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FEBRUARY 4, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 304

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Sri Lanka 's airport shut after Russian cargo plane makes emergency landing
Associated Press, Wed February 4, 2004 15:56 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - temporarily closed its only international airport Thursday after a Russian cargo plane made an emergency wheels-up landing and slid to a stop blocking the runway, an airport official said.

There were no reports of casualties despite the plane being forced to land on its belly, an airport official said on condition of anonymity.

He said the island's only air link had been shut until at least 0230 GMT, and arrangements were being made to tow the aircraft.

At least two Colombo-bound flight have been diverted and made emergency landings in Chennai, India.
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Sri Lanka celebrates 56th anniversary of Independence
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 5.30pm, SLT Feb.04, 2004. Soldiers of Sri Lanka's army march during a pageant to celebrate Sri Lanka's 56th independence at Independence Square in Colombo on Wednesday, February 04, 2004. Tanks, multi-barrel rocket launchers and other heavy weaponry rolled through the capital in a show of force for the first time in six years to mark the nation's independence day as a two-year old cease-fire with the Tamil Tiger rebels falters.

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Sri Lankan northern capital remains calm, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed February 4, 2004 14:50 EST . - - COLOMBO, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's northern city of Jaffna remained calm on Wednesday despite calls by the Tamil Tiger rebels to raise black flags in protest the country's 56th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule. Northern sources said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels raised black flags at the Jaffna university premises and observed a day of mourning claiming that the majority Sinhala dominated regimes since independence had discriminated the minority Tamil community. The city of Jaffna is under the control of the government troops since 1996 and the military sources said that the Sri Lankan national flag was displayed prominently in the city. However, business places remained closed and the transport was at a trickle. The LTTE rebels also closed the entry point to the A9 highway linking the south with the north at Omanthai and asked the travelers to join a protest against independence day celebrations.

The international truce monitors, the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission and the International Red Cross officials were called to intervene, the sources added. The main celebration took place in the capital Colombo where President Chandrika Kumaratunga presided over the ceremony. She called for a united effort of all political parties to try and work towards a permanent solution to end over two decade old ethnic conflict. The president urged action to make the stalled peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels an "inclusive" process of all groups of diverse opinion. The government and the LTTE rebels have been observing ceasefire since February 2002 followed by the commencement of direct talks between the two sides seven months later.

Six rounds of talks had been held until last April when the rebels walked out.

A political standoff triggered by President Kumaratunga's taking over of three key ministries including the defense early November last year has remained unresolved which has had an adverse impact on the Norwegian- brokered peace process.

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hinduonnet.com, February 4, 2004. Colombo, Feb. 4. Sri Lanka today celebrated its 56th Independence Day with a display of military strength and a call by the President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, for a coming together of all political forces for moving towards permanent peace... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president vows no return to war+
Associated Press, Wed February 4, 2004 09:24 EST . - - Kumaratunga made no reference to a possible early dissolution of parliament that is widely speculated following the recent alliance between her Sri Lanka - Freedom Party and the Marxist People's Liberation Front in a move widely considered a precursor to wresting the parliamentary majority from Wickremesinghe... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president seeks talks, no hint of polls
reuters.com, February 4, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga called on Wednesday for negotiations to end months of political deadlock on the island, but gave no hint during Independence Day celebrations that she planned snap elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's tangled politics and peace
Yahoo, February 4. The electoral alliance of January 20 between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) - the two largest parties in Sri Lanka's present parliamentary opposition, both with their support bases mainly in the Sinhalese segment of the electorate - has been subject to intense analysis and debate, producing a wide diversity of mutually irreconcilable views on its possible impact on the country's prospects for peace, stability and progress... Back to the top

President blames Prime Minister over peace process stalling
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 3, 2004, 11.57 pm. The Presidential Secretariat today claimed that despite President Chandrika Kumaratunga acting with ‘honesty and flexibility’ with the aim of reaching common grounds with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on several important issues including the stalled peace process, the Premier’s insistence that the Defence Ministry be returned to his government has led to the present deadlock... Back to the top

Sri Lanka talks 'flagging'
bbc.co.uk, February 4, 2004. Efforts to resolve the power struggle between the Sri Lankan president and prime minister seem to be flagging, amid increasing speculation that snap polls may be the only way out of the stalemate... Back to the top

National Movement pledges to safeguard culture of Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 3, 2004, 11.13 pm. The Patriotic National Movement (PNM) today vowed to defeat all foreign forces including foreign political influences and take Sri Lanka on a more cultural path... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Daily Mirror
dailymirror.lk, February 4, 2004. Will President Chandrika Kumaratunga give in to the temptation of dissolving Parliament either tonight or in a few days' time and plunge the country down the precipice? Back to the top

Sri Lanka leaders to study fresh proposals to end feud
abc.net.au, February 4, 2004. Sri Lankan officials have made a series of proposals in a bid to end a consitutional crisis that has undermined peace efforts with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Ranil against dissolution of parliament
Gulf News, February 4, 2004. The ruling United National Front (UNF) government is seeking an assurance from President Chandrika Kumaratunga not to dissolve Parliament for one year while extending government's support to ensure a "structured cohabitation" between the two sides... Back to the top

Anti-Christian Feeling Rises in Buddhist Sri Lanka
reuters.com, February 3, 2004 . The church bells were silent at Christmas across Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka addresses crucial defense issues aimed at ending political deadlock
Associated Press, Tue February 3, 2004 09:15 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Presidential and prime ministerial aides agreed Tuesday on a proposal addressing a dispute over control of Sri Lanka - 's defense ministry that is threatening the island's best chance for peace in 20 years, an official said... Back to the top

