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LTTE throw hand grenade at a hotel in Batticaloa
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 4, 2004, 7.35 p.m.. A group of LTTE cadres threw a hand grenade to a hotel at Oddamavadi, in Batticaloa yesterday evening. Military sources said, “the group, armed with a T-56 entered ‘Hotel Jeseema’ which is situated at the main Street and lobbed a grenade at the hotel causing damages to the building, but no one was injured due to the explosion”. He also said that after the bomb was thrown, the LTTE cadres had fired shots in the air using a T-56 weapon before leaving the location. The reason for this act is unknown.
Published: Sat Sep 4 09:39:11 EDT 2004

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Government grants a air force helicopter to LTTE senior members
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 10.16 p.m.. Several senior LTTE members including Ramesh and Kaushalyan has flown to the LTTE's peace secretariat today in a air force helicopter, Sources said that the Defence Ministry had given the approval to the authorities to allow the LTTE hierarchy members to fly to Kilinochchi. According to sources the LTTE had flown to Kilinochchi to hold talks with its political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvan.

However, sources noted that it was the members of the alliance Government including the very vociferous Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna who when in the opposition severely criticised the then United National Front Government for allowing LTTE members to travel in Air force helicopters. “There is no change what so ever in the previous Government’s and present Government’s policies. They are merely continuing what was initiated by the last Government. And its the public who are being fooled left, right and centre,” said the source.
Published: Fri Sep 3 12:21:15 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Gov. pays special attention to all divisional airports in the country
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 10.14 p.m.. The Government has initiated a programme to develop all divisional airports in the country, which includes the ones at Koggala, Ratmalana, Anuradhapura, Weerawila, and Ampara with view to improve international air traffic. Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said that the country’s only international airport, ‘Bandaranaike International Airport’ will be transformed to a fully fledged airport by October next year. He made this statement during a ceremony organized in connection with the official opening of several new projects at the Bandaranaike international airport. A special information center was also opened. A new bus service from the airport to Colombo was also launched.
Published: Fri Sep 3 12:18:35 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Army chief in Jaffna
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 8.37 p.m.. Army commander, Lieutenant General Shantha Kottegoda is currently in Jaffna on a two day inspection tour... Back to the top

Senior CPC leader stresses cooperation with Sri Lanka, 2004-09-04. BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) here Saturday said enhancing cooperation between China and Sri Lanka serves fundamental interest of the two peoples. Luo Gan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks in meeting with delegations of the People's Liberation Front of Sri Lanka ledby Somawansa Amarasinghe, Sri Lanka Freedom Party led by Nimal Perera, Communist Party of Sri Lanka led by Raja Collure and United National Party of Sri Lanka led by Jayawickrama Perera... Back to the top

Tamil rebel leader asked to appear in Sri Lankan court, 2004-09-04 15:40:20. COLOMBO, Sept. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's Appeal Court has ordered the reclusive leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels Velupillai Prabhakaran to appear in court over petitions against his signing truce agreement with the government, local TV reported on Saturday. Summons were issued Friday on Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to appear in court on Oct.1 in connection with an application seeking a court order to annulthe ceasefire agreement he signed with the previous government in February 2002... Back to the top

LTTE will come to negotiating table: Chandrika, September 03, 2004, 15:10 EDT. Despite the increasing fragility of the Ceasefire Agreement, the Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, is confident that there will be no return to war, and that the LTTE will Back to the top

Drought hit Yala National Park closed
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 8.07 p.m.. The Country’s main wild life reserve, the Yala National Park was closed due to the severe drought condition prevailing in the park for the past one month, a Wild Life official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in Russia, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri September 3, 2004 12:51 EDT . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -CONDEMNS sked Sri Lanka - condemns terrorism in Russia, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lankan President Says Nation Won t go Back to War (Update1), Sept. 3 . Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga today vowed the island nation wouldn't go back to civil war, just hours after gaining her strongest mandate since the defeat of her political opponents in April. The defection of the Ceylon Workers Congress from the ranks of the opposition gave the government the eight seats it needed for a majority, or 113 seats, in the 225-seat parliament... Back to the top

Sri Lankan citizen extradited from the US
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 7.59 p.m.. The United States today (03) extradited a Sri Lankan citizen, Mr... Back to the top

Sri Lankan ruling coalition gains parliamentary majority with support from Tamil party
Associated Press, Fri September 3, 2004 08:51 EDT . SHIMALI SENANANYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's ruling coalition secured a parliamentary majority for the first time Friday when a minority Tamil party pledged its support, ending a monthslong legislative deadlock that blocked progress in peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition dealt a blow as govt secures majority, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri September 3, 2004 11:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's minority government dealt a blow Friday to the joint opposition coalition when a key opposition ally said it has decided to extend support to President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Armugam Thondaman, leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), told reporters that his party's eight legislators would support Kumaratunga's minority government, thus providing her with the majority in the 225-member parliament... Back to the top

Four suspected LTTE cadres arrested while filming Colombo's important places
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 3, 2004, 8.38 p.m.. Army has arrested four LTTE suspects with a high tech camera at the Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Telecom yesterday evening while they were filming the area... Back to the top

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