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VOL. 5, NO. 195

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Indian defence delegation to visit Colombo next week, October 17. A high level Indian delegation of defence officials will visit Colombo next week ''to discuss the proposed Defence Cooperation Agreement'' between the two neighbouring countries, a media report said here today. Quoting Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, the media report said that the Indian delegation would arrive in Colombo ''as scheduled earlier'' to discuss among other things the modernisation of Palaly Airport. An Indian diplomat, on condition of anonymity, confirmed that a top Indian delegation was visiting Colombo next week, but refused to divulge any more details. According to the Colombo-based English weekly, Sunday Times, the Sri Lankan government decided last week to undertake on its own, the modernisation of the Palaly Airport, a move that rejected the offers from both India and the United States. More...
Published: Sun Oct 17 19:54:07 EDT 2004

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Tamil Tigers reject peace plans
BBC, October 17. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have dismissed new government proposals to restart peace talks. They say peace talks could only resume on the basis of proposals put forward by their own interim administration. The leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's political wing said they were shocked by reports of government proposals announced in Colombo. SP Tamilchelvan categorically denied that peace talks would resume next month on the basis of that blueprint. He also accused the government of sending out conflicting and confusing signals. Mr Tamilchelvan is currently leading a high-level committee on a European tour to study federal constitutions, and to explain their position on the peace process to western governments. More...
Published: Sun Oct 17 23:23:10 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka peace talks may resume next month: report+
Associated Press, Sun October 17, 2004 05:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Oct. 17 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's troubled peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels could resume early next month, ending an 18-month deadlock in the fragile process, a state-run newspaper reported here Sunday. The paper said that Japan's special peace envoy to Sri Lanka - , Yasushi Akashi, was also expected to visit Colombo later this month.

Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey warned last week that Sri Lanka - 's cease-fire was in danger of breaking down and she asked the two sides to return to the negotiating table as quickly as possible.

Calmy-Rey said a ''lack of confidence'' was holding up a resumption of the peace talks. She also made it clear to the Tigers that all political killings must be brought to an end.

The government has accused the Tigers of murdering more than 250 rivals since the Oslo-brokered ceasefire went into effect from February 2002.

The rebels have denied carrying out the killings.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Sri Lanka - 's three-decade Tamil separatist conflict.

The Tigers have been demanding independence for the island's Tamil minority, but in December 2002 they agreed to settle for extensive regional autonomy within a federal structure.
Published: Sun Oct 17 06:11:43 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Two men arrested for Singh murder
Brampton Guardian, October 17. Two Toronto men were arrested Wednesday without incident and charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Amretta Singh through the front door of her family's home in March... Back to the top

Black Tiger killed due to family dispute
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 17, 2004, 11.31 p.m.. A Wanni LTTE cadre reportedly a Black-Tiger was killed when he came under a grenade attack last night while at his home at Putur, Batticaloa... Back to the top

TNA sceptical about development work been carried out in the North East
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 17, 2004, 11.32 p.m.. The quality of works funded by many foreign countries and currently being executed in the North-East under various government agencies is questionable, claims the Tamil National Alliance... Back to the top

Maran opens direct link between India, Sri Lanka, OCTOBER 17. Telecom connectivity between India and Sri Lanka entered a new phase yesterday with Minister for Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran inaugurating a direct communication (microwave) link between the two countries... Back to the top

Digital bridge with Lanka, Oct. 16. Chennai, Oct. 16: The Gulf of Mannar, separating India from Sri Lanka, was bridged today as the two nations revived a microwave link to facilitate direct International Long Distance Services (ILDS). During the launch of the “direct link” here, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited also announced a slash on Internet and broadband access charges by a whopping 60 per cent, among other sops... Back to the top

TNA urges Tamil people to strengthen LTTE hands, October 17. Tamil National Parliamentarians (TNA) addressing first public rally held in Trincomalee Town Hall Saturday night as a part of the three day political awareness campaign in the district stressed that Tamils should strengthen the hands of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to establish the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) which is urgently needed to reconstruct the war torn northeast province and to rehabilitate the lives of several thousands internally displaced peoples now sheltered in camps and welfare centres... Back to the top

