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MARCH 26, 2004 EST, USA
 
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Media rights group claims Sri Lankan officials involved in reporter's murder
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 11:23 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international media rights group Friday urged Sri Lanka - 's government to investigate the murder of a journalist in 1999, claiming involvement of ``high-ranking officials.''

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders highlighted the assassination of Rohana Kumara, editor of Satana (battle), a Sinhalese-language newspaper. The group alleged an elite force assigned to provide security for Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga was implicated in the killing.

``He (Kumara) had been regularly publishing what some deemed to be harsh, and often sensationalistic, criticisms of the government,'' a statement from the group said.

``(The) state has committed large sums of money to protect the obviously high-ranking officials who ordered this crime,'' the statement said.

Kumara's wife claimed he was killed because he reported on a bribery scandal involving an adviser to Kumaratunga, the statement said.

Presidential aide Janadasa Peiris Friday rejected the allegations.

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Rebel faction warns Tamil candidate to withdraw from Sri Lanka 's election, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 12:22 EST . - - Rebel faction warns Tamil candidate to withdraw from Sri Lanka - 's election, XINHUA

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COLOMBO, March 26 (Xinhua) -- The breakaway faction of the Tamil Tiger rebels in the east of Sri Lanka - Friday warned a leading Tamil candidate to withdraw from contesting the April 2 parliamentary election. Joseph Pararajasingham, a veteran legislator from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), told journalists that the renegade eastern leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Karuna's faction had issued orders on him to withdraw and stop campaigning. I told them that according to election laws I cannot withdraw but I will agree to stop campaigning, Pararajasingham, who is a known loyalist of the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran said. Karuna, the once powerful eastern commander of the rebels, was sacked by the LTTE early this month for defying the LTTE leadership.

He was branded by the LTTE rebels a traitor to the Tamil national cause. The TNA has fielded candidates in the war-torn north and east with the objective of strengthening the rebels' hands. However, with the ongoing rift in the LTTE the eastern candidates have come under pressure from the renegade Karuna. The eastern commander defied the LTTE leadership and wanted him treated as a separate entity. He warned the TNA candidates that they could only highlight the problems in the eastern region and should not focus on the main demand of the rebels, the Tamil homeland concept.

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Prabhakaran's cut-outs at election Rally- Army seeks ruling from SLMM
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.55 P.M Friday 26 March. LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakarans cut-outs have been displayed at a rally organized by former TNA member of parliament N.Raviraj yesterday in Neeravely and the Sri Lanka Army has reported the incident as violation of the ceasefire agreement signed between the government and the LTTE. The Army is seeking a ruling from the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and awaiting the SLMM ruling on the matter since depiction of such LTTE cut-outs amounts to a violation of the provisions of the ceasefire agreement.
Published: Fri Mar 26 05:56:04 EST 2004 Back to the top

Facts about Sri Lanka and its April 2 parliamentary elections
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 14:47 EST . The Associated Press - - Facts about Sri Lanka - and April 2 parliamentary election: MAIN ISSUES: Whether to push for negotiations and accede to demands of Tamil Tiger rebels for self-rule after 20 years of civil war... Back to the top

LTTE ultimatum for rebel Karuna
indianexpress.com, March 26, 2004 19:20 EST. : The split in the LTTE now threatens to turn into an internecine war between the Tigers and the breakaway Karuna group with observers fearing that the latter may become a target of a suicide bomb Back to the top

In Sri Lankan elections, marginalized Tamils hope to finally vote again
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 14:47 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - THIRIYAI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Just before dusk settles over this remote village, three Tamil farmers sit on a fallen mango tree and do something they haven't done in 20 years they talk about how they will vote Friday... Back to the top

Premier sets two year target for a permanent solution to ethnic conflict
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 26, 2004, 4.35 pm. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday announced that a permanent settlement to the nationís two decade long ethnic conflict would be found within the next two years... Back to the top

Final meeting between Elections Commissioner and party Secretaries today evening
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 26, 2004, 4.32 pm. A meeting between Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake and political partiesí Secretaries took place today evening... Back to the top

US says newspaper article on opinion poll in Sri Lanka misleading, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 12:20 EST . - - US says newspaper article on opinion poll in Sri Lanka - misleading, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Key dates in Sri Lanka 's modern history
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 14:47 EST . The Associated Press - - Key dates in Sri Lanka - 's modern history: 1948 Sri Lanka - , then called Ceylon, becomes independent after 152 years of British colonial rule... Back to the top

Switzerland Supports Human Rights Commission
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 2.30 P.M Thursday 26 March. The Ambassador of Switzerland Bernardino Regazzoni and the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Radhika Coomaraswamy signed today an Agreement providing an amount of LKR 3.8 million to support a programme to combat torture through monitoring of places of detention... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's separatist suggest they will kill commander who left the movement
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 05:38 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger separatist movement suggested Friday that it would seek to kill a renegade commander and any guerrillas who support him... Back to the top

LTTE Making Life Difficult in Jaffna Says EPRLF Candidate
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.00 P.M Thursday 25 March. T.Sritharan, a candidate of the EPRLF says that LTTE is making life difficult in Jaffna for democratic candidates and they find it very difficult to carryout their election campaigns peacefully. He said from Jaffna that the situation is worsening by the day... Back to the top

Asian human rights group accuses Sri Lankan police of ``gruesome'' torture
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 02:14 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An Asian human rights group on Friday accused the Sri Lanka - 's police of the ``gruesome'' torture of suspects in custody, saying the island's law enforcement is nearing collapse due to a lack of discipline... Back to the top

Sri Lanka PM Aims to Restart Peace Talks
Associated Press, Thu March 25, 2004 16:18 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - NITTAMBUWA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's prime minister said Thursday he will move quickly to restart peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels if he wins next month's elections, even though a victory would almost certainly prolong a power struggle with the president that threatens negotiations... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt warns danger of resumption of ethnic war, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu March 25, 2004 14:59 EST . - - There is a grave danger of war resuming, Constitutional Affairs Minister G... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Airlines ups departures, NATION
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 08:13 EST . - - Sri Lanka - is a Buddhist country like Thailand - that is the reason why Sir Lanka - is one of the popular destinations for Thais, said Rohan Seneviratne, country manager of Srilankan Airlines for Thailand, Vietnam and Burma... Back to the top

Sri Lanka vs. Australia: Odd appeal rejected by TV umpire
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 05:35 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Justin Langer was charged with bringing cricket into disrepute after he brushed a bail off the stumps during Sri Lanka - 's first innings Friday in the third test and prompted a strange appeal by the Australians... Back to the top

Australia slumps to 80 for three, holds 74-run lead
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 08:44 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Justin Langer got one reprieve as he scored 29 on Friday in the third test against Sri Lanka - and another after stumps when he was cleared of bringing cricket into disrepute during a fielding incident... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes six-run lead; Tillakaratne unbeaten on 74
Associated Press, Fri March 26, 2004 06:08 EST . JOHN PYE - AP Sports Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Under fire skipper Hashan Tillakaratne survived a potential hat-trick ball from Jason Gillespie and a dropped catch Friday to guide Sri Lanka - to a six-run first-innings lead over Australia in the third cricket test... Back to the top

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