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VOL. 5, NO. 126

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Government’s Peace Secretariat Chief appeals to Army and LTTE to adhere to CFA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 9, 2004, 10.09 p.m.. The Government’s Peace Secretariat Chief Jayantha Dhanapala while noting that the second largest number of ceasefire violations had occurred in Jaffna, appealed to the Sri Lanka Army and the LTTE to reduce the number of violations by adhering to the provisions of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA).

This was Dr. Dhanapala first visit to the Jaffna peninsular after assuming duties as the head of the Government’s peace secretariat. Last month he visited Batticaloa and held talks with the government’s security force chiefs and representatives of humanitarian agencies Meanwhile, the Army in a statement today said that they had received a request from the LTTE to escort 95 of their cadres from Omanthai to Sampoor in Trincomalee. The request by the LTTE to the Army was made through the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. “However, on this occasion in view of the unusually large number of cadres to be moved and the sensitive security situation in the destination concerned, the request has been declined,” the army added in its statement.
Published: Mon Aug 9 12:12:25 EDT 2004

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Tamilselvan tells graduates to ‘contribute their maximum to the welfare of the Tamil Nation’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 9, 2004, 10.00 p.m.. “While congratulating the graduates who are passing out today after a year of intensive training, I wish to call upon you to give your maximum gained in this course to the welfare of the Tamil nation which has witnessed a devastating war of two decades. The Tamil Nation needs the support and initiative of people like you to upgrade the standard and pattern of learning in the field of technology. Please understand that your brethrens who migrated to locations all over the world due to anti Tamil communal riots and marginalization in the field of education and social advancement, have always remembered and continue to contribute to the rebuilding of their motherland,” said LTTE political wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan.

He made this statement today during the convocation of the Vanni Institute of Technology at which he was the guest of honour.
Published: Mon Aug 9 12:06:23 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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No ‘emergency’ assures Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 9, 2004, 9.51 p.m.. The Government today strongly refuted media reports that it had declared a state of emergency in the Western Province. The Government Information Department news release stated that no emergency had been declared within the Western Province. But noted that several steps have been taken to strengthen and protect Colombo and suburbs from any unwarranted incidents. Meanwhile, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security, Law and Order Tilak Ranaviraja is reported to have also said that the Government has no intention to impose a state of emergency in either Colombo or any other area
Published: Mon Aug 9 11:54:15 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt refuses Tamil rebel movement from north to east, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon August 9, 2004 14:00 EDT . - - The international truce monitors, Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM) sources said the approval had been earlier granted for the movement and no reasons had been given for the change of government decision... Back to the top

Civilian allowed to return to high security zone
gulf news, August 8. Colombo: The Sri Lankan Supreme Court has permitted a civilian in the north to return to his home located in what the military has described as a 'High Security Zone (HSZ)'... Back to the top

Govt. allows purchase of vehicles to LTTE Peace Secretariat
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 9, 2004, 3.35 p.m.. Following a decision taken by the Government the Government peace secretariat has informed the LTTE Peace Secretariat, that the request for duty concessions on the purchase of four vehicles for the exclusive use of the LTTE peace Secretariat has been approved... Back to the top

U.S. State Department to inspect de-mining efforts in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon August 9, 2004 10:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two U.S. State Department officials arrived Monday in Sri Lanka - to inspect efforts to remove thousands of land mines planted during nearly two decades of civil war... Back to the top

Wedding trip unveils the beauty of Sri Lanka
Post-Gazette, August 09, 2004, 16:00 EDT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- My parents, all four of them, have just arrived in Asia... Back to the top

Nine Sri Lankan refugees rescued from mid sea
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 9, 2004, 8.18 p.m.. A Sri Lankan fisherman has rescued nine Sri Lankan refugees, when two Indian boats abandoned them on a sandbank off Mannar Sea... Back to the top

Drugs cheaper here than in Pak, Lanka, August 09, 2004, 16:00 EDT. EVEN as the Government is planning to lower drug prices by bringing around 300 drugs under price control, the Indian pharmaceutical industry feels that prices of drugs in India are cheaper than those available in the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Sri Lanka... Back to the top

With drought in Sri Lanka continuing, UN warns coming months could ..., August 09, 2004, 16:00 EDT. 9 August 2004 – With drought conditions in Sri Lanka worsening and the cumulative rainfall by mid-July falling some 30 to 50 percent below normal in most areas, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today Back to the top

Madhu road to open for 24hr during Madhu festival
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 9, 2004, 8.16 p.m.. The Defence Ministry has decided to open the Madhu road for 24 hours from the 13th to the 17th of this month, which would enable devotees to take part at the festival annual Madhu feast at the Madhu church in Mannar without any problem... Back to the top

Chandrika ready for talks with LTTE
Dawn, COLOMBO, Aug 8. The government of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has conveyed to the Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessan that the government is ready to talk to the LTTE... Back to the top

Concessions fail to secure LTTE’s return to talks, Monday, August 9, 2004. The Chandrika Kumaratunga government has been bending over backwards to coax the LTTE to come back to the negotiating table, which it left in April last year... Back to the top

High fees sparks drop in recruitment of Lankans, 9 August 2004. DUBAI - Sri Lankan recruiting agents have expressed concern on the drop in number of skilled and unskilled overseas workers to the Middle East recently, blaming the principal recruiting agents in the region for charging high commissions... Back to the top

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