Lanka IOC to issue global IPO
com, October 17, 2004, 8:45 EDT. Lanka IOC Limited (LIOC), a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, has announced its global initial public offering (IPO) of 13.3 million shares to raise Sri Lankan rupee (SLR) 2.3 billion in the third week of November at a price band of SLR 22-30, said M Nageswaran, managing director, LIOC, at a press meet yesterday... Back to the top

Lanka IOC expects 4-fold net increase
com, October 17, 2004, 8:45 EDT. Sunday, 17 October , 2004, 09:05 Lanka IOC, a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation, expects to achieve a four-fold increase in its net profit for the current year... Back to the top

Vaiko confident Centre will lift ban on LTTE, Oct. 17. Tiruchirappalli, Oct. 17 (PTI): MDMK leader Vaiko, today expressed confidence that the Union Government would lift the ban on LTTE. He was responding to reporters queries here on what he thought about the LTTE spokesperson Tamizhselvan's plea to the Indian Government to lift the ban on the organisation, at a time when the peace negotiations were on... Back to the top

Pakistan off-spinner Malik reported for suspect bowling action
Associated Press, Sun October 17, 2004 10:55 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan off-spinner Shoaib Malik was reported for a suspect bowling action during Saturday's final of the limited-overs triangular series against Sri Lanka - , the International Cricket Council confirmed Sunday... Back to the top

Government going public on its counter proposals
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 16, 2004, 3.44 p.m.. The Government will initiate a propaganda campaign shortly to enlighten the public about their counter proposals to the LTTE’s Interim Self Governing Authority Proposals... Back to the top

LTTE denies dropping condition for beginning peace talks, Saturday, October 16, 2004. "The talks can begin only on the basis of the LTTE's proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) submitted to the government on October 31, 2003... Back to the top

Brilliant Jayasuriya helps Sri Lanka win triangular series
Associated Press, Sat October 16, 2004 12:43 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Sanath Jayasuriya had a five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka - crushed Pakistan by a massive 119 runs in the day-night final of the triangular series Saturday... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels release Sri Lankan security guards
Associated Press, Sat October 16, 2004 08:16 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) In a surprise move, Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday freed two government security guards held hostage for more than two months, a top peace monitor said... Back to the top

LTTE denies rift between Prabhakaran and his naval chief, October 16. The LTTE has denied widespread rumours that the supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and the group's naval chief Soosai have fallen out... Back to the top

Selector s comments spurred us on says Sri Lanka skipper, Sat 16 October. LAHORE, Pakistan, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Critical comments by Sri Lanka's chief selector Asantha De Mel spurred Sri Lanka on to win the three-nation one-day final against Pakistan on Saturday said captain Marvan Atapattu... Back to the top

Lanka IOC to come out with global ipo in November, 16th OCT 16:25 hrs IST. Chennai: Lanka IOC Ltd (LIOC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, is aiming to increase its share of the Sri Lanka's petroleum product retail market from the existing 28 per cent to 50 by 2007... Back to the top

Senior LTTE intelligence cadre Killed in Batticaloa
K.S. Rajkumar from Jaffna, October 15. A senior member of the LTTE's intelligence unit and close confidante of the LTTE's intelligence chief Pottu Amman, was killed in an ambush attack in the Pancichankerni township in the Batticaloa district... Back to the top

New front formed against LTTE, Saturday, 16 Oct 2004. Chennai, Oct 16 - The Tamileela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), a political party launched by LTTE rebel leader Karuna, and Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF) led by G Gnanasekaran joined together and formed an umbrella organisation Tamileela Iykkiya Viduthalai Munnani (TIVM) ‘‘to save the Tamil-speaking people from the LTTE dictator’s terrorism and to achieve the right of self-determination of the Tamils... Back to the top

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