The dazzle fizzles out

Sunday, September 8, 2002

Thais ready with peace task forces
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra's Government has given high priority for the upcoming peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE in the Sattahip Naval complex on the outskirts of the Pattaya beach resort.

CBK case suspect also in swap
An LTTE cadre who has been charged with involvement in the attempted assassination of President Chandrika Kumaratunga two years ago is among 23 cadres whom the LTTE wants released in exchange for seven security forces personnel.

MPs want free rides
Despite orders by the Prime Minister that MPs should not demand state buses free of charge, some government MPs have reportedly asked for free buses to transport their supporters for tomorrow's 'Janabala Meheyuma' in Colombo.

Police guard for ex-IGP's grave
The Kanatte grave of the late police chief Lucky Kodituwakku was put under armed guard for three days to prevent the coffin being removed, police sources said.

Local peace talks failing
Efforts at bringing about agreement between the UNF coalition and the PA on the constitutional amendment to clip the wings of President Chandrika Kumaratunga dissolving Parliament at her sole discretion appear to have broken down.

Conscience bill may be dropped
The ruling UNF coalition appears to have dropped a controversial move to permit members of parliament a "conscience vote" on matters of national importance.

Britain picks Lankan brains in fight against terrorism
British security officers have sought advice from Sri Lanka on how to meet the threat from suicide bombers, the Guardian newspaper reported. British officers have visited Sri Lanka and Israel to learn from the experiences of two countries that have been in the front line of suicide bomb attacks by extremists.

Who's going to learn from whom and who might depart from cohabitation was still a big question mark as President Chandrika Kumaratunga clad in the Royal blue and gold met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe clad in his Royal tie at the Royal College prize giving. Pic by Gemunu Wellage


Political Column
- Hakeem partly wins the day

5th Column
Getting ready for the big match

The Rajpal Abeynayake's Column
- We will not negotiate with the LTTE - Armitage

- Beware of the Bail Bill: No one is safe with it

The Sunday Times Economic Analysis
- The alarming decline in industry

Thoughts from London
- Who are you kidding, Mr. Blair

Focus on Rights
- Caught in the crossfire

inside the glass house
- World Summit falls flat

September 11 - ours and theirs - Susantha Goonatilake
OPPOSITE EDITORIAL - A rightful role for Thailand in historic Govt-LTTE talks


Underneath the same old sky

From tea to pastries

Gotta dance, gonna sing
Rohana is an 'Intruder'








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