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JUNE 18, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 74

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Hundreds of security personnel dispatched, while Defence Authorities tries to assure peoples fears of possible bomb attacks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 19, 2004, 9.55 a.m.. As several hundreds of police and army personnel were dispatched to Colombo and surrounding areas to intensify the security, High security officials attending a special security meeting yesterday noted that, “the Government has taken the decision to increase the security, not because of fear of attack from the LTTE, but merely taking precaution from incidents that could be prevented.”

The decision to tighten security in Colombo and other areas, comes in the wake of Police finding explosives consisting of a suicide kit which is the same usually worn by LTTE suicide cadres along with two claymore mines in Colombo on Thursday.

The LTTE early this week warned of a possible “blood bath” citing President Kumaratunga as the reason due her constant change in policies, concerning the peace process.
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Sri Lanka to beef up security at economic nerve centers, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri June 18, 2004 14:33 EDT . COLOMBO, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan government has decided to beef up security at the country's economic nerve centers, government officials said on Friday. A special security plan is to be employed at ports, airports, state banks, power and energy stations and state radio and television institutions, officials added. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, Deputy Minister of Defense met the heads of key state installations on Friday to analyze the existing security operations in the institutions. The decision to strengthen security came a day after the discovery of high explosives in the capital Colombo. A suicide kit of the type worn by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels along with two claymore mines were found north of Colombo abandoned by the roadside. The city has not experienced any explosions since the LTTE rebels and the government entered the Norwegian-backed cease-fire in February 2002. In late July 2001 the LTTE rebels carried out a devastating attack on the country's only international airport, damaging a dozen of military and commercial aircrafts. Officials, however, said that Friday's decision was not based on any impending threats from the LTTE rebels but largely precautionary.

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Sri Lanka to probe Tamil rebel accusations against government media, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri June 18, 2004 04:10 EDT . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -TO-PROBE sked Sri Lanka - to probe Tamil rebel accusations against government media, XINHUA

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COLOMBO, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government that hopes to recommence stalled direct peace negotiations with the Tamil Tiger rebels said on Thursday they would look into rebel accusations of carrying out a vicious campaign against them. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels had complained to the Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka - that the state- owned radio had carried a program to discredit the rebels by promoting a breakaway commander of the LTTE.

Government spokesman and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the internal clashes within the LTTE was not a matter for the government to draw attention to as it was committed to a negotiated settlement to end the two decades of ethnic conflict. He said that although the government would like to have the talks in Sri Lanka - , the LTTE has insisted on having talks overseas.

The rebel demand to have their interim power sharing plan as the basis for discussion was accepted by President Chandrika Kumaratunga but she also wants the core issues on permanent solution to the country's ethnic conflict to be discussed simultaneously when the peace talks resume. Sanaraweera said that both the government and the LTTE should show flexibility in their efforts for the revival of the peace in the country as soon as possible.

The peace talks have been stalled since April last year when the LTTE staged a temporary pullout, accusing the then government of doing little to implement decisions reached at six rounds of negotiations between September 2002 and March 2003.

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Published: Fri Jun 18 09:19:10 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Former Sri Lankan cricket boss released on bail
Associated Press, Fri June 18, 2004 05:54 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's former cricket board chief, Thilanga Sumathipala, was released on bail Friday while facing allegations of fraud and forgery... Back to the top

Muralitharan says Australian boycott only temporary
Associated Press, Fri June 18, 2004 02:51 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's star offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan said Friday he had nothing against Australians and would tour that country in the future, but maintained that he will not be part of the Sri Lankan cricket team in the upcoming two-test series... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to take measures to prevent land grab by foreigners, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri June 18, 2004 04:10 EDT . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -TO-TAKE sked Sri Lanka - to take measures to prevent land grab by foreigners, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bans bikinis with Buddha's image
Associated Press, Fri June 18, 2004 00:02 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Supreme Court has banned the import of bathing suits with images of Buddha after a monk saw bikinis bearing the symbol in an advertisement... Back to the top

Lanka to reinforce 100 pc tax on foreigners buying lands
deepikaglobal.com, June 17 . Colombo, June 17 (UNI) Sri Lanka today decided to reinforce the 100 per cent taxation on lands being bought by foreigners, a law that was done away with by the previous United National Front (UNF) government for the past two years... Back to the top

Without Mura Lankans fear Aussie batting
dispatch.co.za, june 17. COLOMBO - With star bowler Muttiah Muralitharan staying out of the Australian tour, Sri Lanka's cricket captain believes it will be a "big struggle" to contain the strong Australian batting lineup... Back to the top

Lanka assures to probe LTTE allegations against State media
deepikaglobal.com, June 17 . Colombo, June 17 (UNI) Responding to serious LTTE allegations against the state media of being ''engaged in a vicious propaganda aimed at discrediting the rebels and creating North-East regionalism in the minds of listeners'', newly-appointed Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera today assured a probe into the matter... Back to the top

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