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World Bank and U.N. promise dlrs 65 million aid to war-ravaged Sri Lanka, govt says
By ShimaliI Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka - The World Bank and United Nations have promised dlrs 65 million in aid to help rebuild Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northeastern region, a top government official said Monday. Brandmon Weerakoon, secretary to the prime minister, trav...
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Sri Lanka Buddhist clergy says ban on Tamil rebels should continue
AP World Politics Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's powerful Buddhist clergy on Monday opposed a promise by the government to lift a four-year ban on a Tamil rebel group ahead of peace talks, saying the rebels have not abandoned their separatist agenda. The resolution by the National Federation of B...
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US team here to identify Lankan military training needs
The Island A team from the National Defence University and the office of the Secretary of Defence of the United States of America is visiting Sri Lanka. They will be here until September 4. The team, headed by Ambassador Robin Raphel, Senior Vice President of the National Defence University and for...
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Ranil’s men speak of my handbag while allowing unofficial ‘Eelam’ – CBK
by Cyril Wimalasurendare - The Island Kandy — While an unofficial separate Eelam administration is allowed in the North and East Ranil Wickremesinghe’s colleagues speak of my handbag and a camera and removal of my Executive Presidential Powers, said President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge addr...
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CBK opposes LTTE de-ban
The Island In a new move concerning the peace process President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that she would oppose both the de-proscription of the LTTE before peace talks in Thailand and granting an interim administration before reaching an agreement on core issues. A statement from the President...
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Muralitharan makes a glorious entry to Jaffna
Rex Clementine of The Island reporting from Jaffna Sri Lankan Test player, Muttiah Muralitharan and a couple of other Sri Lankan cricketers made history by becoming the first set of international cricketers to arrive in the war-torn Jaffna Peninsula and by playing a friendly cricket match at the Ce...
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Students forced open roads destroying barriers
From Our Jaffna Correspondent Point Pedro, September 2: Angry students, more than 3000 in numbers, marched this morning and broken into the headquarters of army regiment 524, located at Point-Pedro, the northern most tip of the Island, setting fire to the guard rooms and bunkers, destroying and b...
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Newly Married
A man met a beautiful Blond lady and he decided he wanted to marry her right away. He proposed to her. She said, "But we don't know anything about each other." He said, "That's all right, we'll learn about each other as we go along." So she consented, and they were married, and went on a honeymoon...
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Sri Lanka president says go slow on lifting ban
Scott McDonald - Reuters Colmbo (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga criticised the government on Sunday for its plan to lift a ban on the Tamil Tiger rebels, casting a cloud over peace talks set to start in two weeks. De-criminalising the rebels has been a government pledge as p...
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Deproscribing the LTTE is disastrous: Terrorists who tried to kill President to be Released
Divaina Corr. Chatura Pamunuwa : The Island The leader of Sihala Urumaya Thilak Karunarathne said all parties including the PA and JVP should protest jointly against what he described as betrayal of the country to the Tigers. He was addressing the second convention of the Sihala Urumaya held at the...
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Remove all arbitrary powers of presidency: DLF
The Island The Democratic Left Front calls for the abolition of the Executive Presidency and restoration of the right of members of Parliament to act in accordance with their conscience as representatives of the people, stated a press release issued by the party signed by Percy Wickremesekere Secre...
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Malwatte prelate opposed to stripping executive presidential powers piecemeal
Kandy: The Mahanayake Thero of Malwatte, the Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi, said yesterday (01) that he was not in favour of pruning the powers of the President. "I do not approve of the attempts to curb the powers of the President", Ven. Sri Vipassi told the Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapak...
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Todays politicians mercenary minded — Malwatte Prelate
by Cyril Wimalasurendre, Kandy Corr. - The Island "Present day politicians desire to become MPs and ministers to make money. We can judge from what appears in the media what some ministers have done. It is shameful and morally wrong," commented the Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Mahanayake Thero of M...
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Vadamaradchchi SW PS attacked : EPDP accuses LTTE
by Zacki Jabbar - The Island The new office of the EPDP controlled Vadamaradchchi South West Pradeshiya Sabha built at a cost of eight million rupees and scheduled to be opened today was attacked and damaged in the early hours of yesterday allegedly by the LTTE. An EPDP spokesman said that the offi...
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Bradman Weerakoon meets Thamilchelvan
Kilinochchi : Bradman Weerakoon, the Secretary to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, held talks with S.P.Thamil Chelvan, the head of the Political divison of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), yesterday. According to reports,"The discussions focused on immediate recons...
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Old men now keep vigil outside girl schools
From our Jaffna Correspondent Off the Beat :In Karaveddy, one of the most conservative villages in the conformist Jaffna peninsula, old men are now keeping vigil outside girls’ schools and private tutories. From Monday, clusters of elders were standing outside grils’ schools and private tutories,...
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Anwar Sadat of Egypt and the New York COMEX
K.T.Rajasingham In 1979, I went to the Emirate of Dubai, which was one of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates – one of the wealthiest Gulf Countries. I went in search of an employment to Dubai. In New Delhi, I obtained a Tourist visa to go to Dubai. Subsequently, I went to Dubai and sear...
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How dare you touch me!
A young woman, wearing a tight leather mini-skirt with matching tight leather boots and jacket, was waiting for the city bus. When the young woman stepped up to board the bus, she quickly realized that her skirt was too tight. The embarrassed young woman reached behind her and unzipped her skirt a...
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Ranil is to draw a map of Eelam in Thailand.
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, September 2: “What Ranil is going to do at Thailand is to draw up the map of Eelam? Asked Chandrika Kumaratunga in her address at the Bogambara Grounds at Kandy. She further said: “De facto separate state has emerged in the north-east. Tigers run a separate administration. The...
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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. "I hope to leave on Sunday or Monday," Hakeem told a meeting of the Foreign Correspond...
09.09.2009 - 16:57
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