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Sri Lanka to rescue crew of Jordanian ship from north, 24 dec. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military will mount an operation to rescue the crew of a Jordanian ship which drifted into waters near a Tamil Tiger stronghold, truce monitors said on Sunday, the latest flashpoint in renewed fighting in the island. The ship carrying a cargo of rice drifted off the Mullaittivu coast in the island's war-torn northeast early on Saturday after mechanical failure. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam earlier said the 25 crew of the Farah III were safe and that they were trying to arrange for their return through the International Red Cross. The captain of the stricken vessel told Reuters over telephone from the de facto rebel capital of Kilinochchi that he and his crew were in good health More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 07:22:04 EST 2006
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International Monetary Fund to wind up operations in Sri Lanka in ..., December 23, 2006. The International Monetary Fund will close its office in Sri Lanka from mid next month, the global financial watchdog said Saturday.

The office in Colombo is being wound up late January, when the term of its current resident representative, Luis Valdivieso ends.

"The decision reflects the evolving nature of the IMF's relationship with Sri Lanka, with Sri Lanka no longer having a program with the IMF, and also was taken in the context of the overall declining real administrative budget available to the IMF," Valdivieso said.

He said the IMF and the Sri Lankan authorities will continue close and collaborative relationship and maintain an open dialog.

"The IMF also remains firmly committed to the government's efforts to promote sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. IMF staff teams will continue to visit Sri Lanka regularly to exchange views with the authorities, as they do in all member countries." More...
Published: Sat Dec 23 17:21:09 EST 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket official: Australian spinner Warne failed to honor promise to help rebuild tsunami-battered stadium
Associated Press, Sat December 23, 2006 01:14 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australian spin bowler Shane Warne failed to honor his promise to donate money to help rebuild the Galle cricket stadium wrecked by the 2004 tsunami, a Sri Lankan cricket official said Saturday. Warnaweera, who played test cricket for Sri Lanka - for 10 years from 1985, said he was pained to see that Warne, who took his 500th test cricket at the Galle stadium and promised the money, had not kept his word.

``We have not received a cent,'' said Warnaweera, who is also the curator of the ground.

One of the world's most picturesque cricket stadiums, Galle was to be abandoned after the tsunami, which inflicted huge damages to the infrastructure and required the removal of 3 to 4 inches (10 to 8 centimeters) of top soil on the center pitches. The entire drainage system also needs to be replaced.

Since being converted into an international test venue in 1998, Galle International Stadium has hosted 12 tests.

In February, 2006 Warne visited Galle and promised help through the Shane Warne Foundation. Warne had a personal affection for the Galle Stadium because it was where he captured his 500th test wicket when Australia toured Sri Lanka - in early 2004.

Warnaweera said Warne had promised during TV interviews that he will be able to donate a big amount for the reconstruction of the Galle Stadium.

``We had heard he will donate up to US$1 million (euro0.76 million), plus US$50,000 (euro37,901.76) that was supposed to have been raised by selling wrist band during the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne,'' Warnaweera said.

``The waiting had been too long and too painful,'' Warnaweera said of the lack of response from Warne. ``Just nothing has happened.

``Therefore we decided to go ahead and start the work ourselves,'' he added.

Warnaweera said Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse, who is otherwise a Rugby fan, has agreed to provide the funds.

``Our estimate is that it will cost between US$3 to US$4 million (euro2.3 to euro3 million) for the rebuilding work,'' he said, adding he plans to rebuild the facility by next November in time to host one of the tests when the English team visits Sri Lanka - .

Warne has announced he will retire from all international and domestic cricket after the fifth Ashes test against England next month. The 37-year-old Australian legspinner, test cricket's leading wicket taker with 699 dismissals, made the announcement on Thursday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He will return to the MCG on Tuesday attempting to secure his 700th test wicket in the fourth test against England.
Published: Sat Dec 23 03:35:42 EST 2006 Back to the top

Indonesia Fears Another Massive Tsunami
Associated Press, Sun December 24, 2006 09:32 EST . CHRIS BRUMMITT - Associated Press Writer - In hardest-hit Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka - and India, the waves surged miles inland, tossing ships, swallowing entire villages and leaving behind a blasted landscape of concrete foundations and rubble littered with tens of thousands of bodies... Back to the top

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