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VOL. 5, NO. 197

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India, Sri Lanka finalize defense draft on military training, arms supplies, intel-sharing
Associated Press, Tue October 19, 2004 10:51 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A high-level Indian defense team in Sri Lanka - Tuesday completed a draft agreement with the government that would let India provide training and arms to Sri Lanka - 's military, officials said. India would likely supply Sri Lanka - with helicopters, artillery, patrol vessels and jeeps, the officials said.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga is scheduled to make an official visit to India in early November. India's army chief is expected in Sri Lanka - on Nov. 1 for a four-day official visit.

Leaders from the neighboring countries agreed a year ago to start talks on the defense deal.

No immediate reaction was available from the Tamil Tigers rebels on the proposed defense pact, but the guerrillas warned earlier this year it could damage the already fragile truce between them and Sri Lanka - 's government.

A Norway-brokered cease-fire halted fighting in February 2002, but peace talks have been stalled by disagreements since April 2003.

India's previous involvement in Sri Lanka - 's civil war was costly. Indian soldiers deployed to help the Sri Lankan government fight the Tamil guerrillas were withdrawn in 1987 after suffering heavy casualties.

In 1991, a Tamil suicide bomber assassinated former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. New Delhi has since labeled the group a terrorist organization.
Published: Tue Oct 19 12:42:20 EDT 2004

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K.S. Rajkumar from Jaffna, October 19. Despite the ceasefire agreement in effect, LTTE had killed more than 320 people this year according to sources in Jaffna. In recent days Thambipillai Pakiyaratnam, a 24-year-old youth was abducted from Oorany in Batticaloa district by suspected LTTE cadres and later killed in an execution style murder. The victim’s hands and legs were tied and he had been shot in the head and chest at point blank range. According to relatives of the victim members of the LTTE's intelligence wing headed by Pottu Amman, were alleged to have kidnapped Mr. Pakiyaratnam the day before. His body with gunshot wounds was found at Iruthayapuram junction in Batticaloa.

Meanwhile, Wanni LTTE cadres are reportedly threatening civilians in Batticaloa that anyone suspected of supporting or providing any sort of help to the Karuna faction will be treated as traitors and would be punished accordingly. Several civilians, including elderly women have been killed so far by the LTTE on suspicion of proving shelter to members of the Karuna faction.

In another incident a youth was killed by a grenade in Puthur township on Batticaloa. The victim, Kumarasamy Maheswaran alias Mohan, was killed while staying at his sister’s place. He was a member of the LTTE’s suicide killer unit known as the Black Tigers. It is rumored that he was sent to Batticaloa from Kilinochchi recently, and was assigned to take on a high-value target.

Meanwhile unconfirmed reports from the east say that Mr. Kingsley Rajanayagam a former TNA MP closely associated with “Col” Karuna has been assassinated. Mr. Rajanayagam was elected to parliament from the east during the recent elections but was pressured by his erstwhile colleagues in the TNA to resign to make way for a pro wanni LTTE nominee.
Published: Tue Oct 19 10:20:51 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Suspected LTTE gunmen kill former MP, October 19, 2004, 13:50 EDT. Advertisement Suspected LTTE gunmen on Tuesday shot dead Kingsley Rasanayagam, a former MP from Batticalao district, known to have been a protégé of the dissident LTTE commander, Col Karuna. Reliable sources told Hindustan Times that Rasanayagam was killed at about 6.30 pm at Kalviyankadu near Batticaloa town in Eastern Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Tue Oct 19 13:36:40 EDT 2004 Back to the top
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Family of journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan demands justice, four years after his murder
RSF, October 19. Reporters Without Borders urged President Chandrika Kumaratunga to revive an investigation into the murder of Tamil journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan as his family marked the fourth anniversary of his death with a demand for justice... Back to the top

New IGP wants Tamil language fluent policemen for Jaffna police stations
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 19, 2004, 11.18 p.m.. Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando today said that police personnel fluent in the Tamil language would be deployed to all police stations in the Jaffna peninsula... Back to the top

LTTE dissident seeks treatment in Singapore:, October 19, 2004, 13:50 EDT. Colombo, Oct 19 : Soosai, a Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger leader, who is rumoured to have fallen out with the rebel organisation leadership, has left for Singapore for medical treatment, rebel sources said... Back to the top

Ex TNA MP shot dead in Batticaloa
tamilnet, October 19. Mr.Kingsley Rasanayagam, ex Tamil National Alliance MP for Batticaloa was shot dead Tuesday evening around 6.20 in the eastern town by unidentified gunmen. He resigned his seat soon after he was elected at the April 2004 election to Sri Lanka's Parliament... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition party protests soaring living costs, demands salary hikes
Associated Press, Tue October 19, 2004 07:29 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hundreds of opposition party supporters marched through the capital Tuesday demanding pay hikes and lower food and fuel costs from the Sri Lankan government... Back to the top

Lanka may not submit counter-proposal prior to peace talks, October 19, 2004, 07:50 EDT. The Norwegian peace brokers have reportedly told the LTTE that they do not think there is any plan on the part of the Sri Lankan government to submit a proposal of its own for an Interim administration in the North Eastern Province (NEP) ahead of the peace talks... Back to the top

Fourth man held in slaying
toronto star, october 19. A fourth man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of a young Brampton woman who was gunned down in the hallway of her home last March... Back to the top

S.Lankan main Muslim party to provide gov t with conditional ..., Oct. 19. COLOMBO, Leader of Sri Lanka's main Muslim party Rauff Hakeem has said that his party will not join the coalition government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga but will provide conditional support, The Island newspaper said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Press Release: LTTE Medical Treatment
SCOPP Communications Unit, 19th October 2004. The Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) was informed by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo that a Senior Commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) – Thillayampalan Sivanesan alias Soosai – was in need of emergency medical treatment abroad because of his rapidly worsening condition caused by an old injury sustained in conflict... Back to the top

HL:Illegal immigrants who sparked scare at Toronto airport claiming refugee status
Associated Press, Mon October 18, 2004 20:17 EDT . Airport security officers were scrambled Saturday night to meet an Air Canada jet carrying seven illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka - and the Dominican Republic... Back to the top

Sri Lanka get another shot at glory, October 19, 2004, 07:50 EDT. The champagne might still be flowing in the Sri Lankan camp, after their resounding win in the final of the Paktel Cup, but the hangover time allotted was just three days... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Atapattu rejects criticism that he is ``selfish'' in favoring more experienced players
Associated Press, Tue October 19, 2004 06:41 EDT . - - Chief selector Ashantha de Mel has complained that Sri Lanka - 's touring team management was being selfish and ignoring the country's interests by not giving younger players enough time on the field during the recent triangular one-day series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe... Back to the top

Home truths for Sri Lankan film
BBC, October 18. Sri Lankan cinema is highly acclaimed abroad - its films have won dozens of awards at international festivals... Back to the top

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