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JANUARY 3, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 6, NO. 272

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LTTE forces civilians to observe harthal in Trincomalee
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, January 3, 2005, 11.11 p.m.. LTTE cadres today disguised themselves as representatives from a so-called "People's Organization" in Trincomalee forced civilians and businessmen in the area to close down shops and their business ventures to protest against an alleged 'murder' of five young men the previous night.

According to Army reports, as a result of the threats, normalcy in Trincomalee was disrupted with closure of many shops, public and private agencies. Absence of transport facilities caused inconvenience to many commuters who were seen stranded at the central bus stand since early morning..

Several schools were also affected according to reports. However, security in the coastal town has been strengthened after loss of lives in Monday (02) night explosion. "LTTE's latest strategy, as it appears, was meant to blame the Security Forces and the Police for its own failed machinations and thereby try to provoke the masses in order to bring discredit to the Security Forces and Policemen," army reports further claimed .

The accidental explosion of a hand grenade on the beachside at Trincomalee, near the library last night (02) at about 8.00 p.m. killed five young men and injured two others. Information further confirmed that some motorbike riding LTTE men were seen early this morning roaming around and asking the public to remain indoor, as a token of protest to the alleged 'killing' of five young men on Monday (02) night.

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Published: Tue Jan 3 12:12:32 EST 2006


S.Lanka rebels say lose senior cadre to army attack
go.com, Jan 3, 2006 . KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers accused the army of infiltrating their areas and killing a senior rebel on Tuesday in what they said was the most serious attack since a 2002 truce, and warned time was running out to avert war. The rebels themselves are widely suspected of a string of claymore fragmentation mine attacks on security forces that have killed dozens and brought the ceasefire agreement to the brink of collapse. They deny that, but say the army used a similar method to attack them. More...
Published: Tue Jan 3 22:33:25 EST 2006 Back to the top

Army denies killing Tamil youths
BBC, Tues 3rd Jan 22:00GMT. Sri Lanka's army has denied involvement in the killing of five Tamil youths in the eastern town of Trincomalee. Two survivors of Monday's attack said men in military fatigues had thrown a grenade at the group before dragging them into a truck and shooting them.

Ceasefire monitors said the killings resembled executions. "All five were shot in the head," a spokeswoman said.

It is the latest in a string of deadly attacks in the north and east linked to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict.

The two students who survived Monday's attack told a post mortem inquest they had gathered at a popular meeting point near the beach in Trincomalee, about 250km (150 miles) north-east of Colombo, when the truck pulled up.

They could not confirm the identity of their attackers.

The army has ruled out an inquiry into the killings, saying the police are conducting one.

A statement on the army's website said the youths died when a hand grenade in their possession went off by accident. It accused them of plotting to attack security forces. More...

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Published: Tue Jan 3 17:10:55 EST 2006 Back to the top


Five Tamils Killed in Sri Lanka Explosion
DILIP GANGULY , Associated Press, Tues 3rd Jan 21:40GMT. Five civilians suspected of working for separatist rebels were killed when their grenades exploded before they could hurl them at troops, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Five hardcore Tigers among 900 arrested in Colombo
gulf-times.com, Tues 3rd Jan 22:00GMT. In a joint army-police swoop on suspected terrorist hideouts in the city of Colombo, over 900 persons, among them five suspected hardcore LTTE militants, were rounded up on Saturday... Back to the top

Computer snag delays varsity admissions
gulf-times.com, Tues 3rd Jan 22:00GMT. THOUSANDS of students have been deprived of admission to universities due to a faulty computer being used by the Department of Examinations for marking of answer scripts... Back to the top

Soldiers injured in Jaffna
BBC, Tues 3rd Jan 22:00GMT. Army Lieutenant and a Corporal were shot at inside a shop in Jaffna on Tuesday afternoon, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to invite bids for oil exploration
Associated Press, Tue January 3, 2006 03:10 EST . Sri Lanka will invite companies to bid for oil and gas exploration rights after studies have shown possible oil deposits off the island's western coast, news report said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels say lose senior cadre to army attack
Peter Apps, reuters.com, Tue Jan 3, 2006 1:41 PM ET. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers accused the army of infiltrating their areas and killing a senior rebel on Tuesday in what they said was the most serious attack since a 2002 truce, and warned time was running out to avert war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka appoints special panel to probe northern violence
people.com.cn, January 02, 2006. A special presidential panel has been appointed to look into the incidents of violence which gripped the country's Northern Province during December, a state television news broadcast here said Sunday... Back to the top

LTTE abducted 65 children
gulf-times.com, Tues 3rd Jan 22:00GMT. THE Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had, during the last year, abducted 65 children from the camps sheltering tsunami displaced persons in the north and east... Back to the top

Some in Sri Lanka See Civil War on Horizon
Associated Press, Mon January 2, 2006 12:57 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) When the clock strikes midnight, Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels change a note at the top of their Web site... Back to the top

Top Sri Lankan official slams cricket team for poor show in New Zealand
Associated Press, Tue January 3, 2006 10:55 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's coach and cricketers will have to explain their poor performance during the current tour of New Zealand, a top cricket official said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka partially lifts ban on poultry imports
forbes.com, 01.03.2006. The government has partially lifted a ban on poultry imports and allowed farmers to bring in one-day old chicks to maintain a steady supply of chicken and eggs, an official said... Back to the top

New Zealand wins toss, bowls in Sri Lanka one-dayer
Associated Press, Mon January 2, 2006 17:55 EST . - - CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and put Sri Lanka - in to bat Tuesday in the third of five limited-overs cricket internationals at Jade Stadium... Back to the top

Shower slip puts Jayasuriya out of New Zealand tour
Associated Press, Mon January 2, 2006 23:17 EST . - - Tissera said Jayasuriya was unlikely to play in Sri Lanka - 's remaining matches against New Zealand at Wellington on Friday and Napier on Sunday... Back to the top

Earthquake on other side of world sparks fear of tsunami in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon January 2, 2006 09:57 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) News of an earthquake in the South Atlantic Ocean sent some victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, living on the other side of the world in Sri Lanka - , fleeing inland from their temporary homes on the coast... Back to the top

More than 100 Sri Lankan Tamil families flee to rebel-held areas, fearing violence
Associated Press, Mon January 2, 2006 04:13 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scores of minority ethnic Tamil families in northern Sri Lanka - have sought refuge in territory controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels, a Web site and the military said Monday, following a spate of violence that threatens the country's cease-fire... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fails to involve India in peace process: opposition
xinhuanet.com, 2006-01-03 18:29:11. COLOMBO, Jan. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse had failed to get the Indian backing for his policy on the separatist armed conflict with the Tamil Tigers, the main opposition charged here Tuesday. Rajitha Senaratne, member of the parliament opposition United National Party (UNP), said a four-day visit to India by President Mahinda Rajapakse was aimed at getting the Indian endorsement of his policy to look for a solution to the separatist armed conflict while maintaining the unitary status of the island... Back to the top

India has nothing to do with Lankan Tamils issue: CPI
webindia123.com, January 03, 2006 7:43:33 PM IST. The Communist Party of India General Secretary A B Bardhan said here today that India had nothing to do with the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, except to see that the peace process between the LTTE and the Lankan Government could go ahead... Back to the top

Asia Cup: Indian eves beat Sri Lanka
ndtv.com, Sunday, January 1, 2006 . Indian eves trounced Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to continue their unbeaten streak in the Women's Asia Cup at the Gymkhana grounds in Karachi on Sunday... Back to the top

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