|Wednesday, 4 February 2004|
|Today's Top Stories||NEWS|
State tea bombshell
by Prasad Gunawardena
All government controlled tea institutions are to be privatised
shortly, well informed sources told the Daily News yesterday.
"Prime Minister's insistence on control of Defence Ministry major obstacle to agreement"
It is the President's view that inspite of her goodwill, sincerity and
flexibility to resolve this issue and arrive at a consensus and Memorandum
of Understanding with the Government and recommence the Peace Negotiations
which have been stalled since April, 2003, the Prime Minister's insistence
in the 'control of the Defence Ministry and its key institutions and
functions to carry out the Peace Process is the major obstacle in
concluding an agreement and recommencing the peace negotiations ",the
Presidential Secretariat said in a press release.
General strike call
The All Ceylon Trade Union Federation (ACTUF)is seeking the support of
public and private sector trade unions for a general strike.
Lasting peace possible through united effort - President
I believe that lasting peace, peace with dignity could only be achieved
through the united efforts of all credible political forces and social
groups, President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said in her
Independence Day message.
Important milestone in quest for peace - Prime Minister
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his Independence Day message,
appealed to the people to work towards peace and help create a future
filled with peace and prosperity.