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VOL. 5, NO. 215

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Kumaratunga meets Kalam:, Nov. 6. India News]: New Delhi, Nov. 6 : Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga today mets president APJ Abdul Kalam here, even as her embattled nation intensified efforts to turn a two-year truce with Tamil rebels into permanent peace. Though the details of the meeting are not known, reports say Kumaratunga apprised him of the latest situation in the island nation. Kumaratunga had last month launched a new all-party forum to find a breakthrough in their deadlock with rebels but a clutch of opposition parties have been boycotting it. More...
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Tamil Tigers gun down two pro-government political activists
Gulf News, November 5. Colombo: Tamil guerrillas continued their killing spree as the Norwegians revived their efforts to continue with the peace process without much expectations. An ex-Parliamentary candidate of a Tamil party was shot dead on the outskirts of the capital on Thursday night by Tamil guerrillas following allegations that he was providing information to the security forces. The member who worked for the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam, identified as Velayutham Dayalakumar, 44, was shot dead in Dehiwela, while he was having his dinner. Two other bystanders were also injured. He was associated with the PLOTE, a paramilitary group working with Sri Lankan armed forces, in 1987-89. More...
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Defence pact with Sri Lanka cleared
Ktimes, November 5. NEW DELHI — India and Sri Lanka have agreed "in principle" to enter into a defence cooperation pact following talks between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Indian leaders here yesterday, official sources said. The proposed agreement, which has been under negotiation for some time, is viewed with suspicion by the island's Tamil Tiger guerrillas, who feel that it would embolden Colombo to seek a military solution to the protracted ethnic conflict, instead of searching for a peaceful solution. "The timing for signing the agreement will be decided later," one source said. Kumaratunga, who is here on a four-day visit, held talks with Dr Singh at his official residence. The prime minister hosted a luncheon in honour of Kumaratunga, who is visiting New Delhi for the first time since he took office in May. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and Power and Energy Minister Sushil Premaajayantha are accompanying the president. External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh called on Kumaratunga at her hotel suite before her meeting with Dr Singh. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani will also call on the visiting dignitary. More...
Published: Fri Nov 5 21:45:56 EST 2004 Back to the top

PM to visit India, S.Lanka from 21st, 07 November 2004. ISLAMABAD, Nov 6: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will embark on the second leg of his South Asian tour, covering Sri Lanka, Maldives and India, on Nov 21... Back to the top

Chandrika announces government will raise wages, 11/5/2004. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation reported Saturday that the president expressed the commitment while addressing a public gathering at Anuradhapura... Back to the top

University names its 12th president
Express News - U of Alberta, November 5. November 5, 2004 – The University of Alberta today named Dr... Back to the top

Norway says Sri Lanka peace hopes dim, offers exit
AFP-Yahoo, November 5. COLOMBO (AFP) - Peace broker Norway said it would ask Sri Lanka's feuding parties if they wanted to resume talks as Tamil Tiger rebels warned foreign aid donors not to interfere in the faltering peace process... Back to the top

India, Lanka to ink defence pact soon
TOI, November 5. NEW DELHI: India and Sri Lanka will soon sign a wide-ranging defence cooperation pact to boost military ties, intelligence sharing, joint exercises and training between the two nations... Back to the top

Lankan govt warned against pact with India
Dawn, COLOMBO, Nov 5. While President Chandrika Kumaratunga is in Delhi to finalize a defence agreement between Sri Lanka and India , the LTTE and the pro-LTTE political party, the Tamil National Alliance, said on Friday that any defence pact with India would "seriously destabilize the peace process"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Peace Talks May Not Resume, Norwegian Minister Says, Nov. 5 . Norway, which brokered a cease-fire that halted Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war, isn't confident peace talks will resume between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam... Back to the top

Sri Lanka learning to win away from home, says Jayasuriya
Associated Press, Sat November 6, 2004 03:24 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan allrounder Sanath Jayasuriya says his team is gradually shedding its image as a side that struggles to win away from home... Back to the top

Tamil businessman fatally shot in suspected Tamil Tiger attack
Associated Press, Fri November 5, 2004 01:26 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels have fatally shot a member of a rival Tamil group that supports a united Sri Lanka - , police said Friday... Back to the top

Lankan Muslim sect attacked for spreading Hindu ideas, November 05, 2004, 18:15EDT. Life in the Muslim stronghold of Katthankudy in eastern Sri Lanka was brought to a standstill for five days recently as the orthodox Jamiat- ul-Ulema indulged in violent protests against a "Sufi" group, which was allegedly spreading "Hindu" ideas... Back to the top

Top Tiger returns home amid fresh bid to salvage Sri Lanka peace ..., 5 November 2004. COLOMBO - The London-based chief negotiator of the Tamil Tiger rebels is slated to return home ahead of Norway’s planned fresh bid to salvage the island’s stumbling peace process, official sources said Friday... Back to the top

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