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VOL. 5, NO. 243

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Sri Lankan peace envoy to vie for UN Secretary General, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri December 3, 2004 13:09 EST . - - Lanka - has already begun the process of canvassing nations for the support of Dhanapala's candidature. Analysts said that an Asian candidate maybe gets the next chance to have a nominee elected to fill the void after the incumbent Kofi Annan's retirement in two years. Dhanapala, a former UN diplomat, held the chair in the UN disarmament committee in the late 1990s. He was appointed in May this year as Head of the Sri Lankan government's peace secretariat that coordinates the Norwegian- backed peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Sri Lankan opposition legislators vote with Tiger proxy, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri December 3, 2004 13:08 EST . - - COLOMBO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Two minority Tamil legislators from Sri Lanka - 's main opposition party Friday voted against the government in Parliament alongside the island country's main Tamil party legislators. Parliamentary officials said the two legislators belonging to the main opposition United National Party (UNP) voted against the government in the parliamentary vote on the fiscal allocations for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The vote was moved by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the proxy for the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said officials. Thyagarajah Maheswaran, a Tamil legislator from the UNP, said he had explained to his party his decision to vote against the foreign ministry headed by Lakshman Kadirgamar. The UNP abstained from the voting, which was passed with 112 for and 19 against in the 225-seat parliament. Maheswaran alleged that Kadirgamar as foreign minister has worked against the Norwegian backed peace process. The TNA moved for the vote as a mark of protest against Kadirgamar. Kadirgamar personally spearheaded an international campaign against the LTTE between 1994 and 2001, resulting in several countries outlawing the Sri Lankan rebel group.

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Indian sorcerer arrested in Lanka :, Dec 4. Colombo, Dec 4 : An Indian, who claims himself to be a 'sorcerer' able to predict the future, was today arrested on charges of rape here, police said. Kishore Shastri of Karnataka had given advertisements in national newspapers promising success in examinations and attractive careers for those who use his 'good luck charms'. they said. More...
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Sri Lanka limps back to normalcy
Dawn, COLOMBO, Dec 3. Shops and offices reopened and public transport was slowly returning to normal on Friday in Sri Lanka's embattled northern and eastern regions after a rebel-sponsored work stoppage came to an end, officials said... Back to the top

Massive rise in Sri Lankan firepower amid peace, December 04. Sri Lanka’s armed forces substantially expanded their offensive capability after the ceasefire agreement with the Liberation Tigers was signed in February 2002, a book published by a senior United States military analyst says... Back to the top

Bradman thought Muralitharan's delivery was OK, says book publisher
Associated Press, Sat December 4, 2004 17:11 EST . - - ``Bradman said to me that he believed the future of the game is not with England, it's with Sri Lanka - , India and Pakistan,'' Thompson said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace hopes deadlocked amid uncertainty and fear
Associated Press, Thu December 2, 2004 20:35 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hopes to revive Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace talks suffered a blow this week with both the government and Tamil rebels failing to agree on the structure of possible renewed negotiations amid growing fears of a resurgence of war... Back to the top

LTTE man killed by rival faction:, Dec 4. A member of the intelligence wing of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers faction has been killed, reportedly by the rival faction... Back to the top

Sri Lanka eyes more foreign investment in 2005:, Dec 4. Colombo, Dec 4 : Sri Lanka expects foreign investment to grow by 50 percent to 300 million US dollars in 2005 with good performance in its construction, apparel and tourism sectors, reports Xinhua... Back to the top

Muralitharan will tour New Zealand, but may not play in tests
Associated Press, Sat December 4, 2004 00:41 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan cricket selectors have recalled middle-order batsman Russel Arnold and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara for the tour to New Zealand, while retaining spin bowler Muthiah Muralitharan in the reserve list... Back to the top

Sri Lankan road to Tamil heartland reopens after rebel general strike
Associated Press, Fri December 3, 2004 01:53 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A road that links mainland Sri Lanka - with the Tamil heartland reopened Friday, after Tamil Tiger guerrillas and the army closed off entry points for 24 hours during a rebel general strike to protest police harassment, an official said... Back to the top

Miss World goes high-tech, letting viewers help pick winner
Associated Press, Fri December 3, 2004 22:17 EST . STEPHANIE HOO - Associated Press Writer - SANYA, China (AP) Miss Sri Lanka - Anarkalli Jay thinks it's a great idea that the Miss World pageant decided to let its television audience help pick the winner... Back to the top

LTTE planned to use civilian mobs for attack on Lankan army, December 3. The entry/exit points on the border between government and LTTE-controlled areas in Vaviniya and Mannar districts had to be closed on Thursday because the LTTE was planning to bring civilian mobs to attack the army and create an ugly situation there, an army communiqué said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan asylum seekers end hunger strike after Australian government pledges to review their cases
Associated Press, Fri December 3, 2004 05:45 EST . - - ``The Department of Immigration will have individual interviews with each of them, because the situation in Sri Lanka - has changed so much, and they will compile that and send it on to the immigration minister,'' she said... Back to the top

Tamil party opposes proposed Indo-Lanka defence pact :, Dec 2. Colombo, Dec 2 : A Tamil party in Sri Lanka, seen as a proxy of LTTE rebels, today asked India not to go ahead with a proposed defence cooperation pact with Colombo, saying it would be "harmful" to the peace process in the island nation... Back to the top

LTTE leader’s speech points to danger of renewed war in Sri ..., 3 December 2004. The annual “Heroes’ Day” speech delivered by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader V... Back to the top

Assemblies of God Church, Children s Home Attacked in Sri Lanka, Dec. 2, 2004 . Assaults against Christians in Sri Lanka continued over the last few weeks, according to the Voice of the Martyrs... Back to the top

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