Conflicting positions between the Government and the LTTE
over the agenda for upcoming peace talks have set a poser
for peace talks in Thailand.
the Norwegians almost gave up
The 34-week-old ceasefire agreement between the government
and the LTTE survived a near fatal blow recently.
asked to come the proper way
LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham is due to visit the
Wanni again this month but he wants to come in a way "that
is in keeping with his dignity", government sources said.
remarks upset US envoy
The United States is reported to be deeply disturbed over
comments by Presidential Advisor Anura Bandaranaike that President
George W. Bush had come to office after a fraudulent election.
ready to meet Prabha
President Chandrika Kumaratunga, embroiled in a bitter dispute
with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's eight-month old
government, says she is ready to meet LTTE leader Velupillai
Prabhakaran for face-to-face peace talks.
want time to cut prices
The State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) has reduced drug
prices by 5% with immediate effect and ordered private pharmacies
selling SPC drugs to also reduce prices- but major drug importing
companies say it may take months to give this benefit to patients.
treatment for Mahinda
Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse has reportedly been subject
to shabby treatment by the government with many privileges
due to him not being provided.
travel costing railway a packet
The Railway Department is losing massive sums of money as
about 15 per cent of rail commuters travel without tickets,
General Manager of Railways Priyal de Silva said.
killings: were they a gruesome reprisal?
With investigations into the triple murder in Madhu continuing,
Vavuniya Police have now discovered that the killing was planned
meticulously to ensure that there was no trace.