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FEBRUARY 24, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 324

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State media told to stick to guidelines
Gulf News, February 24. Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has set out guidelines to the state-run electronic media and cautioned them that he could name a competent authority to manage the broadcasts related to elections, in the event of any violation of the regulations. The state-run media has been accused of misuse in favour of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her newly-formed alliance with the Marxist JVP. Kumaratunga's party has claimed that the privately-owned media was biased towards Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP), and that they were trying to balance it by making use of the state media. "The electronic media, specially the government-owned, must be particularly scrupulous in complying with their obligation to provide accurate, balanced and impartial information in their reporting of news and current affairs," the Elections Commissioner has said. More...
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Britain calls for fair election in Sri Lanka
dailytimes.com.pk, February 25. Britain on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka’s political parties to keep down their rhetoric in the run up to April elections and warned against undermining fragile peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels. Foreign Office Minister Mike O’Brien called for free and fair elections in the island, a former British colony, and expressed the hope that stalled talks could resume shortly after the April 2 snap poll. A statement issued in Colombo on Tuesday after O’Brien’s talks in London with his Norwegian counterpart, Vidar Helgesen, a key figure in the Sri Lankan peace talks, said an end to the ethnic conflict was essential for stability. More...
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Nominations for polls close today
Gulf News, February 24. Nominations for Sri Lanka's snap Parliamentary elections close today as the main parties prepare for a grueling five week long election campaign. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's alliance and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) handed over nominations in some of the main districts yesterday. Kumaratunga's alliance known as the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is setting off their campaign from the North Central Anuradhapura district on Thursday while the Prime Minister has selected the central Kandy district to launch the campaign. Both, the UNP and UPFA were involved in last minute bargaining to attract members from the opposition sides before finalising their nomination lists. A host of politicians including an ex-minister, ex-parliamentarians, provincial council members and other local politicians have crossed sides since Parliament was dissolved on February 7. More...
Published: Tue Feb 24 01:45:58 EST 2004 Back to the top

I am no Jehovah's Witness- Kadiragamar
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.30 P.M Tuesday 24 February. Media Minister and Advisor to the President Lakshman kadiragamar has squashed rumours that he is a member of Jehovah's witness... Back to the top

Rebel - backed candidates running in Sri Lanka vote
alertnet.org, 24 Feb 2004 10:44:16 GMT. Rebel-backed candidates are among several thousand who filed papers on Tuesday for Sri Lanka's third election in four years, a vote that will focus on how to resume a peace bid with the Tamil Tigers after decades of war... Back to the top

TNA Confident of Victory In Jaffna
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.30 P.M Monday 23 February. Tamil National Alliance Candidate from Jaffna District N. Raviraj Says that the TNA is confident of winning all nine seats in Jaffna and they have the fullest support and backing of the LTTE... Back to the top

Record number of candidates contest Sri Lankan poll
abc.net.au, February 24, 2004. Nominations for Sri Lanka's snap elections closed on Tuesday with a record 6,024 candidates in the running for 225 parliamentary seats amid fears for the island's fragile peace process... Back to the top

Fragile Sri Lanka prepares for polls
telegraph.co.uk, February 24, 2004. Candidates for Sri Lanka's first parliamentary elections under a ceasefire after 20 years of war will be completing nomination forms today... Back to the top

Buddhist monks decision to contest election draws fire
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 22, 2004, 10.35 pm. The Mahanayaka Theras of the Malwatta and the Asgiriya Chapters of the Siyam Maha Nikaya have out rightly disapproved a decision taken by a group of Buddhist monks representing the Jathika Hela Urumaya party to contest the forthcoming general election... Back to the top

Gilchrist found guilty of breaching code of conduct, Symonds cleared
Associated Press, Tue February 24, 2004 07:37 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist was found guilty at a disciplinary hearing Tuesday of showing dissent following an umpire's decision in Australia's second limited-overs international against Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's tangled politics and peace
Yahoo, February 24, 2004 11:30 EST. 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

