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VOL. 5, NO. 253

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Monsoon floods strand 250,000 Sri Lankans, Tuesday 14.12.2004, CET 15:06. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains across north-central and eastern Sri Lanka have killed one person and forced 250,000 more to flee flooded homes and seek refuge in schools and temples, government officials say.

One person was buried alive when rains triggered earth slips in the central tea-growing hills, the National Disaster Management Centre said. Roads were flooded and power was cut to some areas. No other casualties have been reported. More...
Published: Tue Dec 14 09:07:10 EST 2004

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Floods in NCP and the East in pictures
BBC, December 14, 2004. Bus toppled by water from Ampara tank (Photo Wasantha Chandrapala) More...
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SL airforce airlifts Solheim direct to Vanni
BBC, December 14, 2004. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge has directed the Sri Lankan air force late Tuesday to provide flight facilities for Norwegian special peace envoy up to LTTE held Kilinochchi. Talking to BBC Sandeshaya Erik Solheim confirmed that he would be flown by a government helicopter up to the rebel held area More...
Published: Tue Dec 14 16:14:45 EST 2004 Back to the top

Norwegian envoy begins new effort to restart Lanka peace talks, Tue,December 14. Norway's top peace envoy opened a new effort on Tuesday to resurrect stalled peace talks between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels amid fears that a fragile ceasefire could collapse, officials said... Back to the top

Lanka vows to punish guilty, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2004 09:27:53 AM . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday vowed to punish those responsible for attacking Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's mega concert here even as the main Buddhist group which had initially opposed the event denied any involvement in the attack... Back to the top

Invite SRK again to correct Lanka s image: JVP, Dec. 14, 2004. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), a partner in the Sri Lankan government, has said that Sri Lankans should invite the Bollywood icon Shahrukh Khan to the island again, to "erase the bad image" created by the grenade blast at his concert in Colombo last Saturday... Back to the top

Opposition hand in Colombo blast, says Chandrika
Gulf News, December 14, 2004. Colombo : A fresh political row has been sparked between political parties in Sri Lanka over Saturday's grenade attack at the Bollywood musical show in Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka apologises to Shah Rukh over attack, December 14, 2004. Colombo, December 13: Sri Lanka apologised on Monday to a troupe of Bollywood stars for a deadly weekend grenade attack that marred a concert they staged in Colombo, blaming it on elements bent on hurting close ties with neighbouring India... Back to the top

Lankan minister raps organisers of bombed concert
Press Trsut of India, December 14, 2004. Colombo, December 14: Shocked at the death of two people in a blast at Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's concert in Colombo, the Sri Lankan Tourism Minister has rapped senior officials for the insufficient security arrangements at the venue and sought a detailed explanation from the tourist board director... Back to the top

SRI LANKA - Violence against broadcasting group and Tamil ..., 13 december 2004. Reporters Without Borders voiced concern about threats to the news media in the war-torn north and east of Sri Lanka today after a Tamil-language daily newspaper and the premises of a radio and TV group were the targets of violent attacks two days apart... Back to the top

Rusted gallows, inexperienced executioner: Sri Lanka prepares for return of capital punishment
Associated Press, Tue December 14, 2004 02:02 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) The country's 25-year-old executioner has no experience... Back to the top

Sri Lanka urged to sign regional anti corruption convention, Tuesday, 14 December 2004. Colombo (Lankapuvath) - The need to sign the Regional Convention on the Corruption Action Plan in the Asia Pacific Region has been emphasized at the main ceremony organized to mark the United Nations International Anti Corruption Day held at the BMICH in Colombo on Thursday... Back to the top

India loans Sri Lanka $150 mn to facilitate petroleum imports from ..., Dec. 14, 2004. India is extending a $150 million loan to Sri Lanka, even though the island nation continues to owe $30 million to government-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fit and confident to face New Zealand says Atapattu
Associated Press, Tue December 14, 2004 06:49 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka's skipper Marvan Atapattu said Tuesday that his team remained fit and confident and looking to dominate New Zealand from the beginning in the upcoming tour... Back to the top

Pak, Syria, Lanka queue up to hop on board Metro, December 14, 2004. NEW DELHI: The Metro will now help build bridges with our neighbours... Back to the top

India s industrialisation inspires Lanka, December 14, 2004. In a contrast to India where independence from British rule had given a fillip to industrialisation, in Sri Lanka, independence did not usher in industrialisation... Back to the top

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