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VOL. 5, NO. 232

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Sri Lanka forces on alert in east as violence escalates
Gulf News, November 23, 2004. Colombo: The military stepped up security in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday in the wake of a string of violent incidents. Yesterday, Tamil rebels kicked off their celebrations to mark 'Martyrs Week' to commemorate their fighters killed in the 20 -year-old war. The army and the police yesterday deployed more of their men in the northeastern port city of Trincomalee town and several parts of the district following a series of violent incidents. Security had been stepped up in Trincomalee following a directive from Colombo after the killings of two civilians at Valvettithurai in Jaffna which sparked off a string of protests and the incidents in the east where two rebel offices were bombed. Further aggravating the security situation a Tamil youth was also killed by unidentified people in the Seruvila area located in Trincomalee. The victim was earlier in the Tamil rebel movement and later left the movement and worked as an informant to the government security forces. He was identified as Krishnapillai Rameswaran. More...
Published: Tue Nov 23 20:13:14 EST 2004

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Two held after Sri Lanka shootout
BBC, November 23, 2004. Sri Lankan troops have arrested two suspected militants in the central province of Polonnaruwa. The army says its intelligence operatives were attacked in the area and returned fire. The suspects then fled from the scene but were later arrested with the help of local police. An army spokesman, Brigadier Daya Ratnayake, said that the men are believed to be members of the Tamil Tiger rebels. Brigadier Ratnayake said the army was in the process of informing international peace monitors about the shootout. Last week the government accused Tamil Tiger rebels of breaking a ceasefire by killing an intelligence officer and an informant in the east of the island. More...
Published: Tue Nov 23 18:18:53 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan police arrest three armed Tamils in capital
Associated Press, Tue November 23, 2004 05:26 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police in the capital on Tuesday arrested three Tamil men who they suspected might be Tiger rebels amid escalating violence that threatens to derail Sri Lanka - 's faltering peace process. The Tigers have waged a separatist war since 1983, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discriminating against Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million Tamils. A Norwegian-brokered cease-fire in 2002 stopped the fighting, but subsequent peace talks broke down in April last year amid rebel demands for wide autonomy.

If the arrested men prove to be Tamil Tigers, their intrusion into the capital a government-controlled area would amount to a cease-fire violation.

Authorities have stepped up security in the capital following a surge in killings since a major split in rebel ranks in March. The violence has mainly taken place in the country's east, but has sometimes spilled into Colombo.

Meanwhile, the rebels prepared to celebrate the birthday of their top commander in the Tamil-majority north and east, and pay homage to nearly 18,000 comrades who have died in Sri Lanka - 's two decades of civil war.

Velupillai Prabhakaran, the rebels' reclusive chief, turns 50 on Friday. The following day he is scheduled to deliver his annual ``heroes' day'' speech, which is expected to outline the future course of movement.

The Tamil Tigers are accused of slaying scores of people including military intelligence personnel, rebels and civilians since the March rebellion.

Leaflets were distributed in the restive Batticaloa town, in eastern Sri Lanka - , by suspected breakaway guerrillas urging people not to attend the Tigers' heroes' day ceremonies.

``These are all part of a (psychological operations) build up to scare people from observing heroes' day,'' the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site quoted Tiger officials as saying Tuesday.
Published: Tue Nov 23 07:32:45 EST 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers reward for information on killings of top judge
Associated Press, Tue November 23, 2004 04:34 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police Tuesday offered a reward of US$10,000 (euro7,700) for information on four men suspected of gunning down a high profile judge... Back to the top

Tigers dismiss Batticaloa attack reports as SLA ps, November 23. The Liberation Tigers dismissed reports in the Sri Lankan state controlled media that more than thirty LTTE fighters were killed in a landmine attack in the Batticaloa district's interior... Back to the top

Two held after Sri Lanka shootout, Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 November, 2004, 17:. Sri Lankan troops have arrested two suspected militants in the central province of Polonnaruwa... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Amnesty International concerned at reactivation of ..., 23 November 2004. Amnesty International is gravely concerned at the recent announcement that the death penalty will be reactivated in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Lanka to get $20 mn from Pak to buy arms, November 23. Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has extended a 20 million dollar credit for Sri Lanka to make military purchases from Islamabad while both sides agreed to strengthen their cooperation in defence... Back to the top

LTTE accuses Govt. of trying to scuttle annual celebrations, November 23. Colombo, Nov. 23 (PTI): Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers today accused the Government of launching a psychological warfare to scuttle their annual celebrations to honour nearly 17,800 rebels who died since 1982. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) alleged that the security forces had launched a psychological warfare against them to sabotage the celebrations, particularly in the restive eastern Batticaloa district... Back to the top

SriLankan launches new edition of holiday bro-chure, BAHRAIN TRIBUNE
Associated Press, Tue November 23, 2004 08:52 EST . - - SriLankan Airlines yesterday launched the second edition of its holiday brochure, offering a comprehensive choice of value-for-money holidays to Sri Lanka - and beyond, writes Mandeep Singh... Back to the top

StanChart successfully prices Sri Lanka Telecom s 5-year US$ bond, Nov 23, 2004. Standard Chartered Bank has priced Sri Lanka Telekomís (SLT) US$100 million (RM380 million) five-year Reg S US$ Notes offering at par with a coupon of 6.875%... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Associated Press, Tue November 23, 2004 08:56 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) - The Sri Lankan cricket board said Wednesday it has called on off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to explain his actions after he made allegations that some leading Australian players are guilty of illegal bowling actions... 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 Lankaís 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

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