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British charity finds misuse of funds
Gulf News, February 13. Colombo: Britain's Charity Commission the state body monitoring charities has expressed concern that the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) had consulted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in determining allocations of funds.

The Charity Commission spokesperson Sarah Jones said investigations had revealed that the TRO in Sri Lanka might have liaised with the LTTE in allocating funds.

She said the commission had made its finding after some of its accountants probed the work of the TRO in Sri Lanka and in Britain, tracing specific transactions, The Sunday Times in Colombo reported.

A report on the findings states that in September 2000, the commission received complaints that the TRO in Britain was supporting terrorist activity by transferring funds to Sri Lanka in support of the LTTE, which is proscribed in Britain under its Terrorism Act of 2000. More...

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Published: Sun Feb 12 21:26:51 EST 2006

Foreign advisors may jeopardise Lanka s negotiating position, February 12, 2006, 10:25EDT. Colombo: US experts hired by Sri Lanka to advise its peace delegates are "too liberal" and "too pro-Tigers" that it could jeopardise the island nation's negotiating position during upcoming talks with the rebels, a state-run newspaper said today.

"Two Harvard specialists who were coaching the Sri Lankan peace team could place the country's position in danger of falling into the hands of Tigers even before talks open on February 22," the Sunday Observer reported.

The government had brought down experts from the Harvard Negotiation Project, a US think tank, to help the More...

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Published: Sun Feb 12 10:26:14 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Amnesty seeks end to jungle law in Sri Lankan east
NewKerala, February 12. By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi: Amnesty International has sought an effective human rights mechanism to end rampant lawlessness in eastern Sri Lanka for which it has blamed both the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its breakaway Karuna faction.

In a sweeping indictment of armed Tamil groups as well as Sri Lankan authorities, the rights body has documented widespread human rights abuses that have sparked a climate of fear and insecurity in the districts of Batticaloa, Amparai and Trincomalee.

In a report released early this month, Amnesty said although the 2002 ceasefire pact between Colombo and the Tamil Tigers had been violated right from the start, "since February 2005 they (violations) have escalated in number and are now taking place on an unprecedented scale". More...

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Published: Sun Feb 12 14:14:52 EST 2006 Back to the top

East 'must have voice' in talks
BBC, February 12. Independent Muslim participation not only in the forthcoming Geneva talks but also in any future talks is important to Muslim community, says Javed Yusuf, Secretary General of the Muslim Peace Secretariat... Back to the top

Fishing boat explodes off Sri Lanka's northwest coast
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, February 11th, 2006, 8.00 pm. A fishing boat with at least four people on board exploded on Saturday northwest of Sri Lanka as a navy fast- attack craft approached it close to a Tiger-controlled area, navy officials said... Back to the top

Too few Tamil speakers in SL Govt service
Hindustan Times, February 12. Sri Lanka's Official Languages Commission has reported that there are far too few Tamil speakers in government service and has suggested measures to correct the glaring imbalance... Back to the top

Thai firms sought for Sri Lanka refinery, February 13. Saha Regal Best Co (SRB), a Thai construction investment firm, is looking to select medium-sized Thai construction firms to carry out civil construction for the development of a 200,000 barrel per day (bpd) oil refinery in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Tamil Forum for Peace calls for immediate talks leading to a permanent solution
SLDF, February 12. Six Tamil, Sri Lankan organisations in the UK have formed a coalition, the Tamil Forum for Peace and launched an anti-war campaign at a public meeting on Sunday February 5 at Birkbeck College, University of London... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s tsunami victims take charge amid failed policies
Dawn, February 12. A law-abiding citizen, Mohideen Ajmal is nevertheless happy to have violated a ‘no-build-buffer-zone’ on the beach to re-establish a business selling fish wholesale, wrecked by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which flattened three-quarters of this island country’s coasts... Back to the top

Ponting and Symonds power Australia to win
Associated Press, Sun February 12, 2006 05:43 EST . SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Australia's Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds blazed brilliant centuries Sunday to power the hosts to a record-breaking victory in the limited-overs tri-series second final against Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Preparatory talks in Sri Lanka ahead of Geneva talks, 2006-02-12 . COLOMBO, Feb. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Extensive consultations between the political parties and the government are to take place one week ahead of the proposed Geneva talks between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the government, officials said Saturday. The minority Muslim legislators represented in parliament are to meet on Feb... Back to the top

Elephants Raise Funds for Their Upkeep
Associated Press, Sat February 11, 2006 18:36 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Dozens of captive elephants raised funds for their upkeep Saturday by running races, playing tug-of-war and dancing to the rhythm of traditional drums... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s new Tamil party opts for federalism, 11 Feb 2006. By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi: Just days before Colombo and the Tamil Tigers meet in Geneva, a new Tamil political party that was formed quietly in Sri Lanka says its aim is to transform the country into a federal republic... Back to the top

Heads will roll: Sri Lanka series victory likely to see Aussie ..., 12feb06. OACH John Buchanan believes heads will roll if supercharged Sri Lanka upsets Australia and wins the VB Series... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels say they released 28 child soldiers in January
Associated Press, Fri February 10, 2006 19:46 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels said they released 28 child soldiers either to the custody of their parents or to vocational schools last month... Back to the top

Moody confident Sri Lanka will prevail, 12feb06. SRI Lankan coach Tom Moody believes his side can take its A-game from Adelaide to Sydney and upstage Australia in today's second VB Series final... Back to the top

Elephants play polo, run races in Sri Lanka to raise funds for their upkeep
Associated Press, Sat February 11, 2006 06:06 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Some 40 elephants helped to raise funds for charity Saturday by running races, taking part in a tug-of-war, playing polo and dancing to the rhythm of traditional drums... Back to the top

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