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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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