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VOL. 5, NO. 201

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JVP wants to stop LTTE’s inhumane acts
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 23, 2004, 5.02 p.m.. The Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has called upon all democratic forces and the International Community to join hands and put an immediate stop to all inhuman acts of the LTTE.

The Peramuna’s political bureau has also said that the Tiger organisation holds the upper hand in the North East especially as they are the only armed group. “All other parties and groups are vulnerable as they are not armed,” the JVP says. The ally has also condemned the recent slayings of former Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Kingsley Rasanayagam and the two Muslim civilians from Welikanda, all three killings allegedly carried out by the LTTE.

The JVP has also charged that the LTTE, which claims to be fighting for the rights of the Tamil population, is in reality a group that drinks the blood of the Tamil community. “So let all democratic forces join together and put and end to the killings and abductions carried out by the LTTE,” said the party.
Published: Sat Oct 23 07:05:12 EDT 2004

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Chandrika announces government will raise wages:, October 23, 2004, 14:45. [World News]: Colombo, Oct 23 : Despite spiralling global oil prices and financial hardships, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said her government would raise wages in the country. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation reported Saturday that the president expressed the commitment while addressing a public gathering at Anuradhapura. More...
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U.S. official to visit Sri Lanka to discuss flagging peace talks
Associated Press, Fri October 22, 2004 03:25 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top U.S. envoy will assess Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace talks and urge the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume efforts during a visit next month, U.S. officials said Friday. Embassy spokesman Chris Long confirmed Armitage was is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka - next month as part of a trip to the South Asia region, but said ``we have no firm dates as yet'' for the visit.

Armitage first visited this island nation in August 2002, six months after the Sri Lankan government and the Tigers signed a cease-fire that stopped nearly two decades of fighting. Nearly 65,000 people were killed before the truce.

Since then, several senior U.S. officials have visited Sri Lanka - pledging support for the island's peace process.

Armitage's visit would take place amid a fresh initiative by Norway to revive peace talks, which collapsed in April 2003.

Top Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim is also expected next month to try and break the 18-month deadlock. Yasushi Akashi, a top Japanese peace envoy, will arrive in Colombo on Wednesday with the same agenda.

The United States is one of Sri Lanka - 's key donor countries, pledging US$4.5 billion (euro 3.6 billion) in aid to rebuild the war-ravaged country. However, the stalled negotiations have jeopardized the aid, which is conditional on progress toward peace.

The Tiger rebels are outlawed in five countries, including the United States, as a terrorist organization.

The rebels began fighting the Sri Lankan government in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils, who claimed discrimination at the hands of the majority Sinhalese.
Published: Fri Oct 22 07:21:20 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Mobile phone revolution rings in new future for rural Lanka, Sunday 24 October 2004 . COLOMBO: After 25 years selling fruit and vegetables at a market in downtown Colombo, Sri Lankan trader M W Ranjith made an investment that to his amazement transformed his life and his business - he bought a mobile phone... Back to the top

LTTE’s attempt to hold demonstration against Karuna fails
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 22, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. The LTTE attempted to stage a demonstration opposite the Arayampathy Divisional Secretariat in Batticaloa yesterday morning demanding that LTTE renegade leader karuna and his loyalists leave the Eastern province... Back to the top

Jayasuriya smashes double century as Sri Lanka scents victory
Associated Press, Sat October 23, 2004 08:51 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) Opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya smashed a record-breaking double century Saturday and Dilharo Fernando punished the Pakistan batting lineup to put Sri Lanka - in a firm position in the first cricket test... Back to the top

From Sri Lanka to the Seine, high oil prices stir discontent
Associated Press, Fri October 22, 2004 13:34 EDT . JAMEY KEATEN - Associated Press Writer - ``I have started using public transport at least three days a week since the diesel price increased,'' said van owner Lushan Weerasekera, a travel company executive in Colombo, Sri Lanka - , where diesel prices have risen 41 percent in a month... Back to the top

Veerappan was told he could escape to Prabhakaran’s Lanka, Saturday, October 23, 2004. The Sri Lankan Tamil press on Saturday prominently featured a story that the bandit king, Veerappan, was tricked into coming out of the jungle by making him believe that he would be stealthily whisked away to the safety of the LTTE-controlled part of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Former State Department employees sentenced for bribes
Associated Press, Sat October 23, 2004 03:09 EDT . DON THOMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Long N... Back to the top

Difficult to save the test, concedes Pakistan coach Woolmer
Associated Press, Sat October 23, 2004 09:28 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said Saturday it would be tough for his team to save the first test after Sri Lanka - setup an imposing target of 418 runs... Back to the top

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