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FEBRUARY 10, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 6, NO. 310

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LTTE releases 28 children
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, February 10, 2006, 11.57 p.m.. The LTTE has released some 28 children, several of whom were handed back to their parents while another group consisting of nearly 20 had been given over to the Education and the Skills Development Centre (ESDC), the LTTE peace Secretariat announced today.

These children were released through the ICRC, UNICEF and or the NorhtEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR). "Eight of them were handed over to their parents directly. Twenty under-age youths who do not want to return to their home have been sent to the ESDC," the Secretariat said.

A three member committee of the LTTE Peace Secretariat has been working on the issue of under-age youths who 'volunteered' to join the LTTE by giving false information. "This committee identifies the under-age youths in the LTTE upon receiving complaints from their families. To date, thousand of such youths have been identified and returned to their families by the LTTE," the Secretariat added.

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Published: Fri Feb 10 13:00:18 EST 2006


Lanka, LTTE urged to address landmine ban issue in Geneva talks
webindia123.com, February 10, 2006, - 13:45 EDT. Welcoming the agreement by the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to hold direct talks in Geneva later this month, the Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum (LBAF), has urged both the parties to address the issue of signing the Ottawa Treaty to ban the usage of deadly landmines in the island nation. ''Although there were encouraging signs from both parties, neither the Government of Sri Lanka nor the LTTE have committed themselves to a complete ban on the use, production or stockpiling of anti- More...

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Published: Fri Feb 10 13:44:42 EST 2006 Back to the top


Thousands of Muslims protest against prophet cartoons in Sri Lankan capital
Associated Press, Fri February 10, 2006 06:08 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of Muslims trampled on a large Danish flag spread outside the entrance of one of Sri Lanka - 's main mosques on Friday to protest caricatures of Prophet Muhammad that first appeared in a Danish newspaper. Sri Lanka - 's 1.3 million Muslims are the country's second-largest minority after ethnic Tamils, who are mainly Hindu. The 14 million Sinhalese majority are mainly Buddhists.

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Sri Lanka beats Australia in first tri-series final
Associated Press, Fri February 10, 2006 07:18 EST . ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) _ Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan ran out four Australian batsmen Friday to spark a 22-run victory in the first final of the tri-series limited overs series... Back to the top

President launches National Year of Children (Sri Lanka)
iicrd.org, February 10, 2006, - 13:45 EDT. President Mahinda Rajapakse declared yesterday it was his aim that all work undertaken by the Government for the welfare of children be available to all children on an equitable basis... Back to the top

Norwegian, Swiss envoys meet Tamil Tiger rebels to prepare for Geneva talks
Shimali Senanayake, February 9th, 2006, 5:00 pm SLT. The government said on Thursday that a top priority at Geneva talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels will be to stop a wave of killings that has rocked Sri Lanka, as peace brokers stepped up moves to finalize arrangements for the first high-level meeting between the two sides in nearly three years... Back to the top

Pallone’s resolution focuses on encouraging peace talks in Lanka
webindia123.com, February 09, 2006, - 17:20 EDT. Leading lawmaker Frank Pallone, Jr introduced a resolution today in the US House of Representatives urging the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to engage positively in the forthcoming peace talks... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebel kills Muslim farmer in east
Associated Press, Fri February 10, 2006 00:56 EST . A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel fatally shot a farmer Friday in the latest violence in volatile eastern Sri Lanka, the area's police chief said... Back to the top

Government names three ministerial delegation for peace talks with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Thu February 9, 2006 07:14 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Thursday announced the names of three Cabinet ministers who will take part in peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels later this month... Back to the top

Amnesty International calls for media responsibility amidst cartoon controv ersy
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, February 9, 2005, 7.45 p.m.. Amnesty International (AI) has stressed upon the need for media personnel to work with sensitivity and responsibility... Back to the top

