lost in Customs amnesty
Big racketeers who indulged in large-scale illegal imports
are among those who will get a full amnesty while the Customs
Department and state coffers will lose billions of rupees
in revenue in terms of a new Inland Revenue (Special Provisions)
Act passed in parliament recently.
operatives hunting for Russian missiles in Laos
Attempts by Tiger guerrillas to acquire sophisticated surface-to-air
missiles and other military items from Russia last month have
come to light. Their efforts have been laid bare by the Russian
Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mikhail G. Karpov, in a 'Non-Paper'
he handed over to the Foreign Ministry in Colombo this week.
feared at tomorrow's demo
President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is the head of the government
has requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to provide
additional security for tomorrow's anti-government demonstration
in Colombo amidst claims that pro-government groups are set
to create violence and have opposition members arrested.
masks for US embassy here
As the Bush administration gave the final deadline for war
against Iraq, the US embassy here has brought down gas masks
for its staff as a precaution against any possible chemical
or biological attack.
wins Akuressa mini poll
The People's Alliance won the Akuressa Pradeshya Sabha election
held yesterday, returning 10 members to the 21-member council.
The JVP won six seats while the Sinhale Mahasammatha Bhumuiputhra
Party which was unofficially backed by the UNP won 5.
agrees to consult Tigers
TNA MPs have agreed to an LTTE directive that the Tigers be
consulted before the TNA issues statements on important issues
relating to the Tamil people.
threat for doing his duty, alleges lawyer
A lawyer has filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme
Court alleging the Tangalle Police had prevented him exercising
his rights as a counsel and threatened him with death.