service commanders, Army Commander Lionel Balagalle, Navy Chief
Daya Sandagiri, Air Force Head Donald Perera and Police Inspector
General T. E Anandaraja stand nonchalantly at attention as Woman Police
Constable (WPC) Thanuja stands in for President Chandrika Kumaratunga at
the final dress rehearsal for the Independence Day celebrations on
February 3. The WPC
hoisted the national flag, took the salute, and stood in for the
commander in chief while the national anthem was played.
Photo by Sena Vidanagama
agrees to drop child recruitment
Lasantha Wickrematunge in Berlin
LTTE agreed to a complete cessation of recruitment of and recruitment
campaigns aimed at persons below 18 years following discussions with the
government at the fifth round of peace talks in Berlin.
LTTE has taken action to release 350 children who had joined the
organisation for reunification with their parents and guardians.