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JANUARY 6, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 6, NO. 275

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15 killed as Lankan gunboat blown up
com, January 07, 2006. COLOMBO: Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday blew up a Sri Lankan navy gunboat in a daring suicide attack, killing five sailors, with 10 missing and presumed dead, the defence ministry said. Spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe said the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam carried out the attack against one of two gunboats that went out from the northeastern port of Trincomalee early in the morning. "Definitely this is the work of the LTTE," Samarasinghe said here. "There were two officers and 13 sailors onboard the gunboat." Sources said the bodies of an officer and four sailors were recovered by dawn and the other 10 were also presumed killed in the attack in the high seas. It was the biggest single loss suffered by the military since a truce went into effect from February 23, 2002. More...

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Published: Fri Jan 6 23:38:41 EST 2006

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Army detects powerful anti-personnel mine, avoids casualties
DILIP GANGULY , Associated Press, Fri January 6, 2006 04:38 EST . The Sri Lankan army said it detected and defused an anti-personnel mine Friday, an hour before it might have been used to ambush a passing military convoy in the country's east, the Defense Ministry said.

Elsewhere, suspected Tamil rebels lobbed grenades at the army positions in the northeast, wounding at three soldiers in violence that threatens the country's 4-year-old cease-fire.

``It was a good find,'' said Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, the military spokesman, of the Claymore mines found near the eastern town of Batticaloa before they were detonated. ``We alerted out troops and cleared the area,'' he said.

According to the army, the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are increasingly using Claymores - remotely detonated, aboveground anti-personnel mines designed to fire hundreds of steel balls.

In December alone, at least 23 sailors and soldiers were killed in two separate Claymore attacks by suspected rebels.

In separate attacks blamed on the rebels, three army units came under fire within a span of one hour in the port city of Trincomalee on Thursday night. Three soldiers were wounded, the Defense Ministry said.

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LTTE testing the waters in Tamil Nadu? - Editorial
hindu.com, January 06, 2006. AT A critical juncture when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been violating the ceasefire at will and trying to provoke the Sri Lankan Army into a retaliatory strike in Tamil areas, there appears to be an orchestrated campaign in Tamil Nadu in its support. Some pro-Eelam political parties and groups organised a public meeting in Chennai just a day before Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse was scheduled to visit the city. Anti-Sri Lanka rhetoric was much in evidence. For various reasons, Mr. Rajapakse's visit was called off.

The question in the wake of this renewed pro-Eelam campaign in Tamil Nadu is: why now? Aside from the presidential visit, was there any other compelling reason for raising the issue all over again?

There is information both with the Sri Lankan Government and the intelligence agencies in Chennai that a war may soon break out in the island. Increased violations of the ceasefire by the Tigers, and the targeting of the armed forces are clear pointers.

Why take on the visiting President or Colombo when it is the LTTE, or one of its front organisations, that is violating the ceasefire and perpetrating the killings? Speakers at the Chennai meeting demanded that India should not provide any military assistance to Sri Lanka; that it should not develop or reconstruct the Palaly air base. They also made it clear that they did not expect a sympathetic consideration of the Tamils cause by Mr. Rajapakse, who was dependent on hardline Sinhala forces such as the Janatha Vimukthi Perumana (JVP), the Buddhist clergy, and the Hela Urimaya. More...

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Published: Fri Jan 6 23:34:26 EST 2006 Back to the top


Suspected Tamil rebels attack Sri Lankan army, wounding three soldiers
Associated Press, Fri January 6, 2006 00:31 EST . Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels lobbed grenades at Sri Lankan army positions in the northeast, wounding at least three soldiers in violence that threatens the country's 4-year-old cease-fire, the Defense Ministry said Friday... Back to the top

STATE-BRIEFING-MCCORMACK
Associated Press, Fri January 6, 2006 13:58 EST . QUESTION: Could you touch a bit on the secretary's meeting with the Sri Lankan foreign minister yesterday and the ominous prospect of return of civil war in Sri Lanka - ? MCCORMACK: They had a good meeting yesterday... Back to the top

MINISTER SAMARAWEERA BRIEFS SECRETARY RICE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN SRI LANKA
Embassy of Sri Lanka, january 6. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who met US Secretary of State Dr... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s growing war fears
bbc.co.uk, January 06, 2006 - 12:10 EDT. With still no sign of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, many people in the country fear the delay could lead to increased violence and possibly even full-scale war... Back to the top

Ominous signs of war returning in Sri Lanka
manilatimes.net, January 06, 2006 - 12:10 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels make a daily change to the note at the top of their website... Back to the top

Lankan Foreign Minister urges US to get tough with LTTE
outlookindia.com, JAN 5. Describing the LTTE as a "ruthless killing machine more dangerous than al-Qaeda", visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has asked the US to get tough with the Tiger rebels and take measures against Tamil exile groups financing them... Back to the top

Sri Lanka in diplomatic push as attacks stoke war fears
Simon Gardner, reuters.co.uk, Fri 6th Jan 12:45GMT. One person was killed and six were wounded in sporadic attacks in Sri Lanka's troubled eastern region overnight, the military said on Friday, as the government sought U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Rebuilding the fishing industry and people s hopes
reliefweb.int, January 06, 2006 - 12:10 EDT. Sri Lanka: Rebuilding the fishing industry and people's hopesAfter the tsunami devastated villages along the coastline of the Indian ocean, CBM was able to start relief measures early, both for the affected people with disabilities and for the general population... Back to the top

Sri Lanka safe for visitors: Tourism Ministry
eastday.com, Fri 6th Jan 12:45GMT. Sri Lanka is launching a fresh publicity blitz to entice more tourists to spend their vacation in the island country following an outbreak of fresh violence in the northeast of the country, Daily News reported Friday... Back to the top

Cricket: One-day international Sri Lankans get their heads read
nzherald.co.nz, January 06, 2006 - 12:10 EDT. Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody has called in a sports psychologist to help with the morale of his embattled team as they eye the last two one-dayers against New Zealand... Back to the top

industry response report on issuing Sri Lanka’s first commercial ...
lankabusinessonline.com, January 06, 2006 - 12:10 EDT. Next G 6 January 2006 17:02 hours An industry response report on issuing Sri Lanka’s first commercial 3G mobile license is expected before end January... Back to the top

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