blunder: seating fiasco at prisoner swap
after the historic prisoner swap in Omanthai, security forces
top brass are still asking questions about some of the arrangements.
advised to guard her tongue
members of the People's Alliance have called upon President
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to exercise restraint in
making public remarks and to confine herself to brief speeches
on policy matters.
must stay; bail possible - AG
The Attorney General's Department has refused to reduce
charges against the two LTTE cadres whose release is being
demanded by the LTTE in exchange for the six soldiers they
have kept hostage.
brought into peace process
The Government and President Chandrika Kumaratunga have decided
to appoint a joint committee to review the peace process as
preparations get under way for the second round of talks with
the LTTE later this month.
elects new head, but crisis continues
One of Sri Lanka's premier Buddhist organisations - plagued
by controversy for several years - held its long-delayed elections
last Sunday but ended with more charges of ballot rigging
and foul play.
advertisements for 50-over finals
While the much awaited ICC champions Trophy final between
Sri Lanka and India was washed out by rain, state television
Rupavahini is facing a barrage of criticism for virtually
drowning the cup final in advertisements.
against hire and fire policy
The Opposition is to oppose three Bills relating to labour
laws which have been gazetted, claiming that the Government
is adopting a hire and fire policy through these bills.
Kumburupiddy military wing leader Eehan is seen handing
over the released soldier, Deepal Samantha, to the ICRC
Trincomalee delegate, Lina Milner. Pic by Sinniah