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VOL. 5, NO. 252

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Floods wreak havoc in Sri Lanka, Dec 13. OLOMBO, Dec. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Floods have devastated several parts of Sri Lanka due to torrential rains since Saturday, government officials said on Monday. The north central province Polonnaruwa and Ampara districts andthe eastern province's Batticaloa and Ampara districts came under the worst hit. The Social Services ministry said that over 18,000 families have already been displaced and have been accommodated in temporary shelters. Matale and Nuwara Eliya districts in the central province have also been affected with landslips in some areas, leaving one dead at Nuwara Eliya district. More...
Published: Mon Dec 13 22:18:10 EST 2004

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Sri Lanka probes concert bombing
BBC World, Monday, 13 December, 2004, 12:58 GMT . The Sri Lankan authorities have promised a full investigation into a bomb blast during a concert in Colombo on Saturday which killed two people.

Police said a grenade ripped through the front stands as Indian actor Shahrukh Khan ended his performance.

The Bollywood star and his troupe were unharmed and rushed home.

No group has said it carried out the attack, which happened after police clashed with demonstrators wanting the concert to be cancelled More...
Published: Mon Dec 13 08:31:08 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan government rejects LTTE call for peace talks, 13 December 2004. The Sri Lankan government has rejected an appeal by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran for the resumption of peace talks, compounding fears that the present, increasingly shaky ceasefire will break down completely.

Prabhakaran made the call for negotiations in his annual Heroes’ Day speech on November 27. He warned that the LTTE could not continue indefinitely in “a political vacuum” without any settlement or the prospect of talks and that “a borderline” had been reached. He appealed for talks on the basis of the LTTE’s proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) for the North and East of the island and hinted at a return to armed conflict if the “peace process” were not restarted. More...
Published: Mon Dec 13 05:37:07 EST 2004 Back to the top

S.Lanka Says Bollywood Attack Aimed at India Ties, Mon Dec 13, 2004 05:43 AM ET . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka apologized Monday to a troupe of Bollywood stars for a deadly weekend grenade attack that marred a concert they staged in Colombo, blaming it on elements bent on hurting close ties with neighboring India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka monks blame Colombo for explosion at Bollywood concert, Dec. 13. Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy on Sunday blamed the government for the bomb explosion at Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan's concert here, accusing it of not taking adequate security measures for the show... Back to the top

Hostage released on 'no to US' pledge
BBC, December 13, 2004. The captors, believed to be Ansar al-Sunna, have agreed to release Rajaratnam and Bangladeshi national Abul Kashem Mohammed Farooq after their Kuwaiti employer promised not to transport supplies in future to US bases in Iraq Back to the top

Hostage released by Iraqi militants returns to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun December 12, 2004 05:58 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan truck driver held hostage by Iraqi militants for 43 days returned to the island Sunday... Back to the top

60,000 `disappear' in Sri Lanka
toronto star, December 13. COLOMBO—In the war-ravaged northeast of Sri Lanka, an aging Tamil father sits on the floor of a Hindu temple, waiting to meet an exuberant, seemingly tireless oracle... Back to the top

Star delinks blast and protest
The Telegraph, December 13, 2004. Dec. 12: Rushed to the airport from Colombo’s blast-ripped concert site, Shah Rukh Khan returned to Mumbai early this morning, leaving the Sri Lankan capital with words that sought to distance the incident from the controversy he got sucked into. Shah Rukh and fellow Mumbai stars, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta, escaped unhurt from the explosion that killed two Sri Lankans and injured several children who were in the sell-out 25,000-strong audience at the race course grounds in Colombo... Back to the top

Grenade kills two at Colombo Bollywood concert
SABC News, December 13, 2004. Two people have been killed and 11 wounded when a hand grenade exploded in the VIP section of the audience at a concert led by Shah Rukh Khan, an Indian film superstar, and two other actors, police said... Back to the top

India condemns terrorist attack on SRK show in Sri Lanka
Manoramaonline, dec 13. New Delhi: India on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack at a Shahrukh Khan show in Colombo on Saturday, but clarified that all the film personalities and the staff of its mission in Sri Lanka escaped unhurt... Back to the top

Norway in new Sri Lanka peace bid, dec 12. A top Norwegian envoy is due in Sri Lanka Monday to try to salvage the island's tottering peace process amid rising tension between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, diplomats said... Back to the top

Blast rocks SRK s Lanka show, December 13, 2004 . A hand-held bomb detonated at Temptation 2004, a musical show led by Shah Rukh Khan, at Colombo’s Race Course open-air theatre on Saturday night... Back to the top

Grenade explodes in Sri Lanka 's volatile east ahead of Norwegian peace envoy's visit
Associated Press, Sun December 12, 2004 11:23 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A grenade exploded Sunday in Sri Lanka - 's volatile east, injuring one person a day before a visit by a Norwegian peace envoy aimed at resurrecting stalled peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said... Back to the top

Five Sri Lankan concertgoers fight for life after grenade attack kills two
Associated Press, Sun December 12, 2004 06:10 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Five people fought for their lives Sunday a day after a grenade attack killed two concertgoers and wounded 17 at a controversial show featuring top Indian film stars in the Sri Lankan capital, police said... Back to the top

CBI sees priest behind Rajiv's assassination
Dawn, dec 13. The Central Bureau of Investigation, India's federal police, on Friday claimed that religious leader Chandraswami may be involved in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

Indian film stars rush back as 'Temptation' tour ends in tragedy
yahoo/afp, dec 12. Indian Bollywood stars rushed home after their sell-out "Temptation 2004" concert ended in tragedy following a grenade attack that killed two people, officials said... Back to the top

Denial of choppers to LTTE, Norway may hamper peace process, dec 12. The Sri Lankan government has decided not to make available its Air Force helicopters to the LTTE leaders and the Norwegian peace brokers to travel between government controlled and LTTE controlled areas, according to The Sunday Times... Back to the top

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