area leader gunned down
Tiger guerrilla gunmen last night shot dead a local leader
of their rival Eelam People's Democratic Party in the Jaffna
transit point for big US visa scam
Sri Lanka was used as a transit point for Indian and Vietnamese
nationals to enter the United States, according to charges
framed against two Colombo-based US diplomats who are alleged
to be the main suspects in a massive multinational visa scam
and people-smuggling racket that has been unearthed by federal
agents in the US.
clash over top UN post
The controversy surrounding Sri Lanka's nominee for a prestigious
UN post -- the special rapporteur for the independence of
judges and lawyers -- took a new twist with a row in cabinet
over whom they should support.
flags, Vesak lanterns sent abroad
Large quantities of Buddhist flags and Vesak lanterns have
been dispatched to Sri Lankan missions abroad in a bid to
popularise Vesak overseas.
kept away because of Tiger fear
Amidst fresh concern and controversy over President Chandrika
Kumaratunga's failure to turn up for the opening of the international
Hindu conference at the BMICH, her spokesman claimed yesterday
that she kept away because LTTE suspects also had been invited.