A balance of payments surplus despite large trade deficit

Sunday, January 19, 2003
Stop 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 rights groups.
Aid 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.
Tiger 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.
Pay 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.
Prabha lauds WB
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 President’s 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.
Japan 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.
Porn 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.
French 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, on Friday.

After last month’s Ramazan dinner, it was Thai Pongal at President’s 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


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Situation Report -Curtains for Army - LTTE contacts

5th Column - Let cricket not suffer whoever heads the body

The Jungle Telegraph - Move to get frozen LTTE funds released?

The Rajpal Abeynayake Column - Look what they did to the 'war' photograph

The Sunday Times Economic Analysis - A balance of payments surplus despite large trade deficit

Thoughts from London - All the world’s a stage : The Bard, Bush and Blair

Focus on Rights - Keeping cricket free from politics

inside the glass house - War games or American political bluff

POLITICAL SKETCHBOOK - Do words taste better second time around?

Truce beefs up two-state scenario - By Susantha Goonatilake

When Sinhalese supported and Tamils opposed federalism - By C. V. Vivekananthan













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