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Sea Tiger leader says ready to work together

Sea Tiger leader Soosai says the LTTE is ready to work together sinking all differences. Addressing a media conference in Vadamarachchi Soosai said it is the duty of every one to ensure that all relief reaches the people without hindrance.

'The need of the hour is to provide relief to the people", he said.

Saudi assistance raise to US$ 30m

The Government of Saudi Arabia has decided to raise its relief assistance to $30 million in view of the recent assessments of the magnitude of the tragedy caused by the tsunami waves, states Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia press release.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's assistance will be coordinated with the United Nations' Agencies, handling disaster relief, in order to ensure a speedy and effective delivery of humanitarian aid to victims of this disaster.

Arjuna hospitalised

COLOMBO, Wednesday (AFP) - Sri Lanka's world cup winning cricket skipper Arjuna Ranatunga was hospitalised Wednesday with a heart ailment, a family friend said.

Ranatunga who led Sri Lanka to an epic triumph in the 1996 World Cup, was rushed to a private hospital, the friend said, adding that the former captain was under observation. Ranatunga, 41, is also the acting minister of tourism.

Fund-raiser for tsunami victims

King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince have issued directions to the Saudi interior minister to supervise a charity fund-raising campaign today to provide relief to the tsunami victims.

Under these directives, the Saudi television will organize a live campaign for receiving the donations on Thursday, states a press release from the Royal Embassy Of Saudi Arabia.

Help save his life

Bodhipala Rajapaksha (46 years) of No. 71/2, Madelgamuwa, Gampaha is suffering from severe brain cancer for the past several months.

Dr. Jayantha Balawardane, Consultant Oncologist and Radiotherapist of the National Cancer Institute, Maharagama has prescribed some special drugs for him and the cost is around Rs. 400,000.

Mr. Rajapaksha appeals for assistance from the public to meet the expense. Contributions could be made to savings A/C 1570017857, People's Bank, Ganemulla.

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