JVP-SLFP alliance heightens political tensions in Sri Lanka
wsws.org, February 3, 2004. Political tensions in Sri Lanka have escalated following the decision of President Chandrika Kumaratunga to form an alliance between her Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)... Back to the top

Chandrika, JVP alliance expands further
Gulf News, 03-02-2004. The newly formed alliance between Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party and the Marxist Janata Vimukti Perumana (JVP) yesterday expanded by getting four more political parties to join them and moved a step closer to a snap parliamentary election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to parade military strength amid shaky truce with Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Tue February 3, 2004 07:44 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - paraded its military hardware for the first time in six years at a rehearsal Tuesday for Independence Day celebrations, despite calls to protest by Tamil leaders amid an increasingly fragile cease-fire... Back to the top

Panel in fresh bid to end Sri Lanka feud
hinduonnet.com, February 3, 2004. Colombo, Feb. 3 (PTI): A four-member panel of top aides of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, today made fresh proposals for the two leaders to end their power struggle, both sides said. The panel met after a week's delay and decided on fresh proposals in relation to sharing defence ministry responsibilities, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Daily Mirror
dailymirror.lk, February 4, 2004. In what could be termed as a signal that a consensus between the President and the Prime Minister may not materialize soon President Chandrika Kumaratunga hit out hard at premier Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday saying his insistence on the control of the Defence Ministry and other key institutions was preventing a consensus... Back to the top

Sri Lanka PM not keen on polls to end deadlock
alertnet.org, 03 Feb 2004 10:09:22 GMT. By Geert De Clercq COLOMBO, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is not keen on early polls despite opposition calls for an election to resolve a political standoff with the president, the head of his party said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rail workers strike to force abolition of reforms
Associated Press, Tue February 3, 2004 08:45 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of striking railway workers demanded Tuesday that the government drop reforms already introduced at the state-owned institution, which the workers fear could lead to job losses and a withdrawal of benefits... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's tea exports hit record in 2003
reuters.com, February 4, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka remained the world's largest tea exporter in 2003, shipping record amounts even as total production fell two percent... Back to the top

USAID official to visit Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue February 3, 2004 14:03 EST . - - USAID official to visit Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gears for Bryan Adams bash attracting fans from ...
haveeru.com.mv, February 4, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 4 (AFP) - Sri Lankan authorities Tuesday announced tight security for Canadian pop icon Bryan Adams (pic) who is stopping over here for a concert in support of the island's peace drive... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gears up for Bryan Adams bash
channelnewsasia.com, February 3, 2004. COLOMBO : Sri Lankan authorities announced tight security for Canadian pop icon Bryan Adams who is stopping over here for a concert in support of the island's peace drive Back to the top

Four Sri Lankans dead and seven missing in devil-stoning stampede
Associated Press, Tue February 3, 2004 08:21 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Four Sri Lankans were among those killed in a stampede at the Muslim Hajj, the foreign ministry announced Tuesday... Back to the top

Lankans' spin plan
sportal.com.au, February 4, 2004. Sri Lanka looks set to try a spin attack on Australia’s cavalier batsmen in the upcoming one-day series on the island... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka lose paceman Fernando ahead of Aussie series
cricmania.com, February 4, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 4 (AFP) - Sri Lanka suffered a setback on Wednesday when fast bowler Dilhara Fernando was ruled out of the home one-day series against world champions Australia due to a back injury Back to the top

Arnold, Lokuarachchi return to Sri Lanka one-day squad against Australia
Associated Press, Wed February 4, 2004 04:47 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Middle-order batsman Russel Arnold and legspinning all-rounder Kaushal Lokuarachchi return to Sri Lanka - 's one-day squad announced Wednesday for the upcoming series against Australia... Back to the top

Sri Lankans Invited To Prayer Meeting With Bush
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.00 P.M Tuesday 3 February. Number of Sri Lankans have been invited for the annual prayer prayer breakfast meeting in Washington DC, which is usually addressed by the President of the United States... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Daily Mirror
dailymirror.lk, February 4, 2004. The umbrella organisation of Sri Lanka's private sector- The Joint Business Forum (JBIZ) yesterday finalised its latest proposals as a settlement for the political impasse which was triggered on November 4 and was in the process of submitting them to both President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today... Back to the top

Pro-LTTE Leader Vaiko Gets Conditional Bail
indolink.com, February 3, 2004. Chennai, Feb. 3 (NNN): Controversial Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader V Gopalswamy aka Vaiko, who has been detained under the Prevention Of Terrorist Act for over 18 months, was on Tuesday granted conditional bail by a POTA court in the city. Back to the top

Kumaratunga calls for early election
gulf-daily-news.com, February 3, 2004. Sri Lanka Pre-sident Chandrika Kumaratun-ga's party, which sits in opposition in parliament, and allied groups called yesterday for early polls to end a stalemate in government and begin renewed talks with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

BPCL bids for stakes in two Sri Lankan firms
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BPCL submits bids for SriLankan oil firms
myiris.com, February 3, 2004. Bharat Petroleum (Q, N,C,F)* Corporation Ltd(BPCL) has submitted bids for acquisition of equity stake in SriLankan oil firms Modern Petroleum Marketing Ltd, Sri Lanka and Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd today Back to the top

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