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VOL. 4, NO. 311

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LTTE military leader says his organisation will not disrupt any election activities
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 11, 2004, 11.35 pm. LTTE military wing leader Karuna has assured that they would not hinder or disrupt any activities related to the impending general elections scheduled for April 2, and the Ampara local government elections scheduled for February 21. Karuna gave this pledged when he met the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) head Tronde Frudhuvede in Batticaloa yesterday.

He also pledged that the L.T.T.E would not obstruct in any way the conduct of an election either in the eastern province or throughout the other parts of Sri Lanka.

Senior officials of the Army, the Air Force, the Police, Special Task Force and several LTTE military personnel were present at the discussion. The monitoring mission head reportedly also made it very clear to the LTTE military wing leader that they (SLMM) would continue their monitoring activities under all circumstances.
Published: Wed Feb 11 12:43:22 EST 2004

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CWC pledges support to UNP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 11, 2004, 11.16 pm. The country’s estate sector Tamil political party, namely the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), which helped the United National Party (UNP) form a government in 2001, has once again pledged its support to the UNP.

CWC’s former senior Parliamentarian R. Yogarajan told reporters today morning that they had decided to continue supporting the United National Party because they were the only party capable of taking the peace process forwarded.

The estate sector party led by its leader Arumugam Thondaman secured three seats at the last general election. When reporters queried as to what the possibilities were in a UNP victory at the forthcoming general election scheduled for April 2, Yogarajan said, “the party we support will definitely win the elections.”
Published: Wed Feb 11 12:23:53 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka’s first ever designer perfume launched
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 11, 2004, 11.14 pm. ‘Odel unlimited’, undoubtedly Colombo’s most popular and plush retail store, today evening launched the country’s first ever designer wear fragrance for women.

The fragrance named ‘ODEL’ is inspired by fresh water, cool breeze and the sexy girlish ingénue. The fragrance projects a clean aquatic scent with mild hints of refreshing citrus, and is intended for the lifestyles of today’s active women.

The ‘ODEL’ fragrance is manufactures in Europe to international standards with the highest assurance in quality. The fragrance comes in an ice frosted cylindrical glass bottle and is priced at Rs.2900/- (US $ 29) for 100ml.

Plans are also afoot to export the ODEL perfume to countries and cities such as Maldives and Dubai, and parts of Europe.

Otara Chandiram of Odel unlimited speaking at the launch said, “Odel has always been a brand that is associated with quality, style and elegance. The launch of this fragrance will indeed carry these qualities and will help to consolidate the ‘Odel’ brand both locally as well as internationally.”
Published: Wed Feb 11 12:20:39 EST 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan president fires 39 officials as crisis deepens
Associated Press, Wed February 11, 2004 10:05 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president fired 39 ministers and deputy ministers from the caretaker government headed by her rival Wednesday, worsening the island's political crisis... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president proposes peace committee on cease-fire
Associated Press, Wed February 11, 2004 11:02 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president proposed Wednesday that a high-level committee be established to discuss a cease-fire agreed between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to end nearly two decades of civil war, a presidential statement said... Back to the top

Current situation does not allow me to contribute to the progress of SL- Milinda
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.10 P.M Wednesday 11 February. Milinda Moragoda says he resigned from the cabinet because he did not think the current political situation in the country does not allow him to contribute to the progress of the country... Back to the top

LTTE indicates willingness to talk to SLFP-JVP govt if it is ' ..., February 11. The LTTE has said that it will talk to any Sri Lankan government which has "clear authority and power", thereby indicating that it will not mind negotiating with a Sri Lanka Freedom Party-Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna government if the latter has strong support in the parliament to be elected on April 2... Back to the top

Indian Tamil party to back Lankan PM in polls, February 11. The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), which is the premier party of Indian Origin Tamils in Sri Lanka, has decided to support the United National Front (UNF) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the April 2 elections to the Sri Lankan parliament... Back to the top

Milinda Resigns from Cabinet
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 P.M Wednesday 11 February. Minister for Economic Reforms and Technology , Milinda Moragoda resigned from the cabinet today... Back to the top

Adams rocks for peace in Sri Lanka, February 11, 2004. Colombo, Sri Lanka — Canadian rock idol Bryan Adams held thousands of Sri Lankan fans spellbound at a concert that organizers said promoted the island's peace efforts... Back to the top

Donor meeting to take place as scheduled
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Wednesday 11 February. Sri Lankan donor meeting, chaired by the United States, would take place as scheduled on February 17, despite the dissolution of the parliament by the President on Saturday... Back to the top

Army Say No Truth In Opening up Area in High Security Zone
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.30 P.M Tuesday 10 February. The Sri Lanka Army has refuted reports that they have opened up a high security area of 400 meters in Jaffna to enable a group of displaced persons reach their homes situated within the area... Back to the top

Aides defend Chandrika action
Gulf News, February 11, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's loyalists are making a strong effort to defend the action taken by the President over the weekend to dissolve Parliament despite Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Front (UNF) continuing to hold the majority in the legislature... Back to the top

