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VOL. 5, NO. 151

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Government grants a air force helicopter to LTTE senior members
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 10.16 p.m.. Several senior LTTE members including Ramesh and Kaushalyan has flown to the LTTE's peace secretariat today in a air force helicopter, Sources said that the Defence Ministry had given the approval to the authorities to allow the LTTE hierarchy members to fly to Kilinochchi. According to sources the LTTE had flown to Kilinochchi to hold talks with its political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvan.

However, sources noted that it was the members of the alliance Government including the very vociferous Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna who when in the opposition severely criticised the then United National Front Government for allowing LTTE members to travel in Air force helicopters. “There is no change what so ever in the previous Government’s and present Government’s policies. They are merely continuing what was initiated by the last Government. And its the public who are being fooled left, right and centre,” said the source.
Published: Fri Sep 3 12:21:15 EDT 2004

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Gov. pays special attention to all divisional airports in the country
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 10.14 p.m.. The Government has initiated a programme to develop all divisional airports in the country, which includes the ones at Koggala, Ratmalana, Anuradhapura, Weerawila, and Ampara with view to improve international air traffic. Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said that the country’s only international airport, ‘Bandaranaike International Airport’ will be transformed to a fully fledged airport by October next year. He made this statement during a ceremony organized in connection with the official opening of several new projects at the Bandaranaike international airport. A special information center was also opened. A new bus service from the airport to Colombo was also launched.
Published: Fri Sep 3 12:18:35 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Army chief in Jaffna
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 8.37 p.m.. Army commander, Lieutenant General Shantha Kottegoda is currently in Jaffna on a two day inspection tour. A senior military official said that the Army’s Chief is expected to visit almost all army-manned areas including the ones at Kankesanthurai and Palaly. “The Commander will visit the main entry/exit point at the Muhamalai area also,” he said. This is a routine visit by the Army’s chief and this visit would be his first visit to Jaffna since he assumed duties as Army commander
Published: Fri Sep 3 10:41:14 EDT 2004 Back to the top

LTTE will come to negotiating table: Chandrika, September 03, 2004, 15:10 EDT. Despite the increasing fragility of the Ceasefire Agreement, the Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, is confident that there will be no return to war, and that the LTTE will Back to the top

Drought hit Yala National Park closed
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 8.07 p.m.. The Country’s main wild life reserve, the Yala National Park was closed due to the severe drought condition prevailing in the park for the past one month, a Wild Life official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in Russia, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri September 3, 2004 12:51 EDT . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -CONDEMNS sked Sri Lanka - condemns terrorism in Russia, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lankan President Says Nation Won t go Back to War (Update1), Sept. 3 . Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga today vowed the island nation wouldn't go back to civil war, just hours after gaining her strongest mandate since the defeat of her political opponents in April. The defection of the Ceylon Workers Congress from the ranks of the opposition gave the government the eight seats it needed for a majority, or 113 seats, in the 225-seat parliament... Back to the top

Sri Lankan citizen extradited from the US
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 7.59 p.m.. The United States today (03) extradited a Sri Lankan citizen, Mr... Back to the top

Sri Lankan ruling coalition gains parliamentary majority with support from Tamil party
Associated Press, Fri September 3, 2004 08:51 EDT . SHIMALI SENANANYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's ruling coalition secured a parliamentary majority for the first time Friday when a minority Tamil party pledged its support, ending a monthslong legislative deadlock that blocked progress in peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition dealt a blow as govt secures majority, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri September 3, 2004 11:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's minority government dealt a blow Friday to the joint opposition coalition when a key opposition ally said it has decided to extend support to President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Armugam Thondaman, leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), told reporters that his party's eight legislators would support Kumaratunga's minority government, thus providing her with the majority in the 225-member parliament... Back to the top

Four suspected LTTE cadres arrested while filming Colombo's important places
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 8.38 p.m.. Army has arrested four LTTE suspects with a high tech camera at the Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Telecom yesterday evening while they were filming the area... Back to the top

LTTE-Army meeting rescheduled for next week
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 2, 2004, 8.13 p.m.. A meeting between the Army and the LTTE scheduled for tomorrow has been put off till next week... Back to the top

Are Lankan Muslims taking to radical Islamic groups?, september 2. Relentless persecution by the LTTE on the one hand, and the increasing influence of Islamic fundamentalist movements on the other, have the potential to drive the embattled Muslims of Sri Lanka into the arms of radical Islamic groups, says counter-insurgency expert, Col (Rtd) R Hariharan... Back to the top

Solheim back on the 13th to try and revive the stalled peace process
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 2, 2004, 10.00 p.m.. In a bid to resume the stalled peace process between the Government and the LTTE, Norwegian Special Peace envoy Erik Solheim is expected to arrive in Colombo on September 13... Back to the top

UNHCR assures continuous commitment towards the welfare of IDPs
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 2, 2004, 9.15 p.m.. UNHCR's country head Neils Right today pledged his organisation’s continuous commitment to the country’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Essentially Vulnerable Individuals (EVI)... Back to the top

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