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JANUARY 18, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 6, NO. 287

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Tories would list tigers as terrorists
National Post, January 18, 2006. TORONTO - A Conservative government would add the Tamil Tigers to Canada's list of outlawed terrorist groups, deputy leader and public safety critic Peter MacKay said yesterday.

"The short answer is yes," he said when asked by the National Post if the Tamil Tigers would be listed if the government changed on Monday. "We would list them."

The Conservative party would also act swiftly to deport accused terrorists such as alleged former Tamil Tiger fundraiser Manickavasagam Suresh.

Mr. Suresh was arrested for deportation 10 years ago, but still lives near Toronto.

"In fact, we have in our platform that there's a need to move quickly on the reduction of the backlog that is there right now for unexecuted deportation orders, including Suresh," he said. More...

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Published: Wed Jan 18 22:26:47 EST 2006


LTTE 'killed one per day'
BBC, 18 Jan 2006. Human Rights Watch (HRW) say that Tamil Tiger killings of political opponents reached the rate of one per day by June 2005. Issuing its world report for 2006 on Wednesday, HRW says that this "alarming rate" owed to to the killing of "particularly of Tamils in opposition to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam".Stating that "respect for human rights has been seriously eroded" over the past year in several Asian countries, HRW particularly names Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China, "Tamil Tigers continued to assassinate political opponents with complete impunity," accuses HRW.Noting that the December 2004 tsunami "wrought tremendous destruction," particularly to the areas already most affected by the country's protracted civil war, HRW says "sectarian interests hijacked aid distribution mechanisms". More...

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Sri Lanka enacts tough law to stop rebels from laundering money
Associated Press, Wed January 18, 2006 05:40 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's parliament on Wednesday enacted a tough new law against money laundering to fight crimes like terrorism and drug trafficking and to help track Tamil Tiger rebel finances a government spokesman said. Washington has also labeled them terrorists, and India, which neighbors Sri Lanka - , has banned them as such.

Asked if the new law will help track Tiger rebels finances, government spokesman Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, ``Of course it will, definitely.''

The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for the country's minority ethnic Tamils, claiming discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

A Norway-brokered government-rebel truce halted the war in 2003, but subsequent peace talks collapsed and recent scattered assassinations and attacks on Sri Lankan forces threaten to plunge the country back into full-scale war. The government blames the renewed violence on the Tigers, who deny responsibility.

The Tigers are largely financed by tens of thousands of Tamils who fled Sri Lanka - after a 1983 anti-Tamil riot.

The Tigers deny being terrorists, and say overseas Tamils donate to their political campaign to counter discrimination.

``The law encompasses wide-ranging issues to help us fight illegal funding which encourages terrorism, drug trafficking, corruption and organized crime,'' Yapa said.

The new law toughens previous provisions and penalties for money laundering, he said.

At least 75 government troops and 40 civilians have been reported killed in Sri Lanka - 's northeast the Tamils' traditional homeland since violence in the country heated up again on Dec. 4.

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Ex-IRA negotiator sees N.Ireland parallels in S.Lanka
reuters.co.uk, January 18, 2006 - 11:43 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka can learn from the Northern Irish peace process as it tries to avoid a return to civil war, former senior IRA member and Sinn Fein negotiator Martin McGuinness said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Analysis: Tamil rebels keep pressure on Sri Lankan president amid ...
reliefweb.int, 18 Jan 2006. Colombo_(dpa) _ After four years of peace, the fear of renewed civil war has gripped Sri Lankans again, with escalating violence in the north and eastern parts of the country prompting some residents to flee their homes to safer areas... Back to the top

Wijesoma no more
BBC, Janaury 18, 2006. Wijesoma who was serving the Upali newspaper group immortalised the cartoon character "Punchisingho"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sends more troops north
aljazeera.net, Wednesday 18 January 2006. Sri Lanka has deployed more troops in Trincomalee fearing further rebel attacks as Scandinavian monitors pulled out of the area... Back to the top

