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THE more the hope builds up, the more the sense of hopelessness in Sri Lanka, a nation troubled by a rebel offensive that saw over 65,000 dead in the past three decades. The rebels are again in a mood for an open war, and the political leadership does not seem to measure up to the situation. 

Of significance is the fact that the deadly bomb blasts in the past two days, killing nearly 20 people and maiming over 100, came at a time when international donors were meeting later this month to finalise their aid plans for the country in the range of $4.5 billions. That aid is conditional to the progress of peace. And, one of the blasts took place precisely in the same district where the meeting is scheduled, also a tourism hub. The message is all too clear. 

Peace in Sri Lanka is easier said than implemented. A rare opportunity came when, four years ago, a forward-looking Wikremesinghe government edged closer to a deal with the LTTE. It was however that the other side of the political spectrum, led by president Chandrika Kumaratunga, put a spoke into the Norwegian-brokered peace wheels. 

Security in public transport was stepped up in Sri Lanka after two bus bombs killed 21 people and injured more than 80 others, military officials said Sunday.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa summoned top military officials and police with Transport Minister A.H.M. Fowzie to discuss about security arrangements for passengers and baggage in public transport.

Both bus explosions were identified as parcel bombs triggered by time devices. Fighting in Sri Lanka has escalated over the past year with over 3,100 deaths since December 2005 

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