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VOL. 5, NO. 218

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LTTE attacks Brigade Commander’s vehicle
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 9, 2004, 7.44 p.m.. The vehicle of the Brigade Commander for Kalkudah Col. W.M.S.Gunaratne came under pistol and hand grenade attack allegedly from LTTE cadres in the general area of Jetty Camp, at Valachchenai yesterday. Military sources said that the windscreen and the buffer of the vehicle received two pistol shots and the vehicle was severely damaged due to the grenade attack. The Brigade Commander was not inside the vehicle when it came under attack. The matter was immediately referred to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission since it was regarded as a serious violation. Reports further confirmed that two EPDP supporters who were engaged in distributing their party literature had also been in the area when those unidentified men struck. Due to the explosion of the hand grenade one civilian was injured, and he had been admitted to the Valachchenai hospital for treatment.
Published: Tue Nov 9 08:48:15 EST 2004

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LTTE denies involvement in grenade attack against Kalkudah Brigade Commander
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 9, 2004, 3.25 p.m.. The LTTE today denied any involvement in the grenade attack on Kalkudah Brigade Commander’s jeep yesterday morning. “The LTTE has nothing to do with this attack,” the LTTE claimed today. Kalkudah Brigade Commander Col. W.M.S. Gunaratne’s vehicle came under a grenade attack yesterday by unidentified gunmen in Valachchenai. Military reports claimed that LTTE cadres carried out the grenade attack. But, the LTTE noted that the incident had taken place in an area fully under the control of Sri Lankan forces. “In our periodical meetings with the Sri Lankan Military in Vavuniya we have reiterated the necessity to curb such mischievous actions and bring to book real culprits who are obviously engaged in a program of disrupting the peace process. By targeting the SL Military these disruptive elements hope to create tension and thereby recommence a war situation,” the LTTE peace secretariat said today.
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SLMC continues to insist for a separate Muslim delegation
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 9, 2004, 8.07 p.m.. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem today once again called upon the Norwegian Facilitators to ensure the participation of an independent Separate Muslim delegation when peace talks resume. During a meeting with Norwegian Special Peace Envoy Erik Solheim, Hakeem pointed out that all Muslim MPs despite their party affiliations were keen to see a separate Muslim delegation participating at talks. He also said that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance before coming to power had assured the participation of a separate Muslim delegation, but since they were elected to power in April, not a word has been uttered assuring the Muslim community of its initial promise.
Published: Tue Nov 9 09:10:01 EST 2004 Back to the top

Fishermen protest called off after assurance
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 9, 2004, 7.46 p.m.. The protest campaign launched by fishermen against illegal poaching by Indian trawlers in Mannar has been called off after authorities assured the protesters a speedy solution to their problems... Back to the top

Buddha Lessons
MSNBC.COM / Newsweek, November 09, 2004, 11:30 EDT. Oct. 4 issue - At the age of 39, Janet Clarke discovered that she had a benign spinal tumor, which caused her unremitting back pain. Painkillers helped, but it wasn't until she took a meditation course in Lytham that Clarke discovered a powerful weapon inside her own body: her mind... Back to the top

Top Tamil rebel negotiator returns amid Norwegian efforts to revive Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 23:34 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Tamil Tiger rebel negotiator returned to Sri Lanka - on Tuesday amid new efforts by Norwegian peace brokers to revive stalled peace talks and prevent the island from sliding back to war... Back to the top

Lanka faces forex crisis, 9 November 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka said yesterday it faced a foreign exchange crisis triggered by rising global oil prices and the ethnic conflict that has slowed aid flows... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition nominates presidential candidate, Nov. 9. COLOMBO, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The working committee of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National party (UNP) has nominated its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the party's candidate at the next presidential election, The Island newspaper reported Tuesday. The committee met on Monday to decide on the party's candidate for the next presidential election despite differences over the date for the election between the UNP and Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army helps displaced residents to return home, 08 November 2004 2333 hrs. SRI LANKA : The Sri Lankan army has begun a pilot project to help people return to their homes within its northern High Security Zones after decades of being displaced... Back to the top

Sri Lanka keeper Kaluwitharana quits internationals, Tue 9 November. COLOMBO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana has retired from international cricket after missing out on selection for a training squad for next month's tour of New Zealand... Back to the top

China's NPC vice-chairwoman meets Sri Lanka , French guests, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 13:04 EST . BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- China hopes to further strengthen exchange and cooperation with Sri Lanka - , said He Luli, vice- chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC). He made the remark here Monday when meeting with a delegation of Sri Lanka - Parliamentarians headed by John Senaviratne, Sri Lanka - 's Minister of Justice and Judicial Reforms... Back to the top

Muralitharan omitted from Sri Lanka 's limited-overs squad for New Zealand tour
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 23:51 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been left off the Sri Lankan training squad for a limited overs series in New Zealand starting next month, a cricket official said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president returns from India trip, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 13:22 EST . COLOMBO, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - President Chandrika Kumaratunga returned to her country on Monday after a five-day working visit to India. Before her return to the island country, the president visited the Dubai to express condolences to the family of the late President of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al- Nahayan who passed away last Tuesday, said the presidential office... Back to the top

Police arrest LTTE assassin in Vavuniya
K.S. Rajkumar from Jaffna, November 9. A notorious member of the LTTE's pistol gang was arrested by the Vavuniya Police on Saturday... Back to the top

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