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Sri Lankan navy arrests Indian fishermen for allegedly carrying explosives
Associated Press, Sun October 10, 2004 13:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's navy Sunday arrested 10 Indian fishermen and seized their boat after allegedly catching them with explosives, a spokesman said. Perera said the navy and police are investigating whether the explosives were bound for Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels.

The fishermen, all ethnic Tamils, have claimed that they had strayed into Sri Lankan waters, he said.

``They (the fishermen) are most likely to be handed over to the Indian authorities,'' Perera said.

The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate state in northeastern Sri Lanka - . A cease-fire halted the conflict in 2002, but peace talks to permanently end the war collapsed last year and the government accuses the rebels of using the break to smuggle in arms.

Sri Lanka - is separated by a narrow sea strip from southern India, where 55 million Tamils live and share linguistic and family ties with those in Sri Lanka - .
Published: Sun Oct 10 16:03:52 EDT 2004

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Sri Lankan Tamil lawmakers want Buddhist intervention to resume stalled peace talks
Associated Press, Sun October 10, 2004 10:34 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Politicians representing the Tamil Tiger rebels planned to ask influential Buddhist clergy Monday to push the government to resume peace talks aimed at permanently ending the country's civil war, a lawmaker said. Backed by the Tigers, the TNA secured 22 seats in Sri Lanka - 's 225-member Parliament in April elections.
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Ranil gives blank cheque to Chandrika to talk with Tigers
PTI, Oct 10, 2004 01:47:00 PM. Colombo, Oct 10 (PTI) Sri Lanka's opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose party's support is vital for any deal with LTTE rebels, today announced giving her arch political rival, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, "carte blanche" to revive stalled peace negotiations with the Tigers.

"We have given you and your government carte blanche to proceed with the engagement with the LTTE in talks," Wickremesinghe said in a letter to the President, a copy of which was released to reporters here, on the eve of his India visit.

Wickremesinghe, whose United National party's (UNP) support is vital to push through constitutional reforms to implement any peace deal with Tiger rebels, asked the President to resume talks without any fear of opposition obstacles. More...
Published: Sun Oct 10 09:07:07 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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SCOPP Head Visits Trincomalee
SCOPP Communications Unit, 10th October 2004. Jayantha Dhanapala - Secretary-General of the Peace Secretariat (SCOPP)and Senior Adviser to the President - visited Trincomalee on Friday 8th October in pursuance of a policy of visiting the six District Offices of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) for the purpose of ensuring the smooth implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to step up training for troops, Oct 10, 2004 05:15:00 PM. Colombo, Oct 10 (PTI) Sri Lanka's army chief today announced stepping up military training and upgrading Tamil language skills among troops and praised his rank and file for upholding a truce with the Tiger rebels despite provocation... Back to the top

Lanka rejects offers from India, US to renovate Palaly runway, Sunday, October 10, 2004 . Colombo, Oct 10 (UNI) Rejecting the offers from both India and the US, the Sri Lankan government has decided to renovate on its own the runway at the Air Force base at Palaly in Jaffna peninsula at a cost of Rs 360 million... Back to the top

Sri Lanka eyes petro-dollar loans to fuel recovery, 10 October 2004 1208 hrs . COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's foreign reserves are falling, inflation is galloping, balance of payments is in the red, but the island is banking on petroleum price boom to get out of the woods... Back to the top

EPDP urges LTTE to resume talks soon
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 9, 2004, 11.54 p.m.. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) has said that if LTTE Leader Prabhakaran has a genuine interest in Tamil Peoples’ welfare, he should come forward for peace negotiations immediately... Back to the top

Sri Lankan tea firm wants to redefine Indian tastes:, 10th October 2004. [India News]: New Delhi, Oct 10 : With a majority of Indians used to the flavour of hard tea, Sri Lanka's leading tea company Dilmah is seeking to tempt the Indian palate with finer varieties of the cup that cheers... Back to the top

Lanka to probe Renown show, Sunday, October 10, 2004. Calcutta: The Sri Lankan football federation, in a letter to the Indian Football Association (IFA) on Saturday, has pledged to hold an enquiry into the disastrous performance of Renown Sports Club in the ongoing IFA Shield... Back to the top

Atapattu wants Sri Lankan players not to show complacency
Associated Press, Sun October 10, 2004 04:16 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - cricket captain Marvan Atapattu wants to finish off Zimbabwe in ``good fashion'' Monday when the two teams meet in a limited-overs international of triangular series... Back to the top

Killings continue in east Sri Lanka, 2004-10-09 20:05:04. COLOMBO, Oct. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's eastern area was the scene of more killings Saturday in the internecine clashes betweenTamil Tiger rebel rival factions with two more deaths, defense officials said. A man named Jude, an area leader belonging to the mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, was gunned down inbroad daylight in the main bus stand at eastern town of Akkaraipattu around 11:00 a... Back to the top

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