25th May,  2003, Volume 9, Issue 45
















Dealing with an interim set up

By Suranimala

While the devastating floods swept away President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s attempts to take over the Development Lotteries Board (DLB) from the political agenda, the government and­­­ the LTTE moved closer last week to breaking the deadlock over the peace talks and the Tokyo donor conference following shuttle diplomacy to establish an administrative structure for north east development and reconstruction.

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Positive response from PM to LTTE

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will this week respond constructively to the LTTE’s call for an interim administrative structure to undertake north eastern reconstruction and development activities and reiterate the pledge he gave the nation in his election manifesto to establish an interim council.

Wickremesinghe, in his election manifesto, sought a mandate to introduce an interim council for the north and east “for a limited duration,” and said that a dialogue will be opened with the LTTE and “work towards de-escalating the war, ending the conflict and restoring normalcy.”The Sunday Leader learns that the Prime Minister will, in responding to the LTTE’s call for an

Distraught husband W.K. Samantha comforts his pregnant wife Udayangani inside an air force chopper which was taking them to safety from the ravages of the floods. A true life tale of love and anxiety, Samantha comforted his wife right throughout the harrowing flight. The air force rescued them while on a mission to deliver supplies to flood victims.  

Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe

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A tragedy - up close and personal

By Amantha Perera

What  hits most when a body is unearthed after four days under mud is the smell. When the body slowly emerges from within, the foul smell that hits you physically is the reality check that television images cannot replicate.

You keep telling yourself that the headless mangled lump that appears slowly was once a human being, but the smell is overwhelming. Then the flies appear from nowhere buzzing with excitement and with a sole purpose, to get as close as they can to the festering flesh.

These were scenes at Palvilla, in Ratnapura, where a massive landslide had buried 40 odd houses and turned the once bustling village into one mass grave.

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