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VOL. 5, NO. 118

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Special security cordon in Western and North Western provinces with immediate effect
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 1, 2004, 12.11 p.m.. Following the spate of killings in Colombo, defence authorities have devised a special security programme for the Western and North Western province with immediate effect to maintain the country’s national security. Accordingly, police mobile patrols will be increased; while police will intensify it’s checking specially of busses, motorcycles, three wheelers and vans. However, at the moment there are no plans of implementing road blocks, but the current, few which have been in certain areas of the two provinces, will continue to function with added police personnel.

Inspector General of Police Indra de Silva told State Television today that the police was compelled to take strict security measures due to the recent spate of violent incidents which included, the killing of eight Tamils in a luxury house at Kottawa, a suicide bomb attack at the Kollupitiya police station, and the assassination of a PLOTE activist in Bambalapitiya and several other incidents. The security has been mainly strengthened in Kalutara, Mt. Lavinia, Colombo, Nugegoda, Gampaha, Peliyagoda and Chilaw areas.
Published: Sun Aug 1 14:14:12 EDT 2004

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Killing in capital raises concerns over security
gulf news, august 1. Colombo: An informant of the Sri Lanka military and a close associate of Tamil guerrilla renegade regional military wing leader was shot dead in the heart of the capital raising further security concerns. The informant popularly known as 'Plote Mohan' was shot dead by a suspected LTTE pistol gang close to a usually busy clothing shop in Bambalapitiya which was closed in view of a public holiday. The victim, whose real name is Kandiah Yogarasa, was known to have been working with the Army in the eastern Ampara district after working closely with the military for over 14 years, but also closely associated with Karuna. Military spokesman Colonel Sumedha Perera denied the charge. "This man had nothing to do with us," he said. He was later reported to have come to Colombo and was living in the Nugegoda area. The killing took place after the victim came down the staircase of the House of Fashion clothing shop as he found it closed and was about to get into a vehicle, police said. More...
Published: Sun Aug 1 23:12:20 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Prabhakaran’s life at stake?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 1, 2004, 11.05 p.m.. LTTE Leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran’s Security has been strengthened following death threats against him by groups associated with the Karuna faction. Accordingly, the Wanni LTTE cadres are engaged in frequent search operations in both cleared and uncleared areas in the North and East. While, Special teams have been deployed to inquire into whether landmines or claymore bombs are concealed on either side of the Roads. Recent reports also claim that LTTE Intelligence Head Pottu Amman has curtailed the public appearances of Prabhakaran.

Meanwhile, sources also alleged that Prabhakaran has released a list of some 100 names giving who should be killed within a month. This list includes the names of several top leaders of the Karuna faction.
Published: Sun Aug 1 14:09:39 EDT 2004 Back to the top

JVP and JHU says ‘No way to ISGA’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 1, 2004, 12.04 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) have decided to adopt the same policy on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA)... Back to the top

Plastic cash gets no credit in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, Sun, Aug 01, 2004. COLOMBO (AFP) - Credit cards may be catching on in Sri Lanka but the island's first experiment with plastic banknotes has failed to take off, dashing hopes of saving on printing costs... Back to the top

President appoints committee to bring down skyrocketing cost of living
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 1, 2004, 11.00 p.m.. The Government is considering a proposal to do away with taxes slapped on all essential goods, in their bid to control the escalating cost of living... Back to the top

Lanka has no legal means to surrender Karuna to LTTE, Sunday, August 1, 2004. The Sri Lankan government cannot accede to the LTTE's demand that the dissident commander Col Karuna be handed over to it because there is no law under which the fugitive can be handed over... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil rebels reject fresh govt proposals, 2004-08-01 13:06:35. COLOMBO, Aug. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected fresh government proposals which allow them self-rule in the war-torn north and east while insisting on their own demand on a similar self autonomy, The Sunday Times reported. The government proposals for an Interim Self Governing Council (ISGC) was conveyed during talks Norwegian Deputy Foreign MinisterVidar Helgesen had in northern town of Kilinochchi on Monday with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political wing leader S... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels kill senior intelligence operative+
Associated Press, Sat July 31, 2004 07:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 31 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tigers on Saturday shot dead a senior military intelligence operative working with the army in a daylight attack that shattered the holiday calm of a popular shopping district in the heart of the capital... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wins Asia Cup title with 25-run victory against India in final
Associated Press, Sun August 1, 2004 12:33 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - defeated India by 25 runs in the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament on Sunday... Back to the top

Asia Cup: India lose 4 wickets to Sri Lanka, August 1, 2004 13:30 EDT. Sunday, August 1, 2004 (Colombo): Sri Lanka have won the Indian Oil Asia Cup cricket tournament, defeating India by 25 runs in the final in Colombo today... Back to the top

Norwegian peace says that there is no sign Sri Lanka was any ..., 2004.08.01. Norwegian peace envoy Vidar Helgesen has said that there was no sign Sri Lanka was any closer to resuming peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Indian fans invade Sri Lanka for the final :, Aug 1. World News > Colombo, Aug 1 : Thousands of Indian fans have followed their team to watch today's Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka, even as the hotels here were teeming with guests for the first time in decades... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's batting collapses after half-centuries from Atapattu, Sangakkara
Associated Press, Sun August 1, 2004 08:47 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - suffered a middle-order collapse Sunday to squander the gains of a blazing century partnership between skipper Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara in the Asia Cup final against India... Back to the top

Government’s main ally sounds warning bells to President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 31, 2004, 11.40 p.m.. A senior member of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has threatened that his party will pull out of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government, if President Kumaratunga goes ahead with the proposal of resuming peace talks with the LTTE based on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA), the Daily Mirror reported... Back to the top

Oslo Conference on "Road Maps to Peace in Sri Lanka" - 20 August 2004
Asian Tribune, July 31. Oslo, 01 August: The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) jointly with its Norwegian Counterpart R-Centre is organizing a full-day seminar on LTTE terrorism to be held in Oslo, Norway on August 20... Back to the top

TV Rights To Fetch Lanka A Cool $48 Million From Indian Tours, August 1, 2004. Colombo, August 1 (NNN): Sri Lanka will be earning a cool $48 million from the sale of television rights alone for the next four years after managing to get the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to confirm three tours of the team in this period... Back to the top

Indian cricket board tells unauthorized Pakistani masseur to stay away from team
Associated Press, Sun August 1, 2004 01:26 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Indian cricket board has objected to the presence of a Pakistani masseur in the Indian team camp and directed him to stay away from the squad... Back to the top

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