Rajapakse to Contest only from Hambantota
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 P.M Tuesday 10 February. Former opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse says he would contest the elections only from the Hambantota district despite request made by trade unions and other SLFP organizations... Back to the top

Chandrika for 15 members in caretaker cabinet, February 10, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga wants the United National Front (UNF) to reduce its caretaker cabinet to 15 members setting off a fresh dispute between the two sides as political parties in Sri Lanka geared for the April 2 snap polls... Back to the top

We Will Work With Any Government Chosen By The Lankan People- US
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.30 P.M Tuesday 10 February. The United States say that they will work closely with any government chosen by the Sri Lankan people and the election process will be fair and free of violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president mulling sacking more ministers ahead of polls
Associated Press, Tue February 10, 2004 05:43 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president may sack as many as half of the rival prime minister's Cabinet ahead of crucial parliamentary elections, an official said Tuesday... Back to the top

Forked road in Colombo
The Straits Times, February 10, 2004. THE Sri Lankan peace process has lost so much valuable time over personal feuds in government that any intervention would be welcome... Back to the top

Battle of scions holds Lanka to ransom
com, 10 February , 2004. Sri Lanka's president and prime minister are childhood playmates and scions of ruling dynasties, but their feuding is costing the country a king's ransom... Back to the top

Lanka cricket chief on trial for fraud
com, February 10, 2004. Colombo: Sri Lankan cricket board president Thilanga Sumathipala went on trial on Tuesday for an alleged breach of the country's Immigration and Emigration Act... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Daily Mirror, February 10, 2004. Elections won't resolve country's problems of governance By Jehan Perera With President Chandrika Kumaratunga's decision to utilise her presidential powers to dissolve Parliament on February 8, 2004, Sri Lanka will face its third general election in less than four years... Back to the top

Tamil rebels seek shift in channeling aid due to political stalemate
Associated Press, Tue February 10, 2004 08:16 EST . ARTHUR MAX - Associated Press Writer - THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Tamil rebels urged international aid donors on Tuesday to sidestep the crisis-plagued government in Sri Lanka - and channel reconstruction funds through a Tamil administration in the north... Back to the top

LTTE terms Chandrika's move a grave mistake: Early elections
Dawn, COLOMBO, Feb 9. Tamil Tigers said on Monday that snap parliamentary elections called in Sri Lanka were a "grave setback" to the already troubled peace process as the political turmoil sent the markets crashing... Back to the top

For Chandrika, ordering snap polls was an agonising decision
Hindustan Times, February 10. The decision to dissolve Sri Lankan parliament, just two years after it was elected, must have been one of the most agonising political decisions that President Chandrika Kumaratunga has taken so far... Back to the top

Government studies report on Sri Lankan teen facing deportation
Associated Press, Mon February 9, 2004 21:35 EST . - - Associate Immigration Minister Damien O'Connor will decide the 16-year-old's future, after he reviews the report, which says she is unfit for the flight back to Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sexing up the election with smoke and mirrors - and Tamil Tigers, February 10, 2004. If you thought the British report on the need to invade Iraq was "sexed up", you obviously hadn't seen nothin' yet of South Africa's 2004 election campaign... Back to the top

Sri Lankan girl facing deportation deteriorating - lawyer, 10 February 2004 . Lawyers fighting to keep a sexually abused Sri Lankan teenager in New Zealand say she is not eating properly, her mental and physical condition is deteriorating almost daily and she spends most of her time hiding under her bed... Back to the top

Parliament Dissolution May Cost Sri Lanka Billions in Aid, February 10, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 10 (OneWorld) - A US $4.5 billion aid package for Sri Lanka is in jeopardy with the dissolution of Parliament by President Chandrika Kumaratunga on February 7 - ten days ahead of a crucial donor meet in Washington... Back to the top

US labour official to visit Sri Lanka, February 10, 2004. US Deputy Under Secretary for International Labour Affairs Arnold L... Back to the top

Lankan tour unlikey for McGrath, February 10, 2004. Glenn McGrath looks set to miss Australia’s Test match tour of Sri Lanka next month as he has yet to recover from injury... Back to the top

Viet Nam, Sri Lanka promote cooperation, February 10, 2004. Ha Noi, Feb. 10 (VNA) - A cooperation agreement was signed between the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Sri Lanka-Viet Nam Solidarity Association in Ha Noi on Tuesday. Under the agreement, the two sides will exchange delegations of intellectuals, politicians, social activists, artists, students, industrialists and people of all walks of life... Back to the top

Under-19 Cricket World Cup opens in Bangladesh
Associated Press, Tue February 10, 2004 09:02 EST . PARVEEN AHMED - Associated Press Writer - Current under-19 champion Australia is grouped with Sri Lanka - , Zimbabwe and Canada in Pool A... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket team to play promotional matches in Malaysia
Associated Press, Tue February 10, 2004 11:44 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan cricket board said Tuesday it will send its national team to Malaysia in May to participate in a three-match one-day series organized to promote the sport in that country... Back to the top

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