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VOL. 5, NO. 231

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Sri Lankan police hunt assassins of top judge
Associated Press, Mon November 22, 2004 01:45 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Five police teams investigating the slaying of a high-profile judge checked for links to organized crime and Tamil Tiber rebels on Monday as they interviewed dozens of people in the probe. A day after the killing, Sri Lanka - 's President Chandrika Kumaratunga announced that the death penalty would be effective immediately for rape, murder and narcotics dealing, and ordered a new system to protect judges.
Published: Mon Nov 22 06:35:17 EST 2004
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Landmine kills Tamil Tiger rebels in eastern Sri Lanka, Nov. 22 . COLOMBO, Nov. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- A landmine explosion has resulted in the deaths of at least ten people belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, the state television announced here Monday. The Rupavahini TV said the landmine explosion took place at Tharavikulam in the eastern Batticaloa district around 11:00 a.m. local time (GMT 0050). The TV said the LTTE rebels were traveling on a tractor when the landmine exploded in an area under their control, but it did not say who was responsible for the attack. Internecine clashes between the rival LTTE factions have causedmany deaths since the LTTE's former eastern commander Karuna revolted against the leadership of the rebel leader Velupillai Prabakaran in March this year. More...
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LTTE implicated in the VVT shootings.
K.S. Rajkumar reporting from Jaffna, November 21, 2004. On the 19th November unidentified gunmen fired at youths playing football in the Chidampara college grounds in Velvettithurai, and killed two Tamil youths. According to people in the area, the intended target was a 32 year old youth named Ponniah Theivendran, a resident of Valvettithurai (VVT). Theivendran is a member of the EPDP. Three days before the killings, LTTE men went to Mr. Theivendran's house located at Aathikovilady in VVT and searched for him, and warned those at the house that he will be killed if he returns to VVT. A complaint was filed with the SLMM in Jaffna, but they did not take any action. On the 19th, two gunmen came in a red motorcycle and fired at Mr. Theivendran. But he escaped with injures, while two other bystanders were killed. Residents in the area identified the two gunmen as Poopalan, a member of LTTE's intelligence wing and Yarl Eelavan, a sea tiger.

Fearing an uprising from the public, LTTE quickly organized a general strike in Jaffna. While VVT area remained calm, as residents in the area knew who is behind the killings, LTTE managed to energize public in towns outside the vadamarachchi areas. LTTE youths burnt tires in the streets in Chunnakam and Mallakam areas.
Published: Sun Nov 21 21:46:34 EST 2004 Back to the top

Army accuses LTTE of action provoking Security Forces
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 22, 2004 5.38 P.M.. The Sri Lanka Army yesterday accused the LTTE for their move to provoke Security Forces disrupting normalcy in Jaffna peninsula following the killings of two youth by the LTTE gunmen last Friday... Back to the top

FTA with Sri Lanka to be signed by Jan: PM, November 23. COLOMBO: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Monday that Islamabad will ink a long-awaited free-trade deal with Sri Lanka by January... Back to the top

Tamil Youth arrested while filming High Security Zone in Colombo
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 22, 2004 6.30 P.M. Police arrested a Tamil youth, who was video-filming the Temple Trees and the Presidential Secretariat while traveling inside a bus... Back to the top

Sri Lankan budget: a sign of political crisis, 22 November 2004. The first budget of Sri Lanka’s United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government, delivered by Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama last Thursday, was a desperate attempt to stem the anger of working people over rising prices and declining living standards... Back to the top

Bomb destroyed LTTE's Political office in Batticaloa
K.S. Rajkumar reporting from Jaffna, November 21, 2004. LTTE's political office in Kaluvanchikudy town was completely destroyed by a powerful bomb... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's peace process, some worry, could be slipping toward a no-win situation
Associated Press, Sat November 20, 2004 19:09 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) More than two years ago, a cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels brought a semblance of peace to this tropical island nation savaged by nearly two decades of civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka killings escalate despite US pressure, November 22. COLOMBO: Suspected Tamil rebels have escalated killings despite fresh pressure from the United States on Sri Lanka’s warring parties to end a 19-month deadlock in peace talks, officials said on Sunday... Back to the top

More violence reported in Sri Lanka s east, November 21, 2004, 09:00 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- More violence has been reported from Sri Lanka's eastern province, defense officials said Sunday. An informant of the military was shot dead by suspected Tamil Tigers rebels at around 7:30 p... Back to the top

Investors fights over Sri Lanka Telecom, Monday 22 November 2004. By Jackie Horne 22 November 2004 Tight pricing and large order book fuel success... Back to the top

Norway putting pressure for peace talks: Lanka, November 21, 2004, 09:00 EDT. Colombo, Nov 21 (PTI) Sri Lanka has complained to the United States that peace broker Norway was putting undue pressure on it while sparing Tamil Tiger rebels, a media report said... Back to the top

Pakistani prime minister meets Sri Lankan president, to meet Tuesday with Indian leaders
Associated Press, Sun November 21, 2004 07:18 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz met with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday as part of a South Asia tour that will also take him to India for talks on the Kashmir dispute... Back to the top

PM Shaukat Due In Colombo On Sunday, Nov 20. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shaukat Aziz will arrive Colombo on November 21 on a two-day visit... Back to the top

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