Suspected LTTE militant gives the slip
newkerala.com, February 09, 2006, - 17:20 EDT. Chennai: A 25 year-old Sri Lankan National suspected to be an LTTE militant, gave the slip, when the authorities wanted to check his identity before boarding a colombo bound Sri Lankan Airlines flight at Anna International Airport here today... Back to the top

Refugee from Sri Lanka murdered
chennaionline.com, February 10, 2006, - 07:35 EDT. Madurai, Feb 10: A refugee from Sri Lanka was reportedly murdered by his son following a domestic dispute here yesterday... Back to the top

Japanese zoo to get 2 baby elephants from Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Thu February 9, 2006 08:43 EST . COLOMBO, Feb. 9 (Kyodo) Two baby elephants from Sri Lanka - are being sent to the Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo in exchange for a pair of black rhinos, the government said Thursday. The baby elephants are presently cared for at a unique elephant orphanage at Pinnawela, midway between Colombo and Kandy... Back to the top

Tamil businessman abducted in Colombo
hindustantimes.com, February 09, 2006, - 17:20 EDT. ADELAIDE: Australia’s Mike Hussey has warned Sri Lanka could spring a surprise in the VB Series finals, which start on Friday... Back to the top

India colts beat Sri Lanka in under-19 World Cup
newkerala.com, February 10, 2006, - 13:45 EDT. Colombo: India beat hosts Sri Lanka by four wickets in a Group C encounter to march into the Super League quarter-finals of the under-19 World Cup cricket tournament here Friday... Back to the top

Norwegian, Swiss ambassadors in Sri Lanka visit rebels
newkerala.com, February 09, 2006, - 17:20 EDT. Colombo: The Norwegian and Swiss ambassadors in Sri Lanka Thursday visited Tamil rebels to prepare for peace talks between the insurgents and the Sri Lankan government due to be held in Geneva Feb 22-23, Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said... Back to the top

INTERVIEW-S.Lanka eyes prisoner swap with Tigers
alertnet.org, February 09 2006, - 07:35 EDT. COLOMBO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers are considering a prisoner swap to pave the way for trust building at talks this month that could be the island's last chance for peace, a government negotiator said on Thursday... Back to the top

US lends Lanka more for arms
TamilGuardian, February 8. The United States has increased its military credits under its Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program: from $496,000 in 2005 to an estimated $1 million in 2006, IPS reported... Back to the top

Hussey wary over Sri Lanka threat
onlinenews.com.pk, February 09, 2006, - 17:20 EDT. ADELAIDE: Australia’s Mike Hussey has warned Sri Lanka could spring a surprise in the VB Series finals, which start on Friday... Back to the top

Three elephants die in Sri Lanka after stepping on land mine
Associated Press, Thu February 9, 2006 05:37 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Three wild elephants died from their injuries after stepping on a land mine in northeastern Sri Lanka - because government veterinarians refused to go to rebel-held territory without army and Red Cross escorts, officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Mansion plans on hold for Chandrika
BBC, January 9. Ravaya editor Victor Ivan says the former president’s handing back the land she got for her future home should not signal the end of the controversy... Back to the top

Lanka seeks changes to truce accord
gulf-times.com, February 09, 2006, - 07:35 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will seek to amend the ceasefire agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels during negotiations in Geneva later this month despite opposition from the guerrillas, official sources said yesterday... Back to the top

Tamil businessman abducted in Sri Lankan capital
Associated Press, Thu February 9, 2006 00:06 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen abducted an ethnic Tamil businessman in the Sri Lankan capital in the latest of a spate of kidnappings across the country, police said Thursday... Back to the top

Tobacco bill: a pipe of peace in Sri Lanka
Dawn, February 09, 2006, - 07:35 EDT. A Buddhist monk, who tabled a bill in the Sri Lankan parliament to control the sale of tobacco and alcohol, says he is gratified at the wide support he has received in a country known for the deep divisions among its ethnic and religious communities... Back to the top

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