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Importance of focusing more
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Sunday July 27, 2003

Top Tiger arms merchant released
The highly secretive operations of the KP Department - the self styled arms procurement unit of the LTTE - in Kampuchea has been laid bare there with the arrest of a Sri Lankan national.

Second Cabinet Minister stopped from going to NE
Less than three days after Rehabilitation Minister Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena was almost manhandled by pro-LTTE students in Jaffna and forced to abandon a public ceremony, a second Cabinet Minister, Lands Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne was yesterday forced to cancel attending a four-day mobile service in Trincomalee due to a hartal called by the Tamil Organizations Federation.

President, PM not to meet
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe are unable to meet until the week after, to discuss the UNF Government's proposals for the future of Sri Lanka because of "other commitments", The Sunday Times learns.

SLMM to review its role here
The Scandinavian monitors are reconsidering their role in the peace process following continuous refusal by the LTTE to respect their ruling on a controversial camp in Kinniya, the SLMM's deputy chief Hagrup Hauckland said.

SLFP-JVP talks collapsing
The SLFP-JVP Alliance appears to be collapsing but the Marxist-Nationalist party will back the PA at the next elections, The Sunday Times learns.

Assault on policeman by schoolboys; Minister’s son wanted by police
A police constable injured in an alleged assault by a Cabinet Minister's son was taken to hospital nearly three hours after the incident after his statement was recorded at a police station, according to hospital and police records.

Minister Jayalath Jayawardene taking cover in a van as hundreds of students besieged it after preventing him from taking part in a ceremony to mark the opening of rebuilt schools in Jaffna.


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Situation Report - Positive signs and problems over proposals

Political Sketchbook  - This year the British gave us our real Independence

5th Column - Satellite, all await your next move

The Rajpal Abeynayake Column - What's a race sheet and what's a classic?

The Sunday Times Economic Analysis - Importance of focusing more on trade than on aid

Thoughts from London - Beware of Britons bearing gifts
Focus on Rights - Where is our notion of moral law?
Lobby - Controversial Bill passed amid howls of protests
inside the glass house - ABC Baghdad reporter target of gossip attack

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