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<b>A slip of the tongue </b>
The Sunday Leader The cabinet meeting was in full swing when a memorandum forwarded by Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne seeking compensation for a person from the Kurunegala District came up for discussion. For a moment there was a pleasant exchange of words between President Chandrika Kumaratunga...
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<b>Stage set for national govt.</b>
The Sunday Leader The government will launch a huge campaign from next week to mobilise the masses to support the constitutional reforms which are to be introduced in the first week of September, paving the way for a national government. The campaign is to culminate in Colombo with a huge rally on...
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<b>Why is Otunnu not coming?</b>
Faraza Farook - The Sunday Times UN Special Representative Olara Otunnu has indefinitely put off his visit to Sri Lanka amidst a controversy over why it was postponed and whether the LTTE persuaded the government to put it off. Mr. Otunnu Special UN Representative for Children in Armed Conflict was...
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<b>CBK departs: political crisis deepens</b>
Political Editor - The Sunday Times President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga made an unannounced exit from Sri Lanka yesterday ruling out any hope of a mutually-agreed co-habitation plan with the UNF Government. An earlier scheduled President Kumaratunga-Premier Wickremesinghe summit for this p...
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<b>TNA wants Tigers for local elections</b>
Shelani Perera - The Sunday Times The Tamil National Alliance is demanding fresh nominations for local government elections for the northern and eastern provinces in an apparent move to accommodate some LTTE cadres in the nomination lists. Assistant Elections Commissioner M. C. Arunthavachelvam tol...
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<b>Interim council not against constitution, says PM</b>
Sinniah Gurunathan, Trincomalee correspondent: The Sunday Rimes Hardly 72 hours after the LTTE agreed to come for peace talks with the Sri Lankan government for the fourth time, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared that the setting up of an interim administration for the northern and easter...
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<b>Gazette on Sept 2 to lift LTTE ban</b>
The Sunday Times The proscription on the LTTE will be lifted by a Gazette notification due to be issued on on September 2, authoritative sources said yesterday. The ban is being lifted keeping with the assuarance by the Government that the proscription will be lifted 10 days ahead of the talks with...
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<b>My wife ran off with a police officer</b>
A man was driving home late one afternoon, and he was driving above the speed limit. He notices a police car with its red lights on in his rear view mirror. He thinks "I can outrun this guy," so he floors it and the race is on. The cars are racing down the highway -- 60, 70, 80, 90 miles an hour...
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<b>Ranil says hurdles there will be but they would be overcome</b>
From Guna Kajananth in Trincomalee, August 17: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe winding up the 2-day National Executive Committee meeting of the United National Party (UNP), held here at Eastern Port City, for the first time in the 58-year history of the party said, that hurdles would be placed...
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<b>Sees no hitch first round in Thailand: PM warns of possible snags in talks</b>
Sanjeevi Jayasuriya reporting from Trincomalee - The Island Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told the UNP National Executive Committee that the government did not anticipate problems during the first round of the peace talks due to begin in Thailand next month but warned that this may...
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<b>Future of` present parliament: Over 20 PA MPs to meet govt. team</b>
Prasad Gunewardene - The Island Six former People’s Alliance Ministers and 15 PA Parliamentarians are scheduled to meet a government ministerial team over the weekend to discuss the future of the present parliament and the conscience voting bill due to be moved in parliament shortly, opposition sou...
09.09.2009 - 14:38
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<b>JVP hems and haws: Opposition parties welcome peace talks</b>
Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island The Office of the President on Thursday welcomed the tripartite decision involving the governments of Sri Lanka and Norway and the LTTE to hold the first face-to-face formal meeting in Thailand. The Norwegian government will announce the exact date for the meeting...
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<b>Japan welcomes Govt. — LTTE formal talks for peace</b>
The Island The Government of Japan welcomes that the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), through the facilitation of the Government of Norway, have agreed to commence formal talks in order to resolve the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. Appreciating that this agree...
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<b>U.S. welcomes mid-September peace talks in Thailand</b>
The Island The United States on Thursday welcomed the announcement that the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE would hold peace talks in Thailand in mid-September, Deputy State Department spokesman Philip Reeker told reporters August 15. A news release from the US Embassy stated: "We strongly suppo...
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<b>EPDP cadre complains to court of police torture</b>
Chitra Weerarathne - The Island A 33-year-old member of the EPDP, Michael Colin David of Trincomalee has complained to the Supreme Court in a Fundamental Rights violation application that at the fourth floor of Police Headquarters in Colombo he was made to lie on a bench, his mouth was closed and w...
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<b>Ashley and Anura bury the hatchet</b>
The Island After a recent hard-hitting exchange of letters between the US Ambassador and the Senior Presidential Advisor, Anura Bandaranaike, MP, given much publicity in the media, one would have thought that the battle would have continued. Informed sources say that this unusual and sensitive situ...
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<b>Ceasefire violation complaints to monitors total 740</b>
Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island A total of 740 complaints have been received by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) headquarters since the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and the LTTE was signed on February 22. Of the total number 576 complaints have been made against t...
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<b>LTTE ban off first week of Sept.</b>
Himangi Jayasundere - The Island The Prime Minister’s promise to lift the ban on the LTTE ten days prior to talks "will be fulfilled", cabinet spokesman, G. L. Peiris said on Thursday. "There is no change with regard to that position" he replied in answer to a question on whether there would be cha...
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<b>They eat the same thing every night.</b>
After a winter break, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday. One small child wrote the following: We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live here in a brick home, but Grandpa got retired and now they live in a place with a lot of other r...
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<b>Peaceful Temple entry at Vallipura Kovil</b>
K.T.Rajasingham Vallipuram temple is one of the oldest temple for Lord Krishna, located at Vallpuram in the East Point-Perdo. “Thakshana Kailasa Puranam,” i(Puranam - ancient history) its “Vallipura Vaipavam Uraiththa Padalam,” – the chapter that dealt with the history of Vallipuram, states that,...
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