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Sri Lanka 's president and Indian leaders discuss economic, defense ties
Associated Press, Thu November 4, 2004 09:57 EST . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - NEW DELHI (AP) The leaders of Sri Lanka - and India on Thursday discussed Sri Lanka - 's fragile peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels and Indian military assistance to the island nation, a foreign ministry spokesman said. ``Prime Minister Singh was apprised of the recent developments in the peace process in Sri Lanka - ,'' Sarna said, without elaborating.

A Norway-brokered cease-fire halted fighting between government forces and Tamil guerrillas in February 2002, but peace talks broke down in April 2003 amid rebel demands for wide autonomy.

Sarna said India's military aid to Sri Lanka - was also discussed by the two sides, but he didn't give details.

Last month, the two countries completed a draft agreement that would let India provide training and arms to Sri Lanka - 's military. The deal is expected to be signed soon, despite previous warnings from the Tamil Tigers that it would threaten the truce.

India's previous involvement in Sri Lanka - 's two-decade civil war was costly. Indian soldiers deployed in 1984 to help the Sri Lankan government fight Tamil Tiger guerrillas were withdrawn three years later after suffering heavy casualties.

In 1991, a Tamil suicide bomber assassinated former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. New Delhi has since labeled the group a terrorist organization.

The rebels have fought since 1983 to carve out a separate homeland for the island country's 3.2 million ethnic Tamil minority, claiming discrimination by the 14 million majority Sinhalese. Nearly 65,000 people died in the conflict before the truce was signed.

Kumaratunga will also meet with India's President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the leader of the Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, before returning home on Saturday.
Published: Thu Nov 4 10:46:41 EST 2004

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Tobacco control legislations soon
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 4, 2004, 10.40 p.m.. With an aim to reduce the number of tobacco related deaths and sicknesses, the Sri Lankan Government will enforce strict legislation on Tobacco control shortly. The legislation will be based on the World Health Organization’s framework convention on Tobacco control. The legislation is likely to be enforced next year. With the new legislation, the Government also hopes to save resources spent annually to treat a large number of cancer patients. However, Minister of Health Nimal Siripala Silva, is reported to have recently told, “combating the use of Tobacco would be a difficult feat as multinational companies with vested interested are involved in the trade.”
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Norway's foreign minister to meet top Tiger rebel chief to salvage Sri Lanka 's peace process
Associated Press, Thu November 4, 2004 07:25 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway's foreign minister and the Tamil Tiger rebels' reclusive leader will meet next week in another attempt to salvage Sri Lanka - 's faltering peace process, officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Japan nudges Sri Lanka 's peace process with soft loan+
Associated Press, Thu November 4, 2004 09:37 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 2 (Kyodo) Japan gave new impetus Thursday to Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process with a 27 billion yen (about $254 million) soft loan, urging strict adherence to the ongoing cease-fire which has held since February 2002. Suda's statement came at the end of a weeklong visit by Japan's special peace envoy for Sri Lanka - , Yasushi Akashi... Back to the top

World ; India-Sri Lanka defence pact may spark war: Tamil MP, November 04, 06:30 EDT. World News, Colombo,A Tamil member of parliament has warned that the proposed military pact between India and Sri Lanka might tempt the latter to restart the war against Tamil Tiger guerrillas... Back to the top

U.S. official cancels visit to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu November 4, 2004 00:53 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has canceled a planned visit to Sri Lanka - next week because of ``unexpected change in travel plans,'' the U... Back to the top

LTTE’s abduction attempt fails
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 4, 2004, 8.17 p.m.. An LTTE attempt to abduct two civilians including a female was foiled by police yesterday in Batticaloa... Back to the top

LTTE warns foreign donors, November 04, 2004 )6:30EDT. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday warned foreign donors not to "stipulate parameters" for a political solution to the island's drawn out ethnic conflict... Back to the top

LTTE is dragging peace process: Lankan Tamil minister, November 04, 06:30 EDT. He has survived ten attempts on his life and continues to be on the LTTE's hit list... Back to the top

Chance for Sri Lankan peace may be slipping away, Armitage warns
Associated Press, Wed November 3, 2004 10:14 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger rebels and Sri Lanka - 's government must take immediate steps to resume peace talks or the country could return to civil war, U... Back to the top

LTTE increases its extortion in Mannar, demands civilians to pay up.
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 3, 2004, 9.46 p.m.. A large number of police complaints have been received against the LTTE, who are demanding increased extortions from Public in Mannar in order to strengthen LTTE coffers... Back to the top

Stop leaking proceedings of the Cabinet meetings to media, President tells Ministers
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 3, 2004, 9.06 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has strictly advised her ministers not to divulge any information to the media on the weekly cabinet meetings... Back to the top

Public and Private sector workers warn of severe strike if no salary hike
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 3, 2004, 8.50 p.m.. Public and Private sector employees today warned that they would launch an Island wide strike, if the Government fails to increase their salaries by a minimum of RS... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president begins five-day visit to India to strengthen economic and defense ties, says Indian government
Associated Press, Tue November 2, 2004 19:36 EST . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - NEW DELHI (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president planned to discuss her nation's stalled peace process with Indian leaders during a five-day visit starting Wednesday, India's foreign ministry said... Back to the top

Lack of mutual trust holding up Lanka talks, November 03, 2004, 07:40 EDT. Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE are not starting due to a lack of mutual trust, and not so much because there are any unbridgeable differences on substantive issues, informed political sources say... Back to the top

Latest Attempt to Restart Sri Lankan Peace Talks Ends in Failure, November 03, 2004, 10:35 EDT. Efforts by a Japanese diplomat to push the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume peace talks has apparently failed... Back to the top

Murali bats for Sri Lankan peace process, November 03, 2004, 10:35 EDT. Muttiah Muralitharan has embarked upon a short tour of the war-torn areas of Sri Lanka's north on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme to raise awareness of the suffering caused by a two-decade-long war... Back to the top

Sri lankan trade deficit up during first eight months, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed November 3, 2004 09:49 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's exports and imports both increased during the first eight months of 2004, but the higher soaring imports resulted in its trade deficit going up by 586 million US dollars, the country's central bank said Wednesday. According to the bank report, the country's export earnings during the period grew by 8 percent to 3,594 million US dollars, as compared with 3,341 million dollars in the same period of 2003... Back to the top

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