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VOL. 1, NO. 292

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Sri Lankan rebels extend cease-fire, military claims most of Jaffna
MSNBC, january 23. Separatist Tamil guerrillas extended a unilateral cease-fire for a second month on Tuesday as the military said it had captured nearly all of Jaffna Peninsula, a former rebel stronghold. ''Now we are in effective control of about 90 percent of the land mass and we are continuing our offensive to clear the remainder,'' Military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Tue Jan 23 10:59:53 EST 2001
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LTTE extends ceasefire, Colombo calls it "publicity stunt"  - Yahoo India
Tigers extend truce as heavy fighting grips Sri Lanka  -

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Colombo police arrest LTTE Sea Tigers leader
NDTV/MSNBC, January 23 . A day before the LTTE's unilateral ceasefire ends, police in Colombo have arrested a leader of the LTTE's Sea Tigers. According to the police, the group was planning attacks on strategic points, including several ports in the country. Police say that they have leads on where other LTTE militants may be hiding in Colombo and have launched a search operation to nab them. Naval security along the coastline has also been stepped up. More...
Published: Tue Jan 23 09:44:17 EST 2001

Sri Lanka troops kill 1,220 Tigers in four months, Jan 23 2001 18:17 IST. Sri Lankan security forces have killed at least 1,220 Tamil Tiger guerrillas in clashes in the northern peninsula of Jaffna over the past four months, the government said Tuesday. At least 1,250 separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were also wounded in the same period, the government's Special Media Information Centre (SMIC) said in a statement. More...
Published: Tue Jan 23 08:57:31 EST 2001

Tamils in Australia lobby Australian Government to intervene in Lankan crisis
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.20 a.m. SLT Tuesday January 23. The Australia Tamil Society Guild in a media statement issued yesterday has asked Australia as well as the international community to pressurize the Sri Lankan government into beginning negotiations with the LTTE. Talks that are widely perceived, will help end the 18 year old separatist war. The statement follows soon after reports claimed that Tamil political party representatives in Sri Lanka are seeking a meeting with Indian Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee. They hope that Vajpayee will intervene in the present impasse that has occurred since peace initiates were begun by Norway in November last year.

International support is being sought by various factions as a rebel deadline which will end a one month long truce draws to a close tomorrow, Wednesday 24. Serious concerns are being expressed, since the government refused to observe the month long truce but has continued a fierce military offensive against the LTTE. An offensive which will prove how successful it has been after tomorrow. The LTTE have vowed to push back the forward defence lines of state troops to previously held positions.
Published: Tue Jan 23 01:07:03 EST 2001

SL Indian Tamils to receive PIO status
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday January 23. Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka will receive the people of Indian origin cards' which will help them travel to India without securing visas or resident permits in cases of extended stay. The decision has been approved by the Central Government of India, and some 200,000 Indian Tamils living in the island nation will receive the card. The Tamils are resident mostly in the tea plantation areas of Sri Lanka in the upcountry.

India's foreign minister Jaswant Singh and Home Affairs minister L. K. Advani, in principle approved the policy. The people of Indian Origin Committee Council based in Chennai was responsible for pushing the central government to implement the necessary reforms. Tamils in Sri Lanka of Indian origin, the organization maintains have continuously been at the receiving end of various acts of discrimination in one form or another.
Published: Tue Jan 23 01:07:02 EST 2001

Sri Lanka troops consolidate gains under fire
MSNBC, january 22. ri Lankan troops consolidated their gains under fire on Tuesday after a surprise night offensive brought them closer to the strategic Elephant Pass in northern Jaffna peninsula, military officials said. The fighting took place less than two days before the scheduled end of a month-long unilateral rebel ceasefire. More...
Published: Tue Jan 23 09:45:23 EST 2001
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Lankan forces capture key territory in Jaffna  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Kadirgamar in Russia
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday January 23. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will begin an official visit to Russia today, the first in 18 years since a Lankan foreign minister visited the Russian state. He will discuss bilateral issues including bilateral defence cooperation to combat terrorism both at a regional and international level. Kadirgamar may also meet with the Russian trade minister. The last time a Lankan foreign minister visited the Russian state was in 1982.
Published: Tue Jan 23 01:07:02 EST 2001

