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VOL. 2, NO. 155

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Sri Lanka mulls unilateral truce to push peace bid
Yahoo India, September 8, 10:12 PM. Sri Lanka said on Saturday it was considering a previously unthinkable concession of declaring a unilateral truce to revive a stalled Norwegian peace bid after Tamil Tiger guerrillas rebuffed an offer of a mutual ceasefire. "We are even considering unilaterally declaring a ceasefire though this is not our preferred option," Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said on state television. More...
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Sihala Urumaya and JVP MPs order Luxury cars
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 08/09/01 1810 GMT Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’s (JVP) ten members of the parliament (MP) have ordered luxury cars worth of Rs... Back to the top

Norwegian peace bid to continue: Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Sept. 8. (UNI). Assuring that the Government's agreement with the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) would not effect the peace process, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said the Norwegian facilitated peace process to resolve the ethnic conflict would continue... Back to the top

Hit-and-run victim awaits compensation
Gulf-News, September 8. A hit-and-run victim who was awarded compensation by a court two years ago is still waiting in vain for the Dh60,000 – because the offender fled and is now in jail for a drugs offence... Back to the top

Parliamentary Speaker says no-confidence motions must be re-submitted
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1525 slt 07.09.01. Parliamentary Speaker Anura Bandaranaike said today that the no confidence motions against the government and Minister Mahipala Herath must be re-submitted by the opposition with fresh signatures... Back to the top

Sri Lanka record biggest Test win despite Bangladesh teenager's feat
Yahoo Asia, September 8. Bangladesh teenager Mohammad Ashraful Saturday became the youngest cricketer to score a Test century, but failed to stop Sri Lanka from posting a massive victory in the Asian Test championship match here... Back to the top

Prime Minister promises education for all
Yahoo India, September 8, 3:37 PM. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said that his government was committed to provide education for all, appealing for a determined resolve by educators and various non-government organisations to help achieve the goal... Back to the top

Colombo's deal with Marxists raises doubts
Asia Times, September 7. Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance (PA) has cobbled together a working arrangement with the country's Marxists, which appears to salvage a tottering government but could create more woes for the war- and drought-hit country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gets three bids for Shell Gas stake
WorldOil, September 6. has received three expressions of interest for the government's 49% stake in Shell Gas Lanka Ltd... Back to the top

A Difficult Alliance in Sri Lanka
IHT/NYT, September 7. To save her government from collapse, Sri Lanka's president has made a deal for the support of a small leftist party... Back to the top

Ships seized in Yemen
BBC South Asia, Friday, 7 September, 2001, 22:45 GMT 23:45 UK. Security and port officials in Yemen say that a ship seized by the authorities after entering Aden illegally had tried to escape during Thursday night with more than 50 Sri Lankan men aboard, but was stopped... Back to the top

Sri Lanka clinch victory
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 8 September, 2001, 09:33 GMT 10:33 . Asian Test Championship, Colombo, day three: Sri Lanka 555-5 declared beat Bangladesh 90 & 328 by an innings and 137 runs... Back to the top

Somawansa Amerasinghe to return to Sri Lanka?
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 07/09/01 0755 GMT. Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Somawansa Amerasinghe may return to Sri Lanka as his party is now sharing power with the Poeples' Alliance(PA), political sources say... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Pvt Sector Gives Cautious Nod to Marxist Pact
Yahoo India, Friday September 7, 4:38 PM. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--The political deal signed this week between Sri Lanka's People's Alliance government and a Marxist party fails to map out a strategy towards ending the protracted ethnic war that has drained this island-nation's economy, private sector officials and analysts said Friday... Back to the top

A historic visit to Jaffna
Yahoo India, September 7. Officials of the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL) braved the scare of guns and bombs and returned home successfully after conducting a provincial tournament for junior chess players in Jaffna recently... Back to the top

Checkpoint shooting leaves four dead in Sri Lanka, Sep 07 2001 14:23 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 7 (AFP) - Three civilians and a soldier were killed Friday when Tamil Tiger guerrillas opened fire at a military checkpoint in northeastern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Pact with JVP not to hinder peace process: Lanka Govt
South Nexus, COLOMBO, Sep 07. Sri Lanka's ruling alliance asserted that its Government-saving accord with a Left party will not prevent it from pursuing peace, and refuted criticism that the issue of resolving the ethnic conflict had been sacrificed for political expediency... Back to the top

Probe into Lanka's '83 riot seen as ploy
Dawn, 7 September 2001. Sri Lanka, struggling through nearly two decades of ethnic strife, may be finally coming to grips with the devastating race riots in July 1983 through the formation of a Truth Commission along the lines of the South African model... Back to the top

United by common feelings
Yahoo India, 7 September 2001. WHAT is Asian cinema? Do films made in Asian nations as far apart as Lebanon and Taiwan have any links at all? Can people, divided by race, colour, language, religion, history, myth and creed, have much in common? President Sumitra Peries, hoping to resume her interrupted film career after her stint as Sri Lankan Ambassador in France, has over 40 years experience in the field... Back to the top

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