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Senior opposition lawmaker gets 2-year jail for contempt of court+
Associated Press, Tue December 7, 2004 06:39 EST . - - COLOMBO, Dec. 7 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Supreme Court sentenced a senior opposition lawmaker to two years in jail with hard labor Tuesday for contempt of court.

A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva meted out the penalty to Sumanasiri Banda Dissanayake, national organizer of the opposition United National Party, for what the court called ''a slandering and abusive tirade with the objective of whipping up public opinion against the court.''

Dissanayake made critical remarks about the Supreme Court in November 2003.

Dissanayake, who was once a close confident of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and held ministerial portfolios, smiled and raised his handcuffed arms for press photographers as he was led away from the court.

He automatically loses his parliamentary seat following the conviction and sentencing, and is also disqualified from running in elections for at least seven years after the sentence is completed.

Dissanayake crossed over to the opposition in 2001.
Published: Tue Dec 7 09:17:49 EST 2004

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Sri Lanka vows to strengthen military, Dec. 7. Sri Lanka on Monday vowed to do whatever it takes to strengthen its security forces and meet any threat after rejecting LTTE conditions to revive peace negotiations. The Sri Lankan Parliament was told by Minister of Public Security, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, that the government will strengthen security forces to meet any threat to the nation. More...
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Report: Tamil Tiger rebels' office in eastern Sri Lanka attacked
Associated Press, Tue December 7, 2004 01:25 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified assailants hurled grenades at a Tamil Tiger rebel office in eastern Sri Lanka - on Tuesday, causing some damage but no casualties, police and a pro-rebel Web site said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Although the breakway guerrilla group was crushed in May by the mainstream rebels, shootings, clashes and other violence continue in eastern Sri Lanka - .

Monitors observing a 2002 truce between the government and main rebel group have warned that the violence could send the island back into a full-fledged war.

The Tigers launched a separatist war in 1983, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discriminating against Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million Tamils.

The Norwegian-brokered cease-fire stopped the fighting, but subsequent peace talks broke down in April last year amid rebel demands for wide autonomy.

A Norwegian peace broker is expected to arrive in Colombo on Dec. 13 to review the situation.

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Victims Provide Details on Saudi Attack
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Buddhist monks warn against staging Bollywood show in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue December 7, 2004 04:55 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's influential Buddhist clergy on Tuesday warned against staging a concert performed by Indian movie stars in the island nation this weekend because it coincides with the anniversary of a prominent monk's death... Back to the top

Violence reported from Sri Lanka s north and east, december 7. More violence has been reported from Sri Lanka's troubled north and east provinces, police said Tuesday... Back to the top

LTTE says no running from war, December 07. JAFFNA: Sri Lankan driver Vinayagam Krishnamoorthy shudders at the prospect of Tamil Tiger rebels’ following through on a threat to resume a bloody two-decade war for autonomy... Back to the top

Lanka IOC IPO oversubscribed
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India Calls for South Asian Economic Pact
Associated Press, Tue December 7, 2004 10:45 EST . RAJESH MAHAPATRA - Associated Press Writer - His comments came weeks ahead of a summit of leaders from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka - , Nepal, the Maldives and Bhutan in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh... Back to the top

SAARC members to ink dual tax elimination accord, THE INDEPENDENT
Associated Press, Tue December 7, 2004 09:39 EST . - - Taxation experts of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka - , Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal are attending the meeting, reports Online news agency... Back to the top

Trade barriers in SAARC- I, THE INDEPENDENT
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Killing of torture victim: Sri Lanka rights panel slams police, December 07. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission said on Monday the recent murder of a port worker who had won compensation for torture carried out by police could only harm public confidence in law enforcement... Back to the top

Sri Lanka increases defense budget amid war fears
Associated Press, Mon December 6, 2004 10:28 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Parliament approved an 8 percent increase in the defense budget for 2005 on Monday amid growing fears that the island nation might slip back to war with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects rebel conditions for peace talks, 07/12/2004. Sri Lanka has vowed to strengthen its security forces and meet any threat... Back to the top

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