25 LTTE rebels killed in Jaffna
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on January 23, 2001. Colombo, Jan. 23. (UNI): At least 27 combatants were killed in heavy fighting that erupted in northern Jaffna even as the Sri Lankan Army recaptured about 10-sq. kms of area near Muhamalai on the Jaffna-Elephant Pass during the overnight battle. Army spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karuraratne said security forces mounted a offensive late in the night which took the Tigers by surprise. There was no resistance from the rebels as troops moved towards Pallai and Muhamali. More...
Published: Tue Jan 23 08:58:09 EST 2001
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Lankan troops launch surprise night offensive  - NDTV/MSNBC
Sri Lanka recaptures rebel-held land  - Yahoo
Sri Lankan Army bombs LTTE targets  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka 'takes back' rebel land  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka troops retake territory in night offensive  -
Fresh fighting in Sri Lanka as army mounts night drive  -
Lanka Launches fresh offensive to capture Elephant Pass  -
Heavy fighting grips Sri Lanka as troops mount stealth drive  -

Chandrika honours Olympian Susy
Island, Tuesday, 23 January. President Chandrika Kumaratunga admires the Ďbronze medalí won by Susanthika Jayasinghe at the Sydney Olympics 2000 on Thursday (11) after presenting Susy with a prize of Rs. 5 million in appreciation of her More...
Published: Tue Jan 23 04:14:41 EST 2001

WRAP:Sri Lanka Boldly Free Floats Rupee, Surprise Mkts
Yahoo India, January 23,. In what analysts called a bold move that surprised markets, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka free floated the local currency Tuesday, despite dwindling reserves and balance of payments problems caused by a rapid surge in imports. With four de facto devaluations of the local currency since June last year, talk of a free float has dominated the market in recent months. But that didn't stop the local currency from taking a nose dive, declining by 3.3% to 88.00 rupees (LKR) against the dollar Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue Jan 23 09:41:24 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka Ctrl Bk: Civil War, Low Reserves Are Worrying  - Yahoo India
Lanka allows free float of rupee  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Sri Lanka troops retake Tiger territory in night offensive, Jan 22 2001 23:57 IST. Government forces launched a lightning night offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka Monday and recaptured territory lost to the separatists earlier, the defence ministry said. Troops mounted the latest operation under cover of darkness and took the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas by complete surprise, the ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 16:08:23 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka 'recaptures' rebel-held land  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka troops capture ground with night raid  - MSNBC

LTTE sets a dubious record
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, January 22. THE LIBERATION Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has the highest suicide bombing rate, with 62 per cent of such cases involving LTTE being recorded between 1980 and 2000. In a paper published in Jane's Defense Weekly, Rohan Gunaratna, an internationally-known Sri Lankan expert on terrorism and the LTTE, says that out of the 271 suicide bombings in the world between 1980 and 2000, the LTTE had carried out 168. The West Asian Hizbulla was a poor second with 52 bombings and Hamas came third with 22. The PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party ) had conducted 15 bombings, the Palestine Islamic Jehad eight and the Osama bin Laden outfit, Al Quaida, two. The Egytian Islamic Jehad, the Pakistani Islamic Group, the Sikh Babbar Khalsa International and the Armed Islamic Group accounted for one each. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 16:20:49 EST 2001

Lake House journalist tortured in police custody
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 22 January 1930 GMT. A Tamil journalist arrested by the police has been tortured in custody. A human rights activist in Colombo told BBCís Sandeshaya that the journalist Nadarajah Thiruchelvam was handcuffed to a chair and beaten with a pipe. He has recorded a statement from Thiruchelvam. The victim is a Lake House reporter based in Jaffna who was arrested after arriving in Colombo to attend a wedding. The police has told his family that they have received a petition alleging journalistís connection to LTTE. The Lanka Academic learns that a powerful government minister from the North East region has ordered Nadarajaís arrest. The family say Nadarajah had no special connection to the Tigers.

Thiruchelvam's wife has only been allowed to see her husband once. Even then she has not been allowed to speak to him. TULF MP, V Anandasangari, has written to the President Chandrika Kumaratunga calling for the journalistís release. He also points out in his letter to the President that incidents like this and the killing of BBC journalist Nimalarajan three Months ago is an obstacle to unbiased news coming out of the war torn North.
Published: Mon Jan 22 14:34:25 EST 2001

Sri Lanka Warplanes Bomb Tamil Rebel Base, Massive Fire
Yahoo India, january 22. Sri Lankan MiG-27 aircraft bombed and destroyed a Tamil rebel base in the north, as troops advanced toward a rebel-held strategic land corridor that connects northern Jaffna Peninsula with the mainland, the government said Monday.Pilots reported seeing a massive fire that started after Russian-made MiG-27 bombers hit the target near Elephant Pass Sunday evening, government spokesman U.R.H. Gajaman said. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 07:00:53 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka lashes rebels as ceasefire nears end
MSNBC, January 22. Sri Lanka lashed out in a scathing verbal attack on Monday at Tamil Tiger guerrillas fighting for independence, two days before a unilateral rebel ceasefire was set to end.A government statement accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of calling the ceasefire only to give itself time to recover from recent military losses and to ''deceive'' the international community. ''The LTTE organisation is now compelled to unleash these tactics and ploys in order to cover up the failure of their tactical operations...and also because of the infighting among them,'' it said. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 09:38:46 EST 2001

