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VOL. 5, NO. 198

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Internal Rift within LTTE widens in Batticaloa; Relatives cast doubts on Soosais condition.
K.S. Rajkumar from Jaffna, October 20. Several of the LTTE’s military leaders for Batticaloa appointed by Pirabakaran after Karuna's revolt earlier this year, are in trouble again. Ramesh, who replaced Karuna as the special commander for Batticaloa-Ampari districts was replaced with Banu without any explanation. Banu is a relative and considered as a very close associate of Pottu Amman. Ramesh had been accused of misusing LTTE funds and is now detained in Kilinochchi. Last week, it was reported that Ram, LTTE’s military head for Ampari, was also arrested by the LTTE’s intelligence unit cadres and was subsequently taken to Kilinochchi for further interrogations.

Several media reports mentioned Ram as one of the three senior military leaders who wanted to leave LTTE over differences in opinion with the LTTE leader Pirabakaran. Now it is learnt that Ramanan, whose position was listed as military intelligence chief for Ampari, was also detained by Pottu Amman’s cadres and had been taken to Vanni. Ramanan becomes the third senior LTTE military leader who had been arrested and taken to Vanni from Batticaloa, in recent months. This is in addition to Col Paduman whose where abouts are not known since appearing in the LTTE website TamilNet during the initial days of the Karuna rebellion. Many other frontline leaders of the LTTE from the east such as Jim Kelly have also been executed.

Meanwhile, suspected Vanni LTTE cadres gunned down Mr. Kingsley Rasanayagam, an ex-MP, when he was leaving his house to go to his farm. At the last parliamentary elections Mr. Rasanayagam was elected to the parliament from the Batticaloa district through popular votes. However, he was forced to resign from the parliament due to threats by the LTTE. He was severely assaulted by LTTE while in their custody, and was admitted to the hospital when he was released. In a statement issued last evening in Batticaloa, Karuna squarely blamed Pottu Amman and Pirabakaran for the murder of Mr. Rasanayagam.

In another development, relatives of Col. Soosai dismissed news reports in Sri Lankan media that Soosai is critically ill or that he required urgent medical care abroad. On Tuesday night, Col. Soosai left Colombo through the international airport. There are conflicting reports on his destination, with some reports saying that he went to Singapore, while some other media reports said he was on his way to an European country. There was no official word or response from LTTE regarding Soosais condition, although the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said they sought Sri Lankan governments help to transfer Col. Soosai to Colombo after LTTE requested their help.

Political observers point out the fact that not even the LTTE mouthpiece TamilNet has any original reporting other than the press release issued by the Peace secretariat of the government of Sri Lanka. A political commentator who wished to be anonymous wondered why the LTTE propaganda site which reports on even minor hiccups of the frontline leaders would chose to maintain a stoic silence on the Soosai medical emergency other than to republish the statement from the government of Sri Lanka. He went on to comment that during the previous internal rift in the LTTE Col Karuna was also offered safe passage out of Sri Lanka by Pirbakaran.
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Records tumble at Colombo Stock Exchange
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 20, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. Records continued to tumble at the Colombo Stock Exchange today, when the All Share Price Index (ASPI) today recorded its highest level in its history reaching 1530 points. The ASPI, which started the day at 1506 points moved up by 24 points to close the day at 1530.9 points. The ASPI of the Colombo bourse recorded a gain of 468.8 points so far this year becoming the best performing stock market in Asia and one of the best performing markets in the world. The ASPI has recorded a growth of 1127.3 points from October 2001 to date, reports said.

Reports also noted that the Colombo Stock Exchange Matara and Kandy branches have contributed about 15 percent of today’s total Rs. 333.9 million turnover.
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Four Lankan women killed in Saudi accident
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 20, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. Four Sri Lankan women have been killed in Saudi Arabia in a road accident. Twenty-five others have been injured and four of the injured are in critical stage. The accident happened, when the bus these women were travelling in collided with an oil tanker in Aflaj, reportedly about 300 km away from Riyadh. The bus was transporting 35 Sri Lankans, and several Bangladeshi women. The killed Sri Lankans have been identified as Dilakshi Priyadarshini, Anula Nilakanthi, Anushika Dilrukshi and Preethika. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan embassy has dispatched a two-member team to assist the injured and to make arrangements to send the bodies of the dead to Sri Lanka.
Published: Wed Oct 20 14:12:03 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Several historical places in Sri Lanka to be declared world heritage sites?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 20, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. Several historic places in Sri Lanka namely the Siri Pada, Piduruthalagala and Laggala rocks, Trincomalee, Mannar and Kankesanthurai Harbours have being proposed to be declared as world heritage sites... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Buddhist monk party vows to stay united, Oct. 20 . Sri Lanka's all Buddhist monk political party said here Wednesday that it will endeavor to stay united despite machination by major political forces in the country to create dissension among them... Back to the top

Breakaway Tamil Tiger group wants Norway out of Sri Lanka 's peace process
Associated Press, Wed October 20, 2004 08:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A breakaway faction of the Tamil Tiger rebels demanded Wednesday that Norwegian mediators withdraw from Sri Lanka - 's peace process, claiming they haven't stopped the Tigers from killing their political rivals... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt condemns murder of Tamil party s former MP, 2004-10-20 20:41:24. COLOMBO, Oct. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan government condemned Wednesday the murder of a former parliament member (MP) of a Tamilpolitical party, saying the government would make every effort to bring those responsible to justice. Kingsley Rasanayagam, former MP of the Tamil National Alliance,a proxy of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, wasshot dead by unidentified gunmen in the country's eastern Batticoloa town on Tuesday amid continuous political killings by Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Ex army Captain shot dead at Dehiwala
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 20, 2004, 11.33 p.m.. An ex-army Captain, who had been engaged in underworld activities, had been shot dead last night at Dehiwala by an unidentified gang... Back to the top

Killing Spree. continues
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... Back to the top

Security forces foils LTTE’s attempt to abduct civilian
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 20, 2004, 11.37 p.m.. Security forces at the Black Bridge entry/exit point rescued a civilian while he was been abducted by two LTTE cadres from Kiran in Eravur... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fight back, October 20, 2004, 11;50 EDT. Sri Lanka 233-7 at close in first Test against Pakistan Thilan Samaraweera was closing in on century as his dogged innings rescued Sri Lanka in the first Test against Pakistan in Faisalabad... Back to the top

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

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