|Thursday, 8 May 2003|
|Today's Top Stories||NEWS|
by Sarath Malalasekera Ranil Wijayapala
Steps have now been mooted to reduce the military presence in the
Jaffna peninsula after downsizing 152 military units scattered outside the
High Security Zones to 88 units to facilitate civilians to return their
lands, Defence Minister Tilak Marapana said yesterday.
Akashi requests LTTE to resume talks
by Ranga Jayasuriya
Visiting Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi yesterday met
LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in Kilinochchi and called on the Tigers
to resume talks.
8 p.c. growth rate ambitious yet realistic -Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
by Ravi Ladduwahetty
Sri Lanka's projected economic growth rate of 8 per cent from 2004 was
ambitious but realistic, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to United
Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said yesterday.
Killings of members of political parties and Government forces - Threat to the Ceasefire
Continuing attacks and killings of members of political parties and
locally elected representatives pose a serious threat to the Ceasefire in
Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission said in a release.