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VOL. 5, NO. 125

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Civilian allowed to return to high security zone
gulf news, August 8. Colombo: The Sri Lankan Supreme Court has permitted a civilian in the north to return to his home located in what the military has described as a 'High Security Zone (HSZ)'. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Sarath N. de Silva overruled a request from the State that a clause be included that the particular case could not be used as a precedent for similar cases. However, the court held that in the event of similar applications such cases would be considered on their own merit. The issue of permitting civilians to return to their homes, following the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement in February 2002, has been one of the key condition of the Tamil guerrillas for returning to the negotiating table. The high security buffer zones around hundreds of military installations in the northern Jaffna peninsula have deprived an estimated 20,000 civilians from returning to their homes. More...
Published: Sun Aug 8 22:56:21 EDT 2004

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More programmes to intensify security in Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 8, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. Amidst a state of deteriorating security situation in Sri Lanka, owing to a spate of killings and other violent prone incidents, the Government will implement a series of programmes this week, which is expected to strengthen the countryís security. Thus, police mobile patrol services are to be deployed in all areas in the island this week and not only in Colombo and suburbs as decided earlier. The ministry of public security, law and order has issued instructions to all Police Officers In Charge to implement these police mobile service with immediate effect. An additional number of police officers are also scheduled to be deployed especially in the North and East province shortly to maintain law and order in those respective areas.

According to the ministry secretary Thilak Ranavirajha the government has decided to strengthen the police mobile services mainly to minimize criminal activities in the island. Accordingly, police motorcycle and cycle units and other patrols will be strengthened under this programme.
Published: Sun Aug 8 14:02:25 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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World News Colombo killings work of Tigers: army chief:, Aug 8 . Unlike the Sri Lankan government, the country's army chief has no hesitation in pointing fingers at the Tiger guerrillas for a string of killings here since July. Army chief Lt. Gen. Shanta Kottegoda has said that the Tamil Tigers selected the targets and the murders had the trademark of the guerrillas. "If these were targeted towards the public, there would have been a serious threat to public safety," he told The Sunday Leader in an interview. The killings have threatened to disrupt the fragile truce between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But the government, obviously worried over the consequences of blame game, has refrained from pinning the responsibility for the killings on LTTE. More...
Published: Sun Aug 8 12:28:10 EDT 2004 Back to the top

US marine Pacific Commanderís visit severely criticized by LTTE
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 8, 2004, 5.06 p.m.. The Tamil Tigers described the recent visit of US Marine Pacific Commander Lt... Back to the top

Govt. Peace head Dhanapala to visit Jaffna tomorrow
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 8, 2004, 5.05 p.m.. Government Peace Secretariat head Jayantha Dhanapala is scheduled to visit Jaffna tomorrow... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Buddhist monk party to support govt, Sunday,Aug.8,2004. COLOMBO, Aug. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's JHU or National Heritage Party with nine Buddhist monks elected as legislators in parliament has decided to sign a memorandum of understanding with the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga to give its conditional support, The Sunday Times said. The JHU spokesman Athureliye Rathana said that the Supreme Sangha Council had taken this decision and the details of MoU were being finalized... Back to the top

Sri Lanka renews weapons deal with China, August 08. The Sri Lankan government has renewed an agreement with China to continue to procure military hardware from a bonded warehouse Beijing set up ten years ago in the southern capital Galle, the Sunday Times reported... Back to the top

South Africa holds Sri Lanka to a draw in first test
Associated Press, Sun August 8, 2004 08:39 EDT . TREVOR CHESTERFIELD - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) South Africa's batsmen rallied around a defiant half-century by captain Graeme Smith to force a draw in the first test match against Sri Lanka - on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil party to join coalition govt, Sunday,Aug.8,2004. COLOMBO, Aug. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil party Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) is set to join the coalition government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga next week, the official Sunday Observer said. The CWC will extend its support to the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) around next week probably beginning Aug... Back to the top

South Africa secure draw against Sri Lanka in first test, August 8, 2004 11:07:44. GALLE, Sri Lanka, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The first test between Sri Lanka and South Africa ended in a draw after South Africa survived to end the final day on 203 for three on Sunday... Back to the top

President criticizes state media and appoints committee to uplift quality
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 7, 2004, 4.09 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Central committee have heavily criticized the state media institutions... Back to the top

Donít let your people run riot, Minister tells LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 7, 2004, 4.56 p.m.. Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake has voiced his concern over the recent killings in the country, allegedly carried out by the LTTE... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger split claws at Sri Lanka peace process, 08 August 2004 1016 hrs. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's peace talks are officially held up due to differences over an agenda, but officials and diplomats involved in the process say the unprecedented split among the rebels could be the real reason... Back to the top

Sri Lankan judge appointed to UN war crimes tribunal for Rwanda
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 7, 2004, 4.09 p.m.. Sri Lankan judge J. Asoka de Silva has become a permanent judge of the United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda, replacing his compatriot, Judge Asoka Gunawardena, who resigned in June... Back to the top

India to explore oil free of cost: Sri Lankan PM, Saturday, August 7, 2004. PK Balachanddran, Colombo, August 7, The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapakse, has said that India has offered to undertake, free of cost, the exploration of oil and natural gas off the North Western coast of his island country... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president offers empty apology for 1983 pogrom, 6 August 2004. When the Sri Lankan ruling elite starts to speak about honesty, it is always laced with a heavy dose of hypocrisy... Back to the top

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