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VOL. 5, NO. 216

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Sri Lankan fishermen blocks roads in Mannar protesting against Indian poaching
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 7, 2004, 9.56 p.m.. Hundreds of fishermen have blocked the main road to the Thalaimannar Island since last night as a protest against poaching by Indian fisherman in Sri Lankan waters. Military sources said that due to the protest traffic on the road has been disturbed. These fishermen are demanding that the government take necessary action to solve the problem and until that they will continue with the protest. Meanwhile, navy said that they have already warned Indian fishermen against poaching in Sri Lankan waters. Several Indian fishermen had been told to leave Sri Lankan waters today with a strict warning. Navy also said that they would take action to stop Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
Published: Sun Nov 7 11:01:08 EST 2004

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Security beefed up in Colombo and suburbs
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 7, 2004, 4.01 p.m.. Defence authorities have introduced spot roadblocks with heavily armed police officers in Colombo and suburbs. The roadblocks came up just hours after an alleged LTTE pistol group member killed a PLOTE member late last week. According to police reports, the department has decided to set up these check points in over 100 junctions in the areas of Colombo and suburbs. Reports however claimed that these check points will not inconvenience the public but will be a security measure and was carried out with the intention of preventing any future unwarranted incidents such as the most recent killings. The police department also emphasized that the main reason for the setting up of such spot check points was due to the series of killings in Colombo and suburbs, most of them allegedly carried out by the LTTE.
Published: Sun Nov 7 05:04:14 EST 2004 Back to the top

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“We are doing everything to secure Rajaratnam’s release,” claims Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 7, 2004, 3.59 p.m.. “The Government has taken steps to ascertain facts about Rajaratnam’s well being,” a Government minister has informed the family of Dinesh Rajaratnam, who was taken hostage by an Iraqi extremist group more than a week back. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Wiswa Warnapala told Rajaratnam’s wife and three kids that even the family’s appeal for the release of Rajaratnam was relayed on television in Qatar and several other Middle East countries.

The Deputy Foreign Minister claimed all possible measures are being taken to ensure his release and safe return home. “Sri Lanka's diplomatic missions in Lebanon, Kuwait and Qatar are working continuously ever since the incident through a variety of sources and channels with a view to securing his release,” Warnapala had said. .

Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Lebanon, who is also accredited to Iraq, has met with eminent religious leaders through whom he has conveyed an appeal to the group to release Rajaratnam. The Ambassador in Kuwait, where Rajaratnam was earlier working as a heavy vehicle driver, has also conveyed an appeal through the Arab media for Rajaratnam's release. He is also seeking Rajaratnam's employer's assistance in this regard, local media reports said today.
Published: Sun Nov 7 05:02:47 EST 2004 Back to the top

Prabhakaran to talk on ISGA during Martyr’s week
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 7, 2004, 3.58 p.m.. The LTTE has decided to commemorate its Martyr’s week, scheduled to begin from November 20 to 27 on a low-key style in Killinochchi... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil rebels to resume talks conditionally, November 07, 2004, 11:10 EDT. The Export and Import Bank of India has extended a $150 million loan to Sri Lanka for facilitating ONGC's export of petroleum products to the island nation... Back to the top

Kumaratunga meets Kalam:, Nov. 6. India News]: New Delhi, Nov. 6 : Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga today mets president APJ Abdul Kalam here, even as her embattled nation intensified efforts to turn a two-year truce with Tamil rebels into permanent peace. Though the details of the meeting are not known, reports say Kumaratunga apprised him of the latest situation in the island nation... Back to the top

Norwegian delegation on mission to resurrect Sri Lanka 's peace talks
Associated Press, Sun November 7, 2004 01:58 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A high-level Norwegian delegation will arrive in Sri Lanka - this week to try to bridge the widening gap between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Norway set to launch a new bid to save Sri Lanka peace process, November 07, 2004, 11:10 EDT. COLOMBO: Norway will this week launch yet another bid to save Sri Lanka's tottering peace process amid fears for the Oslo-brokered ceasefire that went into effect in 2002 after three decades of ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers gun down two pro-government political activists
Gulf News, November 5. Colombo: Tamil guerrillas continued their killing spree as the Norwegians revived their efforts to continue with the peace process without much expectations... Back to the top

Exim Bank extends $150 mn loan to Sri Lanka, November 07, 2004, 11:10 EDT. The Export and Import Bank of India has extended a $150 million loan to Sri Lanka for facilitating ONGC's export of petroleum products to the island nation... Back to the top

PM to visit India, S.Lanka from 21st, 07 November 2004. ISLAMABAD, Nov 6: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will embark on the second leg of his South Asian tour, covering Sri Lanka, Maldives and India, on Nov 21... Back to the top

Chandrika announces government will raise wages, 11/5/2004. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation reported Saturday that the president expressed the commitment while addressing a public gathering at Anuradhapura... Back to the top

University names its 12th president
Express News - U of Alberta, November 5. November 5, 2004 – The University of Alberta today named Dr... Back to the top

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