Lanka probes middleman s local business connections
gulf-news.com, February 24, 2004. Sri Lanka has begun probing the local business connections of one of its nationals, Buhary Syed Abu Tahir, the middleman who acted for Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr... Back to the top

Lankan PM seeks fresh mandate
Dawn, COLOMBO, Feb 23. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a fresh mandate to pursue his peace efforts with the Tamil Tigers (LTTE)... Back to the top

Socialist Equality Party to stand in Sri Lankan elections
wsws.org, February 24, 2004. The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka has decided to stand a slate of 23 candidates in the district of Colombo in the general elections scheduled for April 2... Back to the top

Britain urges Sri Lanka 's politicians to avoid damaging peace process
Associated Press, Tue February 24, 2004 09:23 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Britain on Tuesday urged Sri Lankan politicians to ensure their electioneering does not damage the island's fragile peace process, already threatened by squabbling between rival leaders, as nominations for April 2 polls drew to a close... Back to the top

TNA fields Muslim candidates to their nominations list
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 23, 2004, 10.09 pm. In a surprise move, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) known as the pro-LTTE political party has nominated several Muslim candidates to their nominations list, in its bid to win Muslim votes from the North East province... Back to the top

Elections will strengthen LTTE s position - Samp . .
tamilnet.com, February 23. "We openly state that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is contesting the forthcoming general election on behalf of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)," said Tamil National Alliance lead candidate in Trincomalee district, Mr... Back to the top

Lanka probes middleman's local business connections
Gulf News, 23-02-2004 . Sri Lanka has begun probing the local business connections of one of its nationals, Buhary Syed Abu Tahir, the middleman who acted for Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr... Back to the top

Sri Lanka , India win
Associated Press, Tue February 24, 2004 10:19 EST . - - DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Sri Lanka - defeated South Africa by 29 runs, while India scored a 96-run victory against the West Indies on Tuesday in the super league of the Under-19 World Cup... Back to the top

Reliance wins Sri Lanka tender
hindustantimes.com, February 24, 2004 7:45 EST. Reliance Industries has won a tender to supply Sri Lanka with 180,000 barrels of gas oil and 120,000 barrels of gasoline for March, an official from state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corp (Ceypetco) said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s troubled Jaffna library opens to students
reuters.com, February 23, 2004 7:30 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Jaffna library, a cultural icon for the country's minority Tamil community, quietly reopened to students on Monday, more than two decades after it was gutted in an act of ethnic violence... Back to the top

LTTE not to renegotiate truce
Dawn, COLOMBO, Feb 22. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers are not prepared to renegotiate their ceasefire agreement with the government, local press reports quoted the rebels as saying, on Sunday... Back to the top

Ranil kicks off poll campaign on ceasefire anniversary
Gulf News, February 23, 2004 7:30 EST. Sri Lanka's prime minister kicked off his election campaign yesterday on the second anniversary of a ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels, saying his re-election will bring more peace and prosperity Back to the top

Australians accuse U.S. air authorities of hauling them off flight because of their skin color
Associated Press, Sun February 22, 2004 23:28 EST . EMMA TINKLER - Associated Press Writer - The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported Monday that Abeyaratne and three friends of Sri Lankan background were on a round-the-world trip that took them to the United States, Malaysia, Sri Lanka - and Italy... Back to the top

Buddhist monks under fire for entering Sri Lanka election+
Associated Press, Tue February 24, 2004 03:27 EST . - - COLOMBO, Feb. 24 (Kyodo) Two of Sri Lanka - 's most influential Buddhist monks have expressed disapproval over the decision by a group of militant priests to contest the April 2 parliamentary elections. Buddhists from the Sinhalese community, comprising 69% of the country's 18.6 million people, are the dominant religious group in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Monks, Marxists at centre of Sri Lanka election race
reuters.com, February 23, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - After 20 years of war, Sri Lanka kicks off its first election under ceasefire on Tuesday with saffron-robed monks and Marxists among those filing nominations for April's parliamentary vote... Back to the top

