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Situation Report

Sunday,May 26 , 2002

Minister clears Athurugiriya safe house
All further investigations into the Kandy Police raid on the Military Intelligence Safe House at Athurugiriya have been dropped since the authorities are now convinced it was used for legitimate purposes, Interior Minister John Amaratunga declared yesterday.He told The Sunday Times in an exclusive interview "there has been no political agenda" in the operation of this safe house "as claimed earlier."

Defence pact with Washington soon
Increasing military ties between United States and Sri Lanka will see the two nations entering into a formal defence pact for enhanced military co-operation.The Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement, as it has been officially termed, will enable the United States to utilise Sri Lanka's ports, airports and air space.

Premier's plane in emergency landing
A SriLankan Airlines flight carrying Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from Colombo to London made an emergency landing in Dubai due to technical problems.

Tyronne interested in Kofi Annan's post
The election for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations is not till 2005, but a Sri Lankan candidate is likely to take part in the race.Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando has expressed interest in contesting for this prestigious post which falls vacant when the term of the present Secretary General Kofi Annan expires on January 1, 2006.

Shake-up in AG's Department
Sweeping changes were made this week in the supervision of criminal work in the Attorney General's Department with Solicitor General C.R. de Silva been placed in charge of general supervision of all criminal matters.

Former Foreign Minister in new role
The Geneva based World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is to hold a meeting in Colombo of eminent South Asian scientists and researchers to discuss ways of making medicines covered by patents available for developing countries at cheaper prices.

Auditors facing the acid fact
Like cancer kills good cells in human body, corruption kills good in the body politic.
This statement appears to be more appropriate in the case of Sri Lanka, where a senior government audit official last week came under an acid attack for highlighting corruption in public institutions.

One of the world's oldest and most hallowed trees has branched out hi-tech with the world wide web. The website of the 'Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya' in Anuradhapura was launched by Buddha Sasana Minister V.J.M. Lokubandara along with Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Pallegama Siriniwasa Thera, and Minister P. Harrison. Pic by Athula Bandara


Political Column
- JSS and 'corrupt' flour deal

Situation Report
-Peace gallops after Bala's  remarks

5th Column
The commons ready to party in   house of Lords
The Jungle Telegraph
- A thorny issue

The Rajpal Abeynayake's Column
- Being Docker happy during   Lanka's peace chill

The Sunday Times Economic Analysis
- Will we resolve the power   crisis?

Thoughts from London
- Principles, policies, not people    that matter

Focus on Rights
- Rights, reason and   responsibility

- Comedy of errors in House    gone hi-tech

inside the glass house
- Hate, paranoia and war on    terror

By Susantha Goonatilake - The Peace Process: Picking up the alternatives

By Wilfrid Jayasuriya - NGO  dialogue on 'poverty reduction'  and peace








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