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<b>Parliamentary TV crew biased - Azwer </b>

The Sunday Leader

Parliamentary Affairs Minister A. H. M. Azwer has made an oral complaint to Speaker Joseph Michael Perera saying that the parliamentary television crew is biased and the crew failed to focus on some of the People’s Alliance and JVP MPs who were the cause for the pandemonium in parliament last Wednesday.

<b>Handbag Dispute Intensifies</b>

T. Sabaratnam

Colombo July 27: The handbag dispute intensified yesterday, with President Chandrika Kumaratunga maintaining her charge that, she was accused of carrying a bomb in her handbag to kill the Prime Minister, which the Minister concerned and another denied.

<b>Tough Terror Law, Draws Fire in Sri Lanka</b>

Juliana Liu - Lifestyle - Reuters

Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters) July 26 - Sri Lankan housewife Amirthalingam Kalaichelvi was relaxing on a warm September evening last year when the police barged into her home.

<b>Advertisements for posts in Eelam police, bank: CBK expresses concern over LTTE behaviour</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday expressed concerns over the behaviour of the LTTE despite the ongoing peace process. Addressing a meeting of the National Consultation on Ethnic Reconciliation which she had summoned the president said that she had been informed of the advertisement placed by the LTTE in national newspapers calling for applicants to fill posts in the Eelam Police Force, the Eelam Bank. "If that is so it is a very unsatisfactory situation because there is no separate state in the country and no devolution yet," she said.

<b>Ranil answers questions on meeting Bush</b>

The Island

Stakeout with Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe following meeting with US President George W. Bush

<b>Fear of LTTE conscription causes move to Colombo</b>

Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island

As LTTE continues to recruit children as child soldiers in the eastern province, Tamil parents have taken steps to send their children to Colombo and suburbs and estate areas, information received from East said.

<b>Installation of new Archbishop today</b>

Norman Palihawadane - The Island

Rt. Rev. Oswald Gomis will be installed as the new Archbishop of Colombo at a religious ceremony held today (27) at 9.00 a.m. at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena.

<b>Parents and Old Boys Recover School Furniture from Teacher’s House - True Life Story</b>

From our Colombo correspondent This is also a story about a government school in Mawathagama, a city in central Sri Lanka.

<b>'The best part of waking up iss oldiers in your cup.'</b>

A sweet little boy surprised his grandmother one morning
and brought her a cup of coffee. He made it himself and
was so proud. He anxiously waited to hear the verdict on
the quality of the coffee.

<b>Top U.S. official to visit Sri Lanka to assess peace prospects </b>

AP World Politics

Colombo, Sri Lanka: - A top U.S. official will visit Sri Lanka soon to assess the peace prospects in this island nation following a cease-fire between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, the prime minister's office said in a statement on Thursday

<b>A Ladies Handbag and the Fight in Parliament</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Law makers in many parts of the democratic world have fought within their sovereign legislature. They have fought over bigger issues - corruption, rule of law, misuse of power, national policies. But unfortunately, here in Sri Lanka, about thirty of them punched and pulled each other last Wednesday, over what seemes to be a trivial matter - ladies handbag: not over its ownership, but over of its contents.

<b>"The drugs are wearing off,"</b>

A man was just coming out of anesthesia after a series of
tests in the hospital, and his wife was sitting at his
bedside. His eyes fluttered open, and he murmured,
"You're beautiful."

<b>CBK wants air time from Imitiaz to justify her Polonnaruwa speech</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Wednesday (24) requested air time for SLFP representatives over the SLBC and Rupavahini to justify her recent speech at Polonnaruwa after state controlled television stations repeatedly aired the controversial speech in which she levelled a series of serious allegations against some of critics including Ministers Ravi Karunanayake and Dr. Rajitha Senaratne. She also reportedly ridiculed Finance Minister K. N .Choksy.

<b>President begins national consultation today</b>

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga will commence the national consultation on Ethnic Reconciliation today (26) at the Presidential Secretariat. President Kumaratunga’s office has invited the UNP-led government, other political parties, civil society organisations, trade chambers and religious organisations to send in representatives.

<b>Opposition rally against free hand to LTTE</b>

The Island

The joint opposition will hold a rally at Ampara on Sunday (28) against the way the government has allowed the LTTE to take advantage of the ceasefire agreement to strengthen the oragnisation both politically and militarily.

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