Sri Lanka marks truce anniversary as fear of war returns
haveeru.com.mv, February 23, 2004 7:30 EST. COLOMBO, Feb 23 (AFP) -- Sri Lanka marks Monday the second anniversary of a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels, but the fragile peace process is eclipsed by growing threats of violence ahead of an election which many fear would be marked by attacks... Back to the top

Srilankan Airlines expands wings to Hyd
business-standard.com, February 19, 2004 8:00 EST. Taking advantage of the open skies policy of the Indian Government SriLankan Airlines’ announced the commencement of weekly flights to Hyderabad... Back to the top

Govt makes an exception, lets private airlines fly to Colombo
newindpress.com, February 23, 2004 15:55 EST. NEW DELHI: Security concerns may have grounded the recent proposal to let private domestic airlines to operate abroad, but that has not stopped the Civil Aviation Ministry from letting these carriers fly to Colombo on the basis of an earlier approval of the Cabinet... Back to the top

India s private airlines to fly to Sri Lanka
reuters.com, February 23, 2004 7:30 EST. NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's private airlines can begin flying to neighbouring Sri Lanka under a new policy, the civil aviation minister said on Monday, breaking a decades-old monopoly of state-owned carriers over international routes... Back to the top

Sri Lanka marks truce anniversary as fear of war rises
etaiwannews.com, 2004-02-23 . Sri Lanka marks today the second anniversary of a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels, but the fragile peace process is eclipsed by growing threats of violence ahead of an election which many fear would be marked by attacks... Back to the top

Kumaratunga, JVP tie-up to deepen Lanka divisions
navhindtimes.com, Feb 22. Colombo Feb 22: The alliance between Sri Lanka’s President and a Marxist nationalist party looks set to deepen divisions in the country ahead of an April 2 general election, analysts say... Back to the top

Greens support call to bring Sri Lanka girl back
scoop.co.nz, 22 February, 2004. Green MP Keith Locke says the government should show some compassion and allow the Sri Lankan girl deported last week back into New Zealand... Back to the top

Passengers who misbehaved pay Dh 50000 to Air Lanka
khaleejtimes.com, 23 February 2004 . Ten French nationals have paid Dh 50,000 to Sri Lankan Airlines so that the airline drops a civil suit against them for their actions on a Sri Lankan airlines flight from Paris to Colombo, their lawyer Hussein Al Jaziri confirmed on Sunday... Back to the top

Australia's Gilchrist fined for dissent
Yahoo India, Tuesday February 24, 8:36 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Australia vice-captain Adam Gilchrist was fined half his match fee for dissent on Tuesday after a disciplinary inquiry into the second one-day international against Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka name unchanged one-day squad
reuters.com, February 24, 2004. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka have named an unchanged squad for the third and fourth one-day internationals against Australia... Back to the top

Lanka may not always use one pacer: Coach
indiatimes.com, February 24, 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka won't always play just one fast bowler against Australia's strong batting line-up in the ongoing One-day cricket series, coach John Dyson said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka edges home in thriller
thewest.com.au, February 23, 2004. SRI LANKA survived a controversial umpiring decision to beat Australia by one run in the second one-day international cricket match at Dambulla Stadium yesterday, levelling the five-match series at 1-1... Back to the top

Vaas holds nerve as Sri Lanka level series
iol.co.za, February 23, 2004. Dambulla, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka pulled off a thrilling one-run victory over world champions Australia in the second one-day international on Sunday after Chaminda Vaas kept his nerve in the final over... Back to the top

Windies paceman wrecks Lankans
news.com.au, February 23, 2004. WEST Indies beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs, while India lost to South Africa by three runs today in their first super league matches at the Under-19 cricket World Cup... Back to the top

Lanka Ravi beats Russian GM
rediff.com, February 23, 2004. Grandmaster norm holder Lanka Ravi inched closer to his second norm after defeating GM Evgeny Pigusov of Russia in a fifth round match in Group 'A' in the Aeroflot International Open Chess tournament now underway in Moscow... Back to the top

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