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LTTE plans to kill leaders, Wed 4th Jan 16:20GMT. Sri Lankan rebels are planning to kill top political leaders including President Mahinda Rajapaskha.

"We have had intelligence reports to this effect for sometime now, "said Pujitha Jayasundara, Deputy Inspector General of Colombo district.

The Hindustan Times newspaper said Wednesday the police launched a massive cordon and search operation in eight districts of the capital Colombo and arrested 900 persons, most of them Tamil.

The police official said among the leaders targeted by the LTTE were senior ministers and leader of political parties.

"Out of hundreds arrested in the operation conducted by 4,000 policemen, most were released, but five were detained on suspicion that had links with the LTTE, "Jayasundara said.

LTTE, refer to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

He said the rebels were planning to create mayhem in Colombo and distract the government's attention from Jaffna, which the terror outfit was planning to attack with the idea of capturing it.

"LTTE may be planning to begin negotiations with the government from a position of strength after the capture of Jaffna, " said a political observer. More...

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Published: Wed Jan 4 11:14:20 EST 2006

Sri Lanka government opens probe into deaths of five Tamil men
DILIP GANGULY , Associated Press, Wed January 4, 2006 03:51 EST . Sri Lanka's government launched an investigation Wednesday into the deaths of five Tamils after their bodies showed they also came under gunfire despite the military's account that they died when their grenades exploded prematurely.

The military had said the five men were suspected of collaborating with the Tamil Tiger rebels to ambush a military patrol Monday in the northeastern port of Trincomalee when their grenades exploded unexpectedly at a roadside.

However, the rebels said the men came under a grenade attack from government special forces, and the rights group Northeast Secretariat on Human Rights reported that men in uniform had opened fire on the victims.

``The Ministry of Defense, after the post-mortem inquiry into their deaths disclosed that there were also wounds caused by gunshots, has decided to hold a full scale probe into the incident,'' a ministry statement said.

A wave of attacks over the past month in the country's northeast, most of them bombings and shootings targeting government soldiers, has seriously threatened the country's 4-year-old cease-fire between the government and the Tamil Tigers.

The rebels have denied involvement in the violence, but the careful planning and execution of many of the recent attacks make the Tigers the main suspects, given their expertise.

On Wednesday, police found a body of a man with gunshot wounds in the Tamil city of Jaffna in the north, said a police official by telephone. The deceased's identity wasn't immediately known. The official asked not to be named as he wasn't authorized to talk to the media.

Unidentified gunmen also killed a prominent ethnic minority Tamil businessman in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo. Natarjah Balendran, 45, ran a passenger bus service between Colombo and Jaffna and owned seven Internet cafes in the capital, said police spokesman Rienzie Perera.

Assailants in a white van gunned him down Tuesday night in Colombo's predominantly Tamil district of Wellawatta and he died in a hospital Wednesday morning, Perera said.

He declined to comment on whether the killing might be linked to surging violence in Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority northeast.

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Published: Wed Jan 4 06:21:04 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Rajapakse wants British church to block rebel funds, Wed 4th Jan 16:20GMT. President Mahinda Rajapakse has urged a Catholic church leader in Britain to help prevent large-scale fund-raising for Tamil rebels in that country and in European countries.

The request was made when Cardinal McCormack Murphy O'Connor from Britain called on Rajapakse in Colombo where a wide range of talks including the current peace process were held.

Rajapakse explained the reality of the large amounts of funds being raised by the LTTE in Britain and other European countries, and requested the Cardinal to use his good offices and the influence of the Church to stop this.

He said the funds did not go to help the poor Tamils but to the LTTE to further strengthen it with sophisticated weapons. The cardinal assured Rajapakse that his concerns, particularly regarding the funds would be seriously addressed. More...

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Published: Wed Jan 4 11:27:28 EST 2006 Back to the top

Tamil businessman fatally shot in Sri Lanka 's capital
Associated Press, Tue January 3, 2006 23:23 EST . Unidentified gunmen killed a prominent ethnic minority Tamil businessman in Sri Lanka's capital, police said Wednesday... Back to the top

Air Force will ‘shoot down’ LTTE aircraft
Sassanka Samarakkody,, Wed 4th Jan 12:00GMT. Air Force Commander Air Vice Marshall Donald Perera said that the Air Force had definite information that the LTTE had two light aircraft in their possession and that the Tigers were building a second airstrip in the area under their control in Mullaitivu district... Back to the top

UNP leader advised not to accept presidential pardon, Wed 4th Jan 16:20GMT. Main opposition United National Party's national organiser S... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Global tenders soon for oil exploration
Sassanka Samarakkody,, Wed 4th Jan 12:00GMT. TENDERS will be called shortly from investors worldwide to exploit the massive oil deposits identified in Sri Lankan territorial waters, Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development Minister A H M Fowzie, said yesterday... Back to the top

S.Lanka rebels say lose senior cadre to army attack, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket board to send psychologist to help team
DILIP GANGULY, Associated Press, Wed January 4, 2006 03:06 EST . Stung by consecutive defeats, the Sri Lankan cricket board is sending renowned sports psychologist Sandy Gordon to help the national cricket team come out of its present poor forms, a top cricket official said... Back to the top

Foreign Intervention In Sri Lanka, January 4, 2006. The rubric of third party intervention/mediation in conflicts has found considerable resonance in Nepal... 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... Back to the top

UK archbishop meets Mahinda
Sassanka Samarakkody,, Wed 4th Jan 12:00GMT. CARDINAL McCormack Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop of the UK and Wales, met President Mahinda Rajapakse in Colombo on Monday... 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

Indian chain buys prime property in Sri Lanka, January 04. Country Club India Ltd (CCIL), a tourism resort club chain, has expanded its operations to Sri Lanka by taking over a hillside resort near Kandy... Back to the top

Five hardcore Tigers among 900 arrested in Colombo, 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, 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,, 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

LTTE abducted 65 children, 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

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, 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

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

Tamils flee Sri Lanka enclave, some want to fight, 03 Jan 2006 12:53:55 GMT. By Peter Apps MUHAMALAI, Sri Lanka, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Carrying their belongings in plastic bags and cardboard boxes, hundreds of residents are fleeing Sri Lanka's army-held northern Jaffna peninsula for Tamil Tiger territory... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fails to involve India in peace process: opposition, 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, 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

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