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Sunday December 7, 2003

PA-UNF stuck on Defence
Intense talks between the United National Front (UNF) and People's Alliance (PA) to resolve the ongoing political crisis to pave the way for resuming the peace process have boiled down to one critical issue - the return of the defence portfolio to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's government.

Protest against SLRC Tiger telecast
A demonstration is to be held outside the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation by the Desha Hiteshi Jathika Viyaparaya(DHJV), protesting against the national television's role in the live coverage of the LTTE heroes' day celebration.

No regrets over decision says Kadir
Former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said yesterday that he had no regrets in contesting the post of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat saying he came forward on behalf of the African nations that had a "real problem" within the 52-nation grouping.

TULF to consider disciplinary action against its president
The TULF is to appoint a disciplinary committee to probe charges against its president, V Anandasangaree, in what observers believe is a move to expel him from the party or from the post.

Rupavahini in dither over Prabha live telecast
Sri Lanka's national television network, Rupavahini, appears to be in a dither over last week The Sunday Times report on how it facilitated a live satellite telecast of Tiger guerrilla leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's "Maveerar Day" speech to Europe.

Dramatic escape amid Police-HRC clash
An arrest, an exchange of words between police officers and Human Rights Commission representatives and a daring escape.

A disputed bunker set up by the LTTE on the A5 Badulla-Batticaloa main road. The chief priest of Purana Viharaya, Tempitiya in Mahaoya, Ven Tempitiye Gnanananda thera, backed by villagers are carrying on a campaign to remove the LTTE camp and the checkpoint said to be in the government-controlled area, which was under the Special Task Force control. The Buddhist monk recently complained to the Scandinavian peace monitors and is awaiting a reply. Pic by J. Weerasekara


Political Column - Kadir losing contest was Lanka's gain

Situation Report - No more 'defence review' orders CBK

5th Column - Velu in the uncommon role of peacemaker

The Jungle Telegraph - The lid comes off the bid deal

The Rajpal Abeynayake Column - Still Patten? No, it is the Patten hangover

The Sunday Times Economic Analysis - Massive trade deficit despite export growth

Thoughts from London - Feverishly gnashing their nationalistic molars
Focus on Rights - Pushing for freedom of information, BI-Partisan style
Lobby - Power ministry battle: Little light, more heat
inside the glass house - Bush policy under attack at Colombo meeting

University of London Distance Learning


Financial Times





'Prema Parami': Story of prince & princess Dambulla, the most dramatic rock temple








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