European cease-fire monitors suspend operations in Sri Lanka 's restive Trincomalee
Associated Press, Tue January 17, 2006 08:58 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors said Tuesday they were suspending operations in the restive port city of Trincomalee, hours after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a bus, wounding 12 sailors and sparking a gun battle that killed at least two civilians, officials and a pro-rebel Web-site said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka deploy more troops in restive Trincomalee, one soldier wounded in grenade attack
Associated Press, Wed January 18, 2006 04:17 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military deployed more troops in the strategic port city of Trincomalee on Wednesday, a day after European cease-fire monitors suspended operations there, local residents said... Back to the top

Lanka set to make Indian Vanaspati Industry extinct
newkerala.com, January 18, 2006 - 11:43 EDT. By Sudhakar, New Delhi: The Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement signed in 2000 is taking toll on the health of the Indian Vanaspati industry... Back to the top

Nordic countries condemn attack on Sri Lanka peace monitors+
Associated Press, Wed January 18, 2006 05:28 EST . - - Unknown attackers detonated explosives under a vehicle parked on the premises of the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission's office in Batticaloa, damaging four vehicles but causing no injuries... Back to the top

Sri Lanka remains in a violent limbo precariously close to war
bbc.co.uk, January 17, 2006 - 17:00 EDT. Our visit to Trincomalee was a tale of two journeys. We were prevented from entering the port because our arrival coincided with a suspected Tamil Tigers grenade attack on a police checkpoint, which prompted the security forces to seal off the road... Back to the top

Two civilians dead in crossfire after suspected Tigers injure 12 sailors in ambush
Associated Press, Tue January 17, 2006 01:04 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a bus carrying Sri Lankan navy personnel Tuesday, wounding 12 sailors and sparking a gun battle that killed at least two civilians in the crossfire, the military said... Back to the top

Lanka attacks threaten fresh peace efforts
indiatimes.com, January 17, 2006 - 17:00 EDT. COLOMBO: Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a bus carrying Sri Lankan navy personnel on Tuesday, wounding 12 sailors and sparking a gun battle that killed at least two civilians, the military said... Back to the top

World Bank says continuing violence may cost Sri Lanka aid+
Associated Press, Tue January 17, 2006 02:07 EST . COLOMBO, Jan. 17 (Kyodo) _ The World Bank on Monday added its voice to mounting international concerns over escalating violence in Sri Lanka with its representative here warning that further deterioration could dent aid from the bank. ''The World Bank's country assistance strategy explicitly links the level of our assistance to progress on the peace front,'' Peter Harrold said... Back to the top

Temple in upheaval over Lankan First Lady s faith
rediff.com, January 17, 2006. Less than three weeks after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse prayed at the Sri Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor, Kerala, the temple authorities have posed a question to the state government: Is the president's wife, Shiranthi Rajapakse, a Christian? Mahinda and Shiranthi Rajapakse's visit to the famed temple has kicked up a row in Guruvayoor and Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 94 runs
today.reuters.com, Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:51 PM GMT. MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sri Lanka produced a vastly improved team effort to beat South Africa by 94 runs in their triangular one-day series match in Brisbane on Tuesday... Back to the top

A GIFT OF SHELTER
Associated Press, Tue January 17, 2006 00:49 EST . - - MONROVIA ESTATE, SRI LANKA - BY BRIAN BONNER Pioneer Press In the past 18 months, Samarage Abeyrathna lost his wife to a car accident, his house to the tsunami and his mother to natural causes... Back to the top

World Bank to help Sri Lanka to develop road, education sectors
reliefweb.int, Date: 17 Jan 2006. COLOMBO, Jan 17, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The World bank has agreed to provide a package of assistance to Sri Lanka in order to develop the country's road network and education sector, Daily News said Tuesday... Back to the top

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