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VOL. 2, NO. 210

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Former PA minister in remand custody
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1958 slt 02.11.01. Former PA minister Reggie Ranatunga was arrested by police today and placed on remand custody. He was arrested at the Colombo General Hospital. The Gampaha magistrate ordered his arrest after a UNP activist who was assaulted while putting up posters died in hospital. Mr.Ranatunga was minister for food and is the father of former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga. Soon after the incident he was released on bail.Arjuna Ranatunga is also contesting the general elections on the PA ticket.
Published: Fri Nov 2 09:50:06 EST 2001
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Beddagane Sanjeewa killed
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 02/11/01 1635 GMT. Beddagane Sanjeewa, who earlier worked for Presidential Security Division (PSD), has been killed in an explosion... Back to the top

Power cut to be reduced by another 15 minutes.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2000 slt 02.11.01. The long running power cut is to be reduced by another fifteen minutes from monday reducing it to just 45 minutes a day... Back to the top

US withdraws travel warning for Sri Lanka, Nov 01 2001 18:13 IST. The United States Thursday withdrew a warning for its citizens to defer nonessential travel to Sri Lanka but reminded them that the run-up to the December elections could be violent... Back to the top

EPDP says LTTE can't be sole representative of Tamils in political talks
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 4.04 PM SLT Friday November 2,2001. The Eelam Peoples' Democratic Party (EPDP),which is aligned with the Peoples' Alliance (PA) government of Sri Lanka,has said that the LTTE cannot be deemed to be the sole representative of the Tamils in matters other than war... Back to the top

Elections Commissioner meets party leaders to finalize radio and TV time
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1240 slt 02.11.01. The Elections Commissioner is to meet political party leaders this afternoon to finalize the schedule for free radio and TV time on state media... Back to the top

Sri Lanka media chief denies dirty tricks during polls, Nov 02 2001 13:32 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's top government media boss Friday denied leading a smear campaign against the main opposition amid allegations he fabricated documents before the last elections... Back to the top

A Sri Lankan Tea Taster Who Beat the Odds
Moscow Times, October 30. For almost 50 years, Merrill Fernando has been "up to his neck in tea... Back to the top

United States, Sri Lanka reach open-skies aviation agreement
Yahoo Singapore, Friday November 2, 9:53 AM . US Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has announced the United States and Sri Lanka have successfully concluded an open skies aviation agreement which will remove all restrictions on air services to and from each other's territory... Back to the top

PA launches election campaign
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1236 slt 02.11.01. The People's Alliance launched its election campaign today from Anuradhapura, PA leaders attended religious ceremonies at the Sri Maha Bodia and will hold its inaugural rally in the afternoon... Back to the top

Warrant issued for arrest of Reggie Ranatunga
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 9.00pm SLT, Nov.01, 2001. Nermala Wickramasinghe weeps during the funeral of her husband Lional Rodrigo at a cemetery in Gampaha on Thursday... Back to the top

Rajiv Gandhi's would-be assassin backs Sri Lanka ruling party, Nov 02 2001 09:30 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 2 (AFP) - A Sri Lankan naval rating who tried to assassinate former Indian Premier Rajiv Gandhi has given up contesting elections and decided to support President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party at December polls... Back to the top

Talks with LTTE alone will not solve problem: Muslim leader
South Nexus, Thursday, Nov 01 15:31GMT. Sri Lanka's largest Muslim party opposed a Tamil party alliance demand that the Government should not talk to anybody other than the LTTE to settle the island's ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tea Exports Increase
Nothern Light, Thursday, November 01, 2001 11:09 PM EST . Sri Lanka's tea exports have increased in the first nine month till the end of September this year by 4.31 million kilograms to 219.58 million kilograms for the same period of the previous year, the official Daily News said on Friday... Back to the top

Opposition leader demands free and fair elections
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1913 slt 01.11.01. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today demanded that the government hold free and fair elections... Back to the top

Self exiled JVP leader issued a passport
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1918 slt 01.11.01. Exiled leader of the JVP Somawansha Amerasinghe has been issued with a Sri Lankan passport by the Government, The TNL TV reported today... Back to the top

Interview With Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga
CNN, Aired October 30, 2001 - 12:30:00 ET. Let me start by asking you how do you think the United States is handling its war on terror? KUMARATUNGA: Well, it's not for me to comment, but what I would like to say is that after the horrendous strikes that occurred in the United States on the 11th of September, the sovereign of America had to react with military force at the outset... Back to the top

11 dead as Tigers hit Sri Lanka police post, Nov 01 2001 17:24 IST. Tamil Tiger rebels launched a major attack against a police post in north-eastern Sri Lanka Thursday, killing at least 11 constables and wounding another 19 people, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Muslims say candidate shot by government activists, Nov 01 2001 14:24 IST. Sri Lanka's main Muslim party Thursday said one of its candidates in next month's national election had been shot and critically injured by members of the ruling People's Alliance... Back to the top

Anti-Terrorist Venture Launched to Guard Shipping
Excite, 01 November 2001. A new international security group was launched on Wednesday to protect shipping, spurred by growing fears that terrorists could use fuel-laden tankers as floating missiles against coastal cities... Back to the top

JVP outlines conditions for talks with LTTE
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Nov. 1. (UNI). The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has stressed that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should give up its demand for a separate State of Eelam and surrender their weapons before holding talks with the Government... Back to the top

Security around Lanka VOA station tightened
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Nov. 1. (UNI). With the protest against the United States' strikes on Afghanistan increasing all over the world, security measures have been ramped up around the Voice of America (VOA) relay station at Iranawila, in Chilaw in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Anthrax scare delays Saudi plane in Sri Lanka, Nov 01 2001 17:18 IST. A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Colombo was delayed more than three hours Thursday after an anthrax scare aboard the plane that turned out to be a hoax, airline officials said... Back to the top

Cricket - Worried Windies arrive for Sri Lanka tour
Yahoo India, November 1. Security, injuries and Muttiah Muralitharan were the main worries for West Indies as they arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday for their first full tour of the troubled island... Back to the top

Northern Civilians Badly Affected by Rebel Attack on Oil Tanker
Nothern Light, Wednesday, October 31, 2001 11:55 PM EST . The suicidal attack on an oil tanker transporting oil to the northern Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil rebels has badly affected civilians in the north of the country, the state-run Daily News said on Thursday... Back to the top

Jayawardene Stamps his Class
Yahoo India, November 1. Mahela Jayawardene's deft touch and discrete elegance gets brighter with experience... Back to the top

S.Lanka's Northern Civilians Badly Affected by Rebel Attack on Oil Tanker
Nothern Light, Wednesday, October 31, 2001 11:55 PM EST . The suicidal attack on an oil tanker transporting oil to the northern Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil rebels has badly affected civilians in the north of the country, the state-run Daily News said on Thursday... Back to the top

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