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VOL. 5, NO. 181

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Sri Lanka s latest peace bid suffers stillbirth, October 02, 2004, 11:00 EDT. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's latest bid to revive the peace process with Tiger rebels has suffered a stillbirth with the country's main opposition calling for a boycott of the new initiative, political sources said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is due to launch a "National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation" on Monday. But parties holding the balance More...
Published: Sun Oct 3 11:04:01 EDT 2004
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Three LTTE kidnapped civilians tortured and released
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 3, 2004, 9.33 p.m.. Despite continuous international pressures against LTTE urging the Organisation to stop abductions, three civilians from Karapola in Welikanda had been kidnapped by a group of LTTE cadres during the weekend. Military Spokesman Col. Sumedha Perera said that these civilians were in their residence at the time of the kidnap. The victim’s ages are between 22 and 46, he said. “Subsequently one of the victims was released after having assaulted him”. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has been informed about the incident.
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Sri Lanka rebels begin meeting in Switzerland on peace talks
Yahoo/AFP, October 2. GENEVA (AFP) - Sri Lanka's top Tamil Tiger rebel group began a week-long meeting in Switzerland which is meant to prepare for the next round of peace talks with the Sri Lankan government, the Swiss foreign ministry said. Swiss officials met the chief negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Anton Balasingham and other rebel officials on the sidelines of the meeting of the LTTE's Consitutional Affairs Committee in Geneva, which is due to end on October 7. The Swiss foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday that it "welcomes the LTTE's continuing willingness to negotiate, and calls for peace talks to be resumed as soon as possible". More...
Published: Sat Oct 2 20:38:26 EDT 2004 Back to the top
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Ministry backs IOC in Lanka, October 04. New Delhi, Oct. 3: The petroleum ministry has pulled up ONGC and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) for meddling around in Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC) turf in Sri Lanka. Sources disclose that petroleum ministry has instructed ONGC and BPCL to shelve their downstream marketing plans in Sri Lanka, where IOC is running retail outlets and exporting diesel and aviation turbine fuel in bulk to Ceylon Petroleum Corporation... Back to the top

Lankans make mockery of IFA plans, October 3. The Indian Football Association's (IFA) efforts to give the IFA Shield a look of sub-continental championships fell flat at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday when the Sri Lankan side, Renown Sports Club, lost to Mohun Bagan by nine goals... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to prove overseas success in Pakistan
Associated Press, Sun October 3, 2004 08:22 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - wants to put behind the disappointment of last month's failed cricket Champions Trophy campaign and prove that it is capable to win away from home during the Pakistan tour, the team manager said Sunday... Back to the top

Tamil-Muslim conflict in Lanka poses threat to peace
HT, October 2. The re-emergence of a Tamil-Muslim conflict in North-East Sri Lanka in the past few days is threatening to delay the war-torn country's search for permanent peace... Back to the top

High sales tax on Sri Lankan goods will be looked into: India:, 03rd October 2004. [Business India] Chennai, Oct 1 : India today assured Sri Lanka that it will take up the issue of high sales tax imposed by Tamil Nadu on Sri Lankan goods and said it was imperative that the letter and spirit of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by both the countries "are strictly adhered to... Back to the top

FTA boosts trade with Sri Lanka
com, October 03, 2004, 11:00 EDT. Sri Lanka is the second largest market for Indian goods in South Asia, next only to Bangladesh, said EVKS Elangovan, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, at the eight meeting of India-Sri Lanka Joint Business Council (JBC) held here recently... Back to the top

US urges Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers to return to peace talks quickly, 02 October 2004. WASHINGTON: The United States has called for a speedy return to peace talks by the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers as the rebels began a week-long meeting to prepare for a next round of negotiations... Back to the top

LTTE kills rival faction member:, October 02, 2004, 15:40 EDT. [World News] Colombo, Oct 2 : Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have killed a senior member of a rival faction, the pro-rebel TamilNet website said Saturday... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers bring case for self-rule to Europe, 01 Oct 2004 16:49:32 GMT. GENEVA, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Friday the north and east of the Indian Ocean island needed immediate self-rule to address a dire humanitarian situation after two decades of civil war... Back to the top

In Lanka, Gandhi is an icon only among Tamils, October 2. oing by the coverage of his birth anniversary in the Sri Lankan press, Mahatma Gandhi seems to be an icon only among the minority Tamils... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Painful economics, October 02, 2004, 09:00 EDT. Exports fell way below import bills for the country in July, as a heavy oil bill wiped out earnings from apparel and tea sectors... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, India to strike economic partnership agreement, October 02, 2004, 09:00 EDT. COLOMBO, Oct. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan and Indian governments are close to the signing of a closer economic agreement, the state radio announced here on Saturday. Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation quoted Sri Lankan Trade Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle as saying that the two countries would soon enter the comprehensive economic partnership agreement... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to strengthen state bus sector:, 02nd October 2004. [World News] Colombo, Oct 2 : Sri Lanka's state-owned bus transport will get a fillip after 2,000 of its buses lying abandoned are made roadworthy by the end of this year... Back to the top

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