Lankan Govt. coaxing the Tigers back to the table, 22nd Jan 2001 21.29 IST . With just two days left for the LTTE ceasefire to end, the Sri Lankan Government has asked the separatist Tamil Tigers to come to the negotiating table with concrete proposals to find a solution to the long-standing conflict. "Instead of a self-imposed ceasefire as a positive device of deceiving the international community, what the LTTE needs to do now is to come to the negotiating table along with durable, concrete solutions," a Government statement said. Dismissing the LTTE?s warning that they would go for an all-out war if the Government did not respond positively to the ceasefire, it said, "Coercion seems to be the main weapon in the hands of the terrorists". More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 16:11:43 EST 2001

PIO cards for Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, January 23. The Government of India has accepted in principle that the Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka will also be eligible for the People of Indian Origin (PIO) cards introduced by the Centre, according to Mr. M.S. Kandasamy, president, Indian Origin Community Council, headquartered here.He said a five-member delegation from the council met the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswanth Singh, and the Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, during the recent convention of Global Organisation of the PIO in New Delhi. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 16:12:36 EST 2001

Lankan foreign minister's visit to Russia begins January 23
Times of India, Tuesday . 23 January 2001

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Laxman Kadirgamar would arrive here Tuesday on a four-day official visit to Russia, the first by a foreign minister from the island nation in 18 years.During the visit, Kadirgamar would hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Igor Ivanov, on issues concerning bilateral cooperation as well as the situation in the region, a Lankan embassy source said. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 16:10:22 EST 2001

Indian pachyderm gets some grooming for Lanka temple
Times of India, Tuesday . 23 January 2001

First he has to don heavy, richly embroidered garb from trunk tip to tail, with yak hair fans positioned behind his ears. Then he is festooned with colored bulbs, the car battery for which is strung around his neck.And if he is really lucky, the final touch for the tusker chosen to lead the "Esala perahera," a procession of the Buddha's relics, is the golden casket bearing the relics placed inside the 250-year-old howdah on his back. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 16:11:19 EST 2001

Tamil journalist assaulted by police
BBC South Asia, Monday, 22 January, 2001, 16:30 GMT . It's reported from Sri Lanka say that a Tamil journalist arrested by the police has been assaulted in custody. A human rights activist who interviewed the detained journalist, Nadarajah Thiruchelvam, says the journalist was handcuffed to a chair and beaten with a pipe. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 12:56:56 EST 2001

Interpol red notice for Prabhakaran's arrest
CDN, Monday, 22 january. Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organisation, had issued a Red Most Wanted notice for the capture of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and some of his closest accomplices. Interpol, which has posted the notice on its Website and sent copies of the Most Wanted poster to police forces in the 178 member states, describes Prabhakaran as "a terrorist who is very alert, of stout build, known to use disguise and capable of handing sophisticated weaponry and explosives". Prabhakaran is wanted by Interpol's anti-terrorism branch for murder and terrorism. The Anti Terrorism Branch is currently engaged in combating Terrorism, Firearms and Explosives, Attacks and Threats against Civil Aviation, Maritime Piracy and Weapons of Mass destruction. His arrest warrant was issued simultaneously from Colombo More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 04:57:48 EST 2001

Ban LTTE, Sri Lanka tells U.K.
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, January 23, 2001. COLOMBO, JAN. 22. The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, has said it would be an ``unfriendly act'' if the U.K. failed to ban the LTTE under its new anti-terrorism legislation. Seeking to mount pressure on the British Government over Colombo's long-standing demand, Mr. Kadirgamar told The Sunday Observer weekly in an interview that given the LTTE's ``long and horrible'' record of terror, Sri Lankans would never be able to understand the U.K.'s failure to ban the group, now that it had the power to do so. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 16:09:32 EST 2001
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Nedumaran asks Centre to intervene in Tamil Eelam issue
NewInd Press, january 22. Tamizhar Desiya Iyakkam president P Nedumaran has sought the intervention of Indian government in the Tamil Eelam issue. Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, he said the refusal of the Sri Lankan Government to accept the one-month ceasefire announced by the LTTE showed that it was not really interested in peace. Pointing out that the envoy of Norway was striving to bring about an amicable solution to the ethnic issue, Nedumaran said the Indian government, on its part, should make the Lankan government to accept the ceasefire. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 10:15:44 EST 2001

