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<b>Bala to visit Vanni after September 16 talks</b>
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, August 26: LTTE’s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham will visit Vanni after September 16 talks in Thailand and not before, as planned earlier, Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda told a Sinhala weekly, before he left for India on Saturday. He said, Balasingham will go...
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<b>To police they go no more - LTTE is everything</b>
Guna Kajananth Kalmunai, August 26: I don’t know whether to classify it as disapproval or approbation. Thus is what a Kalmunai police inspector told me: After LTTE opened its office Tamils do not come to us. They go to the LTTE office. Tamils, a minority in Muslim majority Kalmunai police area, d...
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<b>“Now, it is the question of saving the seat,” - says Ferial Ashraff</b>
T.Sabaratnam Colombo, August 26 (Political analysis)In an outspoken interview to a local television National Unity Alliance (NUA) leader Ferial Ashraff summed up the present predicament of the opposition members of parliament pithily: “Now, it’s the question of saving the seat.” The constitutional...
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<b>Rifts in SLFP widening?</b>
Harinda Vidanage - The Sunday Times The rift within factions of the SLFP has widened with new groups being formed and the leadership getting involved in a major media blitz. In one development the Mulberry group made up of back benchers is reportedly breaking up with a new group known as the Kahamb...
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<b>EP strikes a discordant note</b>
The Sunday Times The worsening situation in Trincomalee has made the Sinhala parliamentary group along with the National Joint Council request the government to set up a separate provincial council for the Eastern province. Communal tension climaxed with a fight that broke out during the musical sh...
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<b>PA to expose Govt</b>
Nalaka Nonis. - The Sunday Times The People's Alliance is organising a campaign to make the international community aware of the harassment of its MPs and supporters at the hands of the government, MP Nimal Siripala De Silva told the Sunday Times. The PA presented an eight-page document to US ambas...
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<b>Armitage for UNF, PA cohabitation</b>
The Sunday Times The US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage during his short visit to Sri Lanka had expressed hope that the two main political parties -the UNF and the PA would work together and continue the cohabitation process. Mr. Armitage expressed his concern regarding problems about th...
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<b>CPA delegation hopeful of a better future for SL</b>
Faraza Farook - The Sunday Times The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's UK delegation on Friday urged the need to begin whatever development work or programme in Sri Lanka now, and not wait for the dawn of peace. Conservative party MP Baroness Flather of belonging to the seven-member UK deleg...
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<b>Defence Minister reassures Mahanayake</b>
Shane Seneviratne - The Sunday Times Defence Minister Tilak Marapana yesterday called on the Malwatte Mahanayake Thera to obtain his blessings for the peace process and assured him that the government's decision to lift the ban on the LTTE would not be harmful to national security. The Minister tol...
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<b>LTTE promises - good behaviour.</b>
The Sunday Times The LTTE yesterday agreed to abide by provisions in a recent agreement reached with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission for sea movement between the north and east. The assurance was given at a meeting between SLMM Chief Trond Furuhovde and LTTE's political wing leader S. P. Thamilche...
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<b>PoW swap before peace talks</b>
The Sunday Times An exchange of prisoners between the government and the LTTE is due to take place ahead of the proposed peace talks as a further confidence-building measure between the two sides. The LTTE and the government have been exchanging details about the prisoners over the past few weeks a...
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<b>Plans to re-open cop stations in NE </b>
Wilson Gnanadass - The Sunday Leader The Interior Ministry is to take stock of all the police stations in the north and east and plans to re-open all police stations that were closed due to the war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Interior Minister John Amara...
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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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