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VOL. 5, NO. 162

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Two LTTE suspects arrested while filming star class hotels in Colombo
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 14, 2004, 11.04 p.m.. Kollupitiya Police had arrested two men alleged to be LTTE cadres at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, while they were filming the World Trade Centre, Taj Samudra and Galadari Hotels. The LTTE suspects had also failed to produce any valid reasons for filming the hotels and the World Trade Centre, which is the tallest skyscraper in the country. Military Spokesman Col. Sumedha Perera said, “The two Tamil suspects were however released after their statements were recorded by the Police”. A week ago army arrested four LTTE suspects with a camera while they were filming the Sri Lanka Telecom, Army Headquarters and the Colombo Harbour. Editor's Note It has been reported in some news papers that the four "suspects" referred to in this story were Sri Lankan expatriates who were on holiday in Sri Lanka and had no connection to the LTTE or any other organizations.
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Eight Sri Lankan refugees arrive from India illegally
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 14, 2004, 10.58 p.m.. Eight Sri Lankan refugees, who had arrived from south India, had surrendered to the Navy at Urumalai in Talaimannar yesterday. Military spokesman Col. Sumedha Perera said these refugees had paid Indian rupees 3000 per head to an Indian trawler owner for their transportation from India to Sri Lanka. Later the Navy handed over these refugees with their personal belongings to the Talimannar Police station for further investigations.
Published: Tue Sep 14 13:40:25 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Eastern Sri Lankans protest against rebel abduction, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue September 14, 2004 11:35 EDT . - - less the two are immediately freed. The relatives accused the international truce monitors, the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM), the country's president, prime minister and the police for turning a blind eye to the abductions by the Tamil rebels. On Sept. 2, the protesters entered the SLMM office in Trincomalee and vowed not to leave until the guards were let go. The police intervention and a pledge that they would be released within 10 days made the protesters relent. Sunil Alutgamage, a spokesman for the protesters, said the pledge had been of no avail and hence they were forced to resort to protests.

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Published: Tue Sep 14 13:17:48 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka survives scares to win by four wickets
Associated Press, Tue September 14, 2004 13:09 EDT . LONDON (AP) Upul Chandana hit a six off the final ball as Sri Lanka - survived some early scares to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in their opening Champions Trophy game on Tuesday... Back to the top

Norwegian special envoy in Sri Lanka for fresh peace-making attempt, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon September 13, 2004 14:45 EDT . - - Norwegian special envoy in Sri Lanka - for fresh peace-making attempt, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Karuna Website Hacked?
Special Correspondent, September 14. The pro-Karuna web-site which was reported to have been “hacked” and taken off line has been restored according to the website. According to a message on the website “anti democratic forces who get immense financial help from abroad managed to hack in to our site and disable it for the last few days... Back to the top

Over 2000 year old burial urns found in Jaffna
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 13, 2004, 9.03 p.m.. The archaeological research team headed by Dr. P. Pushparatnam, Senior Lecturer, Jaffna University has found burial urns dating back over two thousand years in a research site located at Chaddy, Velanai in the Jaffna District Over 15 students of archeology are engaged in this research... Back to the top

“IMF’s conditions impacts Sri Lanka’s political sovereignty,” claims JVP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 13, 2004, 10.38 p.m.. With Sri Lanka’s peace process showing no signs of resumption, the Government’s main ally Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to lay down a condition such as ‘start talks first then we will grant loans’ as such conditions impacts the country’s ‘political sovereignty’... Back to the top

Indian Navy Chief meets President and discusses ways of strengthening defence relations
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 13, 2004, 8.07 p.m.. Visiting Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Arun Prakash today called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga at the President’s House and discussed ways and means of strengthening the defence relationship between the two countries... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: draft Constitution `can be a starting point'
The Hindu International , Tuesday, Sep 14, 2004. COLOMBO, SEPT 13. Sri Lanka's draft constitution proposals submitted in 1997 and 2000 "can be a good starting point to find an amicable solution" to the island-nation's ethnic conflict and a federal variant could be found to suit a small nation such as Sri Lanka, Prakash Karat, Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said here today... Back to the top

