abductions, Bishop warns
Trincomalee-Batticaloa Bishop Kingsley Swampillai has warned
the LTTE that unless it immediately stops abductions and conscription
of children, he will take up the issue with international human
for NE: Govt must repay all loans, says World Bank
The World Bank said yesterday it would be the Sri Lankan government's
responsibility to repay whatever money the bank lent for reconstruction
and development work in northeast areas controlled by the LTTE.
radio goes far and wide
Tamil guerrillas this week began operations of their radio station
Voice of Tigers (VOT) but have exceeded the range of their broadcast
as stipulated by the licence granted by Colombo.
more for mobile phone talk
All mobile phone charges outgoing and incoming calls will be
increased by one rupee a minute from February 1, a spokesman
for one of the cellular companies said.
LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has lauded the World Bank
for taking control over monitoring of funds provided by international
donor agencies and countries for rehabilitation and reconstruction
activities in northern and eastern parts of the country.
Powell recalls banyan
tree at Presidents House in
The United States has re-assured Sri Lanka its continued
"unequivocal support" for the ongoing peace process.
It came from Secretary of State Gen. (rtd.) Colin Powell during
talks after Sri Lanka's new Ambassador to the United States,
Devinda Subasinghe, presented his credentials on Friday.
ready to assist Norway in peace building
Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi said yesterday that Japan
was willing to supplement Norway's role in the peace process,
but would not play the role of mediator.
house raid reveals some child sexual abuse
Medical examinations of eight out of eleven children taken into
custody in the raid at Negombo on January 7 has revealed that
a few of the children had been subject to sexual abuse.
warship in Colombo
A French warship, the flagship of the French fleet in the Indian
Ocean maritime zone arrived in Colombo, on a courtesy call,
last months Ramazan dinner, it was Thai Pongal
at Presidents House yesterday. Colombo Captain
Garden Kovil chief priest Shanmugaratna Sharma Gurukkal
is seen here blessing the President by applying Vibhoothi
on her forehead. Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara