasio...
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<b>Only President can declare a referendum - PA</b>
Himangi Jayasundere - The Island Only the President can declare a referendum, the PA said yesterday, countering Cabinet Spokesman G.L.Peiris’s announcement on Thursday that the government was prepared to hold a referendum for the 18th amendment. PA media spokesman, Sarath Amunugama said that accord...
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<b>First you are nice and then .. the same old story.</b>
This fellow was walking home from work one evening, very depressed. He was married to a nagging woman who was constantly switching between treating him nice and tearing down his self esteem. To add to it, his best friend was to be hanged that night for a capital crime. He stomped into the house and...
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<b>Save Tipu Sultan from Joynal Hazari – Mafia Don of Bangladesh.</b>
K.T.Rajasingham “I don’t know what the fate holds for me. I am still on the hit-list of Joynal Hazari, the Mafia don of Bangladesh and still I am not out of denger in Feni - my home town, as well as in Dhaka. Hazare’s long deadly arm has reached me and my family. Now-a-days, through his cadre...
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<b>Hindu Gods and Gurus Bless Ranil and His Peace Search</b>
T.Sabaratnam Chennai, August 24: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who arrived here yesterday was blessed by one of Hinduism’s holy Swamy, Kanji Kamakody Swamigal. He will seek the blessing of Satya Sai Baba today. Wickremesinghe also worshiped at one of Hinduism’s holiest shrines, Ti...
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<b>Sri Lanka to lift ban on the LTTE from Sep 6 </b>
Our Correspondent in Colombo Colombo August 24: Sri Lanka Government will lift the four-year ban on the Tamil Tigers, on September 6, paving the way for peace talks with the Tamil Militant Organization, scheduled for 16 August, in Thailand - disclosed today, Jayalath Jayawardena, a Sri Lankan Go...
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<b>CBK sets up commission to probe Millennium City safehouse raid</b>
Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday set the stage for another confrontation with the UNP-led United National Front (UNF) government by ordering the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission to probe the January 2 police raid on a Directorate of Milit...
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<b>Interior Minister is OIC, CI and constable — Mahinda Rajapakse</b>
Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena - The Island The no-faith motion on Interior Minister John Amaratunga was defeated on Wednesday. The government held out that the motion which was certain to be defeated, had both cost money and parliamentary time. The opposition however held out that the m...
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