Sri Lankans seek textile deals in N.C.
Associated Press, Tue September 14, 2004 03:17 EDT . - - Less than 10 percent of Sri Lanka - 's annual $1.2 billion textiles import trade is done with the United States, and country officials said they'd like to see it reach 25 percent to 30 percent by 2007... Back to the top

TNA Blasts U.S. Policy
K.S. Rajkumar from Jaffna , September 13. Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, Mr. Rajavarothayam Sampanthan issued a statement warning the United States that its approach could bring immense harm to the current peace process in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Ramu Sugar’s first export to Sri Lanka, September 14, 2004, 06:35 EDT. RAMU Sugar Ltd has made its first ever export of 10,000 tonnes of sugar to Sri Lanka this year, company chairman Peter Colton revealed yesterday... Back to the top

Hollywood film draws protests in Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon September 13, 2004 13:28 EDT . - - Hollywood film draws protests in Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Buddhist Monks March to Protest Film
Associated Press, Mon September 13, 2004 15:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) More than 500 Buddhist monks marched in the Sri Lankan capital Monday expressing outrage and demanding a ban on an upcoming Hollywood movie, threatening to fast even to death if their objections were not heeded... Back to the top

LTTE women rebels eye role as future army, september 14. In other countries, women fighters go back to their normal lives after returning from the battlefield... Back to the top

Colombo files complaint against Tigers
Dawn, COLOMBO, Sept 13. The Sri Lankan government has communicated to the international truce monitoring group that it suspects the Tamil Tigers was behind last week's attack on two Indian fishing trawlers... Back to the top

India vows cooperation to Lanka armed forces, SEPTEMBER 13, 2004 11:25:35 PM. NEW DELHI: As part of the strategy to thwart Pakistan's attempts to gain a major foothold into Sri Lanka through military assistance, Navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash has promised Colombo of all cooperation to its armed forces... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wins toss and bowls
Associated Press, Tue September 14, 2004 05:26 EDT . - - LONDON (AP) Sri Lanka - won the toss and sent Zimbabwe in to bat in their Champions Trophy cricket match at The Oval on Tuesday... Back to the top

Martyred Bala Nadarajah Iyer remembered in Toronto, Canada despite threats and intimidation
Asiantribune, september 14. Toronto, 13 September, ( Bala Nadarajah Iyer, popularly known as “Comrade Bala” who was gunned down mercilessly by the gunman belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was fondly remembered in Tronto, Canada, despite threat and intimidation by the members and supporters of LTTE, the rebel outfit. Kandasamy Iyer Balanadarajah (44), Media Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), and co-founder of the Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS), on 16 August was gun down by an unidentified gunman belonging to LTTE, who was riding a motorcycle outside his home located in W... Back to the top

Hanoi, Colombo to replicate Dhaka model of waste management, 9/14/2004. A five-day UN-ESCAP sponsored workshop began Monday brought in city municipal mayors and experts from Sri Lanka and Vietnam to be shown a Bangladesh model of waste management for replication in their countries, reports BSS... Back to the top

Indian navy seeks new areas of cooperation with Lanka, Monday, September 13, 2004. Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral Arun Prakash, has said that he is seeking "new areas of cooperation" with the Sri Lankan Navy and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to promote good neighbourly relations between India and Sri Lanka... Back to the top

India-made scooters help bring down Lanka suicide rate, Monday, September 13, 2004. Three wheelers made in India have played a silent but a very critical role in bringing down the appallingly high suicide rate in Sri Lanka, experts say... Back to the top

BBC expands FM presence in Sri Lanka, Monday 13 September 2004. MUMBAI: BBC World Service can now be heard in English on FM right across Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Dilshan s return gives Sri Lanka more depth, September 13, 08:10 EDT. Tillakaratne Dilshan, a key allrounder for Sri Lanka, has been passed fit to play in Sri Lanka's first Champions Trophy match against Zimbabwe on Tuesday... Back to the top

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