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Off the Beat: Matara Bakers Return to Jaffna

From our Jaffna Correspondent

Matara bakers who fled Jaffna in the early eighties have begun to return. They have put up temporary sheds near the now unused Jaffna railway station and are baking and supplying restaurants and hotels with traditional Sinhala short eats like kavun, kokis and sweetened cereal preparations.

Johannesburg Summit Calls For Restoration of Fisheries by 2015.

Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 August:A provision calling for restoration of depleted fisheries not later than 2015 was agreed to by negotiators at the World Summit on Sustainable Development yesterday.

<b>Lucky Kodituwakku dies</b>

The Island

Inspector General of Police Lucky Kodituwakku died last afternoon. Kodotuwakku passed away in his home after a brief illness.

<b>Citizenship right to 150,000 Indian origin Tamils?</b>

The Island

The Prime Minister has promised me to grant citizenship rights to 150,000 estate Tamils with Indian origin after the constitutional amendment, Minister of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure, and leader of Ceylon Workers Congress, Arumugam Thondaman said last Sunday (25) addressing a meeting of the Ceylon Workers Congress Womens’ Association held at Talawekele to discuss the birthday commemoration of late Saumyamoorthy Thondaman falling on August 30, states a press release by the Ministry of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure.

<b>No evidence of LTTE taxation — Choksy</b>

Sumadhu Weerawarne & Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

Finance Minister K. N. Choksy said that that there was no evidence before the Finance Ministry relating to LTTE taxation. He added that the Interior Minister said there was no evidence on LTTE taxation.

<b>LTTE-linked Indian bandit threatens to kill kidnapped politician</b>

Bangalore, India,Aug 27: (Reuters) - India’s most wanted bandit has threatened to kill a kidnapped regional politician unless authorities free all his jailed friends, officials said on Tuesday.

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<b>Off the Beat: Mother delivers baby in hospital toilet</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 28: On Monday night, in Mutur Rural Hospital, in eastern Sri Lanka, a bony baby girl was born inside the toilet, not in the usual labour room.

<b>Exchange of Govt -LTTE Prisoners on Saturday</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 28: In another gesture of goodwill, Sri Lanka Army and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will exchange prisoners on Saturday at the frontline north of Vavuniya, army and Tiger sources said yesterday.

<b>India: Cancel the Genocidal Sethudamudram Ship Canal Project </b>

K.T.Rajasingham

India should come forward to cancel the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project immediately. If any action is taken to dredge the sea-bed for a canal, it would have adverse effect on Sri Lanka. If any dredging is done on the ocean floor, then within a few years, more than half of the Jaffna Peninsula and nearly 85 small islands on the Western and North-Western coast of Sri Lanka will go under water.

<b>Sri Lankan plantation unions call off wage campaign</b>

Vilani Peiris -World Socialist Web Site

28 August 2002 The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) has rapidly shut down its campaign for increased wages among plantation workers in Sri Lanka. The union action, which was limited to a go-slow, began on July 31 and ended on August 7 with none of the wage demands being met. Discussions are still continuing between trade union leaders and the Employers Federation of Ceylon (EFC) but no pay rise has been agreed to.<

<b>23 Tamil Prisoners brought to Colombo Jail</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, August 28: In preparation for Saturday’s Prisoners swap, between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Prison authorities have brought together 23 Tamil prisoners to Colombo’s high security Welikade Prison, prisons authorities said.

<b>Tamil Congress asked to reconsider decision to abstain</b>

T.Sabaratnam

b>Colombo, August 28: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which met last night in Colombo, has decided to support the vote of confidence the government is supposed to present in parliament tomorrow - Thursday.

<b>Sri Lanka Seeks $500 Million for War-Shattered North</b>

Scott McDonald - Reuters

Colombo (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will appeal to international donors for much of the $500 million it needs over the next five years to rebuild its war-shattered north, cabinet minister Jayalath Jayawardena said on Monday.

<b>Government, Tamil rebels discuss rebuilding northern Sri Lanka </b>

Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Government negotiators and Tamil rebels discussed Monday ways to rebuild war-devastated northern Sri Lanka, an official said.

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