|Monday, 7 February 2005|
|Today's Top Stories||NEWS|
President arrives in Islamabad today:
Landmark FTA to be signed with Pakistan
from Pramod de Silva in Islamabad
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will arrive in Islamabad
tonight (7) on a three-day state visit. The highlight of President
Kumaratunga's visit to Pakistan is the signing of the landmark Free Trade
Agreement (FTA) between the two SAARC partners.
Presidential Commission to probe tsunami warning lapse
A one man Presidential Commission is to probe if there were any lapses
on the part of relevant state officials and other agencies to adequately
warn the general public of an impending tsunami which eventually
devastated Sri Lanka's coastal belt on Boxing day.
Anura vows to protect Alliance
Tourism and Investment Promotion Minister Anura Bandaranaike yesterday
vowed he would not permit the break up of the Freedom Alliance formed with
the support of the JVP so long he remains the UPFA National Organiser.
Ranil's Brussels statement misleading
The Government yesterday described as totally incorrect and misleading
in reference to a news item in which UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had
made a statement implying that he had requested duty free access in
respect of Sri Lankan Apparel Exports by meeting officials of the European
Union, during his recent visit to Brussels.
EU to gift Rs 1700m to repair N/E roads
by Jayasiri Munasinghe
The European Union is to gift Rs. 1700 million to repair rural roads in
the North and East. This decision was taken at a special meeting of the
Union which discussed the programme of financial aid to Sri Lanka, held at
the Union Headquarters at Brussels, Belgium, recently.