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Sunday, May 5, 2002
Monitors commit 'terrible mistake'
Navy's interception of two fishing trawlers carrying military hardware in the seas off Batticaloa led to Tiger guerrillas using fishermen as 'human shields'. It has now come to light that they not only took cover behind their vessels to fire at Naval craft but also took into custody groups of fishermen.

Cabinet pulls out of President's House
Amidst intensified confrontation between President Kumaratunga and the Ranil Wickremesinghe government and the moves to strip her of some powers, future cabinet meetings are to be held at the Republic Building in Fort and not at the President's House.
The first such cabinet meeting will be held at the Republic Building adjoining the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday and thereafter all meetings will be held there, a cabinet minister said.

UN seeks role to rebuild North-East
The United Nations has issued a donor-alert on Sri Lanka calling for international financial assistance to re-build the war-ravaged economy, especially that of the North and East. In what is seen as a bid by the world body to get more involved in the Sri Lankan peace process, the UN has launched a full-scale humanitarian assistance programme for the country.

TNA dares to differ with LTTE
The TULF and the TNA have moved fast to strike a dissenting voice for the first time from the LTTE by asking the country's minority Tamils to refrain from criticising and embarrassing Indian leaders especially neighbouring Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. TULF Senior vice president V. Anandasangaree in a statement issued on a Parliament letter-head appeared to speak on behalf of the once moderate TULF and the TNA coalition.

Workers of the world unite. The traditional theme of May Day was trampled to dust at the joint trade union rally at Hyde Park on Wednesday. Unity was in disarray when veteran socialist Vasudeva Nanayakkara was not allowed to speak on the basis he had a political agenda while one of his supporters was beaten down in a fight. Pic by Gamini Abeysekera


Political Column
- Goods toll heavy on A-9 route

Situation Report
-Standoff in the sea: facts and   fallacies

M.I.M. Mohideen's Column
- Muslims and the North-East   interim   council
5th Column
Many Happy Returns in your   new   alliance
The Rajpal Abeynayake Column
- "Shoot Mahathiah, shoot    Prabhakaran''

The Sunday Times Economic Analysis
- Beggars must be choosers

Thoughts from London
If Vajpayee puts his finger in,   can he pull his foot out?

Focus on Rights
- Celebrating World Press   Freedom   Day

inside the glass house
- Nothing to hide, but don't look










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