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Angry villagers threaten fifty youth due to the fall of Elephant Pass
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7 p.m. SLT Thursday April 27.
Armed with knives, cudgels and sticks an angry mob of villagers in the
Kuliyapitiya area in Sri Lanka's northwestern province shouted for revenge
for the death of soldiers at Elephant Pass and threatened a group of fifty
youth who were in the area on a government sponsored cultural affairs
program to promote ethnic harmony.
The incident took place yesterday April 26, soon after the arrival of the
governor for the northwestern province at the cultural event.
The youth comprising mostly of Tamil girls and boys and a few Muslims
selected from the Batticaloa and Ampara districts had to be provided with
police security and sent back to the East when the mob turned nasty
shouting they were angered by the fall of Sri Lanka Army bases at Elephant
The program called 'North-South Bridge' was initiated and sponsored by the
National Youth Services Council (NYSC) of the Ministry for Youth Affairs to
take part in a program called 'North-South bridge'. The program is being
promoted with a view to creating an understanding between all ethnic
Unconfirmed reports say that the bodies of several soldiers from the area
killed when the Tigers overran the Elephant Pass base had arrived that day
from the north.
Voice of Tigers say rebels begin advance on Pallai centre
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.30 a.m. SLT Thursday April 27 .
The Voice of Tigers (VoT) in its night news broadcast yesterday said the
LTTE is adavancing on Pallai. The radio broadcast also asked civilians
living in villages between Pallai and Kodikamam to move out to safer areas.
The LTTE radio transmission also asked civilians living within this area to
stay away from Sri Lanka Army camps.
The clandestine radio broadcast said the LTTE is advancing from its
consolidated positions in Soranpattu, Iyakkachchi and Elephant Pass.
UNP threatens to bring no confidence motion
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.40 A. M. SLT Thursday April 27.
Opposition Chief Whip W J M Lokubandara has been quoted as saying the
United National Party (UNP) will bring in a no-confidence motion against
the Government if the PA does not summon an emergency session of Parliament
to discuss the emergency situation in the country.
Lokubandara says "If the government does not want to accede to our request
for an emergency session we will resort to other measures. We will bring a
no-confidence motion against the government."
Meanwhile Leader of the House Ratnasiri Wickramanayake is to meet with
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe today in an attempt to persuade the
UNP to reconsider its request for an emergency session of Parliament.
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge returned to the country today
after being away since mid April to receive medical treatment abroad.
Biodiversity hotspots in Sri Lanka under threat
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.20 p.m. SLT Thursday April 27.
A Washington based group of activists has in a report stated that in Asia,
Sri Lanka has been identified next to the Philippines and Malaysia as
having the largest number of biodiversity hotspots which are at present
facing serious threat due to human encroachment.
The report states that over 20 biodiversity areas in the Island face
extinction as human habitats in such areas is growing at the rate of 1.8
percent per annum.
UNHCR says all unofficial places of detention must be dissolved
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4. p.m. SLT Thursday April 27.
The United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) at its 56th session in
Geneva has called for all unofficial places of detention maintained by
paramilitary organizations such as PLOTE and TELO to be dissolved.
The UNHCR has stated that the Sri Lankan Government has not implemented any
of the UNHCR's nine recommendations to prevent enforced disappearances, or
to bring the country to internationally accepted standards of human rights.