ICRC hands over bodies of 270 LTTE militants and 209 lankan soldiers, Jan 22 2001 14:45 IST. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has handed over bodies of 270 LTTE militants and 209 Lankan soldiers killed in the ethnic conflict last year. During the height of the war near Elephant Pass in April, the Red Cross transferred the corpses of 186 soldiers. Since September, bodies of 247 extremists were handed over. Of them, 78 were transferred in September and 41 this month. In Eastern Batticaloa, 61 corpses of LTTE cadres were handed over, ICRC spokesman Harasha Gunawardene said. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 06:59:31 EST 2001

Island conquered after three-day war
Yahoo India, January 23. South Africa completed a 2-0 series win on Monday as Sri Lanka suffered their second successive innings defeat within three days in the third and final Test.Sri Lanka were dismissed for 252 shortly after lunch to hand the home side victory by an innings and seven runs. Sri Lanka were dismissed for 119 on Sunday in reply to South Africa?s 378. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 16:15:33 EST 2001
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South Africa win by an innings  - Yahoo India
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- SU commends Kadirgamarís statement on LTTE ceasefire
island, Monday, 22 january. Sihala Urumaya leader,Thilak Karunaratne MP, in a letter addressed to Foreign Affairs Minister Laksman Kadirgamar, has highly commended the recent statements made by the minister on the LTTE unilateral declaration of ceasefire. "It is certainly heartening to note that, you as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, have refused to cow-down to the demands of the LTTE. It is our fervent hope that both you and the government remain committed to a military victory against the LTTE" states Mr. Karunaratne in his letter of January 17, addressed to the minister.The Sihala Urumaya leader states that he and his party is appreciative of the efforts made by the foreign missions of Sri Lanka to counter LTTE propaganda during Minister Kadirgamarís tenure of office. "But we hasten to add that a lot more has to be done in order to create an awareness of the correct situation amongst the so called "International Community" which is just a "hide" in which the former colonial masters and their allies lie wait to trap the poor third world countries" Mr. Karunaratne states. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 04:40:59 EST 2001

Health services won't be privatised - President
CDN, Monday, 22 january. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said yesterday that the Government has no intention to privatise the State health sector and deprive the majority poor of the free medical services. She was addressing a ceremony to commission the Rs. 78 million new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner held at the BMICH yesterday. The President pressed a remote control button from the BMICH to operate the MRI installed at the Colombo National Hospital and scanned the first patient. She said organised groups together with trade unions were carrying out propaganda that the Government was going to privatise the health sector. "All health sector workers including doctors and nurses are well qualified professionals and there is no need to do so, President Kumaratunga said. She asked every worker in the health sector to give priority to the official duty and perform it full time to serve the poor. Treat country and the people before self and such an attitudinal change in health sector workers is imperative today to enhance a better health sector in the country. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 04:55:36 EST 2001

Developing nations debate digital divide at Sri Lanka meet, Jan 22 2001 16:42 IST. KOTHMALE, Sri Lanka, Jan 22 (AFP) - Broadcasters from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean opened a meeting in the central Sri Lankan town of Kothmale Monday in a bid to find a "missing link" to bridge the digital divide. The participants, including community radio experts, heard messages from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura urging the use of new technology to reduce poverty in developing nations. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 09:39:37 EST 2001

S.Lanka may cut regulators to boost liberalisation
Yahoo India, January 22. Sri Lanka is looking to cut the number and scope of regulators to help speed up its economic liberalisation programme, the finance secretary said on Monday. "We have to allow risk and look more at managing risk. There is too much of a tendency to need regulators at an early stage of liberalisation," P.B. Jayasundera told the annual assembly of the South Asian Federation of Stock Exchanges (SAFE) in Colombo. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 09:37:29 EST 2001

Cricket-De Silva will talk to ICC corruption-busters
yahoo, january 22. Unlike Mark Waugh, Sri Lanka's Aravinda de Silva says he is happy to talk to cricket officials investigating match-fixing allegations. ``I have no problem with that - it's fine,'' de Silva told Reuters after Sri Lanka's third test defeat by South Africa on Monday. De Silva was named in an Indian report on match-fixing two months ago along with former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga. The International Cricket Council's Paul Condon is attempting to contact all of the international players named. More...
Published: Mon Jan 22 10:11:44 EST 2001

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