|Dayan new Geneva Ambassador
Well known political analyst Dayan Jayatilleka is tipped
to be appointed as the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Geneva
shortly, diplomatic sources said yesterday. Jayatilleka
was a lecturer in political science at the Colombo
University, a journalist and a maverick politician who
was a member of the North-East Provincial Council. He
was closely associated with the election campaign of
President Mahinda Rajapksa during the last election.
Toll climbs amid military’s fresh
The military launched a major three pronged attack from
Omanthai, Welioya and the Mannar fronts against the LTTE
on Friday, defence sources said.
Special infantry battalions supported the Special Forces
in these offensives and the new 57 division initiated
Three officers attached to the 12 CLI were killed in the
offensive and 20 soldiers were injured. These operations
were carried out after the special infantry training
given by the army.
Conserve energy or face power
cut, warns Minister
Power cuts will be inevitable for two hours per day at
peak hours if the consumers do not curtail the use of
electricity, Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne
Traders come hard on govt.,
want halt to extortion
The Hardware Traders Association in Pettah said they
would resort to more protests if measures were not taken
by the government to provide adequate security to its
members, the association officials said.
IDP camps burst at seams with
The estimated number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
in the Batticaloa region exceeded 97,500 last week with
the renewed violence in that region, according to
MR’s days are numbered-Ranil
Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday
said that the country’s situation is worsening by the
day in all aspects with the rising cost of living, high
inflation, war and corruption and these doesn’t augur
well for the President to continue for much long.
SLFP to discipline Mangala,
The SLFP disciplinary committee will meet for the first
time on Tuesday to consider disciplinary action against
deposed ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi
Sooriyarachchi, head of the SLFP disciplinary committee,
Minister John Seneviratne said.
Prisoner swap won’t lead to
talks, says LTTE
The proposed prisoner exchange
between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE) is unlikely to open doors for direct talks, a top LTTE
official yesterday said.
According to the official even if a prisoner swap took place,
talks between both parties would have to be considered only with
the implementation of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement.
SLMM concerned over IDP
Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Spokesperson Thorfinnur
Omarsson said yesterday that they are concerned about the
increasing number of internally displaced persons in the